Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Phoebe Robinson (INSIDE THE PARENS)
Actor-comedian-producer Phoebe Robinson is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the HBO limited series “2 Dope Queens.” She’s also a New York Times best-selling author of the books “You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain” and “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay,” which is being adapted into a half-hour pilot for Freeform. Additionally, Phoebe has starred in the movies “Ibiza” and “What Men Want,” and was moderator on Michelle Obama’s international Becoming book tour. Most recently, Phoebe launched Tiny Reparations, a production company under ABC Signature, whose first project is a talk show entitled “Doing the Most with Phoebe Robinson” that premiered April 2021 on Comedy Central. Her next book “Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes,” will be the first essay collection debuting on her newly formed literary imprint, Tiny Reparations Books in September 2021.Explore (RED)UCATION
Brittany Packnett Cunningham (INSIDE THE PARENS)
Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a social justice activist, educator and writer. Leading at the intersection of culture and justice, she has and continues to build platforms to amplify, educate, and activate everyday people to take transformative action against every form of injustice.
She is an NBC News and MSNBC contributor, former co-host of iHeart Radio’s Best Political Podcast of 2019, Pod Save The People, and is currently readying her own media platform from which to host broader conversations on social change. She is the founder and principal of Love & Power Works, a full-service social impact and equity agency. Brittany’s forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, is due to hit shelves in 2021.
Brittany is a former elementary teacher, education executive and two-time Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. In the past, Brittany held top roles at Teach For America, was a Congressional policy advisor, and co-founded Campaign Zero, leveraging her management, communications, policy and equity skillset on broad justice issues from public education to criminal justice. Brittany was a member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission. helping lead the country and her community through change during times of tumult.
Brittany has graced the cover of Essence Magazine, been listed as one of Time’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, and has been honored by BET, Politico Magazine, Marie Claire, The Trayvon Martin Foundation and more. She serves on the Gucci Changemakers Council and the Sephora Equity Advisors Board. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.Explore (RED)UCATION
Carmen Villar (INSIDE THE PARENS)
Carmen Villar joined Merck in December, 2017 as Vice President, Social Business Innovation in the Policy, Communications and Population Health (PCPH) organization. In this role, Carmen has responsibility for Corporate Responsibility, Merck for Mothers and Population Health organizations.
After a distinguished career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, culminating in her role as Chief of Staff, Carmen joined Merck as the Vice President, Social Business Innovation. In this role, Carmen works across the company to elevate the intersection of corporate responsibility and business impact, while striving to create sustainable health systems to support improved health and well-being globally. Carmen has responsibility for the Corporate Responsibility, Merck for Mothers and Population Health teams.
During her seven-year tenure as Chief of Staff, Carmen helped lead the agency through both the West African Ebola emergency response in 2014 and the Zika emergency response in 2016. She worked to ensure programs and staff were having the maximum impact on preventing disease and improving poor health outcomes around the world. Her leadership was critical in providing coordination across the agency and with other US government counterparts and earned her the honor of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award.
Ms. Villar worked in both Nigeria and Zambia, providing leadership and oversight to CDC’s programs as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She collaborated with Ministries of Health, NGOs and the US Government interagency team to ensure delivery of treatment, care, and support services for people affected by HIV/AIDS. As a key health advisor to the US Ambassadors in Nigeria and Zambia, she also provided expert advice in critical public health areas such as Polio and Tuberculosis, while overseeing program budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Carmen started in government as a Presidential Management Fellow focusing on policy and program planning for HIV, STD, and TB prevention. She has worked closely with state and local health departments to implement public health preparedness and HIV prevention programs. Carmen has also overseen multi-site domestic and international HIV research projects in the areas of drug use, prevention of mother to child treatment, and vaccines.
Prior to joining CDC, Carmen was the Policy Affairs Coordinator at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and had also served as a Legislative Aide in the California Assembly. In addition, her work in hospice counseling and hospital discharge planning has provided unique insights into front line patient support and care.
Carmen holds a Master’s in Social Welfare, with a concentration in health, from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.
Greg Millet (INSIDE THE PARENS)
Gregorio (Greg) Millett is a national leader in health disparities research and a Vice President at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Mr. Millett is a former Senior Scientist in the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), and subsequently served as a Senior Policy Advisor in President Obama’s White House Office of National AIDS Policy where he helped author and implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. His work has been featured in National Academy of Sciences meetings as well as the popular press, and his epidemiological HIV research studies have been published in top-tier scientific journals such as The Lancet and JAMA. Mr. Millett’s 2020 research on COVID-19 racial disparities have earned him guest appearances on CNN and MSNBC.Explore (RED)UCATION
Jackeline Stewart (INSIDE THE PARENS)
Jackeline is the U.S. Head of Multicultural Communications at Edelman. She is an award- winning communications strategist with experience in creating and disseminating transformative narratives to help advance immigration reform, racial justice, impact investing, criminal justice reform and Obama administration technology and green priorities. With experience at the highest levels of business and government, Jackeline has worked with corporations, national nonprofits and government agencies to develop dynamic strategies that reach, engage and activate diverse audiences to create change.
At Edelman, she chaired a racial justice communications task force that leads Edelman’s thinking on issues related to racial equity. She is operationalizing how the firm fully integrates multicultural communications into all client work. Jackeline is experienced in facilitating training sessions on I&D, I&D messaging, cultural competency and media.
Before joining Edelman, Jackeline founded and managed the civil rights and racial justice portfolio at Spitfire Strategies, helping clients like the Ford Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and UnidosUS achieve meaningful results. She served in the Obama Administration as Press Secretary at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Jackeline started her career working on corporate partnerships, health care, immigration reform, and education issues at the National Council of La Raza (now, UnidosUS). She then helped develop the Latino worker narrative at the Service Employees International Union and was a writer for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.