Meet Our Board

image001Brian Favors is a scholar-teacher-author and the co-founder of Sankofa Community Empowerment, Inc., Breaking The Cycle Consulting Services, and the Nate Parker Foundation.  He specializes in training educators to use culturally responsive teaching methods to increase academic achievement in at-risk student populations. He is currently a member of the Adelaide Sanford Institute and is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Brian earned a B.A, in sociology from the University of California, Davis, and a M.Ed. from Penn State University and a M.S.Ed from Queens College. He has been working with youth to cultivate academic success and community leadership since 1995.

image003Jotaka L. Eaddy is a member of the Nate Parker Foundation Board of Directors, and a dedicated and seasoned policy advocate with more than 15 years experience. She currently serves as Head of Government Affairs for LendUp, a Silicon Valley based, venture backed financial technology company. Eaddy is the receipt of several honors and awards including: Root 100 Most influential African Americans, Essence Magazine Woman to Watch, and My Carolina Association Outstanding Black Alumni, Midwest Academy Heather Award, Empower Magazine Political Rising Star, 40 under 40 Silicon Valley Tech Diversity. Her work has been highlighted in several publications including: 2013 Root 100 Most Influential African Americans between 25-45, Politics365.com, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, Aspire Network, Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, BET, The Nation Magazine, Democracy Now, the Art of Activism, Black America Web.com, Essence Magazine, the American Prospect, among others.


image005Kimberley (Phillips) Boehm is a member of the Nate Parker Board of Directors. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of California, San Diego, as well both a M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University. As a scholar of African American and 20th-century US history, her most recent award-winning publication, War, What Is It Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Phillips is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her numerous fellowships and awards include selection as a fellow of the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University.

image007Nicole W. Sharpe is a founding member of the Nate Parker Board of Directors. She has dedicated her career to improving the lives and communities of people of color.  Her most impactful career experience was serving as the Executive Director of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Development and Endowment Fund. Nicole is founder and CEO of Visionary Consultants, a firm established in 2007 to support the development and advancement of nonprofit and corporate entities.  Nicole’s clientele included community-based organizations such as SoHarlem, Freedom Food Alliance, Breaking the Cycle Consultant Services LLC, Elma Philanthropies, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, among others. Nicole is a leader dedicated to creative visioning, equity and transformative change. Sharpe holds a M.A. in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

image009Charles King is the Founder and CEO of MACRO, a venture sitting at the intersection of content, technology and brand curation focusing on creating film, television and digital content for African-American, Latino and Multicultural consumers (ALM). King was Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor (WME)–an agent for over 15 years, he was known for his innovative deal making and strategy in developing brands for and around his clients. He’s been featured in national media publications: NPR, Essence, The Weekly Variety, the Los Angeles Times–Fortune Magazine named him one of the nation’s most influential Latino, Asian or African-Americans in their 2005 Diversity Issue and he was included in the 2014 Ebony Power 100 List. King is an active angel investor in synergistic ventures at the nexus between the technology sector and the media content business. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Howard University School of Law, he resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Stacey and their sons, Noah and Julian.

image011Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz is a scholar and educator of the African Diaspora. Her scholarship and teaching focus on constructions of race, identity, culture, public narratives, and histories within.  Deetz holds a B.A. in Black Studies from The College of William and Mary, and a M.A. in African American Studies, and Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She specializes in early African American culture, African Diaspora archaeology, slavery, visual and material culture, cultural landscapes, cultural tourism, memorials, and public history and has taught African American Studies at the university level for over a decade. Deetz is the former VP and Board Member of the Legacy Museum of African American History in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Co-Editor of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, and a mentor for the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Gender and Minority Affairs Committee Mentor Program.  She’s the Research Associate for the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University at the Univ. of Virginia.