Malika Redmond, MA
CEO and CoFounder
Malika Redmond is the co-founder and CEO of Women Engaged, a 6 years old initiative based in Atlanta, GA, that works to inspire Black women and young adults to become impactful leaders, key decision-makers, and effective agents for social change through voter engagement and reproductive justice advocacy and leadership development. Women Engaged was featured in a Forbes blog post as a top ten organization to donate to that is led by women of color in the 2020 "Giving Tuesday Campaign."
Malika has worked for 20 years both nationally and internationally managing projects that focus on women's human rights, racial justice, and youth empowerment. She founded the International Black Youth Summit in 1994, and for a decade led community leadership training, networking, and cross-cultural relationship-building opportunities for Black youth from the continent of Africa and among the African Diaspora including hosting conferences in nations such as South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica and the United States of America. Additionally, she was one of the youngest national field organizers for the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, an event that brought nearly 1 million participants to the National Mall.
Currently, Malika is the proud board Chair of the ProGeorgia Civic Engagement Table and her awards include the 2016 distinguished Rockwood Fellow for Leaders In the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice field,"Stand Up for Reproductive Justice" award by Feminist Women's Health Center, "Legends in the Making" award by Planned Parenthood, SE, and a nominated "ChangeMaker" for the 2016 United States of Women conference. Her writings are featured in Truthout, Blavity, PRA, the Women's Health Advocate. She has been quoted and or featured in The New Republic, Teen Vogue, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Malika holds a BA from Spelman College and MA from Georgia State University.
Michelle Wilson, MA
Vice President of Leadership Development & Movement Building Technologies
Michelle (they/them/she) is a Black, queer woman born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). They have worked in social justice, community engagement, and politics for over 14 years. They started their journey as a teenager as the first Black woman appointed Chairman of the KCMO Youth Commission, where they led a team of young people who created policy recommendations for the city government. They went on to study political science in Little Rock, Arkansas at Philander Smith College.
They were a founding member of the first Gay-Straight Alliance at a Historically Black institution in Arkansas. Afterward, they worked in the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College managing programs and events in social justice education for the campus and community at large. Michelle worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign to advance rights and visibility for Black LGBTQ+ folks. While in Arkansas, they were appointed to the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, where they served to inform policy pertaining to incarcerated young people. Michelle was also a board member of Women Lead Arkansas, an organization geared toward the inclusiveness of women in political engagement.
Michelle is now a resident in Atlanta, GA, and is set to receive their Masters in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Currently, they serve as a 2021 Reproductive Health Rights, and Justice Fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to deepen their commitment to movement and leadership development. They are excited to bring together their passions and education to fulfill the mission and vision of Women Engaged. In their free time, Michelle enjoys crochet, playing/streaming video games, and connecting with loved ones.
Mishara Davis, BA
Vice-President of Political and Civic Engagement
Mishara Davis grew up in Georgia where her passion for social justice began as an organizer with the NAACP in 2007. She continued her advocacy in Detroit and later served as a Precinct Delegate for two years representing voters with enthusiasm and transparency. In 2016, Mishara organized voters in New Hampshire and Mississippi during the presidential primaries which further molded her interest in integrated voter engagement.
For the last five years, Mishara worked and lived in Washington, D.C. advocating for political power building in BIPOC communities across the country through civic engagement, strategic data management, and relational organizing with State Voices. She now resides in Georgia and approaches the work at Women Engaged using a racial and gender equity lens as the Vice President of Political & Civic Engagement.
Mishara graduated from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Planning in 2015 and is completing her MPA at Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Mishara is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and leads the political action efforts for her chapter.
Nic Clark, BA, JD
Homegrown in Athens, Georgia, Black, queer, nonbinary, activist Nic Clark (she/he/they) serves as Campaign Organizer of WE Vote. WE Rise!
An anti-racist since calling out their racist first-grade teacher, Nic helped secure multi-million dollar settlements for Black folx who endured systemic torture perpetuated by the Chicago Police Department. A formidable advocate throughout their career, Nic’s first job was ensuring the reintegration of individuals with mental illness back into their communities post-hospitalization, and immediately prior to joining Women Engaged, Nic successfully advocated against anti-trans legislation introduced in the Georgia General Assembly.
Nic will continue to work toward the realization of an imperceptible, currently unimaginable society that centers equity -- especially for Black women, girls, and femmes.
Nic’s finest moments of self-care involve overindulging following intense workouts.
