VAVP has a small staff of driven, skilled workers committed to advocacy, outreach, and casework aimed at freeing marginalized groups from oppressive circumstances.
(she/her/hers) — Executive Director
Ebony Clark was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She comes from a large family and always felt that it was important to stay connected to her roots and close to her support systems. She is a mother, a partner, and a member of a LGBT Greek service sorority. Ebony comes to serve Virginia Anti-Violence Project with 20+ years of administration and coordination experience and a Masters of Nonprofit Studies degree. After working within a private university setting for over 12 years and volunteering countless hours of her time within her own LGBTQ+ community, she determined that it was time to use her voice and body to work towards change. Being a survivor of violence, Ebony felt that her skills, experiences and networks would best serve a community of her own friends, family, and colleagues. Ebony Clark previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for VAVP for 2 years, then moved on to Board President for 3 years. Ebony pursued the role of Executive Director in an attempt to become fully integrated into the work, values and community of Virginia Anti-Violence Project. She is passionate about her role within the organization as well as what the future holds for the work and mission of VAVP.
(she/her/hers) — Survivor Community Specialist
Tasha is a Survivor Community Specialist, and her preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers. She is a first-generation American black bisexual woman. She identifies as a survivor of childhood domestic violence and sexual abuse. The communities she belongs to intimately inform her work. Having been marginalized in several areas of her life, she has come to understand how fundamental it is to approach activism from an intersectional, multicultural lens. Her previous experience centered on youth in urban districts and high school retention. This work allowed her to engage with young people on the needs present in their community. Thus far, she has really enjoyed learning and training to be better equipped for the advocacy role, and is looking forward to making a connection with clients and community.
(she/her/hers, they/them/theirs) — Survivor Community Specialist
Cat uses both she/her and they/them pronouns. She is non-binary, queer, and a survivor of violence. She has spent most of her life coming to terms with her place in these communities. That journey to herself is what brought her to VAVP. She also carries with her many other intersecting identities — both privileged and marginalized. In this role, she is grateful for the freedom she has to grow and learn in the ways we know are most urgent to us. One way
that shows up for her is through continuously seeking out resources to recognize and unlearn the ways she may participate in systems of oppression. At Virginia Commonwealth University, Cat studied Sociology and Spanish and took classes directly related to this position. Before starting as a Survivor Community Specialist at VAVP, she also worked with multiple non-profit organizations in the Richmond area that offer resources to underserved
populations. In the future, she looks forward to working and learning in the community while contributing to VAVP’s shared mission of an end to violence.
(they/them/theirs) — Communications Coordinator
Austin currently serves as VAVP’s Communications Coordinator, and identifies as Nonbinary, Queer, and as a survivor of IPV (intimate partner violence). These identities and lived experiences have shaped their work and ethos, and drew them to the important work that VAVP does. They graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in International Social Justice and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. In the past, they have volunteered for community organizations such as local Planned Parenthood chapters, local food pantries and more, which align with their belief in intersectional, grassroots justice. Within their role they handle interpersonal and organizational communications, create graphics, and help manage VAVP’s site and social media. They currently live in Richmond, VA with their cat, Sushi.
Micky Jordan – Board President
Micky Jordan is a Black queer and genderqueer activist born in Florida but has called Richmond, VA, home for over 20 years. Micky joined SONG as a member leader in 2014 and in 2016 became the Richmond Organizing Fellow leading campaign work around police accountability and continuing to build SONG’s base. For the past year, Micky has worked at Side by Side, an LGBTQ youth center in Richmond, Va, as the Richmond Youth Programs Coordinator. This job has taught him a lot about the power of queer youth and the depth of the issues in Richmond around LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, combating mental health problems, and just surviving. Micky serves on the board of the Virginia Anti-Violence Project an organization close to his heart, that serves LGBTQ folks in Virginia experiencing violence and offers them support with: help from trained advocates, support groups, operating in a Language Justice framework with interpretation, and political education about what it means to be in a healthy relationship. He has spoken on panels at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Randolph Macon University and for different organizations about his experiences as a Black queer and trans organizer, racism, oppression and organizing in general. Micky loves graphic design and dreaming about building a safer, beautiful, more affirming world for trans and queer people of color to not just survive in, but thrive in.
Nancy Grim Kells
Nancy Grim Kells aka Grim serves as both a member of VAVP’s Board and a Facilitator/Manager at Grimalkin Records in Richmond, Virginia, which is a trans and queer led mutual aid-oriented record label and collective created to support and foster connections between queer artists (with priority to QTBIPOC), listeners, and their local communities and grassroots organizations. Grimalkin releases music of all genres by people of all ages and is forging alternative paths for artist development and support, especially for marginalized creatives. They identify as Non-binary, Agender, and fluidly trans. Grim has a BFA from Tyler School of Art and a MS in Special Education and was a public middle school teacher for 14 years in both Los Angeles and Virginia. They also were a Vocational Counselor for 7 years, and they are currently a Certified Workforce Development Practitioner and Work Incentive Specialist Advocate (WISA). As a disabled person, disability advocacy is part of the work they do in and out of Grimalkin. They also make music as Spartan Jet-Plex and have a variety of music and artistic collaborations.
Destiny Hill is a Black Trans woman, who is a native of Richmond, Va. In 1995, she moved to New York where she started her medical transition. She likes to say that this is truly where she was born. In 2007, Destiny moved to Atlanta where she found her purpose. After meeting DeeDee Chamblee of LaGender, her activism was enlightened. She went on to be the Program Coordinator at Some1 Cares. She currently works at Nationz Foundation as a Transcend Specialist. Transcend is a program designed to uplift, empower, educate, and address the unique needs of transgender Virginians. Ms. Hill also serves on the board of the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. She is a lifetime vegan, twin, professional hair stylist, and she enjoys interior design and cruising around the world.
Jackie Robinson Brock earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a concentration in Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice (SWAPP). She also obtained a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from VCU’s Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. She is employed at the VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities. At the Partnership, Jackie serves as a Program Specialist in Early Childhood and Health and works on a variety of projects. Jackie is the Assistant Director of the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. She is Virginia’s Workforce Collaboration Director-Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is the Director for an Early Intervention Project ECHO. Jackie currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the I-CAN! Accessibility Project, which is a partnership project between the VCU School of Social Work and the VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities. This project seeks to increase equal access to the courts for people with disabilities. She is in the process of pursuing the Infant Mental Health Endorsement at Level 4-Policy. Before working at the Partnership, Jackie worked with children and families in a transitional homeless shelter, and as a lead teacher in childcare settings. Her interest areas include disability, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, early childhood, homelessness, and the justice of Indigenous people. Jackie primarily engages in advocacy and research to promote environmental systems change.