Who We Are
Ebony Chambers has over 18 years of experience working with issues of social justice, equity, education, mental health and diversity and serves as Chief Equity & Partnership Officer at a local Sacramento non-profit. She is a speaker, educator,
and workshop leader who has worked extensively throughout the United States and has served nationally and locally as an advocate and activist for access to care and the elimination of the stigma of mental illness for underserved and unserved
communities. Chambers has provided extensive training in cultural competence and culturally responsive practices to schools, universities, social services and mental health agencies through her work in nonprofits and for UC Davis enter for Family-Focused Practice. Through her classes and training, she covers a wide range of topics including examining issues of privilege, power and the role of leaders and educators in a multicultural society.
Chambers also worked with the National Council of Behavioral Health, on addressing Health Disparities within her local community, with a focus on eliminating barriers and increasing access for the LGBT community. Chambers is the recipient of the 2017 Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40 awards for her outstanding professional accomplishments and community involvement. She was also featured as the 2018 Bizwomen Headliner for her work in the non-profit community. She is also the owner of Healing Grace Studios, helping her clients achieve wellness through diverse indigenous healing practices.
Board Vice President
Lisa Carlson is a change strategist and a respected community advocate with a passion for Inclusion and Diversity (I&D). She has been an employee at a large technology corporation for 19 years. Her extensive background in community service, leadership, and activism is what makes her the best partner and collaborator for the community. As a woman who is the direct descendant of Black slaves, Lisa describes herself as “an apostle, advocate, amplifier, ally, and accomplice, for representation of all. Her focus is intentionally on intersectionality to ensure all feel welcomed and supported. Lisa proactively looks around corners in anticipation of social and cultural events that may affect the community.
Being of service in the community is extremely important to Lisa. She believes we are all here to serve each other. For over 10 years, she has been a Ministry Team Lead at Center of Praise whose responsibility includes coordinating service team schedules and event planning for over a 5,000-member congregation. She is a community partner who has coordinated/facilitated fundraising events with multiple local non-profits including MLK365.org, Serve Sacramento, Tuskegee Airmen Regional Chapter, St HOPE, Colour of Music Festival, and Sacramento Juneteenth Inc.
At her day job, Lisa is a Program/Project Manager for multiple Diversity Network Association (DNA) affinity groups at her job, she has been instrumental in facilitating chapter growth globally, which
resulted in increased membership from 30k to over 120k. Lisa’s work aligns with the four I&D Pillars of Purpose: Community, Volunteering, Talent, and Business Impact. Our success has included growth within the groups for women, BIPOC, and LGBYQ+. Lisa is a former 7-year term Co-Chair for the Black@Apple (B@A) DNA. She has been an active B@A leader for over 10 years and counting. She currently supports the DNA as the Community/Volunteer/ Communications/Programming Lead.
Moreover, Lisa loves to utilize all her experiences supporting other leaders. She says it's her most humble honor and privilege to be recently appointed as VP to the Board of Black Womxn United and be a strategic partner in the education, protection, and advancement of Black womxn in my community.
Dr. Devin L. Horton
Dr. Devin L. Horton is the Graduate Diversity Officer for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at UC Davis. Prior to her role as the STEM Diversity Officer, Dr. Horton served as the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Research Center for Sciences at UCLA, and as a biology professor for five years at Fort Valley State University, a Historically Black University in Georgia. With more than 15 years of experience in program design and implementation. Dr. Horton currently provides leadership and consultation with deans, faculty, and academic programs to develop and implement policies that eliminate barriers to recruiting and retaining graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from historically/racially marginalized populations.
A Los Angeles native, Dr. Horton was the first in her family to attend college and the only one to earn a Ph.D. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Tuskegee University and her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. It is her experience as a Black, queer, first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged womxn from a historically oppressed population that fuels her passion for providing effective and comprehensive student support.