Board of Directors
We are responsible for overseeing the big picture work of BYP100 including, but not limited to:
- Serve as ambassadors, advocates, and askers
- Build relationships with stakeholders, sharing the cause, work, and value of BYP100, and fundraising
- Help set up board and organizational structure
- Center BYP100’s intentions of being accountable to the communities we serve, including our members
Please feel free to contact the board via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Lykes, Board of Directors Co-Chair
Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and policy analyst. He currently works at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) as a Policy Analyst and is the National Youth Organizer for the getR.E.A.L Initiative, addressing disproportionality and disparities that affect Black and brown LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth impacted by the oppressive actions of deep-end systems (child welfare, mental health, homelessness and criminal justice). He is the former artistic director of Performing Arts for Effective Civic Education (PAECE) Program at the University of Chicago, where he used interdisciplinary art and performance to help youth realize their roles as civically active members of the community who thrive toward the achievement of systemic change and social justice. Jonathan’s interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Lykes is also a community organizer, currently serving as Co-chair of the Board of Directors. Jonathan is also the current Artistic Director for BYP100’ freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition.
Katrina L. Rogers, Board of Directors Co-Chair
Katrina L. Rogers is the Founder + Principal of Kalaro Media, LLC, a communications firm specializing in political communications, digital media development, public relations and branding. Starting her career as a journalist, Katrina has a history of working to center those historically and systemically marginalized with a special dedication to social justice and electoral politics. The Spelman College graduate has worked on a number of campaigns including: President Obama’s re-election, Congressional races and healthcare reform. While still in college, the Shreveport, Louisiana, native was featured in “USA Today” as one of “America’s most valuable young minds.” Katrina’s passion is using language to normalize Black liberation as she uses her experience as a communicator to help shift the narrative around Blackness across the diaspora. In addition to Kalaro Media, Katrina co-owns a Black woman-led human service agency that offers therapy, trainings for mental health professionals and hosts community forums. She will also be launching her podcast, Radical Socialite, in 2018.
Frankie Mercedes, New York Representative
Devin Murphy, Bay Area Representative
Devin Tré Murphy is a strategic visionary with a tunnel vision for progressive social change. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategist of DTM Strategies, a digital marketing and strategic consulting agency driven by a passion for helping socially conscious businesses, brands, and organizations grow. Devin is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he also served as President of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, the official governing body of the 28,000 undergraduate students at UCLA. Devin has worked on several issue-based advocacy campaigns relating to the prison abolition and reform, the school-to-prison pipeline, college access and diversity, expansion of mental health services, and K-12 and higher education budget priorities, to name a few. He serves as Chair of the California Young Democrats’ Black Caucus. Devin was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Devin enjoys hot yoga, running, going to the beach, and spending time with his 4-year-old niece. He writes for the YP4 Blog, and loves social media. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Rayshaun Phillips, Secretary
Hey, my name is Rayshaun Phillips and I’m currently a senior at Wayne State University majoring in Communications and English studies. My entire existence is for the fight and for the liberation of all black people. I joined BYP 100 because the organization holds the same goals that I have in terms of fighting this fight; we can’t forget the black femme/queer and black women. I hope to make a difference by simply existing.
Roselyn Berry, Treasurer
Rose Berry is a Black, Afro-Latinx, femme organizer that committed their life to the fight for liberation at the age of 16. They were born in Panama and grew up in Boston, where they organized for 11 years around immigrant and women’s rights and racial and socioeconomic equity. As one of the founding members of a young women’s organization called Reflect and Strengthen (R&S), they devoted their time as an organizational leader at R&S for 8 years before moving to Oakland and becoming a national organizer, fighting for the decriminalization of Black and Brown youth and for the liberation of all Black people. After serving as a member and chapter co-chair of BYP100 Bay-Area, Rose is excited to transition into the role of Treasurer on the BYP100 Board of Directors and continue supporting the work of their political home. Rose has a deep commitment to social movement and has made a life-long pledge to invest in the work that will eradicate social inequality on a global scale. Rose currently serves as the Black Immigrant Women and Girls Program Specialist at Black Alliance for Just Immigration. In addition to being a social justice freedom fighter, Rose’s other passion is writing. As a poet, spoken word artist and published author, she believes that art is not only a tool for soci change, but a foundational piece of operative resistance.
Johnaé Strong, Chicago Representative
Johnaé Strong is a mother, educator, and organizer based in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Cleveland, OH she moved to Chicago to pursue a BA in International Studies and Human Rights and continued through earning a MAT in Urban Education from the University of Chicago. It was during this time Johnaé met and studied under the mentorship of Dr. Cathy Cohen and joined the Black Youth Project as a political blogger. It was a few years later Johnaé joined the founding cohort of BYP100 with other black millennials fighting for social, economic, and political justice for all Black people. After years of service as a primary teacher and restorative justice coordinator, Johnaé currently serves as the coordinator for Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), an alliance of community organizations and the Chicago Teacher’s Union fighting for education justice for all families in Chicago. Johnaé views quality education, deep and meaningful relationships, and critical engagement in the political process as the greatest tools of resistance.
Je Naé Taylor, HSC Representative
JeNae’ Taylor, a native of Washington, DC and graduate of Columbia College Theatre Directing Program, is a theatre practitioner, poet, teaching artist, yuf enthusiast, culture emcee and curator of black girl magic. Using creativity as a platform to discover, explore and discuss her deepest cravings and curiosities in life, she has produced work across continents since 2003. As a facilitator, Je Naé has piloted several curriculums for Black girls funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, 21st Century Community Learning and The Pritzker Foundation. Some of the places she has created new work are London International School of Performing Arts, African School of Excellence, The Goodman Theatre, The Art Institute of Chicago and The South Side Community Art Center. A few of her collaborations include Regina Taylor, Sharon Bridgeforth, Val Gray Ward and Heather Ireland-Robinson. JeNae’ is currently the Artist-In-Residence with The Center for the Study of Social Policy Marvelous Whirlwind Project where she is creating bridges with Black LGBTQ young adults and is a dedicated member of BYP100 Healing & Safety Council. Her favorite roles are sister and daughter.
Maria Hadden, Alumni Representative
Maria is the Senior Project Manager for the Participatory Budgeting Project in the Midwest & South working with communities and government to redesign democracy for more empowered and equitable participation. Her expertise in public participation is grounded in grassroots organizing efforts for social change. In both her professional and civic life, she creates space for effective public engagement and the implementation of transformative processes. Maria has years of facilitation and training experience previously working as a mediator and mediation trainer in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her B.A. in International Peace and Conflict Studies from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. Maria is also the Alumni Chair on the Board of Directors for Black Youth Project 100. A native of Columbus, OH, Maria now lives with her partner in Chicago, IL.
Jazmynne Williams, Durham Representative
Jazmynne is a young genderfluid person who enjoys crafting and is deeply committed to paving the way for other poor disabled Black people.