Meet the 2018 Dallas Fellows
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Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney, Equal Justice Center
Hannah Alexander is an attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow in the Dallas office of the Equal Justice Center, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to enforcing the employment rights of low-wage workers, regardless of immigration status, in employment disputes. Hannah works to vindicate the rights of workers experiencing wage theft and discrimination in the workplace. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where she majored in Spanish and Political Science and minored in Philosophy. During college and after graduation, she worked for Ignite, an organization that builds political ambition in young women. She also worked for the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, now the Young Women's Preparatory Network, at Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in the Dallas Independent School District.
Hannah received her juris doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. There, her proudest accomplishments were her pro bono work, serving as the editor in chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, and receiving the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law Graduating Student Award. This past year, Hannah helped found the Force for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (FIRE), a coalition of attorneys and legal and social services nonprofits that serve North Texas' immigrant community. She currently serves on the Texas State Council of Ignite.
Program Manager, Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative
Asia Bennett, LMSW is the Program Manager for Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.). She is a Texas native who received her Associate of Science in Biology from Midland College in Columbia, SC and she received both her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, TX. Asia is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work at the University of Southern California with a focus in administration and communication. Asia has an extensive background in the social services field, healthcare, and early childhood education but her love for helping others has kept her passion in the social work field. Asia is one of the founders of the new magazine R.I.S.E. DFW which stands for Resist, Inspire, Support and Engage which will release its inaugural issue in winter of 2017. Asia also writes for a national parenting Blog, City Moms Blog (Dallas Chapter) giving parenting and lifestyle advice based on her experiences and education. Asia is a member of the National Association of Advancement for Colored People and National Association of Black Social Workers. Currently as the Program Manager, Asia focuses on ensuring that TORI clients are employment ready and that they have the same opportunities as a person without a background. Asia also oversees the administrative capacities of making sure that the program is being ran properly. If Asia could leave one mark on her clients, she hopes that when they walk out of TORI’s doors that they know that their circumstances do not define them and, in the words of Mahatma Ghandi, “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. When she isn’t working, you can find Asia spending time with her family, baking up some tasty treats, or donating time back to her community.
VISTA ASP Collegebound Guide, AmeriCorps VISTA- Academic Success Program Dallas
Chanel Brown is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently working with the Academic Success Program- Dallas, a non-profit organization committed to helping low-income and first-generation students enroll in college. She creates resources to assist students and college advising staff with the college application and enrollment process. Chanel recently graduated with high honors from Abilene Christian University (ACU) and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in English and Public Service. During her time at ACU, she was involved with various organizations and was an intern for the Taylor County Democratic Party. She was selected to be part of the Jack Pope Fellows Program, which was formed to assist a select group of outstanding students who want to pursue a career in public service. During the summer of 2016, she was selected to be part of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) program at Princeton University. There, she was able to take graduate level statistics and economics courses and complete a research project pertaining to the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid. She also received the ACU University Scholar award which is only given to fifty graduating seniors. In the future, Chanel would like to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Policy or Public Administration and become a policy analyst.
HVAC Service Technician, Johnson Controls
Travis works full time in a very technical position, using the skills and training taught to him over the course of his five year Union apprenticeship with the UA. He graduated and received his refrigeration degree from the US Department of Labor, in May of 2017. In getting more involved with the North Texas Labor movement, Travis became his Union’s youngest elected representative to the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. While fulfilling his various duties of the position, he became involved in local politics and social justice movements. He joined the Dallas AFL-CIO’s Young Workers’ group to pursue interests with like minded millennials, and build the future of the Texas Labor movement. Now called YALL DFW (Young Active Labor Leaders Dallas-Fort Worth), the group transformed under Travis’ leadership rom a few people to a successful coalition ready to mobilize for the things they care about. Whether it’s block walking, phone banking, or campaigning for candidates they believe in; or tackling progressive issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, racial injustice, healthcare and abortion access for women, fighting for a living wage, immigration reform, or helping protest in a Labor Union strike. YALL DFW is always on the front lines getting young people involved. When he isn't posing awkwardly for pictures, Travis enjoys playing guitar, shooting pool, and being a Project Phoenix mentor to disadvantaged youth who get in trouble with the law.
