Ashlye Durrell is a proud HBCU alumna, graduating from the illustrious Hampton University. Her professional identity is social worker and Senior Associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Her career has been driven by her experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles, which developed her passion for the advancement of her community.
Ms. Durrell has developed leadership skills as well as passion and extensive experience working with adults experiencing serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals with co-occurring disorders, underserved and medically vulnerable populations, and those experiencing tri-morbidity.
She has in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practices such as trauma-informed care and harm reduction and is interested in healing Black communities through trauma-informed therapeutic interventions, using her own experiences for change and destigmatization.
Throughout her career, Ms. Durrell has helped hundreds of underserved and vulnerable individuals through case management and therapeutic services. As she continues to enhance her professional reputation she seeks and continues to serve in leadership roles and volunteer in areas of passion.
In addition to her new role serving the Board of Learning by Design, Ms. Durrell is a proud board member of another youth centered NPO- TRIBE (for the betterment of Black girls). Ms. Durrell has an undying drive for the advancement of Black culture, specifically as it relates to mental health.
Rasheeda A. Washington
Founder, Beyond Sixth
Rasheeda brings over 15 years of experience in organizational effectiveness, strategy, operations, and business process design.
She has achieved positive results and real impact working across multiple sectors and with organizations of various sizes. Rasheeda spent 10 years working in corporate supply chain before transitioning to the K-12 sector in 2013.
Since then she has served as the executive director of operations for the Tennessee Department of Education and the Senior Director of Recruitment and Selection for The Broad Academy program at The Broad Center.
In 2019 Rasheeda founded Beyond Sixth to support organizations in achieving significant outcomes and impact through developing and implementing solutions based in the people, values, and culture of their organization.
Rasheeda has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master in Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University.
She is the proud fur-mom of her rescued terrier KJ and loves roller skating, hiking, and volunteering with youth-centered organizations.
Larry Jacobs is the West Region Sales Director for Shell Oil Company, accountable for a $250MM budget. He has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience with Shell Oil across a variety of leadership and business development roles.
Larry attended UCLA and earned a BS in Applied Mathematics. While in college he worked for the Young Black Scholars – an organization dedicated to preparing high school students for college.
He believes this opportunity was invaluable and spurred his passion for educational youth programs. Early in his professional career he also mentored college students through the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) — an organization committed to exposing college students to corporate executives in hopes of gaining career insights and opportunities.
Years later a friend invited him to participate in career day at Green Dot. Larry was impressed with the students’ drive and the school’s ambition. He soon after became an ambassador and helped support Green Dot through personal and corporate philanthropy.
Larry values diversity in corporate America and believes education to be the greatest equalizer. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, working out and playing the bass guitar.
Earl Turner III is a seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for education. Throughout his career, Turner has been a strategic leader with a results-driven orientation. Having spent a portion of his career as a Residential Developer in New Orleans LA where he built a multi-million dollar operation in just seven years, Turner made the decision to transition from the role of
president of his business in 2013, to join the Teach For America program as a middle school mathematics teacher. Outside of the classroom, Turner was one of 540 Fellows selected from 6500 top graduate students and emerging leaders nationwide for the 2015 Edu
He executed a High-impact project for The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education developing a business plan that will expand partnerships for Linked Learning Pathways. The plan opened summer internship access to LAUSD’s High School juniors and seniors at prominent local and international organizations in Los Angeles (i.e. William Morris Endeavor (WME), Space X, The Mayors Fund, Participant Media, Bad Robot).
Additionally, Turner sat on the Corp Member Advisory Committee for Teach For America and the school board as Vice President for Teach Public Schools where he leveraged his wealth of experience in business and education to build social impact in Education Policy across Los Angeles.
Turner has served as a member of the Regional Strategy Team at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and a member of the Restorative Justice committee at Angelenos Organizing for Education (AO4E).
Turner also worked as a policy analyst for LAUSD’s school board president where he made recommendations for the district's Superintendents 2016 - 2019 Strategic Plan; he analyzed expenditures for the district's $7.6 billion budget, and he drafted a research report highlighting factors driving down student achievement in mathematics.
Turner holds a BA in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a MA in Digital Learning at Loyola Marymount University, and is a Doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from George Mason University and participating on a professional level as a long jumper for The United States has afforded Ms. Brown a perspective that is critical in assisting youth in progressing through physical education and athletics.
The combination of these academic and professional ventures has instilled the values of time management, consistency, and work ethic, which are essential pillars of her current work with young people.
These experiences has assisted Ms. Brown in facilitating the integration of the well-rounded student-athlete during this technological shift in society. Ms. Brown encourages student-athletes to be process-driven versus outcome-oriented, by nurturing avenues of focus, balance, resilience, and discipline to help prepare them for the road ahead.