Danielle Johnson Founder and Executive Director Danielle Johnson, a Los Angeles native, has been involved in educational equity since the tender age of 14 when she had her first tutoring business.  From there, she loved educating youth and advocating for youth of color’s rights and as a result she interned at the Constitional Rights Foundation where she worked as a legal assistant at Kaye Scholer, LLP. In 2013, Danielle joined Teach for America to continue her work in educational equity. Danielle is currently a first grade teacher at KIPP Ignite. Danielle received her dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Africana Studies from Pitzer College. During college she served as the President of the Black Student Union where she worked closely with the Vice President of Student Affairs to ensure that more students of color were provided with services to make them comfortable on a predominately white campus. Danielle received her Masters of Education Degree at University of Michigan. Danielle believes that a feminist is a bold, strong, and confident woman who sees challenges in her world and works to fix them. It was this thought that helped her to birth TUF Cookies. Danielle believes that women must see the change, learn about the conditions, plan to make a change and ACT! TUF Cookies is rooted in this theory and will work to empower girls through their activism and social development.  

Danielle Johnson

Founder and Executive Director

Danielle Johnson, a Los Angeles native, has been involved in educational equity since the tender age of 14 when she had her first tutoring business.  From there, she loved educating youth and advocating for youth of color’s rights and as a result she interned at the Constitional Rights Foundation where she worked as a legal assistant at Kaye Scholer, LLP. In 2013, Danielle joined Teach for America to continue her work in educational equity. Danielle is currently a first grade teacher at KIPP Ignite.

Danielle received her dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Africana Studies from Pitzer College. During college she served as the President of the Black Student Union where she worked closely with the Vice President of Student Affairs to ensure that more students of color were provided with services to make them comfortable on a predominately white campus. Danielle received her Masters of Education Degree at University of Michigan.


Danielle believes that a feminist is a bold, strong, and confident woman who sees challenges in her world and works to fix them. It was this thought that helped her to birth TUF Cookies. Danielle believes that women must see the change, learn about the conditions, plan to make a change and ACT! TUF Cookies is rooted in this theory and will work to empower girls through their activism and social development.  

Sierah Tyson Secretary Sierah Tyson is currently a 10th grade English teacher in downtown Detroit. After graduating from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Sierah chose to serve as an advocate for education. She is earning her Masters of Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and served with the Teach for America program. As a pageant titleholder, her platform is Educating Future Leaders as she exposes students to new ideas, empowers them to take ownership of their learning and inspires them to make positive changes to their community. Sierah hopes to encourage others to invest in the education of our youth because they will become the leaders of tomorrow. Sierah has interned with Detroit City Council-District 4, organizing community events and sitting in on the Planning and Economic Development Committee in hopes to beautify Detroit. Sierah enjoys traveling, baking and watching Netflix’s with her friends. Sierah is the former Miss Metro Detroit USA 2014 and Miss Black Michigan US Ambassador 2015. She has also modeled in New York Couture Fashion Week, been in a featured modeling ad in Pageantry Magazine and has made an appearance on MTV’s MADE. Sierah defines feminism as the belief that women should be treated equal to their male counterparts. Sierah wants to empower young girls and women to believe that they have the freedom to be the best they can be without the confines of gender roles, misconceptions, expectations or stereotypes.    

Sierah Tyson

Secretary

Sierah Tyson is currently a 10th grade English teacher in downtown Detroit. After graduating from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Sierah chose to serve as an advocate for education. She is earning her Masters of Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and served with the Teach for America program. As a pageant titleholder, her platform is Educating Future Leaders as she exposes students to new ideas, empowers them to take ownership of their learning and inspires them to make positive changes to their community. Sierah hopes to encourage others to invest in the education of our youth because they will become the leaders of tomorrow.

Sierah has interned with Detroit City Council-District 4, organizing community events and sitting in on the Planning and Economic Development Committee in hopes to beautify Detroit. Sierah enjoys traveling, baking and watching Netflix’s with her friends. Sierah is the former Miss Metro Detroit USA 2014 and Miss Black Michigan US Ambassador 2015. She has also modeled in New York Couture Fashion Week, been in a featured modeling ad in Pageantry Magazine and has made an appearance on MTV’s MADE.

