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Philosophy

Many organizations engaged in public policy work advocate for issues that most directly affect Black people, but too often these organizations do not explicitly make themselves accountable to the masses of Black people.  Accountable Black leadership is horizontal and cooperative.  We believe this is an important innovation in community organizing and embrace it as our ideal operational model.

Adam J. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer
adam@lbsbaltimore.com

Adam is responsible for the management and oversight of the daily operations of the organization and the execution of our mission. As a West Baltimore native, Mr. Jackson observed how city planning dictates how the City of Baltimore functions politically, economically, and socially.

His academic endeavors have helped to increase his knowledge of how to plan long-term, sustainable strategies that will result in a better quality of life for Baltimore City residents.

His volunteer efforts are aimed at connecting young people to public policy and creating transformative change in the city of Baltimore.

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Nadirah Smith
Chief Operating Officer
nadirah@lbsbaltimore.com

Nadirah has over 15 years of program planning, project management, and professional business writing experience.

She is responsible for the administrative operations of the organization, including but not limited, to:

  • screening prospective volunteers, updating the operational calendar
  • proofreading articles and policy briefs
  • submitting funding requests, managing contracts, and providing support to the programs, innovations, and advocacy efforts of LBS.
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Dayvon Love
Director of Public Policy
dayvon@lbsbaltimore.com

Dayvon has been sharpening his oratory style and political thinking for more than a decade as a coach and competitor in policy debate through his high-school and college years.

Love was so skilled at debate, it earned him a scholarship to college, where he and fellow debater, Deven Cooper, won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship – the first time in history that an all Black debate team won the tournament.

Incorporating hip-hop, poetry and personal experiences, their debate arguments flipped the script as they underscored how the practice of the debate community purveys the kind of racial inequalities existent in society today.

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Lawrence Grandpre
Director of Research
lawrence@lbsbaltimore.com

Lawrence provides the research needed to facilitate LBS’ political awareness campaigns, organized civil demonstrations, community education events and legislative advocacy efforts.

Lawrence Grandpre’s academic writings have been featured in The Baltimore Sun, Time Magazine, and The Baltimore City Paper.

He has given lectures on the topics of race, power, and activism at universities all over the country, most notably the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and John Hopkins University. In 2014, Lawrence co-authored his first book “The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots” with comrade Dayvon Love. 

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Deverick Murray (DevRock)
Cultural Curator
devrock@lbsbaltimore.com

DevRock is a Black man, father, husband, teacher, organizer, and artist committed to the upward mobility of the Black community.  As a successful high school and collegiate debater, DevRock was inspired by the Black Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights era in America.  

He now finds himself deeply immersed in campaigns aimed to create positive transformational change for youth and Black people.  

As a Cultural Curator and the Minister of Culture, DevRock helped to establish the founding ethos of the organization as independent and focused on building power in oppressed communities.

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Brion Gill (Lady Brion)
Cultural Curator
ladybrion@lbsbaltimore.com

Lady Brion is an international spoken word artist, poetry coach, activist, organizer, and educator whose personal mission is to inspire, connect, mobilize, and liberate.  

She has spent the last 14 years of her life performing on several continents as an independent artist who freely shares her perspective and reflections of life with diverse audiences.

Lady Brion is an arts professional who has taught creative writing courses at several elementary and middle schools; coached poetry teams in over 10 academic institutions via the Louder Than A Bomb poetry program; and supervised a team of over 15 teaching artists throughout the Baltimore-Metropolitan area.

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