In this installment of Politics 101, we discuss Black women's contribution to American democracy: their role in history, Election 2020 and our nation's political future.
Evelyn Burnett is a co-founder and CEO of ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café. Prior to this exciting venture, Evelyn served as Vice President, Economic Opportunity at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress an intermediary whose mission is to foster communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland. Prior to joining CNP, Evelyn served as Associate Director for Program Strategies with Admiral Center at Living Cities, project director in the city of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and as a 2007-2008 Cleveland Executive (Coro) Fellow. Evelyn is a 2018 German Marshall Fellow and sits on the board of several organizations throughout Northeast Ohio and nationally including ioby (In Our Back Yards), Credit Builders Alliance, Teach for America, Birthing Beautiful Communities, Dance Cleveland, Walsh University School of Business and CTMDream.
Madison Moore is a sophomore at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in kinesiology and working to obtain a career in sports medicine. During her freshman year, Madison was selected to become a student ambassador and tour guide through the University’s “Maryland Images Campus Tour Guides” Organization. This past summer, Madison interned for the largest ophthalmology retina practice in northeast Ohio (Retina Associates of Cleveland). She worked as an ophthalmic technician. During this internship, Madison conducted research on two studies and was one of the writers on two medical papers which are in the process of being published. Madison is the founder of “Greater Cleveland Area Young People United” where she hosts programs to educate and bring awareness to issues within the black community. Such as: voting white fragility, and activism. Some of her proudest accomplishments include becoming a Charter Member and the first teen president of the Erie Shores Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and being nominated for Cleveland’s Women in Leadership: “Emerging Leader of the Year“ Award in 2018 at the Flourish Women’s Conference.
Erika L. Anthony, a native New Yorker, joined OTF as our executive director in December 2019. She has extensive experience in fund development and in pushing for state and local policy change on behalf of multiple organizations, all focused on racial equity and inclusion, civic engagement, and transforming the criminal punishment system. Erika also co-founded both Cleveland VOTES and Hack Cleveland. She sits on a number of Boards in the greater Cleveland, including Ideastream’s Community Advisory Board, Cuyahoga County Public Defender Commission, NOACA’s Community Advisory Council, and CEO Works Advisory Board.
Alana Garrett Ferguson is an innovative justice curator, organizer and strategist, with over 7 years working in community. She is passionate about justice, education and youth. Her career is fueled by community, arts & culture and politics. From reproductive justice to sex positivity to criminal justice reform she is an activist. Along with her current position at New Voices, she is also a graduate of the NAACP Next Generation program and the Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrat’s. She has sats on the Cuyahoga County Suicide Coalition and the Community Problem-Oriented Policing Workgroup for the Community Police Commission and Board member of Rainbow and Babies Foundation Advisory Board.