Farah Tanis

  • Brooklyn, New York
Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence. Tanis is co-founder, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint working at the grassroots and institutional levels to address the spectrum of gender violence against women and girls in Black/African American and other communities of color. Tanis’ work includes the development curricula, policy development, technical assistance and training focused on an intersection of social justice issues facing women and LGBTQ communities of color on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as mainstream campuses and communities. Tanis is founder and is lead curator at the Museum of Women's Resistance (MoWRe), which in 2013 became internationally recognized as a Site of Conscience. Tanis created Mother Tongue Monologues, a theatrical and multimedia art vehicle for teaching Black and Queer sexual politics in communities across the nation. Tanis is a 2012 U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow (USHRN) and is a member of the Task Force on the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Tanis is a 2014 Feminist Majority Foundation "Ms. Wonder" Honoree for her work to address gender-violence on the nation's college campuses. Tanis is a graduate of Columbia University's School of Business, Institute for Executive Management, possesses a B.A. in Science from NYU, an M.A. in Social Work from Fordham University.

Frederica Stines

  • Assistant Executive Director
    Black Women’s Blueprint
Frederica Stines

Frederica Stines has over a decade of international policy and program experience in women’s and girls’ health and rights, especially girls’ empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights.  She is a former program officer at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) where she managed the Africa grants portfolio.

Frederica has also served as a consultant for various organizations including the American Jewish World Service and the Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing. Her experience includes serving as a research consultant with the United Nations Volunteers in Geneva, where she evaluated HIV/AIDS programs, and coordinating public relations and special events for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Frederica has an M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. In 2009, she co-founded the Timoun Lakay Foundation for the Children of Haiti and in 2011 she joined the Haitian Roundtable where she currently serves as a board member and co-chair of the program committee.

Sylvia Hooper

  • Director of Counseling and Community Development
    at Black Women’s Blueprint
Frederica Stines

Sylvia Hooper, Director of Counseling and Community Development at Black Women’s Blueprint, has made it her personal mission to advocate for children based on her own personal experience from being born into and aging out of the foster care system.

Sylvia co-founded a nonprofit organization to work with people who come into contact with the child welfare system.

Sylvia also worked as a Child Protective Specialist for the Adminstration of Children Services and Intake Case Planner for a foster care agency. Sylvia has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Adelphi University and a Masters of Social Work from Touro College.

Kaitlyn Newman

  • Austin, Texas
Kaitlyn Newman

Kaitlyn Newman is the Director of Strategic Development at Black Women's Blueprint. Kaitlyn recently completed her Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in feminist geopolitics and the study of social movements against urban displacement, and worked as a teaching artist for the Performing Justice Project at Eastside Memorial High School. Prior to moving to Texas, Kaitlyn lived in Brooklyn, NY where she honed her technical expertise in community organizing, curriculum development, workshop facilitation, strategic planning and political communications. Kaitlyn has consulted for the American Civil Liberties Union with digital strategy firm Purpose, organized independent workers against wage theft at Freelancers Union, and mobilized survivors of intimate partner violence for housing justice at the Voices of Women Organizing Project. Kaitlyn serves on the Steering Committee and Board of Directors for a female-driven automotive technician worker collective called WHEELS (Women's Hands Establishing Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills) and is a hotline volunteer to increase abortion access at the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity. Kaitlyn grew up on the Connecticut shoreline in the shadow of the world's two largest casinos, where she gained a dual Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Peace Studies from the University of Connecticut, and a healthy hatred for white supremacist heteropatriarchal capitalist exploitation of labor. She tries to meditate at least once a day on the words of Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti: we carry a new world here, in our hearts.

Sevonna Brown

  • Brooklyn, New York
Sevonna Brown

Sevonna Brown is the Human Rights Project Manager at Black Women’s Blueprint. She is a Reproductive Justice Advocate for women of color, as well as a full-spectrum doula and birthworker through Ancient Song Doula Services and the Doula Project. Sevonna, a recent graduate of Williams College, dedicates her work to the survival strategies Black women build from rituals, sacred truths, and the ways they honor the intergenerational narratives of their bodies and reproductive herstories. Her organizational affiliations include Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development Institute and Standing in Our Power, a Women of Color Transformative Leadership Institute. Most recently she received the ELLA Fellowship through the Sadie Nash Leadership Programs where she will conduct a workshop series on reproductive justice for young women of color through grassroots organizing. As a survivor she seeks to bridge the connections between reproductive justice and anti-sexual violence advocacy through her cultural work, human rights lens, and womanist frameworks. She believes in every community’s right to holistically healing, radically freeing, and unconditionally loving themselves.

