It's going down! GirlTrek is rallying one million Black women to walk in their neighborhoods for radical self-care and healing.
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GirlTrek is structured to deliver social impact through service and volunteerism.
Deeply inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, our operational structure uses three key levers: a highly-trained and incredibly talented volunteer corps of local volunteers, a distinguished board of directors, and a small and smart central leadership team. Our national leadership team includes national staff and the board of directors.
Morgan is a relentless street-organizer who is deeply inspired by her family and the philosophies of women like Ella Baker and Septima Clark.
Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Morgan was on the front lines of education reform. She served as director of leadership development for Achievement First, the largest charter school networks in New York City where she trained and supported 23 school principals. Before Achievement First, Morgan directed the development and start-up of six public schools in NYC for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly - two organizations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Morgan began her career with Teach For America as a high school history teacher in Atlanta, GA, and later served as a vice principal in Newark, NJ.
With GirlTrek, Morgan has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a "Health Hero" by Essence Magazine. Morgan has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), Ashoka (2014) and the Aspen Institute (2015). Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at Seton Hall and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Teach for Haiti.Founder & COO
Vanessa Garrison is a passionate advocate of social justice issues and has focused her work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for Black women and girls.
Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Vanessa worked as a Program Coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanessa began her career working in digital media with Turner Broadcasting System. Inc. in Atlanta, GA. where she managed digital media projects for some the world’s most recognizable news and entertainment brands, including, CNN, TNT and Sports Illustrated.
With GirlTrek, Vanessa has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a "Health Hero" by Essence Magazine. Vanessa has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), and the Aspen Institute (2015). Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles.Chief Engagement Officer
Onika will focus on leveraging the support of our community partners along with the power of GirlTrek's nationally trained organizers to grow the movement to 1 million women by 2020. Onika comes to this role after serving a year in a volunteer capacity as GirlTrek’s City Captain for New Orleans where she successfully engaged city-leaders, provided targeted support to GirlTrek volunteers, organized the takeover of 8 local parks, and rallied a record number of women to join the movement.
Onika’s the former Associate Director, Graduate Center and University Summer Programs at Xavier University and the former Executive Director of Youth Run NOLA. Onika is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a 2 time marathoner.National Director of Communications
Jewel Bush is an award-winning journalist and communications strategist with 18 years experience. She has a diverse background in organizing, advocacy and communications working with health care and women’s rights organizations as well as labor unions.National Director of Events
Nicole's former role as GirlTrek’s National Field Director and Director of Training & Health Programs has framed volunteer support and pioneered advancement pathways with certifying partners in public health. Her personal passion is to help women identify and live out their purpose is the driving force of her lifework. Nicole studied Exercise Science at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and earned a Master of Public Health from George Washington University.Chief of Staff
Opa Owiye Johnson serves as Chief of Staff of GirlTrek. She joined GirlTrek in 2017 as the Director of Administration after serving as the Church Mobilization Coordinator for International Justice Mission, a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.
Prior to that, Opa spent much of her career in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser working for organizations such as the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.
Today, she is responsible for providing leadership and overall management direction for a wide range of organizational activities including, strategic planning and administrative, financial, and operational activities that support an effective, high-functioning national staff and board.
Opa is originally from Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She resides in the D.C. area with her husband, Timothy. She also serves as a volunteer leader with the Junior League of Northern Virginia and the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital.Director of Operations
Prior to joining the GirlTrek Team, Edisha worked with in Connecticut and Washington D.C. in collaboration with advocacy organizations and charter schools that focus on closing the achievement gap between low-income minority students and their wealthier peers. She has been committed to improving education outcomes for children in inner cities throughout the Northeastern parts of the United States. Working in Business Operations Administration roles to support this social justice issue, Edisha is committed to seeking radical change, whether education or healthcare, and serves in the organization’s infrastructure as a pledge to change.
Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Edisha received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.Director of Data Management
Chyna- Lloyd Nicole Johnson serves as Director of Data Management at GirlTrek. She joined GirlTrek in 2017 as the 2017 Summer Fellow while completing her graduate degree at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In her role as a summer fellow, Chyna worked on the planning and execution of GirlTrek’s annual national church walking challenge PrayerTrek.
Today, she is responsible for the overall management of GirlTrek internal systems, information management and administrative program support that supports an effective and high-functioning national staff.
Chyna is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and African & African American Studies from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and earned her Master of Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She now resides in the Atlanta area.National Director of Engagement
Carla has a heart to serve and lives by Dr. Martin Luther King's quote, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Before joining our team, Carla volunteered for over a year as City Captain for GirlTrek Atlanta where she inspired a city-wide takeover, and led the growth of the city.
Carla spent 2 years at Wilberforce University in pursuit of an accounting degree, but her heart to engage and serve others took her on a different career path. She brings with her over 25 years of Customer service experience. Her career with Sony as Customer Service Liaison, Avon Products where she was on an elite team that supported Avon’s Top National Million Dollar Sales Representatives, to running a successful small business in Stone Mountain has equipped her with the highest level of customer excellence, care and service that is needed in this role to support GirlTrek's national volunteers.Chief of External Relations
Sandria believes our lives are the greatest stories ever written, and that there is power in (re)writing and telling your own life’s story.
A lover of words since childhood, Sandria’s career as a writer and editor spans more than 15 years. Prior to joining GirlTrek, Sandria served as Executive Editor of the award-winning health and wellness website, BlackDoctor.org (BDO). In 2016, the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) recognized Sandria in their inaugural class of "40 Under 40 Leaders In Health.” She was also recognized in 2016 as a Chicago Defender Women of Excellence award recipient.
Ever passionate about personal development, community volunteerism, and empowering Black women and girls, Sandria regularly creates and facilitates workshops in yoga (CYT, 2013), journaling and other self-care practices. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Rita Johnson-Greene leads the US Commercial Operations team at Spark Therapeutics. She is a successful business leader with 15 years of progressive finance, resource allocation, sales and strategic business planning experience with several world class organizations.
Rita began her career in strategic consulting within Accenture ‘s pharmaceutical practice and developed business cases and financial models for new business ventures. She went on to manage the finances of AstraZeneca’s six billion dollar Nexium brand and served as a member of the Commercial Operations Leadership team.
Rita earned her MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Rita acquired her undergraduate degree in Electrical Computer engineering from Drexel University, where she met her husband of 14 years. They live in Drexel Hill, PA with their two daughters, Leah and Maya..Board Member - GirlTrek Board of Trustees Qiana began her career in music in 1999 at Epic Records in Promotions/A&R while contributing to album projects by Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and B2K. In 2011, Qiana founded Cue the Creatives where she began Music Supervising on projects such as Nickelodeon’s How To Rock, Lifetime’s holiday feature Seasons of Love starring Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight & Method Man. Currently, Qiana is producing/directing “The Untitled TLC Documentary,” which follows the journey back to the music for the iconic pop girl group, after a 20-year lapse, as they take on the challenges of making their final album. Board Member - GirlTrek Board of Trustees Hinda is a former Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden senate district. Hinda is also known for her part in the invention of the sports bra. Hinda is owner and president of DeForest Concepts, a business consulting firm. She is also on the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a for-profit coffee company. Board Member - GirlTrek Board of Trustees Serita is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of iFoster – where she brings her personal experience in foster care and her executive-level management experience leading and consulting both Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies and organizations in the non-profit sector. Before launching iFoster, Serita provided strategic counsel to some of the largest philanthropic foundations and non-profit services for at-risk youth as a management consultant with the Bridgespan Group. Serita has been recognized as a White House Office of Social Innovation Citizen Innovator, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an American Leader of Change.