Sierah defines feminism as the belief that women should be treated equal to their male counterparts. Sierah wants to empower young girls and women to believe that they have the freedom to be the best they can be without the confines of gender roles, misconceptions, expectations or stereotypes.

 

 

Shaunte Wilcher  Director of Detroit Programming Affairs Shaunte Wilcher, 25, is a native Detroiter and the youngest of five children. Wilcher was raised primarily by her mother who implanted  the power of perseverance  from a very earlier age. Despite her poverty stricken upbringing, Wilcher obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Community Development, Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University. Thus, becoming a first generation college graduate.   Currently, Shaunte is a 2016 fellow with the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan where she works diligently to pass legislation for earned paid sick leave.  In addition to this role, she is employed as a nonprofit executive where she works to build partnerships with civic and religious organizations. Wilcher also serves as inaugural fellow with Emerge Michigan,a political training institute for democratic women with desires to serve in public office.  In her spare time she is an avid volunteer with her church, Michigan Education Justice Coalition, Detroit Voices and Covenant House Homeless Shelter. As a community servant and amateur chef,  who enjoys cooking anything with bacon, she wears many hats. Her life goals revolve around breaking systematic injustice barriers to promote equity on all levels.   Shaunte believes a true feminist will fight for political, social, and economic equity for all women.    

Shaunte Wilcher 

Director of Detroit Programming Affairs

Shaunte Wilcher, 25, is a native Detroiter and the youngest of five children. Wilcher was raised primarily by her mother who implanted  the power of perseverance  from a very earlier age. Despite her poverty stricken upbringing, Wilcher obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Community Development, Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University. Thus, becoming a first generation college graduate.  

Currently, Shaunte is a 2016 fellow with the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan where she works diligently to pass legislation for earned paid sick leave.  In addition to this role, she is employed as a nonprofit executive where she works to build partnerships with civic and religious organizations. Wilcher also serves as inaugural fellow with Emerge Michigan,a political training institute for democratic women with desires to serve in public office.  In her spare time she is an avid volunteer with her church, Michigan Education Justice Coalition, Detroit Voices and Covenant House Homeless Shelter.

As a community servant and amateur chef,  who enjoys cooking anything with bacon, she wears many hats. Her life goals revolve around breaking systematic injustice barriers to promote equity on all levels.  

Shaunte believes a true feminist will fight for political, social, and economic equity for all women.

 

 

Kari Todd Detroit of Media Affairs Kari Todd was born and raised in the Deep South. Since before she can remember, she heard stories of how grandmother, aunts, and uncles participated in the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, and she knew that she too was born to be an activist. Kari received her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Development Studies from Pitzer College and is currently a law student at the University of Alabama. She hopes to be a role model and use her education for the benefit of those who are traditionally underrepresented.  She has volunteered at several organizations over the years, including her family’s own volunteer organization that is dedicated to feeding the homeless. She is excited to be a part of TUF Cookies and uplift other young activists. Kari defines a feminist as an individual who is unafraid. In the face of inequality and systematic discrimination, they stand firm and unchanged in their mission to educate the masses, enact policy change, and shift negative perceptions of women. They are not intimidated by challenges they may face, and are determined to enact positive social change in their community by any and all non-violent means necessary.

Kari Todd

Detroit of Media Affairs

Kari Todd was born and raised in the Deep South. Since before she can remember, she heard stories of how grandmother, aunts, and uncles participated in the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, and she knew that she too was born to be an activist.

Kari received her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Development Studies from Pitzer College and is currently a law student at the University of Alabama. She hopes to be a role model and use her education for the benefit of those who are traditionally underrepresented.  She has volunteered at several organizations over the years, including her family’s own volunteer organization that is dedicated to feeding the homeless. She is excited to be a part of TUF Cookies and uplift other young activists.

Kari defines a feminist as an individual who is unafraid. In the face of inequality and systematic discrimination, they stand firm and unchanged in their mission to educate the masses, enact policy change, and shift negative perceptions of women. They are not intimidated by challenges they may face, and are determined to enact positive social change in their community by any and all non-violent means necessary.

