Spotlight is a weekly profile interview of researchers, advocates, community leaders and others who have dedicated their careers to improving our communities, our nation and the world. We believe that the amazing people profiled are worthy of recognition and hope that by highlighting their work, others will be inspired into action.
De'Von Brown, is a 23-year-old Baltimorean who at a young age was targeted as an up and coming negative youth statistic. De'Von had a troublesome childhood, he dealt with drug addicted parents, which led to constant instability. In 2002, while in the 6th grade, the hands of fate lead Brown into being accepted into an all boy's boarding school in Kenya called the Baraka school.
Hathaway Ferebee has served as Executive Director of the Safe and Sound Campaign since its inception in 1996. The Campaign builds sustainable funding for opportunities for Baltimore’s children, youth and families. Through community organizing and public private financial contracts, the Campaign has enabled the reallocation of millions state dollars from programs that don’t work to those that do.
Daniela Lewy began her career 15 years ago as an experiential educator taking K-12 students on mountaineering expeditions in Alaska, cultural exchanges in Africa, and semesters abroad in the Himalayas. She recognized that these life-changing opportunities were unjustly limited to affluent students.
Navasha Daya is a singer, songwriter, producer, and spiritual and cultural arts activist, who from childhood was inspired and encouraged to use her voice and talents for upliftment and change. Steadfast in her dedication to the upliftment of the community, she along with Fanon Hill and youth mentees Rashard Willliams and Cherdaya Allen, co-founded the Baltimore City Youth Resiliency Institute, now the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI).
Melissa L. Bradley has a strong track record of creative and innovative leadership and a background as a social entrepreneur. Melissa serves as Founder and Managing Director of New Capitalist™, an organization that leverages human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses, and communities.
Reid Cramer is director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote policies and ideas that significantly broaden access to economic resources through increased savings and asset ownership, especially among lower-income families.
Kezia Williams serves as Chair of Capital Cause, a DC-based fiscally-sponsored nonprofit dedicated to engaging young philanthropists in giving. Her work with this organization has included growing the organization from five vested members to over 5,000 young professionals influenced by the message of young philanthropy.
Indi Dutta-Gupta is Senior Policy Advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where his work primarily focused on federal budget and tax policies and cross-cutting low-income issues.
Dr. Williams is the National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and former Counsel to the U.S. Congress’ District of Columbia Sub-Committee on the Judiciary and Education. She previously served as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff for a District of Columbia Councilmember.
Dorothy A. Brown is a professor of law at Emory University and teaches several tax classes and a critical race theory seminar. A nationally recognized scholar in the area of race, class, and tax policy, she has authored dozens of articles, including Race and Class Matters in Tax Policy, published in the Columbia Law Review.