AFIA RAINA TURNER-GREENLEA
Co-Founder & Chair, Summit Committee
We are building the largest Black & Green network for Sustainability professionals, entrepreneurs & enthusiasts throughout the global Black/African diaspora.
Raina's roots are as solid as Georgia's red clay. She is a wife & mother with a passion for creating & supporting healthy, sustainable communities by applying indigenous wisdom & exchanging best practices to (re)develop/support sustainable communities without contributing to irreversible damage to the planet. For the past 6 years Raina has been volunteering in a leadership capacity with Black Sustainability, Inc. and developing a responsive database to connect Black Sustainability practitioners to global contracts and grassroots/grasstop projects that contribute to sustainable development. She is also working with her family to revive 160 acres of family land, also known as G4 Farms - developing a bamboo processing & manufacturing center.
Sister Afia has worked with HABESHA, Inc. for the past 4 years leading the Urban Green Jobs workforce development training program, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy. She has nine years of experience with culturally-relevant education & project management, five years organizing & hosting Black Sustainability Network and Summit and is the former Director of Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement for the Center for Civic Innovation. Throughout her career she has supported the development of 40+ small-mid size businesses, studied community development in Colombia, St. Croix, South Africa, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and spent four years in marketing & PR in California and across the African Diaspora leading educational campaigns in GA, FL, AL for the Department of Commerce.
Co-Founder & Vice Chair, Summit Committee
Based in the Twin Cities, our Liberian-Sierra Leonian sister Yeamah joined the team as a volunteer after learning of our annual summit in 2017. She has served in the capacity of strategic planning, organizing, marketing, and partnership development as co-Chair of the Summit.
She is also one of the co-founders of Black Sustainability, Inc.
Agriculture Chair, Summit Committee
A multigenerational resident of Atlanta and the descendant of a long line of growers, educators, entrepreneurs, and organizers, Charles was cultivated to serve his community in a unique way. In 2019, he founded ECO-PARADIGM, LLC as an official organism in Atlanta's local food ecosystem in an effort to help bring balance between ecology and economics for communities of color.
Brother Charles joined Black Sustainability, Inc. in 2016 as an attendee of our inaugural summit and soon after supported identification of potential speakers and presenters within the field of sustainable agriculture. He has moderated sessions, led outreach and continues to be active in our Sustainable Agriculture industry house in the North America region.
Charles loves people and nature and sees the work he does as an opportunity to support others in sustaining themselves and their communities through land stewardship.