Denise Perry – Executive Director

For over 25 years of labor and community organizing, Denise Perry has dedicated herself to developing strong grassroots leaders, democratic organizations, and progressive social movements.

Through her career, she organized health care workers into labor unions in the east and southeast; directed field training for the Organizing Institute creating curriculum, managing organizing sites and working with participating unions. Internationally she worked with a team to develop the Women’s Global Equity Project–an initiative that took her throughout Africa and the Caribbean to train and work with women labor activists.

In 2001, Denise co-founded Power U Center for Social Change, rooted in Miami’s historically Black community of Overtown. Power U has equipped residents to challenge the displacement of low-income families by gentrification, blocking the proposed use of public land for luxury condominiums in the neighborhood. Other Power U projects are training youth to have a voice in school policies and engaging women in childbirth classes that also introduce them to social justice organizing increasing women leaders.

Bringing the work to the national level, Denise has served on several boards and played a key role in the development of the Right to the City Alliance and its work to connect with environmental justice issues.


For over fifteen years, Lorelei Williams has worked to empower African and Afrodescendent communities across the globe to achieve equity and justice. Most recently, at the helm of Onira Philanthropic Advisors, she has helped foundations and non-profit organizations strengthen their programs, organizational operations and capacity.

Clients have included the Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Brazil Foundation, and The Brazilian Institute for Ethnic Media, among others. Lorelei has served as Co-Chair of the Civil Society Committee for the US State Department’s US-Brazil Joint Action Plan to End Racial Discrimination.

As a Fulbright fellow in Brazil, she founded the POMPA project in partnership with the Steve Biko Institute to train Afro-Brazilian youth for public service and leadership. Lorelei holds a B.A. from Yale University in Political Science/African American Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Born and raised in Harlem NYC, Lorelei is also a mother, writer and somatic practitioner.

Cicily Daniels – Administrative Coordinator

Cicily Daniels is a graduate of Yale University. She has worked as a Word Processing Supervisor at Goldman Sachs, and a Word Processor at several top NYC Law firms included Davis Polk & Wardwell. Cicily is also an established performer, having appeared in multiple Broadway shows, on television, in movies, and commercials.

She has worked in an administrative capacity for BOLD since December of 2016. She is proud to be a part of the BOLD team and to support the work of training Black leaders doing vital work for our community and our world.

Alta Starr – Senior Trainer

Alta, based in Harlem, NY, is a somatic coach, bodyworker, and a poet. A former teacher, radio news and music producer, and grantmaker, she has been on the Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) training team since the project began, and is also a member of generative somatics’ NY-based Somatics and Trauma teaching team.

Zuri Croson Murphy - Evaluator

Zuri Croson Murphy earned her Masters of Social Work at GSU in 2004 and her therapy licensure in 2008. For the last decade, she has worked as a program evaluator, managing data collection and analysis for social justice organizations and state/federal prevention programs.

She has presented at the American Evaluation Association’s international conference, the Society for Community Research in Action’s international conference, and the Sex, Race and Power conference. Her qualitative work exploring women’s roles in the Civil Rights Movement was displayed in the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

Her primary research interests include social movements, identity, and community resilience. Currently, she is a PhD student and the managing editor of the City & Community journal, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Sociological Association.