A Boston bred, serial entrepreneur and HBCU alumnae, Ms. Gaston has over 10 years of experience in Public Relations, Business Consulting, Digital Marketing & Strategy, and has been appointed in leadership positions within the Arts and Entertainment industries and public/political sectors. Anchored in creativity for the advancement of any organization or company, Sharra’s ambition, expertise and work ethic will help to create growth opportunities and the solidification of BAMS as a National placeholder as the premiere arts organization where education, activism, performance, purpose and financial viability meet.
Mrs. Morris is a Boston native and community member with an extensive experience in hospitality management, customer service and guest experience. She is a retired business owner of 20 years, and currently works for the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Boston Garden.
Mrs. Gaines is an alumnae of Hampton University, a historically black college/university (HBCU). She works for Corcoran Management Company, a real estate owner and property management company of multi-family properties in the New England area, as a Senior Property Accountant. Her background includes over 17 years of accounting and audit experience, particularly in real estate.
Mr. Williams is a communications and innovation strategist with over a decade of nonprofit management and leadership experience. His areas of expertise include fundraising, human-centered design, media relations, and organizational development. Currently, Reggie serves as the director of communications at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget).
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Ms. Carleton teaches in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing program at MIT. Her academic research focuses on online communities as well as the intersection of race and digital culture. Her essays and articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and New York Magazine, Both a music lover and advocate for knowledge equity, she is currently bridging her personal and academic interests by collaborating on a series of multi-city community outreach projects that use music as a vehicle to empower a more diverse editor base for Wikipedia and address content gaps on the encyclopedia.
Ms. Oknonkwo is a community driven woman with over a decade of extensive experience in management, coaching and counseling, accounting management, training, recruitment, and administrative assistance. She has served as Vice President for Seekers of Knowledge, a dance organization for young black girls and currently works for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dominga Martin is an Award winning filmmaker at the intersection of art and social justice. Her work has been featured on BET, VH-1, MTV Music and TV One. She got her start in filmmaking traditionally; as a PA for film and music videos -- quickly rising to work in various film departments including the AD Department, wardrobe, props, post-production and as a script reader. Dominga ventured off on her own, Directing her first short film in 2001.
Mr. Ball is the Co-Founder of Killer Boombox, an urban multi-platform media company. He is a multi-faceted freelance writer and journalist with deep experience with print and web publications., as well as a Media Strategist with extensive experience in creating and managing marketing and communication plans and media training. Proven leader with broad team training and management experience.
Mr. Dahn is a serial entrepreneur with years of industry experience in music, music production, recording and consulting. He is the Founder of Analive, a nonprofit organization that helps media brands from under-served communities create better revenue thru education, management resources and touring.
A proud father of a budding musician, Newton Johnson is a lover of Black Music, Black Art, and Black Excellence, Mr. Johnson has over 25 years of experience in the customer service and marketing fields that began with an internship at WILD Radio. Seen as a serial entrepreneur and social broker of connecting people, Mr. Johnson provides artist development and management support through his company NEWT (Never Ending With Talent) for local musicians and radio personalities, and is the Business Training Manager at More Than Words.