Brandee Blocker Anderson
CEO & Founder
Brandee is a lawyer, educator, DEI consultant, former Teach for America corps member and founder of The Antiracism Academy.
She earned a bachelor's in Political Science from Yale University, a master's in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. During law school, she served on the editorial board of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and as an early education legal policy consultant for the Center for Public Research and Leadership.
Before law school, Brandee served as a secondary English and Social Studies teacher at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2013 and was a semifinalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award.
As a corporate attorney, Brandee brought her leadership around diversity, equity and inclusion to her role as an associate at Dechert LLP, serving as the Chair of the Diverse Associates Group. Before founding The Antiracism Academy, Brandee served as an Associate Counsel at Comcast, where she advised the company on a range legal matters, including issues of racial equity.
Brandee brings over 10 years of experience developing and facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion workshops and trainings for corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.
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Family and Community Engagement Specialist & Instructor
Kilolo Moyo-White is a parent-educator activist and Family and Community Engagement Specialist.
Kilolo is a graduate of Lincoln University and Temple University, with a master’s degree in African American Studies. Her passion for community building runs deep. In 2009, she was a lead organizer in co-founding Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School. As an academic advisor, program coordinator, and curriculum writer for Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Kilolo designed and led social justice workshops to empower teen voice and leadership.
Additionally, Kilolo has led education workshops through Teach For America’s African American Corps, EdXEd NYC, and Educon. Since moving to Rochester, Kilolo has become a parent leader with ROC the Future’s Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network (PECAN), School #23’s Parent Teacher Association and a member of the 19th Ward Community Association.
In addition to her work with The Antiracism Academy, she leads Rochester families and communities in improving outcomes for children through Rock the Future. Prior to moving to Rochester, Kilolo spent the past 15 years building relationships as a community and youth support advocate through her role as a community educator in the public school system of Philadelphia, PA.
Organizational Culture Specialist & Instructor
David is an anthropologist, data scientist, educator, and DEI consultant.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, with a focus in cultural behaviors from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Before graduate school, David served as a Fellow in Yale’s Office of Gender and Campus Culture, where he worked on undergraduate policy, research, and education in institutional culture, Title IX, and DEI. He co-authored and facilitated Yale University’s first Bias Intervention Training.
David brings 15 years of experience in social justice pedagogy, cultural intervention frameworks and diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitation for organizations, institutions, and classrooms.
Wellness Coach & Instructor
Joe is a health and wellness entrepreneur, based in San Francisco, California and a 200-Hour Registered Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.
He incorporates a holistic perspective of antiracist education, leveraging mindfulness practices to help others improve their ability to acknowledge, understand and manage their feelings and physical responses to racism and challenging discussions about race.
In addition to earning a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University, with a concentration in Finance & Insurance and a minor in Spanish, Joe received his Vinyasa Yoga Teacher instruction through Yoga Alliance and his personal trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Joe also earned his PN Level 1 certification through Precision Nutrition and his Level 1 Functional Health Coach certification through the CHEK Institute.
He is also a group fitness instructor, who has taught classes at Pinterest, Under Armour, Atlantis Events, The Assembly, Love Story Yoga, Orangetheory Fitness, Wheel House, and Rogue & Saint Fitness.
Mary Beth Elko
Professional Development Designer & Instructor
Mary Beth is an educator, equity advocate, parent leader, and professional development designer and facilitator.
She earned her master’s in teaching and her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Syracuse University. Mary Beth is certified as a district-level leader. She is also a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, including restorative yoga certification.
Prior to pursuing her administrative degree, Mary Beth worked with middle school scholars in the Syracuse City School District for 20 years, where she designed and facilitated integrated, project-based learning expeditions.
Currently, she designs and facilitates professional learning experiences with educators in the greater Rochester, NY region. Most of her coaching and workshops focus on antiracist teaching, culturally relevant practices, and historically responsive literacy.
Tanishia A. Johnson
Curriculum Developer & Instructor
Tanishia is an experienced counselor, motivational speaker, facilitator and spiritual life coach.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's of education in counseling from The College at Brockport. She also completed an accredited two-year spiritual life coaching certification program at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development, Inner Visions World Wide founded by Iyanla Vanzant.
In addition to her work with The Antiracism Academy, Tanishia works as an advocate, social justice ambassador, Adjunct Associate Professor at Monroe Community College, and Consultant for ROC the Future. Tanishia also served as School Counselor in the Rochester City School District for 13 years, as well as being a Certified Trained Facilitator in Strengthening the Black Family. Tanishia is also the Founder and Owner of Beyond This Moment Life Coaching and Business Consulting.
Her greatest pride and joy are her 20-year marriage to her beloved husband Cory and their five children: Rafael, Kyle, Jordyn, K'mari, and Khairi.