Coordinator, Southern Methodist University
Joe Carreón coordinates undergraduate retention programs and special initiatives for the Office of the Provost at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and is currently pursuing a law degree at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. Prior to his current role, he worked for CitySquare, a Dallas non-profit focusing on issues of poverty and childhood hunger. Throughout his education, Joe has replenished his study of public policy and law with experiences in various levels of government including the Dallas Mayor’s Office, the U.S Congress, the Office of the Colorado Governor, and the White House. He currently serves as the Dallas Chapter Vice-President of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association and is a member of the 2017-2018 Dallas Mayor’s Star Council. In 2015, Joe was selected to be an inaugural fellow of the Latino Center for Leadership Development and was recently a member of the 2016-2017 class of LeadershipISD, an organization dedicated towards improving and advancing public education.
Joe was born and raised in Dallas. He received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Southern Methodist University and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Arielle Clarkson is a recent graduate of Paul Quinn College and a native of Dallas, Texas. She studied Legal Studies with aspirations to attend Law school and open a private equity firm that revitalizes communities and schools in Southern Dallas. She served as the Student Government Association President from 2015-2017. Through her time at the college, Arielle served the campus and the local Dallas community through voter registration initiatives and community outreach programs. Arielle also served as a College Debate 2016 Delegate, a national, non-partisan initiative to empower young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and leads civic engagement efforts as the Social Action co-coordinator for the the state of Texas and New Mexico.
Currently, Arielle is working in Dallas to elect representatives to help shape a more progressive, equitable city though campaign management and consulting. Arielle is the mother to a brilliant seven-year-old, Alexandria.
Jerry D. Crayton II is a native of Dallas, born and raised. After graduating from Skyline Magnet Center, he later served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic and was honorably discharged in 2016. Since returning to Dallas, Jerry remains motivated and persistent inside and outside of the classroom. He is a Phi Theta Kappa honor student, majoring in sociology. His desire is to work alongside the community, and to dismantle barriers that he, as well as others with his similar background, try to disrupt everyday. Jerry is striving to live his life with compassion for others by promoting progressive ideas.
Thomas Ervin II
Thomas Ervin II is a Data Analyst, Project Coordinator and a Project Manager who works with Fortune 500 companies to help analyze data, as well as to give presentations to show where a business has grown and areas that need improvement. He believes in team building experiences to gain new ideas, as well as to network with different people.
Thomas has worked for companies such as Diebold Inc, Crossmark, Ericsson, and Capital One where he helped streamline department procedures and helped increase productivity. He is a member of the Dallas County Young Democrats and Thomas was a delegate for the Young Democrats of America and Texas Young Democrats Conventions in 2017.
Thomas holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and he lives in Mesquite, Texas, with his wife, son, and daughter.
Local and Regional Relations Manager, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
A native of Dallas, Brittney Farr has served as Local and Regional Relations Manager for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) since 2013. As the liaison between DART, city council, city management staff, and communities both inside and outside the DART Service Area, Brittney works to ensure that elected officials understand and meet DART communities’ needs. Prior to her role at DART, Brittney worked as a student attorney, focusing on human trafficking, immigration, special education and the School to Prison Pipeline. An active member of the DART Human Trafficking Task Force, Brittney now helps coordinate all of DART's ongoing human trafficking prevention activities, training over 3,000 DART employees in how to spot and report signs of human trafficking. She also initiated the DART Safe Place Program, establishing all DART vehicles and facilities as designated Safe Places for children in crisis.
The first person in her family to graduate high school, Brittney received her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Boston College Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. She is active in her community as a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a pro bono attorney for the Dallas Bar Association, and both a foster and foster representative for Dallas Pets Alive! She also currently serves as Appointments Chair for WTS: Advancing Women in Transportation for the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter. Her most important role is that of eldest sister to three amazing young women.
Advocacy Associate, International Rescue Committee
Stephanie’s professional mission is to develop and strengthen multi sector collaborations that work to co-create solutions with and for vulnerable communities in society. In her current role at the IRC, Stephanie seeks to counteract negative narratives about immigrants, specifically refugees. As an immigrant herself, she is committed to creating a society where there is genuine understanding among people from all walks of life.
