Sisters Civic Circle


Black women have always been leaders and this era is no different. Our Sisters Civic Circle provides a space to share trials and triumphs, surface resources, sharpen skills and deepen collaboration.

Cierra Lynn Taylor, artist.

Our online voices – printed, posted, pushed out – give local and statewide leaders a voice to sound passions and calls to action on conditions confronting Black women and the places they live, work and change. Read our latest essay on Black women’s electoral power in Virginia.

Meet our Sister Circle

The Sisters Civic Circle includes seasoned leaders from Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia who share lessons learned, tools created, and successes replicated in the service of amplifying Black women’s voices.

Helen Butler heads the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda and Black Women’s Roundtable of Georgia. A longtime civic activist, Helen served on the Morgan County Board of Elections and Georgia Help America Vote Act Advisory Committee.

Holli Holliday – constituency leader and racial justice advocate – is the Sisters Civic Circle convener. Also founder and president of Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, she works to amplify the political voices and leadership of Black women.

Krysta Nicole Jones has committed herself to measurable community impact through leadership development and empowerment of women in civic action. She is the founder of Vote Lead Impact, dedicated to civic engagement and political empowerment.

Salandra Benton, executive director of Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, practices women’s empowerment advocacy throughout Florida and internationally. Through the Florida Black Women’s Roundtable she is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Shanay Watson-Whittaker has managed Michigan Voices Strategic Partnerships and led the successful Reproductive Freedom Now campaign. A passionate Detroiter, transplanted from the Bronx, she has led government, advocacy and grassroots political campaigns.

Tameka Ramsey, a native of Pontiac, MI, is the convener for Black Women’s Roundtable-Metro Detroit and the Michigan Coalition on Black Civic Participation. She specializes in intergenerational leadership development, mentoring, empowerment and power building for the Black community.

Vanessa L. Fields, president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women, leads local civic, labor and civic rights organizations ranging from AFSCME District Council 47 Retirees to the Philadelphia Commission for Women.