Brian C.B. Barnes, Ed.L.D., M.Div.

Dr. Brian C.B. Barnes has committed his life to standing beside youth and communities in the journey to secure a strong present and future in America through education. Brian’s professional experience includes a number of roles at Boston Public Schools, including teaching middle school mathematics, serving as the school leader of a pilot middle school academy, and launching and coordinating the district's first faith-based and community partnerships initiative as a part of the Boston Mayor's Circle of Promise collective impact initiative. Brian has also served as a leadership coach of aspiring and new principals through the Harvard Graduate School of Education and as a consultant and presenter to various non-profit and educational organizations such as TNTP and New Leaders. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Morehouse College, with a minor in secondary education from Spelman College; a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School; and both a Master’s and Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Brian is married and is the father of three beautiful children, one son and two daughters.

Dorian O. Burton, Ed.L.D.

Dr. Dorian O. Burton is passionate about the work of ensuring that youth and communities recognize their greatness. Dorian’s professional experience includes working in the National Football League, leading special projects and developing partnerships at the Harlem Children’s Zone, serving as the founding Program Director of Education Pioneers Houston Office as well as the Director of Stand for Children Houston, and independently consulting with various nonprofits and school districts primarily in Harlem, NY; Houston, TX; and Newark, NJ. His professional experience includes frequent speaking and presentation engagements, and he has written a number of articles and posts. Dorian holds a Bachelor’s degree  in Sociology from Penn State University, where he also was a member of the prestigious football team, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the father of four beautiful children, two sons and two daughters.


Tokunbo "Toks" Adeshiyan, MBA

Mr. Toks Adeshiyan, MBA, holds great seriousness about the work of ensuring that youth and communities have both transformative and sustainable opportunities. Toks’ professional experience includes large project operations management, including working as a technical lead at International Business Machines (IBM), where he led global teams of engineers in the development of software solutions, including projects in virtualization, security, and service continuity. He has also worked for Bank of America to help it optimize the costs of its contact center operations, an initiative that targeted a reduction of service expenses by $5 million. Most recently he has worked as an Associate Consultant for Accenture, leading long term projects in various areas and cities throughout the country.  Toks holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Tennessee State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University.