BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lead. Manage. Oversee.

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DR. KATHERINE HILSON

Board Secretary

Katherine is a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Carthage College. She specializes in critical criminology and police studies with a focus on power and inequality. She was born in Milwaukee, WI where her lived experiences serve as the foundation of her research interests. As a first-generation, working-class, Black woman raised in the most segregated city in the nation, she finds it her duty and honor to study the forces that create and reproduce inequality for disadvantaged communities. Katherine's research interests meet at the intersection of race, gender, crime, class, and social movements. At the same time, she emphasizes the ways in which members of marginalized populations individually and collectively resist aggressive and punitive policing. Katherine earned her B.A. from Emory University in sociology and African American studies. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology with a Black Studies emphasis from the University of California-Santa Barbara.

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LOVESUN PARENT

Board Member

Lovesun is a transformational global leader specializing in gender, social inclusion, and organizational capacity development. Ms. Parent’s experience spans over a decade of designing & implementing programs, providing strategic guidance & technical support across sectors, coordinating & delivering specialized services to women, girls, youth, and persons with disabilities. Additionally, she has extensive international fieldwork experience, working in humanitarian contexts (crisis/post-conflict). Ms. Parent has worked in Afghanistan, Egypt, Haiti, Liberia, and Canada for various donors, including USAID, UN, EU, and GIZ. Ms. Parent holds a distinguished graduate degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York City. She is currently attending the top-ranked University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, pursuing a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership.