About Us

Chief Executive Officer

Mission

 

Girls For A Change is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support and inspire Black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development and social change innovation in their communities.  In doing so, we help girls develop key skills needed for their success

Angela W. Patton, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is CEO of Girls For A Change, Founder of CAMP DIVA, and a Board Member of Nurture the OmMama Resource Center.  The wife of a supportive and committed husband, Re (her rock) and the mother of two loving children, Imhotep and Asani (her inspiration), Angela says that nothing would be possible without the support of her family.   In her variety of experiences, she saw a need for programs for African American girls in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. During her planning process for a camp to fulfill this need came the tragic death of five-­‐year-­‐old Diva Mistadi Smith Roane, the daughter of a close friend. Angela found a way to turn this tragedy into triumph, as well as an opportunity for healing for Diva's mother, by establishing CAMP DIVA in Diva's memory.   Angela was voted, one of the Top 40 Under 40 community leaders in the Richmond Metropolitan Area by Richmond's Style Weekly Magazine. She also received the Chesterfield County Outstanding Youth Awards' "Quiet Heroes" Award from the Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development. Angela’s TED talk, “A father-­‐daughter dance ... in prison” has been played on NPR’s TED Radio Hour and has captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of online viewers around the world.   She plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Non-­‐Profit Management at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Angela W. Patton, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is CEO of Girls For A Change, Founder of CAMP DIVA, and a Board Member of Nurture the OmMama Resource Center.  The wife of a supportive and committed husband, Re

(her rock) and the mother of two loving children, Imhotep and Asani (her inspiration), Angela says that nothing would be possible without the support of her family.

 

In her variety of experiences, she saw a need for programs for African American girls in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. During her planning process for a camp to fulfill this need came the tragic death of five-­‐year-­‐old Diva Mistadi Smith Roane, the daughter of a close friend. Angela found a way to turn this tragedy into triumph, as well as an opportunity for healing for Diva's mother, by establishing CAMP DIVA in Diva's memory.

 

Angela was voted, one of the Top 40 Under 40 community leaders in the Richmond Metropolitan Area by Richmond's Style Weekly Magazine. She also received the Chesterfield County Outstanding Youth Awards' "Quiet Heroes" Award from the Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development. Angela’s TED talk, “A father-­‐daughter dance ... in prison” has been played on NPR’s TED Radio Hour and has captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of online viewers around the world.

 

She plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Non-­‐Profit Management at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Board of Directors

Jim Davidson - President

President, PeakChange
Denver, CO

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Jennifer Williamson - Vice President

Media Specialist, Virginia State University
Mass Communications
Richmond , Virginia

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Carolyn Robinson - Treasurer

Financial Advisor/Financial Services Rep, MetLife
Richmond , Virginia

Raymond Tademy, Ph. D.

Program Director, Richmond City Justice Center
Richmond , Virginia

Christine Templin

Infrastructure Operations, Twitter
San Francisco, California


 

Quita Highsmith

Franchise Head, Genetech
San Francisco, California

Shanza Isom

Assistant Professor in Teaching; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
Richmond, Virginia