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Shakya Cherry-Donaldson
Founder and Executive Director

A community organizer, constituency mobilizer and movement builder, Shakya’s mission and ministry is to build the “beloved community.” She has worked on issue-based and candidate campaigns in 13 states including as Statewide Deputy Field Director for Stacey Abrams 2018 gubernatorial run in Georgia. Since she founded 1000 Women Strong in 2020, Shakya has cultivated the grassroots and political power of Black women and their allies through year-round field and relational organizing across the country, empowering them to have an impact on the issues that affect their lives.

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Nikhol J. Atkins
National Deputy Outreach Director

With more than 20 years of experience as a political and union organizer, Nikhol fosters relationships and builds out events based on shared values. She is passionate about well-being and leadership development, particularly for BIPOC women. She has worked for the Chair of the Wayne County Commission, the largest county in Michigan, a Congressman, the Michigan Democratic Party, a host of progressive organizations and most recently the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

Ruby ElBasha
Director of Operations
Erynn Wakefield
Communications Associate
Rob West
Chief Program Officer

Organizing Fellows

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Gabriel Gray


Gabriel Gray


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Jamiya Smiley


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Mckenzie Watson

North Carolina and South Carolina

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Kennedy Stone


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Brianna Jackson


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