Prior to joining the IRC, Stephanie spent a year in Washington D.C. as a Public Policy Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. During her fellowship she worked at the House Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and at the Center for Law and Social Policy. As a fellow in Congress she immersed herself in the legislative process, meanwhile at CLASP she worked on redefining narratives about low-income youth and finding investment strategies to effectively center the needs of youth in policy. She co-authored a report on opportunities for states to improve policy to better support the mental health needs of low-income youth and collaborated on other various policy papers. Stephanie currently serves as a mentor to a young Latina CHCI Fellow.
Before her time in D.C., Stephanie spent 9 years in Virginia where she graduated with a degree in Economics and International Business from Old Dominion University. In Virginia, Stephanie volunteered with StandUp for Kids working with homeless youth, there she identified a common theme - the majority had dropped out of high school. During the 2014-2015 academic year Stephanie founded a High School mentoring program to provide at-risk youth with a support system until they graduate. The program is currently in its third year.
Stephanie’s career journey started over 10 years ago when her inner drive and gratitude towards her adoptive country led her to join the U.S. Navy. She credits her time in the military for expanding her perception of the world. Her first deployment with the Navy, a humanitarian mission to Latin America, left a lasting impression on her. While in the military, Stephanie was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and a Letter of Commendation from the Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.
Director of Immigration Legal Services, Catholic Charities Dallas
Whitney is an attorney and currently the Director of Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD). Whitney manages a team of attorneys and caseworkers to provide much needed immigration legal services to residents of Dallas and surrounding areas. On average, CCD provides immigration legal assistance to over 10,000 individuals annually. Whitney previously worked at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington D.C. She worked in the Office of General Counsel as a subject matter expert through her service as Immigration Counsel to other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel. Whitney represented the VA at the White House as a member of an Inter-Agency Task Force seeking to assist Veterans that have been deported. She has gained experience interacting with stakeholders from the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on issues that affect non-citizen Veterans. Before that, she worked as an immigration attorney in both private and non-profit organizations, notably as the Associate Director for Immigration Legal Services at the Caribbean Women’s Health Association in New York.
Whitney is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. But has spent many of the past years in Washington DC where she graduated from Howard University (B.A., 2008) and Howard University School of Law (J.D., 2012). Whitney holds bar licenses in the states of New York and New Jersey. Whitney has handled both Family Based and Employment Based Immigration cases. She is an immigration advocate who has worked with Refugee and Asylum applicants, Victims of domestic violence, and other marginalized groups. Her passion for Immigration law is based on her profound belief in social justice and the importance of being a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Whitney credits time spent early in her career interning in the United States Senate, immediately after Hurricane Katrina, for creating in her a passion to pursue a career in social justice.
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement, Southern Methodist University
Krystal Hargrove, a Houston native, has a deep commitment to building more equitable communities and growing philanthropy amongst millennials. In her 9-5, she serves as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Engagement at Southern Methodist University (SMU). In this role, she manages several alumni leadership and volunteer programs and assists with the University’s fundraising efforts. Additionally, Krystal supports current students through her work on the Black Faculty and Staff Association Board. In her 5-9, Krystal works with startups and entrepreneurs around the country in growing their brands through her virtual assistant business, Free Up. Prior to her current role, Krystal worked in program development and as an executive assistant with several non-profits in the Dallas area. Krystal is an alumna of SMU where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She is an inaugural member of the Dana Juett Social Venture Leadership Residency and has served as a member of the Advisory Council for Women and Girls. She is a proud member of the Junior League of Dallas and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time, Krystal enjoys the city’s best brunches, listening to culture and politics podcasts, and mentoring young women.
Assistant General Counsel, Ben E. Keith
Punam Kaji was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has lived in most of the major Texas cities, and adopted DFW as home. Punam is Assistant General Counsel for Ben E. Keith, but foremost she is an advocate and an adviser when she is working with a client or serving her community. Her sense of obligation to minority attorneys and individuals needing legal assistance has driven her to be a leader in a number of legal organizations, including the South Asian Bar Association of Houston and the Dallas Asian American Bar Association. She is the current Chair of the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas. Punam also regularly serves volunteer organizations around her, with a focus on domestic violence organizations and non-profits related to asylum and refugee assistance, having worked on those causes since college. She went to the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts as a Government Honors and Plan II major and SMU Dedman School of Law for her law degree. She has practiced corporate defense law in both Dallas and Houston for the past half-decade. She loves food, reading, her family (including her cat), and calling her elected officials.
