Our Team

Meet the individuals who make our work possible. Our small but mighty team is greatly amplified by our extensive network of coaches, mentors, and speakers who are committed to our mission of community development through entrepreneurship and equipping black and brown founders.

Staff

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Kerry Bowie

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kerry Bowie is the Managing Partner of Msaada Partners. Msaada is Swahili for "service", and the strategy firm empowers social impact through consulting, coaching, and connecting. Kerry works at the nexus of social, economic, and environmental justice and has more than 20 years of experience in private, public, and nonprofit management. In addition to holding leadership positions at his church, Kerry is a Food Solutions New England Trailblazer, Instructor in MIT’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program, and serves on the Boston Ujima Project Investment Committee and the Board of Museum Advisors of the Museum of Science. Kerry holds bachelors and masters degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan, respectively, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kerry lives in Somerville, MA with his wife, Sherri-Ann, and two daughters, Alexis and Sophia.

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Kimberly Hui Chang

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kimberly Hui Chang brings her passion for efficiency and bringing people together to the Majira Project as the Director of Operations. Prior to Majira, her career was focused on leveraging the power of technology to improve healthcare access and delivery. As a Product Manager at athenahealth, she managed the launch and scaling of a product that eliminated one of the most burdensome administrative tasks in healthcare - prior authorizations. Prior to athenahealth, she consulted for various state governments on the implementation of integrated eligibility systems and health insurance exchanges in accordance with the ACA. She holds a BA in Government and Economics from Cornell University. Aside from serving in various roles at her church, she is an avid traveler and hiker and has visited over 30 countries across six continents. She lives in the Jackson Square neighborhood of Boston with her husband Lee-Shing.

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Esmé Park

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Esmé Park is an Executive Assistant, specializing in writing, marketing, and social media management. She is a graduate from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a degree in Literary Journalism. Before her work at the Majira Project, she worked as a writers’ room assistant at Netflix, where she worked closely with the writers to capture ideas, transcribe discussions, proof-read scripts and research topics discussed in the room. Esmé also has experience as a freelance writer, a social media manager and brand ambassador. Esme’s mission in whatever she does, from writing to supporting business owners, is to help people and create change. When Esmé isn’t working, you can find her exploring the SoCal mountains, in a yoga class, browsing a farmers’ market, or writing. She lives in Downtown Los Angeles with her cat, Robert De Niro.

Special thanks to interns past and present who have been a part of supporting our companies and helping start up the Majira Project: Michael Amoako, Luis Ibarra, Wesley Block, Julia Pei, Aaron Stinnett, Isaih Borne, David Spicer, Katherine Guo, Felix Chavez, Maggie Zhang, Tamea Cobb, Jasmine Chen, and Amanda Webb.
 

Board

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Kerry Bowie

President, Director

Msaada Partners

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Dr. Tammy Stevens

Director

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Jodi Collier

Director

LaunchPad Venture Group

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Roger Premo

Vice President, Director

IBM

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Dr. Alejandro Tortoriello

Director

Dreamlab Ventures

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Dayo Ogunyemi

Director

234 Media Partners

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Stephanie Castaños

Treasurer & Clerk, Director

Resilient Coders

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Dr. Taj Ahmad Eldridge

Director

Include Ventures

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Monica Wheat

Director

Techstars

 

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