Board of Directors

Martel Okonji

Board Chair

Martel Okonji has over 15 years in education, social justice, public health, community organizing, and welfare. Throughout his career, he has worked to dismantle inequitable policies, liberate and heal communities, and engage in national systems change. Throughout Martel’s career he has worked to elect Senator Ami Bera in District 7, founded the Black History Celebration at the Los Angeles LGBT Center while he developed new programming focused on healing-centered engagement at the Youth Center on Highland. Martel’s passion and impact were recognized by State, County, and local legislators in June 2017 at LA City Hall as a Leader of Change in the California and Los Angeles Community.

Martel utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to his work having a BA in Sociology and Queer Studies, a MA in Education, and currently completing a Ph.D. and MA in Leadership and Change. Martel is a LA County Commissioner for Supervisor Kuehl District 3, Consultant with national organizations and projects, Director of Innovation at Safe Place for Youth, and an Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University all while being a father to baby girl.

Martel Okonji

AUGIE RAY

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AUGIE RAY: Grammy Award-winning producer Augie Ray’s story began in the suburbs of Northridge, California, where he grew up playing both trumpet and piano. A neighbor in the music business recognized his talent and eventually gave Augie access to his home studio.

By the age of 18, he worked under fellow Grammy Award-winning producer/musician Warryn Campbell. Since then, Augie has worked with artists such as: Rihanna, Julia Michaels, Anne-Marie, Sir Elton John, Max Frost, Bea Miller, Raye, and DJ Mustard Augie’s sound derives from the roots of Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, and Pop. By encompassing elements from each genre, he curates his own formula for music that is pleasing to an array of listeners.

Augie Ray

John Nwankwo

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John Nwankwo is a product developer and entrepreneur with a love for art and design. In his career as a fashion merchandiser, he used his knowledge of the industry to analyze consumer behavior and market trends to increase company productivity and sales. Additionally, as a stylist, John has worked with celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Kris Jenner and many others at top fashion companies. He also has led fashion editorials featuring Actor Boris Kodjoe, Supermodel Eugena Washington, and Influencer Kat Tat.

As a Board Member of Seed House Project, John will use his experience in product development and market research to create fashion-forward products for Save A Penny, sister brand of Seed House Project, while creating unique marketing campaigns tailored towards the mission of Seed House Project.

John is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Fashion Merchandising and Business Management at the Academy of Art University.

John Nwankwo

Dr. Jason Plunkett

Board Of Advisors

Dr. Jason Plunkett is the first American born of native Belizean parents. He has 18 years of experience counseling. He is the founder of a leading consulting Company, True Solutions Consulting Group LLC since 2015. Jason sits on the board of (3) nonprofit organizations focused on the advancement of youth and those who need HOPE. Jason is the United States director of ZOE International, an NGO that’s mission is to end child trafficking internationally.

Jason’s life motto is summarized in a quote by his hero, Mother Teresa, “l am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God sending love letters to the world.” Jason is also a proud husband to his wife, Jackie, of 14 years and father of his four children.

Jason earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, from Cal State University Northridge, and earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate University and his Doctorate Degree (Psy.D.) in Organizational Management and Consulting from Phillips Graduate University as an “Organizational Psychologist.”

Jason Plunkett

Dr. Andrea Humphrey

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Andrea or Dr. Dre, as she is playfully called, is a dynamic, humorous and down to earth Author, Speaker, Coach, Pastor and Leadership Specialist. Not only does she function as CEO of her own executive development company, I.Q. Training Inc., but she also serves as Lead Pastor and visionary of H.O.P.E.’s House International Ministries. The intersection of the marketplace and ministry is where she feels right at home, this businesswoman/entrepreneur is impacting lives daily as the President & CEO of the Hope Community Development Center in Granada Hills. Graced with an unusual capacity to see greatness in people, she is always in pursuit of practical ways to help transform lives spiritually, mentally, financially, emotionally and physically.

Using her financial management skills that she honed during her 20 years at the Walt Disney Company and in MBA School, she supports the financial growth of SHP . Her experience as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Disney helped her understand cultural differences and how to use storytelling as a means to communicate differences and bridge gaps. As a successful church-planter she teaches how to establish and maintain a local church. Her two books, More Than Just His Wife, (It’s Time to Come out of the Shadows) and Transformed for Purpose have impacted people all over the globe but none more importantly than her joy, her two daughters, Lauryn and Sydney.

Dr. Andrea Humphrey

Brady Reid

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Dr. Brandy Reid is an experienced licensed marriage and family therapist offering 12+ years of experience in community mental health and private practice. Dr. Brandy Reid is a business consultant and provides executive coaching services and Leadership Development and Training. Dr. Brandy Reid serves as a clinical director for a private group practice. Besides serving on the board of directors for Seed House Project, Dr. Brandy Reid also serves on the Advisory board for Tarzana Treatment Center College. Dr. Brandy Reid is a Podcast host and an Amazon Best Selling Author.

Dr. Brandy Reid graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Pan African Studies from California State University Northridge in 2008. Dr. Brandy Reid obtained an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Last, Dr. Brandy Reid earned a Psy.D in Organizational Psychology from Phillips Graduate University in 2019.

Brady Reid

Kelly Kester

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Kelly Kester founded Yes! Ventures Grants, Inc. in 1999 to provide nonprofit organizations with strategic grant writing and development services, board training and effective communications. She has raised more than $85M for her clients in grants, contracts and campaigns from over 125 public and private funding sources.

Kelly has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1984, serving clients in the homeless services, human trafficking, education, healthcare, youth development and restorative justice spaces. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in English and Gerontology from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and holds certificates in development from the Indiana Center on Philanthropy and the Whitecap Foundation’s Executive Management Academy.

Kelly grew up in rural Eastern Washington State and recently relocated to Palm Desert after living and working in Los Angeles for over 30 years.

Kelly Keste