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Our Leadership, Volunteers, and Board


Minority Inclusion Project has a dedicated and compassionate team of talented leadership, volunteers, and board members who each bring unique expertise and experience to the organization. Though everyone serves a different role, each person is committed to helping advance our mission.  Meet the Team...


Jamal Jimerson is the Founder/Executive Director of Minority Inclusion Project Inc. Jamal leads the organization's efforts to close the nonprofit racial leadership gap and is also the principal trainer, facilitator, and consultant. Since launching MIP, Jamal has given several invited presentations and keynotes on race-equity, diversity, and inclusive leadership for regional and national conferences, colleges, and universities.   Jamal has also facilitated trainings, consulting, community conversations, and equity coaching with nonprofit and public agency leaders, boards, and professionals of color. Known for being “real” in his facilitation, presentation, and interpersonal communication style, Jamal leverages his personal background, professional experiences, and academic credentials as a resource in race-equity and inclusion based strategic planning, program development, and philanthropy. 

Jamal has worked for over 15 years in public service across Connecticut. He started out as an AmeriCorps ambassador while in college and spent the first five years of his post-graduate career working in public, charter, and independent schools.  Driven by a desire to mobilize youth, families, and communities of color, Jamal was mentored into leadership for community-based nonprofit organizations across Connecticut, including Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford. 

Jamal currently serves on the boards of Five Frogs Inc., The Connecticut Association for Human Services, and Sustainable CT. His recent awards include 100 Men of Color (2017) and Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty (2017). He holds a B.A. in Communications, an M.A. in Business Communications, and an M.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Management of Nonprofit Agencies. Jamal's most rewarding accomplishment is being the father of two amazing children - Leila Nicole and Malcolm Jamal - both of whom he credits as sitting on his personal "Board of Directors."


Esther Jean-Marie is MIP’s Director of Operations and one of the "Founding Five" who helped form and launch the organization.  Esther believes that positive investments in leadership and education can change the realities of people and families served by nonprofits. A native of Haiti, Esther fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired by a transformative excursion to Mali to build a school and by her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Esther quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, social justice, racial justice, and gender equity. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get a B.A. in International Studies from University of Hartford. Currently, Esther leads MIP's programs, philanthropy, marketing, and our outstanding team of volunteers.  Prior to MIP, Esther provided workforce readiness services for disconnected and disengaged youth across the state, coordinated youth financial coaching and education programs, and served for three years as the President of the Stratford BuildOn program.  She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. Esther prides herself, her personal growth, and her leadership journey on four pillars: 1) Being a good person; 2) resiliency' 3) taking initiative; and 4) hard work.  



Our organization involves volunteers so that we can tap into skills, experiences and talents beyond what our excellent professional staff already bring to our organization and its work.

We're thankful to the following volunteers for their past support and ongoing commitment to Minority Inclusion Project:

  • Karen Adamson
  • Elizabeth Bashir
  • Debra Delane
  • Tyler Fields
  • Sarah Sherman
  • Isbelia Williams

Board of Directors

Minority Inclusion Project's Board of Directors represents a cross-section of our communities and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. Our board works hard to ensure sustainability of the organization and is dually committed to race-equity, diversity, and inclusion in theory and in practice.  In line with our core values, MIP's board members are diverse professionals at different career levels with varied backgrounds.

Sean Campbell, Chairperson | Christian Community Action

Maria V. Cruz | City of Hartford

Jason Fredlund | The Discovery Center

Jaleith Gary | Urban Alliance

Karen Hinds | WorkPlace Success

Suri Seymour | Equity Educator & Consultant

Nicole Walton, Treasurer | Baystate Health

Shannon White | Hartford YardGoats