The Board

Ina M. Solomon (she/her) is an educator and activist who has lived, worked and organized in Brooklyn, NY for more than 20 years.

As a member of the activist organization the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), Ina helped lead and organize many of its programs.  For over 10 years, Ina co-lead MXGM’s Youth Committee where she co-wrote a curriculum for high school students called, The Institute. The Institute was designed to teach students how to engage the medium of film to identify and document issues within their community.  In collaboration with Girls for Gender Equity, the Youth Committee produced, Hey Shorty! Street Harassment in New York City.  Ina also co-ran the weekly New Afrikan Scouts program, the youth arm of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement for children ages 6-18.

Ina also helped coordinate MXGM’s Black August Hip-Hop project, an international alliance of artists and activists organized around the global struggle for human rights.  She served as a member of Cop Watch, a program supported by a coalition of activists across New York City that directly confronts and addresses issues of police brutality.

In 2014, Ina turned her organizing efforts towards food justice and access.  She joined the Central Brooklyn Food Cooperative where she currently serves as a member of the Board and co-chair of the Business and Strategy Committee.

Mark Winston Griffith (he/him) is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center. Prior to coming on staff at the Brooklyn Movement Center, Mark was on the Faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and was most recently the field organizer for the MOVE NY campaign.

A Central Brooklyn native, Mark Winston Griffith is the former Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Economic Justice at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and the former co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. In the early nineties he co-founded the Central Brooklyn Partnership and Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union.  Along with being a CBFC board member, he currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Center for an Urban Future, the Center for Working Families, Little Sun People and Free Speech TV.

Murray Cox (he/him), Board Treasurer, born on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia, is a community artist and activist who uses data, media and technology for social change.

Part of Murray’s practice has centered around examining Redlining, the systemic practice of racial real-estate discrimination, including collaborating with the Redline Archive; digitizing Redline maps; producing the East New York Oral History Project; and teaching maps and statistics to local youth at a Summer School on Gentrification for DIVAS for Social Justice, including curating an exhibition which was featured alongside Creative Time’s “Black Radical Brooklyn” at the Weeksville Heritage Center. 

In Central Brooklyn, Murray has collaborated as a photographer on community projects working with food such as the Hattie Carthan Community Garden; Brooklyn Rescue Mission; Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger; Brooklyn Food Coalition and 596 Acres; as well as working to support the Brooklyn Movement Center and Brooklyn Community Board 3. 

In 2015, Murray founded Inside Airbnb, a data activist project that resists the impact of Airbnb on residential neighborhoods in New York City and throughout the world.

Murray has been organizing with the CBFC since 2013, and was a founding board member, as well as a former co-chair of the Business Strategy Committee. To the CBFC Board, Murray brings his analysis skills, as well as a focus on process, and occasionally lends his documentation talents (video) and pot-luck food contributions.

In 2020, Murray moved to the City of Newburgh, NY, after almost a decade of building community and family in Bedford-Stuyvesant, but he is still very much connected and active in Central Brooklyn. 

As a non-Black member of the Board, Murray works in Solidarity to center the experience of Black members and Black leaders at CBFC.

Gabrielle Davenport (she/her), Board Chair, is an Oakland-raised, Bed Stuy-based curator & creative producer who works to create connection through music and food. Gabrielle graduated with a BA in Africana Studies from Barnard College, and began her arts admin career after a stint as a server on an ice cream truck. Some of her credits include: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Mile-Long Opera, Joe’s Pub, The Hum, and globalFEST. She also produced a parade with artist Carrie Mae Weems at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2019.

While working on productions across the city, she recognized her desire for a political home in Brooklyn, and equally, her need for access to healthful and affordable groceries. She was grateful to connect with CBFC, which presented a pathway to engage in the local civics of Bed Stuy, and work toward a shared vision of food sovereignty for Black people here in Central Brooklyn. 

Over the last two years, Gabrielle has been energized by learning from and working with fellow CBFC members in this Black-led cooperative project. She believes in the radical potential of Black folks creating community control around how and what we eat, and she is honored to serve as CBFC’s board chair as we strive toward that goal.

El Layla Johnson (they/them), Board Secretary, is a social worker, youth worker, bike mechanic and hypnotherapist-in-training raised in Lummi Nation Territory.

 El earned their B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington in 2011. After college, El worked for the Major Taylor Project, a Black-led initiative to connect Black and brown youth to bikes, riding, mechanical skills and mentorship. Still in Seattle in the mid 2010’s, El worked as a communications consultant for some of the city’s major institutions, including The Woodland Park Zoo, The Burke Museum and the Bullitt Foundation. When November 2016 happened El was moved to deepen their meditation practice and move to New York where, in 2019, they earned their Masters in Social Work from Hunter College.

Since moving to Brooklyn three years ago, El is guided by these lessons: our thoughts determine our feelings determine our realities; relationships are the building-blocks of change; and sovereignty, above all, is what needs fighting for. It is with great honor that El labors alongside CBFC’s Board and other Members on this project which feeds us all mind, body and soul.

Raina Kennedy (she/her), Food Sovereignty Organizer

Rich Augustin (he/him)

Shaquana Boykin (she/her), Food Sovereignty Organizer