Our Board

2022 Board of Directors

Brett Roman Williams – Chair
Brett Roman Williams is an educator and independent creative producer with experience in live event production, video production, and youth education in digital filmmaking. He is also the Senior Producer and lead writer of the NAACP’s National Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) National Awards Ceremony. Earlier in his career, Brett was a helicopter news camera operator for Channel 6 Action News. Currently, Brett is producing and directing a documentary series called “Philadelphia Unsolved: Left in the Dark,” which sheds light on Philadelphia’s co-victims of homicide and the City’s low homicide clearance rate. Brett has a very deep connection to AVP as he once was a client following the aftermath of his older brother’s death to gun violence in 2016. Empowered by AVP’s impact on his healing journey, Brett dedicated himself to ending Philadelphia’s cycle of gun violence and joined AVP’s Board of Directors in 2017. A Philadelphia native, Brett now resides in Harlem, NYC. He is a proud son of Howard University, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.

Samantha Rivera – Vice Chair
Samantha Rivera is Director of Implementation Science, City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families.

Anthony Johnson – Treasurer
Anthony Johnson is the Deputy Director of The Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County, a transportation consulting group that promotes transit-oriented development and other pro-pedestrian initiatives. A Camden, NJ native, Anthony earned an EdD in higher education administration from Immaculata University, a Master’s in Human Services Administration from Chestnut Hill College and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Rowan University.  

Cliff Akiyama – Secretary
Cliff Akiyama is Principal and Founder, Akiyama and Associates LLC.

Larry Brown, Jr. – Board Member

Larry Brown, Jr. is National Director of the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Program.

Ramsey H. Chew III – Board Member
Ramsey H. Chew III is an associate at Wapner Newman. His practice is focused primarily on matters involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, sexual assault/abuse, products liability, and construction site accidents.  Ramsey received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. While at Widener, Ramsey served as a judicial extern for the Honorable John Milton Younge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas – Civil Division. Ramsey is a graduate of Howard University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. A native Philadelphian, Ramsey attended Central High School of Philadelphia and has deep roots in the Philadelphia area.

Tania Isaac Hyman – Board Member

Tania Isaac Hyman is an independent consultant.

Laura Plunkett – Board Member
Laura Plunkett is Executive Director of Startup Partnerships at Comcast.

Yolanda Washington – Board Member

Yolanda Washington is a Program Manager of Global Workforce Development at Google.

Kellan White – Board Member
Kellan White is First Deputy City Controller to Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, Controller of the City of Philadelphia. In this role, Kellan leads the Controller’s push to look at the way city government operates with a keen eye on diversity, equity, and inclusion. A third-generation public servant and native Philadelphian, Kellan believes true community empowerment lies at the intersection of government, politics, and the communities those two entities serve. Kellan has dedicated his career to uplifting communities and building strong coalitions to solve Philadelphia’s most pressing problems.  His portfolio includes strategy, policy and data analysis, community engagement, communications, and intergovernmental relations. Prior to the Rhynhart Administration, Kellan served as the national political director for the New Leaders Council, a national hub for well-trained, politically astute and progressively minded millennials committed to building better, safer, thriving neighborhoods by running for offices, serving our community, and being entrepreneurs. He also served in leadership roles for the historic campaigns of Katie McGinty, Judge Carolyn Nichols, and Rhynhart. Kellan received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.