Trinity Townsendback to top
Executive Director & Board Member
A former educator, Trinity Townsend is an attorney and author with a varied background. A former four-time All-American and inductee into the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame as well as a former member of two United States Track and Field Teams, Trinity now focuses on helping underserved communities by educating them on the law by making legal information accessible. Trinity utilizes both his training in the teaching field with that of his training in the legal field to accomplish this goal. Trinity has volunteered his time and knowledge in collaboration with several organizations dedicated to serving the community such as 100 Black Men of Cobb and DeKalb Counties, The Brotherhood Collective of Atlanta, Priority Male Initiative, Youth in Action, the Marietta-Roswell Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Turner Chapel AME, and Action Ministries to name a few. Trinity earned his A.B.Ed. from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor from Emory University. While there, he served as Vice-President and President of the Black Law Students Association and was awarded the Dean’s Public Service Award. Trinity is a member of the 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta.
Travis Townsend Jr.back to top
President, Secretary & Board Member
Travis T. Townsend, Jr. is a first rate legal practitioner with more than a decade of experience who balances a commitment to helping his clients grow and succeed with providing dedicated service to a number of Atlanta-area community organizations. Mr. Townsend’s specialty is negotiating complex business deals, and he has worked on multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Travis received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Arts & Science, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Travis moved to Atlanta to work for one of the premiere law firms in the Southeast. After cutting his teeth for several years in “big law,” he set out to chart his own path by founding Townsend & Lockett, LLC, a multi-service law firm based in the heart of Atlanta, GA, and currently serves as its Managing Partner.
When not in the office, Travis is committed to community service. He currently serves as the National Programs Chair for the National Urban League Young Professionals overseeing programs implemented by more than 60 chapters of the organization. Travis sits on the National Black MBA Association Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors as its Director of Legal Affairs. Travis previously served as the President of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals and as Vice President and Board Member of M.E.N.S. Wear, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide life skills and employment training to urban men and male youths. Travis has also provided pro bono work for the Georgia Innocence Project.
Raised in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, Travis attended earned his B.A. in April 2000 not too far from home in the city of Ann Arbor. In college, Travis served as the Chapter Secretary and Director of Chapter Intake for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Chapter and was a Varsity Letterwinner with the University of Michigan Track Team. In law school Travis served as Executive Notes Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and President of the Black Law Students’ Alliance. Travis was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2003. He is an active member of both the American Bar Association Business Law Section and the National Bar Association.
Travis is a co-author of the When the Cops Come Knockin’: An Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law criminal literacy and crime prevention series, the mission of which is to empower high-risk individuals to live more law-abiding lives with an ultimate goal of decreasing the over-criminalization of individuals in low socio-economic environments. In his spare time, Travis delivers primers on criminal law to youths and young adults in underserved communities and at college universities.
For his accomplishments, Travis has been honored by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta as a Heineken Rising Star, as a Who’s Who of Black Atlanta, as an Outstanding Five Under Ten by the University of Michigan Alumni Association, as a Build Grow & Enjoy’s Keystone Leader, was inducted into the Miller Coors “Goodness to Greatness” Hall of Fame, was named one of the Atlanta Tribune’s Next Up movers and shakers in the City of Atlanta, and as one of ten Outstanding Atlanta’s 2012 Honorees.
LaDawna Reynoldsback to top
Treasurer & Board Member
Ms. LaDawna Reynolds is a current Audit Manager/Business Process Consultant with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Finance where she coordinates and manages high-level operational, organizational and financial improvement projects for the Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Reynolds has primary responsibility for developing strategies and providing recommendations to improve overall city operations and delivering analysis and support of various change management and special projects.
Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, Ms. Reynolds worked as a Consultant on the Strategic Consulting team at Public Financial Management, one of the nation’s leading independent municipal finance advisors. In this role, she provided guidance and expertise in fiscal management, policy development and performance management to numerous municipalities, state governments and educational institutions. Her past work experience also includes five years in varying roles with Teach for America, (including classroom teacher and Director of Operations), and work as the Senior Administrative Manager for BoardWalk Consulting.
A native of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ms. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan, where she was a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Leader Award, and a Master of Public Administration and Governmental Administration from Kennesaw State University. She also holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. LaDawna is a dedicated community advocate who has served as a volunteer GED tutor with Nicholas House and The Center for Family Resources. She is also a personal trainer and health enthusiast who enjoys teaching and speaking about fitness in her spare time.
Delvon Parkerback to top
Dr. Delvon Parker is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Boston University School of Management. He holds three collegiate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (1998), Master of Science in Manufacturing and Innovation (2005), and Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Management (2010), all from Michigan State University. Professor Parker specializes in Lean Manufacturing and Modular Systems. Before receiving his Ph.D., Professor Parker spent seven years in industry in various roles such as Product Engineer, Quality Engineer, and Product Developer.
Andre Hewittback to top
In 1997, Andre Hewitt graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Thereafter, he pursued and obtained a Juris Doctorate degree at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2004. Currently, he works as the Assistant General Counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company at its World Headquarters located in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, Andre was a trial attorney in New Jersey for Nationwide Insurance Company. Based upon his experience and success, Andre was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Less than 2% of attorneys in New Jersey have attained this status. In between his studies from undergrad to professional school, Andre availed himself of professional opportunities in teaching. He was a social studies teacher with the NY Board of Education in 1999. He then went on to become a Certified Trainer with Dale Carnegie in NY, to which he has facilitated numerous Dale Carnegie courses and seminars to many Fortune 100 & 500 executives and staff over a 12-year span (over 1900 individuals trained). He has also been ranked in the Top 100 Dale Carnegie Trainers in the World. In addition, Andre served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island teaching public speaking and has conducted a few courses as a Guest Instructor, both domestically and internationally at various colleges and programs.
In addition to teaching, Andre has also obtained extensive professional sales and marketing experience while working with Vector Marketing and also Marketing Challenges International. While working at Vector Marketing, Andre earned numerous sale accolades and distinctions at the highest level in his region. At Marketing Challenges International, he worked as a Sales Manager in an International Marketing Firm that represented international destinations, travel organizations and companies based oversees and in the US.
Michael D. Griffinback to top
In Michael Griffin’s professional career, he has worked as a tireless advocate for social justice for all. His insatiable passion for social justice has motivated Michael to create impactful and sustainable educational initiatives at a variety of institutions.
Currently, Michael is the President and CEO of DevonshireSmith Diversity & Education Solutions (DVS), a non-profit consulting and advocacy firm dedicated to the passionate promotion of youth development and social justice education. DVS seeks to fill gaps in service for non-profit organizations, urban communities, high schools, colleges, and universities.
Since its inception, DVS conducted over 312 lectures/workshops/courses in 10 states on subjects ranging from ACT strategies to Parent Engagement.
In addition, Mr. Griffin served as the Deputy Director for Minority Recruit Online (MRO). Minority Recruit connects high school students of color from across the country to over 200 colleges and universities, free of charge. Griffin was responsible for developing and implementing all education and community engagement initiatives for MinorityRecruit.