Daniel Atkins, executive director of the Community Legal Aid Society (CLASI) has spent 28 years as a lawyer at CLASI, the first seven as a staff attorney working with people who are poor and/or disabled, the next 18 as advocacy director of CLASI’s Disabilities Law Program, and the last three as executive director. He teaches poverty law and related subjects at Widener University School of Law, where he also directs a Medical Legal Partnership in Philadelphia and Chester that supports low income mothers, and has co-authored numerous articles in journals of law, public health and other publications on poverty and justice.
Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, CDM, SHRM-SCP, is secretary and past president of the board of the Latin American Community Center (LACC). She is a former president and chief people officer of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest integrated municipal healthcare delivery system in the country and is the president and founder of Global Learning and Diversity Partners, LLC, a consulting practice that designs and implements human capital and diversity strategies to build inclusive and learning organizations. She is also the co-founder of Health Innovation Globally, LLC, a business that brings to market international culturally competent telemedicine products to improve access and foster equity.
Rebecca Cotto is director of Racial & Social Justice at YWCA Delaware. Her prior work included retail, banking and owning her own business. Her passion for changing racial injustice came after reading The New Jim Crow and the realizing that “by simply not paying attention to policies being implemented I was in fact complicit in our mass incarceration problem. Since focusing on racial equity issues I have spent a good deal of time educating myself in any way possible about the problems, causes and outcomes for communities of color living in a white dominant society.”
Dorothy Dillard is the director of the newly created Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research at Delaware State University. Prior to this position, she was associate director at the UD’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies and Chair of DSU’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, where she taught social policy, research and criminal/juvenile justice courses. Her publications have garnered her a national reputation as a social services and offender programming expert. Currently, Dillard is the primary researcher for the REACH Riverside and Warehouse initiatives in Wilmington and serves on the Board of Parole and Healthy Communities Delaware Leadership Council.
Kim Graham is the education director at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, a community school of the arts with a commitment to social justice that provides arts-based education from pre-k through high school for youth development grounded in strength-based, culturally competent, trauma-informed tenants for both youth and those that serve them. She has been a member of the Delaware Readiness Teams since its inception and served on the United Way IM40 steering committee. As an artist, storyteller, actress, poet, motivational speaker and workshop presenter, Graham has long been committed to utilizing her artistic voice to provoke and inspire growth, awareness and change.
Dr. Marshala Lee is a family medicine physician and serves as the Harrington Trust Physician Scholar and director of the Harrington Value Institute Community Partnership Fund at Christiana Care Health System. Previously, she served as Chief of the Graduate Medical Education Branch at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Prior to joining HRSA, Dr. Lee was a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard and obtained her MPH with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Policy; her practicum investigated the role of community health workers in addressing behavioral health disparities.
Shyanne Miller is a program officer at Rodel. In 2016, she received her master’s degree in sustainable development with specialization in policy analysis and advocacy. Miller currently serves as board president of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow (CDNJC), which organizes public educational events around race and racism and works to expand policy advocacy and community organizing. Miller also serves on CDNJC’s Quality Education and Legislation Committees, where she focuses in areas of police reform, accessible public transportation and other community development initiatives.
Michael Minor is the vice president of operations at the Central Baptist Community Development Corp (CBCDC) and director of Urban Acres Produce. An ex-Marine with a 29-year management career at BP Oil, Minor established a nonprofit that improves community conditions in Kenya by sponsoring children to stay in school. At CBCDC, he has been involved in implementing the community-developed Eastside Rising Plan, which is empowering Wilmington’s Eastside community by providing opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship, affordable housing and healthier lifestyles through the growing and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Cimone Philpotts is a member of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, a doctoral student at the UD’s Biden School of Public Administration and a professor of Public Policy Analysis serving as a researcher for the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission. Philpotts is a 2019 Founder’s Fellow for the American Society of Public Administrators, a member of the 2nd cohort of the National Urban League Washington Bureau Certificate in Advocacy Program, and Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Delaware Chapter.
Jaclyn Quinn is deputy director of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council Inc. (DCRAC), which is currently setting up a low bono legal clinic, and owner of The Law Office of Jaclyn Quinn, LLC. She also volunteers with the Office of the Child Advocate representing children in foster care, is a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Society of the St. Patrick’s Center, and serves on the planning committee of the Millennial Summit, as co-chair of the Combined Campaign for Justice annual tournament, and on the advisory board of Spur Impact Association.
Shardae White is the community relations manager for REACH Riverside and a direct case manager for students at Kuumba Academy and Great Oaks for Delaware Division of Health and Social Services. In these roles, she White educates, mentors, and advocates for the underprivileged citizens of Wilmington. A graduate of Public Allies and Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, White is a trained and effective community activist who is committed to leveling the playing field for disadvantaged members of the community.
Christian Willauer is a coordinator for Wilmington Neighborhoods Coalition (WNC). Prior to founding the WNC, Willauer launched the Wilmington Land Bank, a nonprofit managing vacant real property. From 2009 to 2017, she worked at Cornerstone West CDC, where she established West Side Grows Together and coordinated a comprehensive community development initiative that leveraged more than $75 million in neighborhood improvements, including affordable housing, parks, streetscapes and youth programming.