Summit21 Speakers, Panelists & Moderators 2021-02-24T22:39:15+00:00

Breakfast Guest Speaker: Dr. Janisse Rosario Schoepp, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Dr. Janisse Rosario Schoepp joined the Foundation in 2004 and was promoted to her current position in 2018. An integral part of the organization’s strategic planning, program development, research and evaluation, she worked to establish a Community Building and Economic Prosperity Initiative to engage regional anchor institutions, such as hospitals and universities, in community wealth-building strategies to address the social determinants of health. Schoepp was selected to be part of the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. Previously, she worked at the Stempel School of Public Health and Social work at Florida International University. She holds master and doctorate degrees in public health, both from Florida International University.

Breakfast Guest Speaker: Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning, commonly known as “Zo” is an American icon; Miami Heat NBA Champion, Vice President of Player Programs and Development, Naismith Hall of Famer, Philanthropist & Community Leader.

Alonzo Mourning is the Co-Founder of Mourning Family Foundation (formerly known as Alonzo Mourning Charities), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation, created to inspire others through advocacy, education, and enrichment services. Since 1997, Mourning has been instrumental in raising more than $20 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families. 

In addition to supporting numerous educational initiatives throughout South Florida; Alonzo Mourning co-founded The Overtown Youth Center in the historic South Florida area of Overtown in 2003. The Overtown Youth Center provides a comprehensive approach designed to bridge educational, social, emotional, health and opportunity gaps. OYC deliver services that foster hope and promote lifelong learning and success for inner-city youth and families.  As part of the Mourning Family’s Philanthropic Legacy; Alonzo is an advocate for uplifting girls specifically through the Honey Shine Inc. Mentoring Program Initiatives, founded by Tracy Wilson Mourning to empower young girls to shine as leaders by nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.

In 2000, Mourning was selected to join an elite group of NBA players to represent the United States in the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Mourning won the coveted gold medal, but was soon diagnosed with Focal Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare genetic kidney disease. 

After being diagnosed with FSGS, Mourning personally led a campaign to raise $2 million to aid in the research, education, and financial relief of patients who cannot afford medication and named the campaign Zo’s Fund for Life.  Mourning eventually underwent a successful kidney transplant in December 2003. He continues to raise awareness about the importance of becoming an organ donor and is also active with the National Kidney Foundation, educating the public on the importance of early detection.

Consistently recognized for his charitable efforts, Mourning has received numerous awards such as the NBA’s Community Assist Award in 2006, National Urban League’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2003, Silver Medallion Community Service Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2003, and NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Sportsmanship Award in 2002, and The Children’s Trust Excellence Award for Public Policy in 2007, to name a few; along with many other awards received to- date.

In August 2009, Miami Dade County Public School honored Alonzo and his contributions to Miami by naming a school after him and Tracy Wilson Mourning in North Miami, Florida. 

Mourning is a highly sought after sports champion, philanthropist, community and business leader. Alonzo has traveled the world encouraging sports teams, business executives, health care professionals, community leaders, philanthropic leaders, young professionals, children and others who aspire to maximize their full potential of greatness. From the President of the United States to the 3 year- old boy suffering from kidney failure, Mourning has the ability to reach, empower, and inspire everyone he encounters. He engages audiences of all sizes and ages, emphasizing the importance of education, leadership, and perseverance. 

Embracing the importance of a holistic approach to strengthening low income communities; Alonzo brings an $22M affordable housing development to Overtown in 2016; with others coming on-line in similar communities in the near future. 

Mourning is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a degree in Sociology. He is a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, a member of his alma mater’s Board of Directors, Vice President of Player Programs and Development with the Miami Heat, and has been the Chair of the McDonald’s All-American Game Advisory Committee since 2008. Alonzo resides in Miami, Florida and is the father of the three children – sons Trey and Alijah and daughter Myka.

