Jakki Kerubo–Chairperson

Jakki has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught writing for a year. She recently completed her forthcoming novel. Her work has been published in the Golden Handcuffs Review. Jakki is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Faith and Work in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Owiso Odera

Born to Kenyan parents in Khartoum, Sudan and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Owiso Odera is a Los Angeles based actor whose television credits include: Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, NCIS Los Angeles, Numb3rs, The Unit; ( All on CBS), Minority Report (Fox), FlashForward (ABC), recurring roles on The Originals (CW), Three Rivers (CBS) and DIRT (FX). Owiso’s first love is the theater. Off-Broadway he appeared in the World Premiere of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho for which he was nominated for a Lucile Lortel Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2014, the US premiere of The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theatre Company) ranked fourth by Time Magazine as one of the top ten new plays of 2007, Romeo and Juliet (the Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival). Regional theater credits include, the world premiere of Samuel J. & K at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The title role in Othello (Folger Theatre); August Wilson’s, Two Trains Running (Two River Theater); August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (McCarter Theatre); August Wilson’s, Gem of the Ocean (A.C.T, San Francisco); Groundswell, Titus Andronicus, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor (The Old Globe, San Diego); Love of Three Oranges (La Jolla Playhouse); Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston).
An avid fan and proponent of new play development, Owiso has participated in workshops and readings at several US regional theaters and is a former board member of The New Harmony Project (New Harmony, Indiana), a project dedicated to supporting the voices of writers whose work celebrates the human spirit.
Owiso received his training at The Acting Studio in New York and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He was the first recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation George C. Wolfe Theatre Award in 2004.


Baze Mpinja

From 2007 – 2011, Baze was a beauty editor for Glamour magazine and a contributor to The Girls in the Beauty Department,’s beauty blog. Prior to Glamour, Baze served as beauty editor for Vibe Vixen, a girly spin-off of the music title Vibe. She was also the associate beauty editor for Suede, a multicultural fashion and beauty magazine. Baze is currently a freelance writer; her work has appeared in magazines like Marie Claire, Essence, Brides and People StyleWatch and online at Fashion Unfiltered, and She also penned a book, Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty (Running Press, 2012). In addition, Baze is the founder of, a blog that examines beauty in the media, pop culture and real life.

Andrew Nyayiemi

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