ADOS ADVOCACY FOUNDATION

MEET THE TEAM

Yvette Carnell

President

Yvette Carnell

Before founding the ADOS Advocacy Foundation in 2020, Yvette served as staff assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), legislative aide to Congressman Marion Berry (D-AR), and assistant to the Chair of the Women’s Vote Center at the DNC. She also worked as regional field director for America’s Families United, where she supervised, mobilized, and coordinated the GOTV efforts of multiple non-profit organizations in preparation for upcoming elections. After leaving Capitol Hill, Yvette started a political call-in show on YouTube with almost 90k subscribers and co-founded the American Descendants of Slavery movement. Yvette has appeared on CNN and ABC News, in Vox, The Intercept, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and on the front page of The New York Times. She was also a featured guest at Yale University’s Reparations Speaker Series. Yvette grew up in Decatur, Georgia, and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy.

Simeon Harris

Compliance Director

Simeon Harris

Simeon is a Human Resources professional with a specialty in DE&I project management. As Compliance Director of the ADOS Advocacy Foundation, he leads a team focused on providing guidelines and standard operating procedures for the Foundation and its state and local affiliates.

Simeon earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Engineering Technology with a minor in electrical engineering from Hampton University.

James Cajuste

M.I.S. Director

James cajuste

James is a data analyst and business analysis professional with more than five years of experience in Digital Advertising Operations and over a decade of experience in IT Support Operations.

As the Management Information Systems Director for the ADOS Advocacy Foundation, he oversees a team of IT professionals who support the foundation decision-making and operational efficiency through data-driven insights.

James earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College (CUNY) with a minor in sociology. In addition, he holds a professional Scrum Master certification.

Paul Sowers

Media Director

Paul Sowers

Paul Sowers holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston. After graduation he worked as a staff reporter for an online daily covering news in the defined contribution industry, and, since 2017, he has written extensively on the American Descendants of Slavery movement at his personal website www.paulsowers.com

As the director of national media, Paul Sowers leads the organization’s communications strategies, working with local and national news outlets to highlight the work that ADOS AF is doing.

Jecorey Arthur

Outreach Director

Jecorey Arthur

Jecorey is an award-winning teacher, musician, and activist from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Louisville.

Jecorey has taught and performed worldwide while using his platform to raise awareness about social justice issues and the need for political advocacy. As the interim director of the ADOS Advocacy Foundation’s Outreach Team, Jecorey is responsible for mobilizing activists and organizing grassroots campaigns across the country that help realize the foundation’s primary aims.

Jecorey is also a professor at the nation’s 107th HBCU, Simmons College of Kentucky, and he is the youngest city council member in Louisville history.

Aisha Muhammad

Policy Director

Aisha Muhammad

As the Policy Director for the ADOS Advocacy Foundation, Aisha Muhammad is responsible for designing the framework of a comprehensive federal reparations program and its implementation. She also led the team in developing the Black Agenda, which recommends data-driven policy proposals to rectify long-standing disparities in Black communities across America. To that end, Aisha directs the organization’s candidate consulting program, a service offering the Policy Team’s expertise on how campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels can most effectively shape their message to reach their Black constituents and develop relevant legislative initiatives to meet that cohort’s particular needs. Aisha holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in health care policy and administration. Before earning her MPH, she received a Bachelor of Arts in history, focusing on African American studies.

Vickie Miller

Training Director

Vickie Miller

Vickie Miller is a learning and development professional with more than 20 years of experience in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors. She specializes in microlearning and reskilling.

As the Training Director for the ADOS Advocacy Foundation, Vickie oversees the organization’s instructional design processes.

In addition, she spearheads the ADOS AF member development courses—part of a broad spectrum of ongoing, proprietary curricula—which ensures alignment between new members’ advocacy efforts and the strategic goals and vision of the organization. Vickie holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.