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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.

Erynn Wakefield
Communications Associate

A photographer and published author, Erynn has been part of the 1000 Women Strong team since 2021. It is her mission to document the human experience and communicate the work of 1000 Women Strong to its audiences.

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Jennifer Smiley
State Director, Georgia

Jennifer is a native of Stewart County in rural Georgia. She currently serves as 1000 Women Strong’s State Organizing Lead in Georgia, focused on building community in the grassroots. She has been involved in organizing and field work since 2016, with the mission of making a difference in the lives of those in our southern rural communities.

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


Board Members

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