Tyeisha Grier spent most of her childhood overseas before moving to Delaware in her teens. After high school she attended Delaware State University before serving as a Combat Medic in the US Army. Prior to her honorable discharge she gained her first taste of the administrative side of healthcare as the NCOIC of the Internal Medicine Clinic, one of the largest clinics at WRAMC in D.C. Tyeisha’s experience combines over 20 years of various clinical and administrative roles in healthcare and mental health. She prides herself as a passionate advocate for the rights of patients, workers, and students. Currently she’s one of the Co-Coordinators of the new Community Policy Institute, a joint collaboration with Network Delaware and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.
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Shyanne Miller is Black American woman, born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Shyanne Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware, and her Masters in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. She specializes in policy advocacy and community organizing, and serves as board member of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow in Delaware and the Campaign Manager for the Building People Power Campaign. She focuses on fighting racism through reforming the criminal justice system and promoting democratic, economic justice. Shyanne’s passion is to support anti-racist efforts by building the ability of all community members—regardless of race, gender, age, ability, or experience-- to participate in the political process in order to promote social justice.
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Coby Owens, is a native Wilmingtonian and is an award-winning advocate, and national organizer. As a human and civil rights activist, he has led mobilizations and nonviolent direct action campaigns across the country. He possesses the unique ability to bring people together for a common purpose and mobilize them to bring about change. Coby’s passion to fight for equity in our community comes from his own life’s journey and fuels his pursuit of fundamental human rights.
Jalyn Powell, 24-year-old Milford, Delaware native, is an advocate, community leader and businesswoman. Through this civil service, Jalyn was inspired to create her own company, OUTLOUD LLC, an empowerment services organization focusing on personal growth and achievement in a holistic approach through empowerment, engagement, and advocacy.
Most recently Jalyn has been utilizing her organizing skills to bring the fight for justice to Sussex County. Jalyn`s first major advocacy role was as the guest speaker for the March for Your Lives Rehoboth March back in 2018. Jalyn spoke to a crowd of over 1,000 in encouragement of the need for gun reform. More recently, she brought together a crowd of hundreds in her organized peaceful demonstration, Walk of Change, held in Milford, Delaware. The attendees shared the message of Racial Equity and Social Justice in honor of George Floyd.
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Drew is the Network Coordinator and Co-Founder of Network Delaware which focuses on activating regular people in the political process through leadership development, civic engagement, and policy change. Through the organization Drew has provided a space to support campaigns for racial justice, immigrant rights, reproductive justice, and economic opportunity. He focuses his time coaching and developing the next set of social change organizers across the state.
Previously, Drew managed and coached multiple grassroots electoral and issue-oriented campaigns from the local to the state-wide level. He also wrote at OrganizingChange.org and coached chess at a local school.
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Apryl is the Principal Facilitator for Network Delaware’s newly formed Ella Josephine Baker Black Organizers Group which prepares aspiring Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) organizers wishing to improve their skills to make an impact for racial justice and fight for Black liberation. This small group immerses participants in the fundamentals of social change organizing, base building, leadership development, and campaign planning.
Apryl has worked in the community organizing field for over 25 years, and in partnership with Delaware communities since 1998. She regularly facilitates trainings on eliminating oppression, comprehensive peer counseling, community building, and leadership development for Delaware professionals and community leaders. She has also led workshops on these skills throughout the Unites States, as well as in Kenya and South Africa.
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Kirsten joined Network Delaware as a volunteer during Membership Week 2017. She has worked on several programs within the organization, including the Restorative Schools Campaign, People’s Congress, and Planning Committee. Currently, she serves as coordinator for the Change Agent Journey, a leadership development program that provides coaching and support for folks looking to build their skills and learn to make change in their community.
Prior to joining the Network Delaware team, Kirsten worked on several electoral campaigns, both as volunteer coordinator and campaign manager. She is passionate about Network Delaware’s mission to support regular people in getting involved with the political process.
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Crystal Womack is the Founder and Co-Facilitator of Network Delaware’s Black Staffer University (BSU). BSU is for Black aspiring politicos and campaign staffers with the goal of diversifying campaign staff in the state.
A native Detroiter, she received her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and relocated to Delaware in 2015. Politics has always been an obsession of Crystal’s and she’s found ways to get involved since before she was voting age. She’s volunteered, staffed and/or managed campaigns in three states. Crystal’s passion is getting as many people as possible civically engaged because she believes diversity at every level is better for us all.
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