Ameer (Lead Speaker)

Ameer (Lead Speaker)

Doctorate Candidate in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley

Ameer is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies. Ameer also holds a Masters in African American Studies from UC Berkeley and is currently working towards earning his doctorate in African Diaspora Studies. His research explores Reality Television as a social phenomena, and how its effects on the perception of Blackness outside of a televisual space. Ameer has conducted research for Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American research (The Hip-Hop Archive) and currently works with Harvard University’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice on a series of summer forums. Ameer also received the University of California Berkeley 2011 Graduate Council Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.
Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire

Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire

Civil Rights Attorney

Distinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence. It is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed jurisprudence. Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found
in our nation’s constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood. As President and CEO of Ben Crump Law PLLC, his legal acumen as both a litigator and advocate has
ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. The conspectus of his constitutional battles at both the local, state and federal levels
will be the textbook most frequently referenced by this and future generations of civil rights law and the protection of constitutional freedoms.

Benjamin Crump was nationally recognized as the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award. In 2016, he was designated as an
Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law. Attorney Crump is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association, he serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, he was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and was the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has represented and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like Trayvon Martin who was killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri; the precedent setting Robbie Tolan U.S. Supreme Court case; and 10 of the 13 Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump and his former law partner, Daryl Parks, donated $1,000,000.00 to the organization’s Capital Campaign to ensure that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts.

Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly
of his time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all. He is married to
Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump and legal guardian to Chancellor Isiah Crump and Jemarcus Olajuwan Crump.

Attorney Crump is the host of the critically acclaimed legal docudramas, “Evidence of Innocence” on the TVOne and “Who killed Tupac, The Search For Justice” on A&E. He can also be seen on Fox’s “You The Jury.” His CrumpWatch column, which is a legal essay on law, society, and culture, appears on He portrays legendary civil rights attorney Z. Alexander Lobby
in the Hollywood production of the upcoming movie entitled Marshall. He also appeared in the documentary, Beating Justice, the Martin Lee Anderson case and BET’s I am Trayvon. He serves as host for the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute Annual Contemporary Issues in Civil Rights Symposium where national thought leaders gather at Tennessee State University.

Ashley Armato

Ashley Armato

Senior Associate Director of College Counseling/ Equity and Inclusion Co-Coordinator

Ashley Armato is the Senior Associate, Director of College Counseling at Palmer Trinity School in Miami. She also leads the school’s diversity and social change efforts as a Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion. She began her career in college admissions at Amherst College, Massachusetts in 2008 and later joined the college counseling department at Palmer Trinity in 2010. Ashley currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) and is Co-Chair of the Hispanic/Latinx Special Interest Group within the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Ashley graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a BA in Spanish and concentration in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought. She received her MS.Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building from Florida International University in 2014.


Angel Rich

Angel Rich

Financial Literacy Speaker

Creating an algorithm for the stock market to win Goldman Sachs Portfolio Challenge, selling her first marketing plan to Prudential, becoming a founding employee of FINRA, authoring the first ever African American Financial Experience study, inventing the top financial literacy product in the world, and being named the “Next Steve Jobs” by Forbes – all by age 30, Angel Rich has earned the title Wealth Pioneer.

In 2009, Rich became a Global Market Research Analyst for Prudential Financial. While there she conducted over 70 financial behavior studies including the Obama’s Veterans Initiative. During her final year at Prudential, she helped the company’s Annuities division grow from #16 in Service to #4, helping the company save $6 billlion.

After leaving, Rich founded The Wealth Factory with a mission to provide equal access to financial literacy across the world. Today her company designs WealthyLife financial literacy education technology games. The online games are supported by financial curriculum, programming and activities, walking people from birth to retirement in 12 subjects.

The first game released is titled CreditStacker. This match-three game, like Candy Crush, allows users to swap colored pieces representing the 5 major credit types, to pay off debt, achieve a high credit score, and learn from the multiple-choice questions. It has been named the best financial literacy product in the country by The White House, Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase.

In August 2017, the company launched the full product version of CreditStacker, exceeding 200,000 downloads in 60 countries in 21 languages in two weeks. Google named it one of the Top 10 Apps in the world of 2017 and 2018. It’s the #1 most downloaded education app in 14 countries, top 5 in 40.

The Wealth Factory’s goal is to transform financial marketing to financial education while reducing poverty, increasing financially savvy citizens, raising financial product ownership and building better financial ecosystems.

In early 2017, Rich also released her first book – The History of the Black Dollar – with the foreword written by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore. The book takes readers on an economic journey through history to depict the major milestones, historic figures and upcoming leaders.

