National Co-Chair, Mayor, Hyattsville, MD
Candace Hollingsworth is the mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland where she is the youngest, and first African American mayor in the city’s 134-year history. She is a passionate advocate for great cities, youth, and stronger democracies. As mayor, Candace has championed policies and programs that improve outcomes for young people, expand opportunities for marginalized communities, and chart a path toward shared prosperity. As national co-chair of Our Black Party, Candace will help lead a national agenda to create lasting change in the everyday lives of Black people nationwide. A native Memphian, Candace holds a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Emory University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. She is a board member for the Prince George’s County African-American Museum and Cultural Center, a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for OxFam America, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
National Co-Chair, Vice-Mayor, Charlottesville, VA (Ret.)
Dr. Wes Bellamy, Author of “Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue” is a former Vice-Mayor and City Councilman in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Political Science Department Chairman at Virginia State University, and one of the Global thought leaders of the Millennial Generation. Dr. Bellamy is the Managing Partner of New Emergence Consulting, an Equity and Policy consulting firm, and the National Public Policy Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America. He is the youngest individual ever elected to the Charlottesville City Council post, and he came into the national spotlight after helping to lead the effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from City Parks.
He developed a comprehensive plan, the “Equity Package”, which included nearly $4 million in aid fir marginalized communities, and pushed it through city council. He is the founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention, a Convention focused on bringing together African American millennials from across the country to collectively use their power to create change. He has been featured in the New York Times. Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and has made appearances, on CNN, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, and On One with Angela Rye.
Steering Committee, Commonwealth Attorney, Portsmouth, VA
On February 10, 2015, Stephanie Morales was the first woman to be elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in Portsmouth, VA. She is a mother of four, a wife and a fighter who has committed her office to restorative justice and correcting the wrongs to members of the community by the system.
Three months into CA Morales’ first term an officer in her city killed an unarmed teen. CA Morales secured an indictment and led the prosecution at jury trial herself, leading to a voluntary manslaughter conviction of the officer, and resulting in police accountability in her city.
In 2015 she established the "Ctrl+Alt+Del Program” which now enters prisons to ensure incarcerated community members are successful upon release.
To intentionally build the future leaders of the legal profession, Commonwealth’s Attorney Morales has mentored over 200 students under her program called the “Future Leaders Initiative” which was also established in 2015. Under this program young people from elementary school all the way through law school come to shadow, intern or fellow during which they become “Junior Commonwealth’s Attorneys.” To further extend youth engagement and to keep students poised for academic success and success in life, Commonwealth’s Attorney Morales and her team formed the “Social Media by the Statutes” program where she and her team enter the public schools and engage students with scenarios that teach them how their behaviors online and through technology can affect them legally and permanently.
CA Morales advocates daily for those who can’t fight for themselves and to end and disrupt racism and implicit bias in the legal system. She fights for reform in marijuana enforcement and for other legislative reform centered around providing restorative justice to our community members.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc., an appointee to the Virginia State Child Fatality Review Team and is a national board member of the Local Progress Organization.
Steering Committee, Councilor, Binghamton, NY (Ret.)
Lea is an award-winning activist who works to bridge the gap between the community and government agencies to bring about positive and lasting change. One of her greatest achievement includes being elected as the first and youngest African-American representative in the Binghamton City Council.
She has 20 years of experience as a Community Organizer leading effort on various social justice issues; quality education, health care, and addressing food deserts. She has also served on community boards and created task forces whose goals are to address cultural competency and anti-racism. She has passed legislation supporting equal pay for women, the creation of a city based human rights commission, establishing a city-wide climate action plan, and other equity-based legislation.
She was recognized as one of tomorrow's leaders by Oprah magazine. She’s an Alum and Trainer with Vote Run Lead, and the Young Elected Officials Network, where she serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Black Caucus.
Steering Committee, Founder, For(bes) the Culture
Rashaad Lambert is an award winning marketing architect (or marketect ®), educator and philanthropist hailing from West Philadelphia. Rashaad is the founder of Sporty Marketing Group, the world’s only six sigma marketing agency. There, he has worked with multi-billion dollar companies such as Uber, JetSmarter, Adidas, the NBA, and the NFL as well as multi-million dollar companies Forbes, Villa, Club Corp, & Pink Label Beauty. Rashaad is also the founder of For(bes) The Culture an initiative of CultureMakers Inc & Forbes Media. For his business acumen Rashaad was given the ‘Entrepreneurial Excellence’ award by the Pennsylvania House Of Representatives. Rashaad is also the founder of Lambert Legacy Charities, a nonprofit organization that has served over 20,000 people over 10 years using experiential philanthropy in efforts to alleviate deep poverty in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. For his community work through Lambert Legacy Charities, Rashaad has been awarded an NAACP Image Award (Hometown Champion), a Congressional Proclamation, and A US Senate Resolution.