Executive Assistant to the Co-founder & CEO
Nikki Pringle is the Executive Assistant to co-founder and CEO Malika Redmond, providing support in the mission to create a world that honors the civil and human rights of Black women, femmes, and girls. With over 20 years of experience as a senior-level executive assistant and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Nikki skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations for the organizations she has served. In her previous roles, Nikki supported CEOs, COOs, and executive leadership team members, handling all the nuances of day-to-day operations, and served as a liaison to the Board of Directors. She is highly regarded for her time management skills, effective communication abilities, and commitment to excellence. Nikki was recognized as a team member who made the most contributions and deemed as a “game-changer” in the overall success of the Business Initiatives Project during her thirteen years at one of the leading hospitality companies.
In addition to her executive assistant duties, Nikki is passionate about serving her community. She volunteered for over a decade at the Children’s Miracle Network Caring Classic charity golf tournament benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, which raised over $200k annually. She also volunteered her time at the Ronald McDonald House which provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities.
Nikki’s greatest value to the team is her ability to relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
Amber Ellington, BA
Amber Ellington is the Development Associate at Women Engaged working directly under the Vice President of Development, Selena H. McLaurin. Amber has recently moved from Florida, where she was an educator and a department chair for three years teaching Civics and Economics at a Title 1 school. As an educator, Amber was a first hand advocate for voter engagement by teaching new and upcoming eligible voters about voting rights and voter registration through her classes in and outside of the school setting.
During her matriculation, Amber became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At the same time, Amber has actively championed programs that foster empowerment to women and communities of color. She co-founded a mentorship program which cultivated and supported young women from the ages of 8-14. She continued on her service becoming president of a women’s think tank and empowerment organization that supports African American women on her campus and in the community.
Amber graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in International Affairs and she is currently completing her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Rutgers University
Josh Cass, BS
Josh Cass (he/him) is the first solely dedicated personnel to data visualization and analytics for the Women Engaged team.
Josh’s professional background is in engineering, however, he has always maintained a passion for blending STEM workflows with social justice initiatives to increase civic engagement within the Black community.
During his time as an undergrad, Josh served as the President of the local chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and went on to serve as the Regional Vice-Chair. Josh also delivered the university’s inaugural “State of the Black Student Body Address”, where he learned first-hand how data visualization can be implemented in the public arena to remind senior public officials that they are also representatives of the Black community and are therefore accountable to them.
Josh believes that a diverse coalition of backgrounds and perspectives is the key to building more equitable neighborhoods, communities, and cities.
Josh is a native of Atlanta, GA, and loves to share quirky facts about the City in the Forest.
Josh holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.
Jalessah T. Jackson, MA
Critical Activist Pedagogy & Community Power Building Research Specialist
Jalessah T. Jackson (they/she) is an interdisciplinary cultural worker whose work is grounded in a people-centered approach to human rights theory and practice, a lens that uses Black feminist intersectional analysis to anchor its social justice demands. In their former role as the Director of Community Engagement at Feminist Women’s Health Center, they lead the development of the Center’s comprehensive vision, strategy, implementation, and evaluation plan for community engagement, education, organizing, and leadership development programs and initiatives.
Jalessah is an experienced educator teaching in both community-based and higher education settings. They have taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Public Health and Social Sciences, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. In April 2020, they founded the Decolonial Feminist Collective (DFC), a project that seeks to produce new forms of knowledge as well as elevate, center, and amplify cultural epistemologies, experiences, and knowledge.
Across all of Jalessah’s experiences in the classroom and in the community, her work exemplifies the interrelationship between pedagogy, scholarship, and political engagement, and her daily work has been with/in communities who are marginalized through systems of oppression. They hold a BA in African and African Diaspora Studies, and a MA in Gender and Cultural Studies.
Kai A. Johnson, JD
If/When/How Reproductive Justice Research Fellow
Kai A. Johnson comes to Women Engaged as a 2021-2022 If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow. Kai was born and raised in Jackson, MS, and has recently worked for many incredible organizations where she engaged civil rights and human rights issues through an intersectional feminist and critical race framework.
She provided legal assistance and policy research around parole, extreme sentencing, and criminal justice issues disproportionately impacting Black children as an intern for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. At the ACLU of Louisiana, she worked as a legal extern within their Justice Lab, an intensive litigation project combating anti-Black police violence and racially discriminatory policing practices in Louisiana, where she produced a comprehensive report on trauma-informed lawyering.
Kai also clerked for the Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, where she worked on §1983 prisoners civil rights claims. Her legal scholarship and research have centered on abolition, gender and sexuality, migration, and human rights law. She is excited to join Women Engaged and to fight for reproductive justice & human rights through community-based civic and political engagement.
Kai earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Columbia College of Columbia University. After receiving her B.A., she worked in D.C. on state and federal policy concerning healthcare access, reproductive justice, and voting rights issues impacting the South as a staff member for Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of the 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi. She holds a J.D. and certificate in International & Comparative Law from Tulane University Law School.