The name Project Brownstone is symbolic. It speaks to a trajectory of history journeyed by members of the African Diaspora in the United States.
During the Great Migration, 1910's through the 1970's, black people escaped the yoke of racism and terror of the Jim Crow south with hopes of better days, many finding their way to Harlem.
Out of a brownstone the Harlem Renaissance was born - this is where the perception of blacks was challenged and changed, both in the United States, and globally......forever. It's a place where black people were active participants in establishing new identities.
Project Brownstone is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the ongoing work of maintaining this legacy.
Earl Davis is the Founder of Project Brownstone, Inc. He has a master’s degree from the Fundraising Management Program at Columbia University. Mr. Davis has also worked for the National Council of Churches USA as a Program
Specialist in the Resource and Development Department. He developed and managed one of the first computer learning centers in Harlem for the Jericho Project, which provided job readiness training while bridging the digital divide between
Harlem youths and their counterparts in the rest of New York.
Harold J. Jones is a client services professional with strong relationship building skills. Jones began his professional career as a fundraiser at Columbia University, making face-to face solicitations to some of the university’s most important donors. After earning a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 2007, Jones switched his focus to health and wellness, working for companies like Pfizer and Eli Lilly.
Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in speech communication from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently enrolled in a health finance program at New York University. He firmly believes that education is power.
Marc Wilson is the Founder of MWD Lifestyles and Director-at-large for International Live Events Associations (New York Chapter). He has created weddings, anniversaries, private events, product launches as well as private celebrity events. Most recently, Mr. Wilson was nominated for the 2016 Big Apple Award. His work has been featured in New York Times, New York Magazine, Essence, Brides and Town & Country.
Michell Tollinchi is the Dean for Student Success at Barnard College, charged with assisting minority students in navigating the school environment. She is on the board of New Connections, which provides children and adolescents ages 4 through 18 in New Haven County with a personalized program offering comprehensive, child-centered, culturally-competent therapeutic services. Ms.Tollinchi received her B.A. from State University of New York at Albany and her M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Terry Robison is the VP of Sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company. Besides a love for selling real estate, he is an amazing performer. He has many interests but likes to focus his energies on the educational pursuits of underserved youths.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam has recently been nominated to the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Before that, she was an associate justice of the Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court and a judge in Manhattan Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the bench, Ms. Abdus-Salaam worked as the general counsel of the New York City Office of Labor Services, as an assistant state attorney general, and as a staff attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services. Ms. Abdus-Salaam received her B.A. from Barnard College and J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Coco Mitchell is a former Supermodel who's walked the runway for well-known international fashion brands throughout Europe and the United States, and appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, is now a brand ambassador for fashion. Coco has a degree in education from the City University of New York.
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mission & vision
Finding holistics ways of developing and empowering underserved youths in Harlem.