Later that year, she was honored to be named Hamptonian of the Year and help found the Hampton University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute. She is also a proud member of the 2016 HBCU 30 Under 30, Hampton 40 Under 40 and Google Top 30 Black Female Founders.

In 2018, the United Nations named her one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the African Diaspora and one of four Icons, establishing a partnership to offer financial literacy to the African Diaspora. Later that year, she was appointed Commissioner of Financial Literacy by the Mayor of DC.



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Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

Founding Executive Director at THGP

An Oakland native, Founding Executive Director Brandon Nicholson has always felt a deep sense of commitment to promoting equity in the public realm, particularly in the education space. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), where he conducted research, evaluation, and analysis across a range of key social policy areas. Brandon has conducted substantial research in the areas of education and youth development, with a particular focus on issues of equity and access in K-12 education for underserved populations. He has considerable experience investigating linkages among race, class, and youth development.
Akeem Brown

Akeem Brown

Programs Director at THGP

Akeem is the Programs Director at The Hidden Genius Project, board chair of The Lorenzo Alexander ACES foundation, and founder of Corporately. Akeem’s passion is embedded at the intersections of technology, business, law and policy, and empowering youth with confidence and a skill set to build technical solutions to solve problems specific to their own communities. As a result of his own personal experiences growing up and navigating through underrepresented communities, Akeem’s ministry is known to be unrelenting and unapologetic with respect to creating access and opportunities for historically underserved demographics.

Akeem’s previous professional experience is in law where he served as a Senior Corporate Paralegal overseeing new business venture’s intellectual property, contracts, and compliance matters- Akeem was educated at the University of California, Riverside where he studied in Public Policy and Religion.

Hodari Tourè, Ph.D.

Hodari Tourè, Ph.D.

Innovation Educator

Hodari A. Tourè received his doctorate from UC Berkeley in the School of Education in Social and Cultural Studies. His research in anthropology and education reflects a strong emphasis on inner city African Americans and has resulted in an interest in organic community discourse, which he calls block pedagogy. He states it is a discourse, which reflects the constant negotiation of identity power and privileged knowledge.

Prof. Tourè has taught courses at UC Berkeley and has vast experience in working with young Black males throughout the East Bay including Emery Middle School and King Estate Middle School.

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong

VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook

Ime Archibong is the VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook. His organization builds and manages global partnerships in support of Facebook’s mission by driving product and business strategy.

For the past eight years, his team has led on a number of key corporate initiatives, including the developer platform, community leaders program, local business product integrations, music and video partnerships, messenger bot platform, connectivity efforts, and digital skills & education initiatives.

Prior to Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM. He started his career as a software engineer in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, worked on the corporate strategy team, and eventually joined the business development team.

Ime holds a Bachelor¹s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Camille Range

Camille Range

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Camille was born and raised in Oak Park, IL, a suburb outside Chicago. In high school, her track teammates taught her how to read a nutrition label so she could keep her body healthy for competition. While she saw results in her races, she was more interested in teaching other students how they could make healthy decisions for their everyday life and for their families.

She began making her own nutrition lessons and teaching them in her hometown middle school. Camille learned early that she enjoyed educating kids on how to be healthy and decided to go college to become a dietitian. She attended the University of Illinois and received her degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. In order for her to become a dietitian, Camille needed to do a hospital internship and decided she also wanted to get her Master’s degree in public health. She was accepted into a program and moved to Houston, Texas. Again, she created an afterschool and summer program that focused on teaching teenage girls, boys and their families how to make healthy choices around nutrition, exercise and counseling. During this time, former First Lady Michelle Obama created the Let’s Move! initiative to inspire healthy eating and exercise for kids and families across the country. Camille had always dreamed about helping the First Lady in her garden and her mission, so she applied to be an intern at the White House. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted to be the only intern for the office and had the pleasure to help the First Lady celebrate the five-year anniversary the Let’s Move! Today, Camille lives in Washington, DC where she teaches college students how to create their own programs that empower families in their communities how to lead healthy lives.

Yareli Quintana

Yareli Quintana

HOLISTIC HEALTH - Certified Holistic Health Coach

Yareli Quintana is a Certified Holistic Health Coach living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yareli is Certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and trained in Compassion Cultivation by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
As a coach, Yareli helps clients and communities navigate the overcomplicated world of health and wellness with practical nutrition tips and powerful holistic modalities, including meditation, self-compassion, and self-love. Yareli’s goal is to inspire a new generation of wellness ambassadors who believe in the power and sustainability of mind-body healing. Yareli is also a speaker, workshop leader, and the founder of