AMANDA BACH (AKA MANDA BEAR)
Manda Bear, a former restaurant owner, has had a strong passion for food and wine and has traveled the world dining at over one hundred Michelin Star/James Beard award winning restaurants. Currently with Dep Lifestyle Magazine San Francisco Bay Area, Manda Bear works as publisher and contributor @DepLifestyleMag @DiningOutVegas. Previously, she was a contributor for Drink Me Magazine, Viet Press USA, Studio 14 Magazine, and DiningOut Magazine. Additionally, Manda Bear is a certified level II Sommelier at Vintage Wine Merchants on Santana Row in Silicon Valley, a PR/Brand Ambassador for high tech, hospitality, food, and the wine industry, as well as a Marketing/Social Media/Event Planner consultant for high tech companies in Silicon Valley.
She's also proud to be an American Red Cross blood donor, Diaster Relief volunteer and Ambassador for over a decade, as well as Silver and Bronze medal of The President's Volunteer Service Award.
Regina Y. Evans, a native of Oakland, Ca, is a Modern Day Abolitionist and Survivor Leader in the fight against human trafficking. Additionally she is a Poet, Playwright, Actor, Costumer and an Entrepreneur. Ms. Evans is the Owner of Regina’s Door (Oakland, Ca) vintage clothing boutique which serves as a safe haven for at-risk youth, survivors of sex trafficking, homeless youth and women, and young artists. Regina’s Door was honored to be the recipient of the 2015 Oakland Indie Social Changemaker Award and the 2016 District Attorney Nancy O’Malley Hero Award.
Ms. Evans is a Board Member of the Flight Deck (Oakland, Ca) a shared performance venue for arts organizations. Additionally, she is the Creative Director of Ceremony, a theatrical healing performance. Ceremony was honored to receive an invitation to perform for the UN Messenger Organization Pathways To Peace Panel during the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, United Nation, March 2017.
As a Modern Day Abolitionist, Ms. Evans a member of The S.H.A.D.E. Project (Survivors Healing, Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment), a survivor run consulting/advocacy project, founded by Social Justice Advocate and Survivor Leader Sarai Theolinda Smith-Mazariegos. She is the Survivor Consultant and Co-Chair for the Alameda County C.E.A.S.E. (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Network. Ms. Evans is a board member of the non-profit Seek and Save which serves Bay Area at-risk youth (including victims of sex trafficking) by providing mentoring and financial resources. Seek and Save was founded by Humanitarian Mark Fisher.
Mr. Granberry is CEO of Watch Now Networks, Inc. and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. While still in high school he worked in the A&R department in his uncle's 2-Tuff-E-Nuff productions where his mother was the CEO. 2-Tuff-E-Nuff productions worked with such artist and companies as Tony! Toni! Toné!, En Vogue, Madonna, Club Nouveau, Con Funk Shun, Timex Social Club, Regina Belle, Alexander O'Neal, BET Networks, ABC and Fox networks.
In high school Mr. Granberry also teamed up with Shakir Stewart to produce some of the biggest parties Oakland, CA has ever seen for high school students. While attending UC Berkeley he continued his entertainment career by creating several very popular club nights and concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. After college Mr. Granberry worked as a close confidant to Shakir Stewart and also continued to produce events like, Def Jam's "How To Find A Mega Star". Mr. Granberry also worked very close with famed movie producer Robert Watts at Transformer Entertainment. While working with Stewart and Watts, Mr. Granberry began researching the new broadcast model now known as Over the Top Broadcasting.
After returning to UC Berkeley to fully study this model, Mr. Granberry founded Watch Now Networks, Inc. Mr. Granberry's passion is working with inner city youth so he also founded The Scholar Athletic Union and Bears Youth Basketball with help from childhood friend Jason Kidd and works very close with Stanford and UC Berkeley faculty to help young people achieve a college education and survive the dangers of the streets.
