alan charles chipman
Organizer. Mentor. Healer.
Allan is a lifelong faith community activist, having started his work at the ripe age of six in his hometown of Baltimore, when he was inspired by a group of pastors working to connect their congregations to their communities through service. As Initiatives of Change USA’s Faith-Rooted Organizer, Allan runs programming for faith communities, equipping them with the tools to think theologically and logically about race and the history of America.
During college, Allan engaged with faith communities to change society through mentorship programs and helped to establish a faculty/student collaborative organization called Reconciliation and Conversation for Everyone (R.A.C.E.). Allan has also worked in the corporate world, where he advocated to build an African-American network to strive for racial equity at one of the country’s Fortune 500 companies. He also acted as liaison between minority employees and the human resources department when issues involving race arose.
Allan earned his bachelor’s degree in human development and family science from Messiah College. In his free time, Allan enjoys creating music and recording for his podcast dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called A Difference in Thought.
Dr tiffany jana
Entrepreneur, technologist, research leader… Dr. Jana has been featured in numerous publications and media including Fast Company, Inc.com, and Forbes for TMI’s work on diversity, equity, empowerment, and inclusion. Dr Jana has published three books in the field, the latest being Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion.
Dr. Jana serves as a strategic advisor on client engagements, and has deep expertise in diversity and inclusion, using metrics to gauge organizational equity and unconsious bias. Dr. Jana's vision is to help organizations optimize their workplace and community environments based on stated values.
Dr. Jana is the proud mother of three children, a quirky computer science major, a charismatic Harvard economics major, and a musically gifted middle schooler.
Dr sionne rameah neely
Producer. Seer. Amplifier.
Sionne is a womanist researcher, writer, teacher and multimedia producer who spent eight years cultivating critical movements in the artist community of Ghana before returning to the United States and joining the Initiatives of Change team as Director of Marketing & Communications.
In Ghana, Sionne co-created ACCRA [dot] ALT, an independent community-based organization that promotes the socially transformative work of African creatives and artists to global audiences. As part of this work, she also co-founded and helped run the flagship CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival, the biggest festival of its kind in Africa. In addition to her work in the artist community, Sionne built upon her doctoral research on the rights of African women in her role leading the knowledge management division of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the largest continental fund supporting and sustaining more than 1,300 women’s rights organizations in Africa.
Sionne received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in American studies and ethnicity. She completed work towards a masters in fine arts from Howard University, where she focused on film production and criticism, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Her multimedia research revolves around independent arts organizing, African women’s rights, African feminism, the rights of artists, the history of music production in Ghana and pan-African recollections of the transatlantic enslaved trade. When she is not at work, Sionne loves to be at the beach, checking out trails, exploring new places, interacting with folks of different cultures, writing and working on her performance art.