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Meet Our Board Directors

Tayler
Tayler

Tayler Ava Friar is a writer, TEDx speaker, art historian, and global communications specialist with previous roles at The United Nations, World Bank, and Google.

Beau Bree
Beau Bree

Beau Bree Rhee is a visual artist and choreographer. Her work centers around body-space-ecologies and our radical dependencies with the environment and cosmos.

Karey
Karey

Karey Wallace, with over 20 years in HR, heads human resources at Lantern Community Service, optimizing operations and employee relations. She is SHRM-SCP certified, holds a HR management degree from Pace University, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Craig
Craig

Craig Dixon is an accomplished Business Development Executive with 15+ years of experience in various industries, including healthcare, commerce, cloud computing, and digital media.

Nakia
Nakia

Nakia Booth is a co-founder and executive producer of Media Scheme, a digital media company that offers audio, video, photography, and strategy services.

Barbara
Barbara

An experienced law professor and leader in legal education for more than twenty years, Professor Bernier has significant administrative experience in establishing several nascent law schools and accreditation.

Eric
Eric

Eric Freeze grew up in southern Alberta, Canada in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies. He studied creative writing and African-American literature in the US, getting a PhD at Ohio University and eventually teaching at Wabash College in Indiana where he is a tenured professor.

Jallicia
Jallicia

Kingston-born and Brooklyn-bred, Dr. Jallicia Jolly is a spoken word poet, writer, and reproductive justice organizer who is currently an Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College.

Kaila
Kaila

Kaila McNair is a Manager, Talent Acquisition for the Achievement Network (ANet) where she serves as a talent expert and trusted strategist on talent best practices grounded in equity and anti-racism.

Cedric
Cedric

Cedric Shine is a seasoned marketing strategist, writer, and Black Culture enthusiast. Cedric currently serves as the Director of Marketing Platforms & Development for Major League Soccer, focused on growing the youth audience by leveraging new platforms and connecting to cultural touchpoints in an authentic way.

At the heart of our mission, guiding every step we take towards nurturing creativity and championing literary excellence, stands our esteemed Board of Directors.

Comprised of distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds in literature, academia, activism, and the arts, our board members bring a wealth of experience, insight, and passion to our organization. United by a shared dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of James Baldwin, they steer our initiatives with vision and wisdom.

Each director, with their unique expertise and profound commitment to social justice, plays a crucial role in shaping our programs, expanding our reach, and ensuring that our sanctuary for writers continues to flourish.

 

We invite you to get to know the visionary leaders who are helping to write the next chapter in the story of La Maison Baldwin.

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