Emmanuel Pratt is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation and founding member of axilL3C. Emmanuel Pratt earned his BArch from Cornell University, his MSAUD (Masters in Science of Architecture and Urban Design) from Columbia University, and is presently a doctoral candidate in the PhD program of Urban Planning also from Columbia University. He is also the Director of Aquaponics for Chicago State University and teaches courses within the college of Arts and Sciences.
While most of his early work was anchored in the field of architecture, Emmanuel’s work has since explored the role of art and interactive media as a key component of urban design, urban farming, and sustainability with a particular concentration on the creation of a new paradigms for 21st century city planning
Cheo Tyehimba Taylor
In 2012, as creator and executive producer of the Game Changers Project, Cheo Tyehimba Taylor led the GCP Fellows to produce 30 micro-documentary films for 30 non-profits across the country that advocate for Black men and boys and was nominated for Ebony Magazine’s MANifest Award for the work.
A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television’s Screenwriting Track and the City University of New York Graduate School, he’s written and produced for various networks, foundations, blogs, and publications, including Time Warner, the Open Society Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation, MSNBC.com, theGrio.com, Entertainment Weekly, People, Vibe, Essence, The Washington Post, George (where he worked with John F. Kennedy, Jr.), and others. His writing (both fiction and non-fiction) has been featured in many publications, books, and anthologies.
Omar Wasow is an Assistant Professor in Princeton’s Department of Politics. His research focuses on race and politics, protest movements and statistical methods. Before joining the academy, Omar served as a regular on-air technology analyst and was the co-founder of BlackPlanet.com, a social network he helped grow to over three million active users. In 2003, he helped found a high performing K-8 charter school in Brooklyn. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He received a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from Stanford University.
Hank Thomas Willis
HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, The International Center of Photography, Public Art Fund, The Guggenhiem Museum Bilbao, Studio Museum in Harlem, Musée du quai Branly, and the Cleveland Museum of Art among others. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males and In Search Of The Truth, Cause Collective. In 2015 Thomas cofounded For Freedoms, the first artist run super Pac. Thomas is a member of the Public Design Commission for the City of New York. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.