The Board of Directors

Risa Dixon

President and Founder

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Risa Dixon was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to Trinidadian parents. She always knew that she wanted to make a change in the world with whatever she decided to do. Writing became her passion of choice because she loved the idea of being able to ignite a spark in someone’s mind with words that could cause a domino effect of positive change. She received her Bachelors in Journalism from St. John’s University and her MBA in Media Management from Metropolitan College of NY. She has over 10 years of experience in the journalism field, both in print and online. She has always been active in the community from being president of the Key Youth of America to being a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the New York Urban League of Young Professionals. She has been a mentor to many young black girls in Brooklyn. She owns her own media company Soul Reflectionz LLC that is all about highlighting the beauty of black and Caribbean culture.


Michael Partis
Chairman of the Advisory Board

Michael Partis is Director of Policy and Research for Young Movement Inc working on community‐based economic development. For the last five years, he has taught in the Center for Ethnic Studies at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College. A practicing anthropologist that works on neighborhood and local-focused projects, Michael was recently appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor at LIU Brooklyn’s Urban Studies program. Michael is the founder of the Hip‐Hop Thought Project and a Board Member for the Canady Foundation for the Arts.