Lunch Guest Speaker: Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. He is also the author of many other articles and books on race and education, which can be found on his web page at the Economic Policy Institute: http://www.epi.org/people/richard-rothstein/. Previous influential books include Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right

Mayra Cruz- Moderator: Community Advocacy & Youth Outreach Panel

Mayra is the Climate Justice Director at Catalyst Miami. She manages CLEAR (Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy, and Resilience) and HEAL (Housing, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership), which provide trainings around social justice and community organizing around the issues of climate change and affordable housing, respectively. Collectively the programs have graduated over 300 leaders who are more civically engaged and advocating for resilient solutions to Miami’s most pressing problems. She also supports Catalyst’s work around disaster preparedness and advocating for equitable resilient strategies for vulnerable communities. As a Steering Committee member of the Miami Climate Alliance, she advocates for access to clean energy for low-wealth communities. Mayra graduated from Columbia University with an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences with a Certificate in Climate and Health.

Monique “Coach Mo” Corker- Panelist for Community Advocacy & Youth Outreach Panel

In her role, Corker oversees the community development needs for Comerica’s Florida market; which includes Broward, Collier and Palm Beach counties. With more than 20+ years of experience in serving the community, mortgage, and banking industry she leads Comerica’s financial education initiatives in her service area, with a focus on low-to-moderate income communities.  Corker is responsible for fostering a positive community outreach relationship within her market. 

Corker’s civic and community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for The Urban League of Palm Beach County, Children’s Harbor, Handling Risky Business, Girl Bee You, Suits for Seniors, and the TED center (Center for Technology, Enterprise, and Development). She is also a proud advisory member for Cox Media Group Community and the Areawide Aging of South Florida.  She is the founder of Girl Bee You a nonprofit organization that has a primary purpose to provide empowerment programs helping girls reach their greatest version through empowerment, economic and educational life skills while creating a connection that promotes them being themselves because everyone else is taken. 

Corker has been featured as a guest speaker in many arenas as she has a true passion for the little girl in every woman.  Corker is an author with two published books that she co-authored with her daughter to provide literature that spoke empowerment and diversity.  Corker, a certified life coach, and a graduate from Florida International University in the with her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently in the Master of Marketing Graduate program where she will obtain her Masters in June 2021.

Stibalys Gomez- Panelist on Community Advocacy & Youth Outreach Panel

Pronouns She/Her/Ella. I’m a community organizer that grew up houseless and have decided to dedicate my life to doing everything I can for our communities, with a main focus on the Climate Crisis. We deserve a future.

John Paul Mejia- Panelist on Community Advocacy & Youth Outreach Panel

John Paul Mejia – better known in his circles as JP– is a Miami based climate activist and educator working with the Sunrise Movement, a youth movement dedicated to stop climate change and create millions of jobs in the process. His involvement in the Sunrise Movement is shared at both the local and national levels. Locally, JP serves as the founding hub coordinator for Sunrise Movement Miami where he uplifts the voices of his frontline community through grassroots organizing. Nationally, JP is a spokesperson for Sunrise Movement and has recently joined a team of organizers designing the future of the movement and its politics. Apart from his work at Sunrise, JP is a certified climate speaker, educator, and podcaster always seeking to center the voices and equitable solutions often left out of the conversation on climate. 

Zelalem Adefris- Moderator: Climate Gentrification Panel

Zelalem Adefris is the Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at Catalyst Miami, as well as a Steering Committee Member of the Miami Climate Alliance. She holds an MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Brown University. Her previous work experiences include environmental justice organizing at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island and conducting emergency preparedness research at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Catalyst Miami, Zelalem leads out the organization’s policy, advocacy, and community leadership initiatives, focused on building equitable community resilience in Miami-Dade County’s low-wealth neighborhoods.

François Jr. Alexandre- Panelist for Climate Gentrification Panel

Human lover, father, an activist,  a Survivor, politikal strategist, a, Poet, and Aktor. I was Born in Ayiti, raised in Florida. I Graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s in International Relations and Minored in Mass Kommunications. 

