Tony Verlich

Creative Core Assistant Director

Tony is working on his master’s degree in teaching at the University of the District of Columbia. He wants to use writing to teach

John Ortiz

Academy Manager

John Ortiz draws his inspiration from a lifelong love of diverse art and design, which have influenced his unique style…

Lauren Bullock

Creative Core Director

Lauren Bullock is a multiracial writer, performer, and community organizer. A 2014 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a

Takia Mitchell

Assistant Academy Manager

Takia Mitchell, Army Veteran, freelance Videographer and Photographer, philanthropist, aspiring poet, artist, and youth activist moved to Maryland 3 years

Marcus Moody

Director of Marketing

Marcus Moody is a University of Maryland graduate with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences. He is the creator of the Hip-Hop Orchestra at UMD performing…

Mazi Mutafa

Executive Director

Mazi Mutafa, is one of six children, and the big brother to four sisters and one brother. He received his BA in African American Studies and English from…

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