Victoria Pope Victoria received her Baccalaureate degree from Howard University in Health Management and is pursuing her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.    Victoria Pope is a healthcare professional with experience in healthcare insurance, education and operations management. Victoria is a creative individual with a spirit for painting, dancing, and design. She has worked at Wayne State University Physician Group and Meridian Health Plan. Victoria has always had a passion to work in the community, as she has served as Chair for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, Program Director for the Howard University School of Allied Health Sciences, and volunteered for many organizations such as Food & Friends, Martha's Table, American Heart Association, and Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.  

Victoria Pope

Victoria received her Baccalaureate degree from Howard University in Health Management and is pursuing her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. 

 

Victoria Pope is a healthcare professional with experience in healthcare insurance, education and operations management. Victoria is a creative individual with a spirit for painting, dancing, and design. She has worked at Wayne State University Physician Group and Meridian Health Plan. Victoria has always had a passion to work in the community, as she has served as Chair for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, Program Director for the Howard University School of Allied Health Sciences, and volunteered for many organizations such as Food & Friends, Martha's Table, American Heart Association, and Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.


 

Silver Moore Director of Community Outreach As a self identified Black Hip-Hop Feminist of Faith, Silver Danielle holds claim that feminism is the radical notion that women are people. Silver Danielle is an educator, founder of the blog Her Royal Dopeness, activist, an indigenous Detroiter. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University where she also minored in Women’s and Gender Studies, and received a specialization in African American & African Studies. Upon graduating, she received her teaching certification from the University of Michigan and has taught grades 5th-8th across disciplines. Silver Danielle’s passion for the community was cultivated during her childhood as she worked alongside her parents and sister in their family’s non-profit organization, SDM2 Project Education. She now serves as the Family & Community Partnership Coordinator at Detroit Leadership Academy, is a member of the community activist organization New Era Detroit, and is active in ministry at her church Redeemed Christian Fellowship Ministries INTL.  

Silver Moore

Director of Community Outreach

As a self identified Black Hip-Hop Feminist of Faith, Silver Danielle holds claim that feminism is the radical notion that women are people. Silver Danielle is an educator, founder of the blog Her Royal Dopeness, activist, an indigenous Detroiter. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University where she also minored in Women’s and Gender Studies, and received a specialization in African American & African Studies. Upon graduating, she received her teaching certification from the University of Michigan and has taught grades 5th-8th across disciplines.

Silver Danielle’s passion for the community was cultivated during her childhood as she worked alongside her parents and sister in their family’s non-profit organization, SDM2 Project Education. She now serves as the Family & Community Partnership Coordinator at Detroit Leadership Academy, is a member of the community activist organization New Era Detroit, and is active in ministry at her church Redeemed Christian Fellowship Ministries INTL.

 

Megan Sidhu Megan Sidhu has been an activist since the age of 8 years old when she launched her first fundraiser to benefit endangered whales. Since that young age, she has been a passionate advocate for women and children’s rights through her work with organizations, such as Free the Children, Women for Women International, and her current role as Manager of Philanthropic Initiatives at Heshima Kenya. Feminism to Megan is the pursuit of equality and she is proud to work with an organization that supports fierce, young feminist on their path to a lifetime of activism. Megan firmly believes in the work of TUF Cookies and the potential of each young woman to change the world. Megan brings expertise in youth empowerment, strategic planning, fundraising, and nonprofit marketing to the Board of Directors. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Ethics and Engagement in Developing Countries and Anthropology from Pitzer College.  

Megan Sidhu

Megan Sidhu has been an activist since the age of 8 years old when she launched her first fundraiser to benefit endangered whales. Since that young age, she has been a passionate advocate for women and children’s rights through her work with organizations, such as Free the Children, Women for Women International, and her current role as Manager of Philanthropic Initiatives at Heshima Kenya.

Feminism to Megan is the pursuit of equality and she is proud to work with an organization that supports fierce, young feminist on their path to a lifetime of activism. Megan firmly believes in the work of TUF Cookies and the potential of each young woman to change the world.

Megan brings expertise in youth empowerment, strategic planning, fundraising, and nonprofit marketing to the Board of Directors. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Ethics and Engagement in Developing Countries and Anthropology from Pitzer College.