ABOUT


​Our mission is to equip underserved young adults with the tools and information necessary to obtain personal and professional success.

Our vision is economic empowerment for all. 

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OUR TEAM

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Joseph Brown

Executive Director & President

Joseph is a creative problem solver with a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others realize their full potential. Creative and dedicated, Joseph has a talent for helping others with original solutions to their personal challenges. Joseph is usually perceptive in observing the talents of others, and good at encouraging teammates to contribute their skills, while being mindful of group process, listening attentively to the opinions of others and synthesizing various priorities to create a unified vision. Joseph is a transformational leader who motivates others by sharing a positive vision, with the intent to win others' dedication through his own hard work, strong principles, and inspiring ideas.


Joseph is at his best when guiding a team to commit to a common vision, and when creating organizational goals to benefit people. Joseph is an experienced leader at Apple with 6 years of exceptional customer service experience. While being a leader at Apple, Joseph has become competent in the areas of growth and development. Joseph holds a M.A. in Leadership and Management Studies.

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Kyra Brown

Creative Director

Kyra is a people-centered creator with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities. Energetic, warm, and passionate, Kyra loves to help other people explore their creative potential and is often motivated by her beliefs in humanitarian causes and seeks work that is consistent with her values. 


Kyra is an enthusiastic, involved team member who is interested in exploring the possibilities for innovation. She enjoys relating to people and hearing their ideas—the more imaginative, the
better. Although Kyra is open-minded, she is fundamentally grounded in a sense of values, and
look for the principles and motivations behind her teammates’ ideas. 

 

At her best, Kyra is creative, sensitive, and passionate about future possibilities. Kyra senses the potential in everyone, and wants to do what she can to help them achieve their dreams. Kyra is an excellent motivator, keeping people inspired and engaged with her charm and energy. Kyra uses her imagination and compassion to bring people together and affect positive change 
Kyra is an experienced HR manager with a background in graphic design.

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Cierra Gant

Marketing Director

Cierra is the CEO of Zoe Designs and works for the Family Resource Center in San Diego County. Cierra has 6 years of combined marketing experience working with multiple verticals, and is pursuing an AA degree in Business Marketing at Palomar College and a Certificate in UX/UI
design. Cierra is excited to integrate her passion for marketing and love for improving her
community.

 

Cierra is passionate about financial literacy for intercity communities and believes it is a fundamental part of shifting the wealth gap by creating opportunities and passing down knowledge to the next generation. Cierra is a creative nurturer with a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others realize their potential. Creative and dedicated, Cierra  has a talent for helping others with original solutions to their personal challenges. Which makes Cierra excited to integrate her passion for marketing and love for improving her community as the Initiative's Marketing Director.

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Isaiah Williams

Vice President

Isaiah Williams is a strong communicator and mental health advocate for minorities, specifically the African American and Latinx communities. He has been in the non-profit sector as a volunteer for 10 years and employed for 1 year. He is the Problem-Solving Specialist for a non-profit that assists homeless youth. Isaiah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills which he aims to use as a basis for opening his own clinic for mental health in his hometown of Los Angeles. 


Isaiah thrives in a collaborative and a team-inclusive workspace. He is a critical thinker who is able to assess a situation on both a macro and micro level. Isaiah has the ability to connect the missing pieces of a project and give credible and constructive criticism that will advance the project forward. Also, Isaiah has the ability to build long-lasting community relationships. During downtime, Isaiah enjoys leading in youth ministry. Isaiah is also an avid musician playing guitar, bass, and drums for church. Isaiah enjoys cooking, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.