Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, as well as the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. Her expertise lies in reproductive justice, health disparities affecting Black women and girls, and the relationship between politics and the American healthcare system.

Jones is also an expert on HIV/AIDS advocacy, with experience in community-based solutions and intersectional justice. She can provide insight on the disproportionate resources and care available to Black patients, and the way activists are organizing for more equitable health and medical treatment for people of color.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program) and Tyndale Theology School.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Equal Access Fund and is a member of many national women-focused initiatives to advance gender and racial equity and eliminate health disparities, including the National Women AIDS Coalition.

Jones was also a panelist for “At the Table: A Symposium on Texas Women,” an event hosted by The Texas Tribune, which examined the impacts of politics on various aspects of women’s lives in Texas.

Location: Dallas, TX

Expertise Field: Reproductive justice for Black women, Medicaid expansion, grassroots organizing, health education, women’s rights, racial justice, media and race coverage, intersectional community activism, HIV/AIDS, intersectional justice

Contact information:


Phone: 972-629-9266

Twitter: @theafiyactr

Listen to Marsha Jones on Her Rules Radio

Last updated November 6, 2020

Steve Perry

Steve Perry is the founder and principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, named one of the country’s top schools by U.S. News and World Report. His school has sent 100% of its students, most of them low-income, minority, first-generation high school graduates, to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006.

Perry is an education expert and the author of “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve—Even If It Means Picking a Fight.” He is an education contributor to CNN and MSNBC and a columnist for Essence magazine, and has appeared on NPR’s Tell Me More. He was featured in CNN’s Black in America series.

Founder, Principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School

Areas of Expertise: Education, Low-Income Students, Minority Students, Community Activism

Location: Hartford, CT

Contact Info:

Please contact Perry’s publicist, Yusuf Salaam

Phone: (860) 997-6802



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