President | New England Blacks in Philanthropy
Bithiah Carter has a passion for philanthropy and fueling the 21st Century mindset by shining a light on racial assets and how they can be leveraged to improve education, workforce, and economic resources in our communities. Her experience is rooted in both Wall Street finance and community non-profit and foundation leadership.
Bithiah is currently the President of New England Blacks in Philanthropy. She previously served as Executive Director of Grand Circle Foundation, Senior Director in the Community Impact Division of United Way, and Program Director at the Girls' Coalition of Greater Boston. Bithiah also worked for nearly ten years in the financial services industry in New York City and Boston. In addition, she serves as a member of the board of directors of several local and national non-profit organizations.
Counselor for Student Life | Reynolds Community College
"Justin Ellis carries lots of titles. In his personal life, he is a husband of 13 years, father to a 12 year old son, and the eldest of 3 children. Professionally, Justin is the Counselor for Student Life where he oversees the Office of Student Life at Reynolds Community College. He also is a motivational speaker with an emphasis of helping teens and young adults develop into their authentic self. His ADAPT 2 Leadership program has been featured at the Virginia Community College System Student Leadership Conference in 2019. In his leisure time, Justin enjoys coaching youth basketball, watching all sports, music, and playing golf.
Justin has been writing spoken word for about 19 years. He wrote his first memorable piece in 2001 shortly after 9/11. He was featured on 103 Jamz several times in the early 2000s on the Chris Caliente show. Justin is often asked by local churches, family, and friends to write pieces for special occasions. His more precious piece is entitled ""The New King James Version"" written to honor his late grandfather James Charity, Sr. Justin believes that all it takes is one moment to inspire someone for a lifetime. He hopes that is what he does for you today.
Vice President of Diversity and Engagement | Community Foundation
Stephanie is currently the Vice President of Diversity and Engagement at the Community Foundation where she leads the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies across the organization. Stephanie lead a groundbreaking analysis of Black philanthropy in our region, titled Giving Black® Greater Richmond. This initiative is designed to bring forth a paradigm shift in philanthropy from focusing on Black deficits to shining a light on our contributions to communities of color using philanthropy to become change agents and positively impact the lives of children and families in their communities. Currently, Stephanie was appointed to Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP) 2.0 Organizing Committee and has served or is active in a number of boards and committees including the Urban League Young Professionals, GRAVA, United Way Funding Review, Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, Richmond Childcare Taskforce and ABFE.
Program Officer | W.K. Kellogg Foundation
"Ciciley Moore is the program officer for the Office of the President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation based in Battle Creek, MI.
In this role, she provides leadership for program efforts and special initiatives of the president and CEO, develops strategic relationships representing the foundation across the U.S., as well as grant-making in the priority areas of early childhood education, workforce development, health equity, and racial equity.
Ciciley has been part of the Foundation since 2016 and previously held the role of program manager on the Michigan team. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as a programs manager for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, she developed and lead talent attraction and retention programs that focused on LGBT workplace inclusion, racial equity, community connections, and leadership development.
Ciciley holds bachelors of science degrees in chemistry and criminal justice from California State University Sacramento and a masters of business administration from Michigan State University. She serves on the board of the Downtown Improvement District for the City of Grand Rapids, is a part of the leadership team for the Latina Network of West Michigan, co-founder of Black Women Connect GR, and a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org. "
Director of Marketing & Communications | Metropolitan Business League ; Co-Founder | The Jackson Ward Collective
"Melody Short is a graduate of Morgan State University’s Earl Graves School of Business and a
marketing executive, focused on business development and brand development for minority
owned businesses. Melody jump-started her career in the Urban Marketing Department of Sony
Music Distribution. Her career in the music industry afforded her the opportunity to establish
relationships with small business owners in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southwest markets.
This proved pivotal to Melody’s career, because it’s where she developed a passion for
supporting small business owners. As an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Richmond Night
Market, she supports small business owners and independent artists in areas to include public
relations, marketing and business development. Melody is the former Director of Marketing and
Business Development for the largest collection of Black-owned Inns in the United States,
Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns and was featured as part of the cast of their television show, on
the OWN Network, Checked Inn. Melody currently serves the small business community of
Richmond, Virginia with a focus on minority and women owned businesses as the Director of
Marketing & Communications at the Metropolitan Business League, and as the Co-founder of
The Jackson Ward Collective, an incubator for Black business owners and selected partners to
share resources, experiences and expertise to build and grow strong, sustainable Black owned
businesses in Richmond, VA. In addition, Melody serves on the board of the Afrikana
Independent Film Festival, Minority Business Enterprise and Emerging Small Business Advisory
Board for the City of Richmond and most recently, the Venture Richmond Economic
Opportunity Committee. All this while managing her most important role of all--mother to
12-year old Nia Abiose."