D'SHAWNA BERNARD President
D'shawna Bernard has spent almost a decade shaping a career that is dedicated to progressive politics and partnerships. Her passion for public service has allowed her to work across a range of issues within the public and private sector, all of which have been rooted in equity, accessibility and justice. She has served in multiple capacities in organizations and on national campaigns where she has used her expertise to facilitate national political strategy and build coalitions across the United States and internationally. Born, in Trinidad and Tobago she attributes her love for politics and people to her culturally diverse West Indian bringing.
She has worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Democratic National Convention Committee, Hillary for America, Abrams for Governor and served as a Special Advisor on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Political Team for her Senate re-election campaign in 2018. There, she led efforts to identify engagement, outreach and organizing opportunities with key elected officials, constituency leaders, community stakeholders and state parties on behalf of the Senator. Most recently she served as the Director of Black Outreach for Senator Warren’s 2020 US Presidential campaign.
Committed to her love of country and building a global community for Trinbagonians everywhere, she founded the Student and Professional Organization of Trinidad and Tobago in 2013 and continues to lead the Executive Board to date.
Khadijah Bishop is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She attended Howard University where she double majored in Health Education and Political Science with concentrations in community Health and International Relations respectively. While at Howard, Khadijah served as Executive President of the Howard University Caribbean Students Association, one of the founding members of the Society of Future Diplomats and is one of the founders of the Student and Professional Organization of Trinidad and Tobago, for which she still serves.
Khadijah is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and is a former intern with the Congressional Black Foundation where she worked in the United States Congress in the office of US Rep. Denny Heck (WA10). In 2019 Khadijah was recognized by the Institute for Caribbean Studies as one of ‘30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders & Change Makers’ awardees. Presently Khadijah is employed at the Embassy of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Washington DC.
She also serves on the Advisory Council for the St Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain Alumni Association, USA Chapter and with the Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora Associations Network. Khadijah is passionate about the sustainable development of the Caribbean region, strengthening diaspora engagement, global health, youth leadership, women’s rights and entrepreneurship!
Jiselle Granderson, is an entrepreneur, author and sustainability advocate with specializations in business communication, strategic volunteerism and corporate social responsibility. Jíselle has spent the last several years designing, planning and implementing high impact projects and interventions in both the private and civil society sector. She possesses knowledge in cross-sector partnership development, is the Founder and CEO of a virtual assistance platform, serves as Director of Global Impact at the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago- VCTT and as secretary of the Student Professional Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jiselle also sits as the Chairwoman of the Caribbean Volunteer Exchange (CVX) network, comprising 9 government and non-government, volunteer involved regional organizations. In 2017, she was selected as a facilitator at the United Nations Regional Consultation (Caribbean and Latin America) on Youth, Peace and Security in Panama and in 2018 co-presented on Caribbean volunteerism at the Good Deeds Day World Leaders meeting in Germany.
A life blogger, lover of nature and traveler, Jíselle’s passion for what she does can best be expressed in the quote, “El Mundo Necesita Gente Que Ame Lo Que Hace!” - The World Needs More People Who Love What They Do!
AKILA NOGUERA - DEVERS
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
Akila Noguera-Devers is a Sales Professional from Cascade, Trinidad and Tobago. She has spent the last 7 years at PepsiCo holding various roles and currently manages the lodging segment for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She is also a Freelance Makeup Artist. Although born in the Bronx, NY, she spent most of her childhood in Trinidad and Tobago, attending both Providence Girl’s Catholic School and Bishops Anstey High School.
Upon completion of the CAPE examinations, she left Trinidad and Tobago to pursue a degree in International Business at Howard University. At Howard she participated in various extra-curricular activities, including acting as the Vice President for the Caribbean Students Association. This role exposed her to the challenges that other Caribbean students were facing with respect to Career Guidance and Opportunities. This exposure led her to the SPOTT team and she continues to work with SPOTT to help students obtain professional guidance and opportunities.
SPOTT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SPOTT’s Board of Directors comprises of Trinidad and Tobago nationals or persons of Trinidad and Tobago heritage who will serve for a minimum of 2 years unless otherwise ejected or re-elected under the organization’s governing bylaws.
To be a Board member, one must agree to support the mission to serve as a vehicle to connect Trinidad and Tobago students and professionals at home and abroad with like-minded organizations concerned in fostering personal, professional, and national development in Trinidad and Tobago.
Individuals must commit to overseeing the fiscal, operational and developmental management of the organization by fulfilling the general responsibilities that come with membership and specific roles on the Board.
Past Board Members Include:
Ms. Jillian MoOre
Mr. Nigel Scott
Ms. Lystra Hinds
MS. NATHIFA GREENE
There are currently openings on the SPOTT Board of Directors. Persons Interested in serving on the board should please email email@example.com