Hello! I'm Rolanda
I have had the great fortune of working on some truly inspiring projects while networking with many influential and creative individuals along the way. I believe in the power of working together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information about my career experience, past projects, and current work portfolio, get in touch today.
Social justice advocate
LONG-TIME ATLANTA RESIDENT AND DEDICATED SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE
Social movements and lgbtq+ advocacy have always played a huge role in my personal and professional life. In my 15 years living in Atlanta, I have actively participated in a variety of social justice initiatives, including advocating for faith-based initiatives and serving as a leader in the staff diversity, inclusion, and engagement programs at Georgia Institute of Technology. I have organized events and programs to build community, grow leaders, and transform the culture through inclusive excellence. These experiences have allowed me to make valuable contributions at civic decision-making tables and produce more equitable strategies for my neighborhood and for the city at large.
Managing grantmaking portfolio
Nationwide, one of my proudest accomplishments to date was consulting for the faith-based initiative Gays in Faith Together (GIFT), whose mission is to affirm LGBTQ+ people of faith. In 2012, GIFT was a recipient of an Arcus Grant for its Gay Christian? Yes! Campaign, and with the help of the two-year $55,000 grant, we were able to successfully reach further into West Michigan. Managing this grantmaking portfolio, including general operating support and multi-year grants, demonstrates my commitment to intersectional work and prioritizing projects that are local, rooted in lived experience, and aimed at transforming current power structures across the United States. Other initiatives I have worked on include the Anti-Bullying Campaign partnering with George Heartwell, former Mayor of Grand Rapids, and the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus.
Policy and Infrastructure
MORE EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
In my previous work with non-profit organizations, I have gained a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by marginalized communities. In 2021, I played a key role in ensuring the city of Atlanta had accountable and engaged political leaders during the election year. I partnered with various organizations to provide deep engagement between candidates and voters and worked to garner support for a collaborative policy agenda.
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
My greatest strength is strategic thinking. Earning my M.B.A., I am often able to quickly spot patterns and issues and create alternatives before my teammates even realize there is an issue.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
I earned my Bachelor of Science. degree with a concentration in Communications. My internship earned industry credit to working on an Emmy Award Winning Television show.
High School Diploma
FIRST COAST HIGH SCHOOL
From an early age, I’ve always been team oriented. I was the captain of my basketball team and Student Body President. My team building traits and relationship building skills has served me well in my career. I’ve always been a person who welcomes difference and values diverse perspectives.
Analytics - Advanced
SEO - Advanced
Content Marketing - Proficient
Social Media Marketing - Proficient
Pay-per-click advertising - Proficient
I manage campaign budgets, prepare wrap-up reports, and connect with marketing agencies. My past roles have provided me solid execution experience in all marketing aspects, including campaign planning, campaign management and analysis.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
As a certified inclusive leader, the depth of experience and years of service as a key supporter of the LGBTQ movement.
I'm a passionate transportation advocate seeking to make a bigger impact. M y knowledgeable about mobility, policy and infrastructure with the political landscape, government and other civic entities.