NEXT – Board of Directors
The mastermind behind such notable Atlanta events as the annual Hands on Atlanta Day, the King Holiday Summit and the Trumpet Awards, Malikah Berry is a seasoned community activist, with more than a decade leading some of the nation’s most ground-breaking efforts. She brings to NEXT, this rare mix of big ideas, big passion and a knack for creating community—both the human and virtual varieties. www.betheheroine.com
P. Faith Carmichael
Faith Carmichael is a musician, PR strategist and arts activist. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of NEXT and principal of its parent company Mustard Seed Communications. When not putting out communication fires for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, she is a working musician and avid arts activist. A member of the NBAF board, she was recently selected to the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta Class of 2014. A jazz musician, she also provides lead vocals for local Atlanta group, the Faith Carmichael 5 (www.faithcarmichael.com).
Beverly Isom is a senior-level communications and public affairs consultant with over 23-years experience communications. Isom is currently a communications consultant and has served as the campaign communications director for Georgia Congressman John Lewis and former City of Atlanta communications director during the Shirley Franklin administration. Beverly is a former journalist who was educated at the University of Missouri-School of Journalism.
Yana Cooke is a graphic artist and artistic director-- creating, developing and implementing powerful brands and marketing campaigns for several Fortune 500 companies. For several years she served as artistic director and a creative force for many artists and entities in the music industry. A lifelong patron of the arts, Yana and her company are the driving force behind several local art galleries and visual artists. www.articalagency.com
Tyra McKinney believes the saying that “art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” She is a highly skilled communications specialist with more than 13 years of experience in the field of external communication, public relations and marketing. Tyra has a passion for the arts and an avid interest in up and coming artists. She enjoys discovering emerging artists, building their brand, and displaying their talents in innovative platforms.
Michael Robinson is CEO of Nucleus Creative, an international multi-media marketing and design firm www.thenucleus.co. A formally trained sculptor, he is also an award-winning writer and an illustrator of children's books. For over a decade, Michael's art has been exhibited in Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao and Japan. As a writer, he has received national awards as well as the Caribbean Media Award. As an illustrator, he has several titles under his belt, including the critically acclaimed Little Lion series created by himself and the title's author. For the man who considers himself an "imagesmith", design is always fulfilling, whether the tool at hand is a chisel, a pencil or a keyboard. www.nucleuscreative.co
Floyd is passionate about art and technology as platforms to bring cultures together and make the world a more fulfilling place. He has worked across the media spectrum in a variety of roles and capacities, including strategy, research, and production. Floyd also produces online content that highlights artists and fosters dialogue about issues, challenges, and opportunities within the arts community. An Atlanta, GA native, he holds a BS in Mathematics from Morehouse College, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Columbia Business School with a Media/Strategy concentration.