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Latrina Kelly-James


Latrina Kelly-James

Latrina’s most recent projects focus on program landscape surveying, family engagement, and building community technical assistance models. She has also served as project manager for Root Cause’s work on the Campaign for Black Male Achievement publication, Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement.

Latrina comes to Root Cause with 15 years experience building and advocating for marginalized communities. With equity at the center, she has provided strategic leadership and capacity building to forge collaborative community and institutional partnerships, utilize data and community voice to drive policies to reduce harm, reallocate resources to communities, and support community access to and sustaining of funding. Most recently, Latrina has been working as a Senior Manager and Grassroots Capacity Building Specialist for Equal Justice USA creating racial equity for Black and Brown survivors of violence through building community organizations’ capacity to access federal and other sources of funding to advance their healing, and engaging police and community in recognizing and addressing trauma.

She is former Director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition and formerly served as the Deputy Director and interim Executive Director for Junta for Progressive Action in New Haven, CT. Latrina is also a past Fellow with the Justice Policy Network, a Washington DC-based policy leadership program, volunteers with North Carolina’s Center for Community Transitions where she mentors women returning from incarceration, and is a founding board member for SOLVED, a non-profit that advances innovation in addressing substance use and mental health, while increasing community leadership in public health.

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