Executive Body and Team Members
Nzinga-Christina Reid, MSSW – President and Chief Executive Officer/ Founder
Nzinga-Christina (Tiny) Reid is an activist, organizer, and social justice advocate who focuses on anti-racist work pertaining to the Black/African American community. Mrs.Reid became involved in anti-racist/social equality movements while attending West Los Angeles College where she served as the President of the Social Justice Alliance Club. Once accepted into the University of Southern California, she managed to couple life as a Trojan with academic success, with her greatest accomplishment being Valedictorian of the Black Graduating Class of 2012 due to her GPA and community service involvement. In 2014 Mrs. Reid graduated with a Masters of Science from Columbia University School of Social Work, specializing in Social Enterprise Administration- Nonprofit Business Management. Currently, she is the Program Manager for Continuing Education for the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter. In her near future, Mrs. Reid plans to pursue a PhD in the Social Justice of Education.
Tyrone Nero, MSSW – Vice President and Chief Operations Officer/ Founder
Tyrone (Ty) Nero has been working in social services since 1989. However, life experiences are the guide for his passion in this field. Mr. Nero’s mother died of AIDS at the age of 42. She was a single mother of six. His desire for change came from his love of family. His formal 10 years of military service initiated the knowledge of psychology and social work. Mr. Nero is a noted disabled veteran that is very in tune with the complexities of working with individuals and families. After the military, Mr. Nero spent years working with Army families as a civilian employee.The past ten years re-enforced his connection to advocate for people that can benefit from a responsible administrator and social worker. As a civilian he has worked in the fields of foster care, residential treatment center care, New York City Housing, financial management and AIDS Advocacy. Mr. Nero has a passion for social justice. Having a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters of Science in Social Work are indicators of his mastery of philosophy and application in the social sciences.
Matthew Gray – Chief Marketing Officer/Videographer
Matthew Gray, born in Carson, CA is a communication specialist adept at social media, public speaking , special events coordination, and community relations. Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in 2012. Currently Matthew is working for the non profit company Phoenix House apart of their Behavioral Health Intervention Service which is an education based prevention program that seeks to help develop a positive self concept and life skills in students.
Koryn Frye-Fuentes- Student Organizer
Koryn Frye-Fuentes is a graduating senior at the University of Southern California majoring in International Relations and Global Business. During her three years at USC, Ms. Frye-Fuentes has dedicated her time to strengthening community by planning events and leading discussions on current issues that affect persons of color at four year universities. In addition, while studying abroad in France, Koryn co-authored a policy proposal to address human rights violations within federal social housing and forced evictions of minority groups. After graduation this December, Koryn plans to continue working in the human rights protection sector in Los Angeles before pursing her JD in International Human Rights Law.
Justin D. Myles- Blogger
Justin Myles is from the south side of Chicago. He was born on April 3, 1988 to parents William Myles and Diane Day. He is the youngest of 4 children. Justin attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated from in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. After finishing college, he moved to Los Angeles where he taught elementary school for 3 years. He then moved to New York where he resided for 2 years. It is there that he began organizing as a part of the Anti-Police Brutality Movement. Justin is currently traveling aboard and working on various volunteer projects.
Erick Nunez, MSSW – LGBTQ Project Manager
Erick Nunez is a Columbia University School of Social Work graduate (2015), with a track in Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming and a concentration in Contemporary Social Issues. Originally from South Central, California, Erick is the youngest of four, and is the first in his family to graduate from college after attending California State University of Long Beach (2012) with a B.A. in Sociology. He has a deep passion for working with LGBTQ youth and homeless populations, being an advocate for those with HIV/AIDS and a role model to young gay black men through his role in Young Gay Black Men’s Initiative – a nonprofit focusing on policy and advocacy. Erick resides New York City where he is currently pursuing his MSW licensure with plans to pursue his PhD in Human Sexuality after gaining more work experience.
Richard Washington – West Coast Project Manager/Videographer
Richard A. Washington is a visionary and strategist dedicated to educating youth about the true value of self-discovery. Mr. Washington graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2012 with a B.S. in Business Administration. While attending USC, he enrolled in a number of Cinematic Arts courses and eventually discovered his true passion for film and television. Following graduation, he began his career as an analyst in the finance industry. After two years, he then transitioned out of finance and into the realm of television production for NBC Universal, where he currently works. Additionally, he serves as the chair for growth and retention for USC’s Black Alumni Association. His intuitive ability for marketing, event planning, and film making make him an invaluable asset to the Black Diaries organization. Mr. Washington plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Screen and Television at USC next fall.