Our Team


The Movement Team

Our Key Strategic Partners are helping us spread the word to allies that want to support the Movement. It’s not all for volunteer. Key Strategic Partners have the option of receiving rewards for their hard work and dedicated outreach. We couldn’t do it without you!

Key Strategic Partners
Young Gifted and Black Coalition

Law & Advocacy for Racial Justice

Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment

The Council of Communities

Economic Empowerment WI

Cloudcom USA


Eric Upchurch

Eric Upchurch

CEO - Opportunity Inc.

Eric Steven Upchurch II is an entrepreneur, strategic development consultant, community activist, educator and researcher. He is the Chief Visionary at Opportunity Inc. – creating success through collaboration, Founder of WOKESessions.com and The Movement Fund, Founding Organizer for the Young Gifted and Black Coalition, The Council Of Communities, Economic Empowerment WI, and the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment.

Recognized as one of Madison 365’s “The Most Influential Black Leaders in Wisconsin,” Eric helps leaders increase their impact and wellbeing through collaboration, innovation, mindfulness and relationship building.
Eric leans on lesson failures, accomplishments, embarrassments, knowledgeable advice, and a deep spiritual awareness in experience to move through the world with love as a global citizen and father to Messiah Amun – delivering a variety of trainings from conflict resolution and business development to mindfulness and meditation.
Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

CEO of Economic Empowerment WI

Sharon is a graduate of Purdue University and earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School District.
Her diversity in careers includes sales and product management with Kraft Foods, real estate sales with Veridian Homes, and program management and consulting with the State of Wisconsin. She served on the boards of Nuestro Mundo Community School, Access Community Health Center, and currently serves as the President of Madison Network of Black Professionals (MNBP).

Her project management, communication, and organizational
leadership skills provides a solid track record to operate effectively in this innovative and fast growing company. Sharon is looking forward to sharing her experiences and perspectives from her different roles working in private and public sectors as well as being an entrepreneur. Her dedication to family and community has prepared her to be able to hear and fill the gaps identified by entrepreneurs and to help change the narrative around business ownership to policy and legislative.

DeVon Solomon

DeVon Solomon

Operations Manager

DeVon Solomon has worn many hats over the years.

The majority of his career has been spent in international relief and development work, and has included duties in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, disaster response and preparedness, as well as post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Most of his work experience has been within the United Nations system, having worked with UNDP, OHCHR, ILO and FAO. He has lived and worked in approximately 10 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the United States and the Pacific Islands.

DeVon is a dedicated international development professional with hands-on experience managing multi-million dollar national and regional development projects with international, governmental, and non-profit organizations, with specific implementation experience in field missions in Africa. Beyond his UN experience, DeVon has also worked in the field with the United States Peace Corps, USAID, the FDNY and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

He is a native English speaker but is conversant in French, Italian and I-Kiribati.

Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors represents leadership in non-profit, entrepreneur and community development in both private and public sectors. These are the veterans who have been around long enough to know how to build stable resources for social good. Advisors help connect to Key Partners and potential grantees.

Apply to Board of Advisors

Dr. Ruben Anthony
RowJAC Consulting Inc.

Eric Upchurch Sr.
New Dei

Tracy Williams-Maclin

Martin Lackey
Key Cleaners

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820 W. Wingra Drive
Unit 259812
Madison WI 53715



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