Co-Founder, Advocacy Lead
Kavon Ward led the successful return of land stolen from Willa and Charles Bruce in 1924. In 2021, that land is being returned to the descendants of the Bruces. She is the founder of Justice for Bruce’s Beach and started her advocacy around Bruce’s Beach on Juneteenth 2020. Kavon is a highly sought after educator and reparations consultant. She has partnered with Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter to create a petition through Color of Change calling for restitution and restoration for the Bruce family and reparations for Black residents of Manhattan Beach. Kavon is a former Congressional Black Caucus fellow and public policy lobbyist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in public administration, and is pursuing her PhD at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change.
Co-Founder, Marketing Lead
Ashanti Martin is a veteran writer and communications strategist whose work focuses on the intersection of communication, technology, and Black culture. In 2020, Ashanti wrote an article for the Sunday New York Times about Black LinkedIn that galvanized a movement to transform the workplace experience for Black and other marginalized communities. Her podcast “EdUp Explained” covers a variety of topics through a critical thinking lens. Ashanti holds a master’s degree in communication and media and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Rutgers University. Over the course of her career, she has worked for The Record newspaper of Hackensack, N.J., Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wharton School.
Fritz Michelle Marshall
Michelle Marshall is an agent of change. As operations lead, Michelle brings more than 20 years of customer service experience and knowledge to support families working with Where Is My Land.
For nearly a decade, she has worked in Title I schools to close educational gaps for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Through advocating for parent choice and holistic approaches to teaching, Michelle has guided high-potential students away from the school-to-prison pipeline. She holds a master’s degree in general and special education.
Michelle’s heart has always been in service, and she stands with families to create generational wealth – so that Black people in America can build our own schools instead of waiting on change from a system that wasn’t built for us.
Kamala Miller-Lester is a native of Memphis, TN. Prior to joining Where Is My Land, she worked as an attorney for a major law firm in Washington, DC.
Kamala has previously worked as an adoption counselor for Tennessee Children’s Services, an associate at a law firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and as a Project Manager at SEIU. She served as a volunteer for the Election Protection Hotline and as a legal observer for social justice actions. Kamala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Smith College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis, and a JD from The George Washington University.
Kamala is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and is proficient in American Sign Language.