I’m the Co-Founder/CEO of Konscious Kontraktors Inc.  A konsultant company based in Miami  striving to build a konstruktion kooperative that works to serve the best interests of all oppressed people. We were created out of necessity before, during, and after Hurricane Irma. Our objective is to mitigate the socio-economic, politikal, and klimate impak of our beloved kommunithe’s. Our lens of operation is Kulture Art and Science. 

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Denise Ghartey- Panelist for Climate Gentrification Panel

Denise Ghartey is a Justice Catalyst Fellow focusing on climate gentrification, community displacement, and racial justice. Denise believes in liberation movements that are driven by the community and is deeply passionate about working with those who are directly impacted. Denise works to promote equitable development through the representation of tenants and community organizations in eviction and land use hearings, strategic litigation, and policy advocacy. Before attending Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and Harvard Defenders, Denise worked as a case manager, homelessness prevention advocate, and paralegal in Boston, MA.

Patricia Tracey- Moderator: Climate Gentrification Panel

Patricia Tracey has 40 years of experience in mortgage lending, new construction and real estate. Originally from North Carolina, she has lived and worked in Florida since the early 70’s. She held banking and savings and loan vice president positions for leading institutions on Florida’s east coast. During her banking career, she oversaw lending and new home construction for the largest Florida-Miami based savings and loan.

Pat received the South Florida Mortgage Banking Oscar in recognition of her lending expertise. Her knowledge of lending and FHA programs made her aware that individuals of all backgrounds could own their own home and be financially successful with direction and education.

In 2006, Pat and her husband, John “Jack”, funded and founded REACH in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They believed that the gifts and knowledge they had received should be available to the greater community. With nonprofit status, REACH could apply for grants for their clients. During this 10-year period, REACH has aided over 1500 families with grants and housing. They assisted more than 2000 individuals with home retention though State and local programs. And, most recently, REACH has purchased, rehabilitated and provided more than 200 homes to low and moderate-income families. In 2015, REACH opened a second office in the Miami Kendall area to increase assistance to the tri-county area.

Pat is a graduate of Barry University. She received her real estate license in 1980 and established a mortgage company in 2002. She has placed in the Circle of Honor for the previous two years in real estate sales volume. Pat is a member of The National Low-Income Housing Coalition, Board of Realtors in both Dade and Broward Counties and the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals. Pat holds certifications from Neighborworks covering housing counseling, post purchase counseling, loan modifications, financial coaching and nonprofit leadership. She has lead REACH in the direction of success and growth using her knowledge and skills of lending and sales to make a difference in the South Florida Community she serves.

Jeffrey M. Hearne-  Panelist for Eviction- Know Your Rights Panel

Jeffrey M. Hearne is the Director of Litigation at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., where he oversees the firm’s significant litigation and provides a strategic focus to the firm’s advocacy in all its practice areas. Jeff previously served as the Advocacy Director for the Tenants’ Rights unit and is the Director of the Tenants’ Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. He currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee and is a former co-chair of the Florida Housing Umbrella Group, the statewide association of tenant advocates. Jeff has received several honors for his work representing tenants, including the Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year from the Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Law Committee (2018), and the Housing Justice Award from the National Housing Law Project (2015) for his “successful and dynamic pursuit of housing justice for people most in need.” He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (J.D. 2001, B.A., Plan II, 1998).

Santra Denis-  Panelist for Eviction- Know Your Rights Panel

A South Florida native, Santra is the Executive Director of the Miami Workers Center, a power, organizing and community building organization. She has extensive experience working in nonprofits, including managing and developing budgets, staff leadership and development, overseeing programs and projects, writing and managing grants, and building and supporting partnerships. Santra developed her own activism as an anti-racist community advocate and is committed to centering BIPOC community leadership and racial justice in our progressive movement. Santra has been very active in her community, founding and leading Avanse Ansanm, an organization that engages, connects, and builds power among Haitian-American Millennials and co-hosting a radio/Facebook Live show. Santra serves on several community boards, including the Community Advisory Board at Florida International University Research Center in Minority Institutions and Miami Dade County’s Office of New Americans. She is a New Leaders Council Fellow and a Sant La Fellow. Santra graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Health Science, and from Florida International University with a Master of Public Health in Policy and Management.