Associate Director, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP
Lizzie MacWillie is an Associate Director at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Lizzie heads up People Organizing Place (POP), the participatory city shaping initiative of [bc] that positions local stakeholders as experts to proactively shape their neighborhood’s future.
Lizzie brings to the team critical design experience managing [bc]’s multi-year creative placemaking initiative, Activating Vacancy, an initiative focused on bringing people together to share food, stories, art, experience, and histories as well as enabling neighbors to talk, to learn, and to organize. This activation leads to cultural, physical, and political changes that can revitalize neighborhoods, improve infrastructure, and bring economic benefits to residents.
Prior to joining [bc] in her current role, Lizzie was a part of OMA/AMO in Rotterdam, NL, as an editor of “Elements of Architecture” by Rem Koolhaas. She received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas
Anna is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas. She teaches courses in the Department of Communication Studies where she recently received her Master’s degree. Prior to beginning her Master’s degree and throughout her studies, Anna worked closely with the Dallas community in the movement to end sexual violence and has made the culture surrounding sexual violence a focal point of her research. Likewise, Anna’s research is also concerned with issues involving queer representation and cultural attitudes toward marginalized groups.
In addition, Anna is the co-president of the Denton Feminist & Queer Collective. This grassroots organization aims to educate the public about issues affecting women and queer communities as well as provide opportunities for civic engagement.
When she’s not reading, writing, or protesting, Anna enjoys rock climbing, brew drinking (coffee and beer), and enjoying the company of her friends.
Founder & CEO, CAS Consultants
Angel Radcliffe is the founder & CEO of CAS Consultants, a boutique consulting firm specializing in assisting entrepreneurs with Business & Financial Strategy. Ms. Radcliffe is also an Author, Public Speaker & Financial Educator.
Radcliffe has ten years experience in finance, operations, systems, analysis & technology. Building her corporate profile, she began her career in Finance working for Coca Cola in 2007. Radcliffe eventually found she has a passion for both Finance & Technology, eventually blending the two skill-sets through software implementation & consulting projects for companies such as Pepsi Co & Chiquita.
Radcliffe leveraged her Corporate experience within Finance, Business Management & Strategy to start a consulting company in 2012.
Radcliffe has a track record of executing projects across Global & Domestic teams, she has proven not only be a leader but a persistent team player who brings positivity, innovation and initiative to her projects while being dedicated and driven.
While her corporate background precedes her, Ms. Radcliffe is passionate about community, economic empowerment and making a difference in lives outside of small businesses & fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Radcliffe, who is also a community leader, she has served 8 years as Board Finance Chair for a local nonprofit, Cherished Memories for a lifetime, in addition to taking on leadership roles within organizations such as National Black MBA Association & The Real Estate Associate Program (REAP), leading diversity & inclusion / enrichment initiatives.
Ms. Radcliffe is a recipient of the National Financial Educators Award and has been featured in various media outlets including; Hello Beautiful, Huffington Post, The National Federation of Small Business, D Magazine, Fundera Ledger & more.
Furthering her career, Ms. Radcliffe wishes to combine her professional background, community leadership and public speaking experience within corporate & government entities. Ms. Radcliffe graduated with an MBA in Finance from Strayer University in 2009. Currently Radcliffe is an IT Finance Consultant and manages her company CAS Consultants, which has launched and monetized three brands in the last 2 years. Radcliffe continues to speak and host workshops on financial literacy for consumers & entrepreneurs.
In her free time, Radcliffe enjoys traveling to other countries to understand cultures as well as engaging in the arts.
National External Affairs Coordinator, Comerica Bank
LaToya Rowell is the National External Affairs Coordinator for Comerica Bank. In that capacity, she is responsible for managing and coordinating both internal and external community related programs across Comerica’s primary markets. She also serves as a liaison for Comerica on CRA related initiatives, which includes Comerica’s financial education outreach efforts.
