David J. Johns is the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The Initiative works across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students. Prior to joining the Department, Johns was a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Johns also was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
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.