Benita Hopkins, an “Agent of Change” works with the local non-profit organization, Love Never Fails. She directs the grassroots community efforts and is a Mentor for Positive Change of the organization. Love Never Fails is committed to the restoration, education and protection of those involved or at risk of trafficking domestically.
She's traveled to various countries to bring hope to those who suffer from shame and
abandonment. A goal she works on every day. Most recently, Benita returned from Ghana, West Africa. Benita is currently a student at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan and most recently completed the DeVos Urban Youth Leadership Initiative (San Francisco Bay Area), was awarded “2015 Abolitionist of the Year” for Education by the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and the "Working Women's Award" by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley in 2011.
One of Benita's favorite quotations by Dr. King is: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Modern-day slavery is an injustice near and dear to her heart. She knows what slavery looks like on the local and global scale and has a heart for the women, men, and children most vulnerable.
JP, Events and Social Media Coordinator for HipHopForChange, is a 2nd generation American. His parents’ and grandparents’ immigration stories from Mexico and Guatemala fuel his passion for social justice as well as his artistry. A comic artist, MC, and Skateboarder, constant creativity keeps him busy. He is also a representative for Different Dope Music and Lost Boys Rags clothing.
Rebecca, Director of Events and Cultural Programs at Grace Cathedral, is an accomplished arts producer and administrator. A San Francisco native, she has worked for performing arts companies throughout the Bay Area, among them San Francisco Opera, Pocket Opera, American Conservatory Theater, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. This is her eighth year supporting arts and educational programming at Grace Cathedral.
HENRY W. TAYLOR
Henry W. Taylor is the Founder and Managing Partner of Legacy Consulting Group, a consultancy focused on delivering best practice advice, services and support to non-profit organizations, K-12 and higher education institutions as well as individuals with philanthropic resources. Henry has successfully solicited more than $25M personally and has led advancement teams responsible for securing over $65M throughout his 22+ year career which includes major gift and leadership roles at Princeton, Stanford, KIPP Foundation, Level Playing Field Institute and Clark Atlanta University. As a successful advancement leader, Henry has consistently demonstrated his ability to use both the art and science of fundraising. He is a dynamic presenter and keynote speaker on issues of advancement, philanthropy, diversity, board development and non-profit management at conferences and workshops for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), African American Development Officers (AADO) Network, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tennessee Advancement Resources Council and other professional associations and non-profit collaboratives.
As a volunteer, Henry has used his significant fundraising experience and leadership to support the work of several non-profits. He chaired the California Alliance of African American Educator’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP), the School Board of All Saint's Catholic School in Hayward, CA where his children attended and served as vice-chair and treasurer of DeKalb Preparatory Academy Charter School in Decatur, GA. Ultimately, Henry seeks to leverage his advancement and non-profit management expertise to make a difference in the lives of youth and believes strongly in the strategic difference between charity and philanthropy to achieve sustainable impact on the issues he's passionate about and the organizations he consults with and volunteers for. Henry received a bachelor’s degree, dual majoring in government and religion from Claremont McKenna College and earned a master’s degree in leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Jamie Way is the Founder of the Andrew S. Way Music Foundation whose mission is to nurture the relationships between composer, performer, and listener by providing educational opportunities that will challenge and inspire musicians to create and be part of new music.
As a producer, songwriter, and musician, Jamie Way has worked with an impressive roster of artists including Blackalicious, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Jern Eye, Chris Lie, and Danielle Dubois. Jamie is the sound of contradictions, filtering melodies through light before sending them screaming through a wringer of bourbon gruff with a 5 o’clock shadow. He’s the sound of a disgruntled drummer covered in ash banging out his twisted renditions of top 40 hits. You know that familiar sound of hot dogs roasting over a blazing fire? He’s that, but the fire is on your couch. It’s finding comfort in an awkward situation. It’s a sense of deja vu that never really happened. What we’re getting at is that there’s something about Jamie Way that rings a bell, it’s just a very dirty and distorted bell.