Prior to her current role, she served as Comerica's Community Involvement Coordinator, where she supported Comerica's Charitable Contributions program for its Texas and Arizona markets. She was also responsible for Comerica's North Texas employee volunteer program, where she managed, coordinated and participated in volunteer activities with various non-profit organizations across North Texas. Her responsibilities as Community Involvement Coordinator also included providing guidance and support to Comerica's regional market volunteer coordinators in Texas and Arizona.
Before joining Comerica Bank, LaToya worked for the North Texas Crime Commission (a local North Texas non-profit focused on crime prevention) as a Project Manager, where she managed and coordinated the organization’s monthly breakfast meetings, annual golf tournament and annual luncheon.
LaToya graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from the University of North Texas where she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree and her certification in Volunteer and Community Resource Management. She also has an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Computer Animation with an emphasis in Multimedia Production from the Art Institute of Dallas.
Mobility Advisor, Bristol Global Mobility
Kimberly Sawyer is a proud lifelong Dallasite. As a Mobility Advisor at Bristol Global Mobility, she utilizes her curious nature and analytical problem-solving skills to act as the single point of coordination for corporate relocating employees. Kimberly is an inaugural winner of Bristol’s “Andrew Award”. This award is given annually to the Bristol Associates that embody Bristol’s mission and valued behaviors through their daily work and attitude. She was bestowed this honor by her colleagues for her dedication in creating meaningful connections with Bristol’s clients and staff, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. Kimberly is dedicated to serving others and giving back to her community. She is greatly involved in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and currently serves on the Regional Programs Committee. She is also a Regional Representative for SWIM 1922, a partnership with USA Swimming focused on increasing swim participation and decreasing drowning rates in the community. Kimberly is also member of the Junior League of Dallas where she is the Curriculum and Agency Liaison for “Kids in the Kitchen”. This signature project for Junior League of Dallas is a health education program that empowers youths to learn the preparation of healthy meals and aims to educate children and their parents about nutrition and healthy food choices. By virtue of her life’s experiences and recent Breast Cancer diagnosis, Kimberly is passionate about health care issues and has become a powerful advocate for Health Equity, Women's Health, and Children and Youth. She also serves as the Board Secretary for Sisters Network Dallas, a community-based organization comprised of African American breast cancer survivors. In her personal time, Kimberly loves going to yoga classes, following her Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers, and spending time with her friends and family.
Tyrone Smith, Jr.
Manager, IT Finance & Strategy, General Motors Financial
Tyrone is an IT Finance & Strategy Manager for General Motors Financial, based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In this role, Tyrone leads the creation of IT Financial Management Solutions and Analytics applications and tools. This includes setting strategic direction, global process deployment and leadership, management of existing IT portfolio projects and processes, and talent development, as well as strategic oversight of the organization strategy and initiatives to increase organizational effectiveness efforts across the enterprise.
After serving as a summer Scholar at Oracle Corporation, Tyrone began his career with John Deere as a Project Accountant supporting global teams by providing budgeting support, business counseling, forecasting and financial reporting. Since that time, Tyrone has held a variety of accounting and finance positions and adhoc Human Resources hybrid roles of increasing responsibility across global business divisions.
Tyrone is highly sought by his colleagues and peers for his knowledge and expertise. He is a thought leader with a global perspective gained through his extensive international experience and exposure in traveling to over 14 countries globally to include China, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.
A native of Miami, Florida, and a 2008 graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), Tyrone obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration with concentrations Human Resource Management and Finance and a Global MBA from the University of Houston-Victoria. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Leadership and Innovation with a research focus in Human Resources and Analytics at St. Thomas University, where he is on track to graduate in 2018.
Tyrone has been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives for his altruistic services to our communities, and spends much of his free time volunteering in the community and at church, participating in outdoor sporting activities, traveling and spending valuable time with family and friends. Tyrone is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc., and Alpha Kappa Psi – Professional Business Fraternity. He is also one of the Founding members of the Collegiate 100 at Florida A&M University (100 Black Men of America, Inc.)