Dorian Burton, Asst. Executive Director, William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust
Kweku Forstall, Director-Atlanta Civic Site, Annie E. Casey Foundation
David McGhee, Program Director, Skillman Foundation
Samantha Mellerson, Senior Associate-Baltimore, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Moderator: Keima Sheriff, CEO, Institute for Balance and Restoration
Dorian Burton, Ed.L.D., is a program officer at the The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. He is also co-founder of TandemED and Co-Director of the TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement at The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
Forstall oversees the Atlanta Civic Site's programs, investments and partnerships in Neighborhood Planning Unit V to ensure healthy child development and academic success; access to jobs that allow adults to properly support their families; and neighborhoods that offer affordable housing as well as educational and economic opportunities.
A leader in the nonprofit sector for nearly 30 years, Forstall previously served as founding director of Year Up Atlanta, an affiliate of a national nonprofit focused on workforce development for young adults ages 18-24. Before that, he was founding executive director of Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) Atlanta, a comprehensive public education reform initiative that aims to improve academic achievement for children from low-income families to increase the number of first-generation college graduates. He also has held leadership roles at United Way of Greater Atlanta, where he oversaw investments in local and regional nonprofits, and Morehouse College’s community service efforts. Forstall began his career as a staff, then managing, attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc.
David R. McGhee, program director leading the Skillman Foundation’s youth development strategy, joined the Foundation in 2014. Prior to joining the Foundation, David served as a program director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as a congressional liaison for U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, who represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District.
David's work with youth and communities and role as a thought-leader has been recognized across the state and beyond. He was featured in the September 2012 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and contributed to the National Urban League's 2013 State of Black America Report. His essay Mentoring Matters: Why Young Professionals and Others Must Mentor, was published alongside contributors such as Marc H. Morial, Eric H. Holder, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, and many others. In 2016, he was selected as a Next City Vanguard, joining a group of 45 top urban innovators making equitable change, and was also selected to take part in the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Summit, a gathering of the nation's emerging nonprofit and philanthropic leaders.
Samantha Mellerson is the Director of Education and Social Justice at The Family League. She is responsible for delivering results within a portfolio of work that includes Out of School Time; Nutrition Programs; Community Schools Programs; Mentoring; Ready by 21 Initiatives; Disproportionate Minority Contact and Cultural Competence; and System Reform. She has researched, proposed and implemented nationally recognized programs and services that have addressed critical institutional challenges that focus on minority overrepresentation and racial disparities. Mellerson has tirelessly brought together a wide range of community, state and national foundation stakeholders to improve the well-being of Baltimore's youth and their families.
Keima Sheriff has over 12 years of professional experience as an educator, program director, and supervisor. In addition to several other clients, Ms. Sheriff currently consults with the Urban Affairs Coalition as the Youth Division Specialist, providing organizational health assessment, development, and ongoing technical assistance to youth-serving program partners. She previously served as the Interim Executive Director of the Alternative Education Program at Cookman United Methodist Church. The program was contracted to educate 50 chronically truant and disengaged youth. Ms. Sheriff found success in creating stability for the program, strengthening the working relationship of the teaching staff, and encouraging the program to design assessment tools that can inform programmatic success. Prior to this experience, Ms. Sheriff served as consultant for The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Truancy and Delinquency Prevention (OTDP). Her role was to develop and maintain an effective collaboration between the Family Court system and DHS. Later her role with OTDP was to train providers in program standards, court involvement, offer general technical assistance, and project implementation assistance.