Ashley J. Hobbs

  • New Jersey
Ashley J. Hobbs

Ashley J. Hobbs is a Faculty Member for the Institute of Gender and Cultural Competence. She is also Communications & Campus Programs Coordinator at Black Women's Blueprint. Ashley creates and curates content that best reflects the in-depth analyses and passion of Black Women's Blueprint through the organization's social media and blog. She works to engage college students in thoughtful discussion, political education and action around ending violence against Black women and girls, systemic oppression, Black feminist theory, and community organizing. Ashley is an educator, having taught developmental English at the community college level, and a writer, contributing to sites such as For Harriet, Madame Noire, and Urban Cusp. She has interviewed such change agents as poet, Gina Loring; actress, Kendyl Joi, and singer, Brave. She holds a B.A. in Communications and an MBA, as well as a certificate from The Center For Neighborhood Leadership's Effective Community Organizing Institute. Ashley is also a member of the Campus Advocates and Prevention Professionals Association.

Naimah Johnson, LMSW

  • Consultant Counseling Program Coordinator
Naimah Johnson, LMSW

Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a writer, scholar-activist and a community organizer who works at the intersection of criminal justice and sexual violence prevention. He is the Human Rights and Emerging Sons Campaign Manager at Black Women's Blueprint, and works on the role of Black men in combatting issues of rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence in Black communities. Born in Newark, New Jersey to a courageous, single Black mother and a praying Black grandmother, Ahmad acquired a keen understanding of recognizing and mobilizing around Black women's trauma. He is the founder of #BlackChurchSex on Twitter, a minister, and works tirelessly to eradicate all forms of violence in our communities. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared onEbony.com, NewBlackMan (In Exile), and The Feminist Wire, and he speaks across the country on issues of race, gender, and religion, most recently at the Apollo Theater, New York University, Middle Collegiate Church, Princeton Theological Seminary, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and in a host of other community-oriented spaces.

Nikki Patin

  • Chicago, Illinois
Nikki Patin

Nikki Patin is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence and Director of Training and Cultural Programs for the Black Women’s Blueprint. Working in the non-profit field since 2007, Patin has presented nationally on topics related to dynamics of sexual and domestic violence, victims’ services, performance poetry, body image, rape culture and LGBTQ issues. Prior to her work at Black Women’s Blueprint, Nikki Patin worked as an educator and workshop facilitator on sexual assault prevention for Rape Victim Advocates and as a case manager/program coordinator for the Center on Halsted. Patin has performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities such as Francis Parker, University of Chicago, Adler School of Psychology, Northwestern University, Nancy B. Jefferson High School (located within the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center), University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and –Stevens Point and many others. As a vocalist, Patin has been in seven bands and opened for Jill Scott at the Metro in 2000. She was also a member of Chicago’s 2001 Mental Graffiti National Poetry Slam team. In 2006, Patin was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in the Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam.

Ahmad Greene Hayes

Ahmad Greene Hayes

Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a writer, scholar-activist and a community organizer who works at the intersection of criminal justice and sexual violence prevention. He is the Human Rights and Emerging Sons Campaign Manager at Black Women's Blueprint, and works on the role of Black men in combatting issues of rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence in Black communities. Born in Newark, New Jersey to a courageous, single Black mother and a praying Black grandmother, Ahmad acquired a keen understanding of recognizing and mobilizing around Black women's trauma. He is the founder of #BlackChurchSex on Twitter, a minister, and works tirelessly to eradicate all forms of violence in our communities. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared onEbony.com, NewBlackMan (In Exile), and The Feminist Wire, and he speaks across the country on issues of race, gender, and religion, most recently at the Apollo Theater, New York University, Middle Collegiate Church, Princeton Theological Seminary, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and in a host of other community-oriented spaces.