Terri Murray-  Moderator: Turning the Housing Supply Crisis into an Opportunity

Terri Murray serves as Executive Director of Neighborhood Renaissance, Inc., which is a community driven development corporation serving Palm Beach County. She is an accomplished community development professional with over 30 years of experience in affordable housing development. She has designed, implemented and administered various home ownership assistance, housing rehabilitation, new construction, small business assistance, workforce development, and property management programs.

She has worked effectively in the for-profit, non-profit and local government arenas. Ms. Murray holds a Masters in Urban Affairs in Housing and Community Development from Boston University. Ms. Murray was recipient of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations’ 2015 Diane Sterner Award for Community Development Association Leadership. She serves on the board of the Florida Alliance of Community Development Associations and was its founding board chair. She also served on the board of the Florida Community Loan Fund for 8 years.

Mileyka Burgos-Flores- Panelist for Turning the Housing Supply Crisis into an Opportunity Panel

Mileyka Burgos-Flores is a Dominican-American activist living in Miami, Florida. She is the founding Executive Director of The Allapattah Collaborative, CDC, a non-profit organization focused on implementing place making techniques to foster identity, supporting wealth building strategies for marginalized communities of color and advocating for policies/procedures that support equitable, comprehensive and sustainable community development. Mileyka holds a bachelor degree from the University of Miami and a master degree from Florida International University. She has dedicated much of her time to advocating for social justice in marginalized communities by establishing and assisting organizations focused on developing youth, empowering people, celebrating culture. She is an avid advocate of strategies that foster sustainability, identity and economic vitality in immigrant communities of color. Her initiatives have been funded by The Miami Foundation, JM Kaplan Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and NALCAB among others.

In 2017, Ms. Burgos was selected as a “Neighborhood Hero” to join a group of community activists who lead social innovation projects to forward the City of Miami. She is also the founding Vice President of Miami Next Leaders and a previous board member of Dade Heritage Trust, Allapattah Community Advisory Council, The Advocate Program and FIU Research Center for Minority Institutions. She was the 2013-2014 Executive Director of the Dominican American National Foundation and later joined the YMCA of South Florida as a Senior Program Director managing high profile grants and programs. She is a 2016 University of South Florida Community Real Estate Development Fellow, 2017 Miami’s New Leader’s Council Fellow, 2018 Radical Partner’s Leadership Lab Neighborhood Heroes Fellow, 2019 University of Miami Community Scholars in Affordable Housing and the 2019 NALCAB’s Pete Garcia Community & Economic Development Fellowship. Since 2015, she has been the International Program Coordinator for Tour of Hope, a Miami-based initiative that provides book bags and supplies to children in remote areas of Dominican Republic and trailer parks in Miami Dade County. Mileyka has been an active member of various non-profit organizations where she has mentored students, organized toy & food drives, provided scholarships and inspired others to reach their optimum potential.

Vince Larkin- Panelist for Turning the Housing Supply Crisis into an Opportunity Panel

Vince Larkins is co-founder and President/CEO of the watchdog Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. (FHC). The FHC is nationally known for assisting in over 6 Million Dollars in financial recovery for victims of housing discrimination. The FHC has trained hundreds of housing providers on their obligations since 2000. Most importantly, over 20,000 housing units have been opened on an equal opportunity basis throughout the State of Florida. 

