Dear Friends and Collaborators,
We are delighted to announce that Marsha Davis is joining the Tzedek Fellowship team as the Co-Director of Social Justice Education and Community Engagement. Marsha brings invaluable experience as a community accountable educator and an impactful advocate. She embodies transformative leadership, bringing deep compassion, honesty, vision, hope, and humor to her work.
Marsha brings a passion for social change, years of experience supporting individuals in achieving personal and professional goals, and a deeply intersectional lens. Over the last two years, Marsha has provided Fellows training on self care specifically designed for social justice activists. This year, Marsha partnered with Tzedek as a coach and mentor for the 2017-2018 Fellows. Reflecting on this experience, Maya Washington, Tzedek Fellow at the Campaign for Southern Equality, shares:
Marsha has created a confidence building relationship with me that is made up of accountability, deep listening, true understanding, and realistic goal setting. Marsha’s ability to push back in a loving way and guide me to clear, constructive thinking has been invaluable in my life. She has validated my decision to make love and happiness the center of my work life. As a black, queer woman there are not many folks that not only encourage that for you but want to help you get there. Marsha is one of those people.
Marsha has over ten years of experience as an educator, administrator, and racial equity consultant. In her most recent role as the Chief Program Officer at the YWCA of Asheville she oversaw their grant-driven programs. In her capacity at Davis Squared Consulting, she works with organizations to create equitable internal cultures. In 2012, Marsha founded and led The Trifecta Tribe, providing life coaching and retreats centered on the self-care needs of LGBTQ women of color. Currently, Marsha serves on the Board of Directors for Tranzmission and Youth Transformed for Life (YTL).
Over the next year, Marsha will collaborate with fellow Co-Director Heather Laine Talley and the Tzedek team as we pause for the cause in order to build a more nimble and responsive program, develop more transparent systems, and deeply embody and internalize our values. This process will be grounded in deep conversations with local leaders and activists, grassroots groups, and social justice nonprofits so that Tzedek can squarely focus on the needs that exist in our Asheville community.
Marsha will join us for 15 hours a week in April 2018 and in a full time capacity in June 2018.