Mr. Larkins is a long time member of the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), based in Washington DC. NFHA is a consortium of more than 220 private, non-profit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights agencies, and individuals from throughout the United States. Since joining the NFHA Board in 2004 he has been a regular in the halls of Congress on a year round basis, working closely with members of both the House and the Senate to introduce new and protect existing legislation in regards to civil rights, affordable housing, CDBG programs and numerous other housing related issues. 

Mr. Larkins served on the Palm Beach County Fair Housing/Equal Employment Opportunity Board from 1991-1999. In 1999 he was appointed to the PBC Commission on Affordable Housing, which he chaired for many years before stepping down in 2009.  He served as an original incorporator and member of the board of directors for the Community Land Trust of PBC, as its first President.  He currently serves on the Delray Beach CLT Board of Directors. 

In 1997 and 2000 Mr. Larkins was awarded by the Gold Coast Builders Association for “Outstanding Professionalism Among Sales and Marketing Members in the Home Building Industry”. Also in 2000, the County Commission recognized Mr. Larkins, in appreciation for his dedicated service to the people of Palm Beach County. 

In 2004 he was presented by the Fair Housing Council of Northeast Ohio with its “Champion of Humanity Award” for his “Unrelenting Fight Against Housing Discrimination”.  In April of 2006, he was honored by L.I.S.C of South Florida with its 2006 “Community Development Leader Award”. In 2009 Mr. Larkins was presented with the “Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award” at the Urban League 35th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Gala.

He has appeared in numerous national and local new publications, news channels and talk shows, such as the Wall Street Journal, Good Housingkeeping, National Fair Housing Advocate, The Independent Washington Report-Housing Affairs, South Florida Business Journal, Palm Beach Post, the Sun Sentinel, as well as and the WPTV25, WPEC5, CBSNEWS12, Channel 20’s Special Edition-County Connection and Channel 2’s WPBT/PBS-Issues.                                                                          

His dedicated advocacy and commitment to human rights has earned him the reputation and credibility required to effectively network with elected and non-elected officials, various religious denominations, public agencies, private, civic and community-based groups, immigrant organizations, homeless organizations, disability groups,  housing industry providers, lenders and the electronic/print media, those making the Dream of Dr. King closer to reality.   

Annie Lord- Panelist for Turning Housing Supply Crisis into an Opportunity Panel

Born and raised in Miami, Annie has 20 years of experience in community development and housing advocacy. Before joining MHFA, Annie served as the Chief Program Officer for CitySquare, a direct multi-service provider for vulnerable households, and Vice President of Community Development for Citibank. She is privileged to have served as the first Executive Director of the South Florida Community Development Coalition. Annie is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a graduate of Class VI of Miami Fellows, and has both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Harvard University.

Karla Bachmann- Moderator: for How To Collaborate vs. Compete Panel

Karla Bachmann is the Director of Financial Wellness Services at Branches. Using a Human-Centered approach, she leads the development and implementation of transformative programs and services that promote financial opportunity and asset building. She is a firm believer in a family centric and holistic approach of service delivery that promotes building social capital and integrates financial, education and health services for participants to achieve stability and financial success.

Mrs. Bachmann has spent the last 18 years of her life working towards social equity, economic stability and racial justice for new immigrant and disproportionately under-resourced communities, reaching across different sectors, building relationships between groups unfamiliar to one another, to partner and design solutions to complex social issues. She co-authored the book My Family, My Self- The Latino Guide to Emotional Well-Being. A culturally sensitive guide specific to the emotional health of Latinos, with a focus on family, in navigating the psychological, social, and cultural challenges faced after immigrating to America. This guide provides behavioral and emotional health insights and resources that honor and employ the strengths of Latino culture and their communities.

Through the years, she has developed truly innovative service delivery models that are both linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive with a holistic approach to family wellbeing. Some of the programs have been recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The National Council of La Raza, LISC and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.

She remains tirelessly committed to building relationships, programs and opportunities that help families and individuals prosper.

Rachel “Jo” Sanchez- Panelist for How To Collaborate vs. Compete Panel

Rachel “Jo” Sanchez is a Senior Manager on the Community Impact and Investment team at Capital One where she manages the bank’s partnerships with nonprofit organizations in East Region markets including Boston, Cambridge, Tampa, and South Florida. Jo has worked for Capital One for over 8 years and previously spent 7 years in the nonprofit sector. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Jo received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and has spent her professional career in New York City, Guatemala, Washington DC, and South Florida. 

Felipe Pinzon- Panelist for How To Collaborate vs. Compete Panel

Felipe Pinzon has been with Hispanic Unity of Florida since 2002, as an Executive Director is responsible for the planning, implementation, and oversight of HUF’s programs and services.  He is also responsible for agency strategy, development and sustainability. Felipe has spent over 25 years working with social service and educational organizations, including 18 years managing multiple programs and funding sources. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Additionally, Felipe is a graduate of the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. 

Felipe has served on the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Advisory Committee on Economic Security, Florida Prosperity Partnership Board of Directors and Sheridan Technical Center School Advisory Board. He also serves on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Board of Directors, the United Way of Broward County Public Policy Committee and is a Co-Chair of the Six Pillars Social Justice and Racial Equity

In 2009, he was awarded the Distinguished Service/Outstanding Young Non-Profit Executive Meeting Award from the Jaycees Hollywood Junior Chamber. Most recently he received the 2017 Hispanicize Positive Impact Award. 

He is also a faculty member at Ana G. Mendez University System. 

Felipe is married and father of three children; he spends his free time with family, playing tennis, running and riding his motorcycle.

Christopher Norwood- Speaker: How to Run for Office

Christopher Norwood J.D., is the Principal of The Norwood Consulting Group, Founded in 2002 as a resource for public, private and non-profit institutions engaged in community building. Offering services to support non-profit management, governance training, program design, political consulting, community advocacy and public policy analysis. He is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia where he studied Social Work & Community Organization (1995). Mr. Norwood pursued his Masters of Public Administration at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs (1995-1997) and his Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University School of Law (2002) where he served as President of the Catholic Students Lawyers Guild. Mr. Norwood is a community organizer, passionately involved but strategically focused. 

Norwood serves his community in several ways, as Vice-Chair of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Audit and Budget Advisory Committee, Secretary of the Our Little Ones Child Care Center – Board of Directors (Head Start Program), National Treasurer of the National Hampton Alumni Association Inc. as well as several other boards that further his personal mission to serve.

Norwood is also the founder of Hampton Art Lovers, operator of the Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery. An avid art collector that serves on the editorial board of The International Review of African American Art, founded in 1976, published by the Hampton University Museum which is the oldest African American Museum and Art Museum in the country.

Valda Valbrun- Speaker: Unpacking the Impacts of Racism on Communities of Color

Valda Valbrun is an established educational leader known for passion toward inclusive, research-based, and data-driven pedagogy. 

As a system change facilitator, she has a proven track record of supporting schools, districts and organizations to change practices and establish systems. She is known as a dynamic speaker, professional developer, teacher, administrator, entrepreneur, advocate, and student champion. 

Ms. Valbrun has worked nationally on leadership development and executive coaching and provides coaching and professional development to aspiring, newly appointed and experienced leaders. She started her career 29 years ago and currently provides leadership development and consulting as well as training specifically targeted to build the capacity of culturally proficient leaders and staff who can address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

As an educational leader and equity specialist, she is a certified administrator of The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) which assesses intercultural competence. Ms. Valbrun is also trained and certified in Facilitative Leadership for Social Change to help her clients as they manage issues of culture, class, and equity and confront systems that threaten inclusive practices.

Ms. Valbrun has been a teacher, principal, and district level leader. In addition to these roles, Ms. Valbrun has served as the director of professional learning at ASCD and as the executive director of organizational development for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC).  She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and is mother to Arianna Valbrun, a senior at Spelman College.