Our Founders

ABOUT THE RED PUMP PROJECT® FOUNDERS

In 2009, Karyn and Luvvie came together to devise a creative way to engage bloggers in recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed annually on March 10. They asked their fellow bloggers to “Rock the Red Pump” out of a desire to jumpstart important conversations on the issue of HIV/AIDS and how the disease impacts women and girls.

The call-to-action was simple: “Rock the Red Pump on your blog to represent the strength and courage of women fighting HIV/AIDS or affected by the disease. We ask that on March 10, you embed the Red Pump Widget within your post with a short snippet of its significance, or you can rock the widget on your sidebar.” The rest is history. Or herstory.

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Luvvie Ajayi

Co-Founder/Executive Director
Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, humorist and digital strategist who believes in using the power of technology for social change.

A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, covering everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to social issues and life’s random adventures. She is also the Executive Director of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls using red shoes as a symbol of empowerment.

Follow her on Twitter: @iLuvvit.

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Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, humorist and digital strategist who believes in using the power of technology for social change.

A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, covering everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to social issues and life’s random adventures. She is also the Executive Director of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls using red shoes as a symbol of empowerment.

Luvvie is a columnist for TheGrio, has contributed her writing to XOJane, EBONY, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine, and has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence.com, AOL.com, Black Enterprise, The Root and more.

She was winner of the 2012 Women’s Media Center Social Media Award, a 30 under 30 JET Magazine honoree, and is one of Babble’s 25 Bloggers Changing the World. Luvvie is an alum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Luvvie’s background is in Marketing, Communications and New Media. As a social media strategist, her goal is to help individuals and organizations further their missions using digital tools effectively. She’s an instructor at StoryStudio Chicago, often selling out her blogging and social media classes.

Follow her on Twitter: @iLuvvit.

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Karyn Brianne Lee

Co-Founder/Vice-President
Karyn Brianne Lee is a spirited communications professional experienced in managing and executing creative ideas for top-tier consumer and healthcare clients.

She is currently the Marketing Manager, Specialty Pharmacy at Walgreens, where she leads the development of communication strategies and creative tactics designed to raise the profile of the company’s award-winning HIV-specialized pharmacies. She is the Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships for The Red Pump Project. In this role, she is charged with raising the profile of the organization with the general public and key community stakeholders.

Follow her on Twitter: @thefabgiver.

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Karyn Brianne Lee is a spirited communications professional experienced in managing and executing creative ideas for top-tier consumer and healthcare clients.

She is currently the Marketing Manager, Specialty Pharmacy at Walgreens, where she leads the development of communication strategies and creative tactics designed to raise the profile of the company’s award-winning HIV-specialized pharmacies. She is the Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships for The Red Pump Project. In this role, she is charged with raising the profile of the organization with the general public and key community stakeholders.

Karyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Science in Health Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Follow her on Twitter: @thefabgiver.

Team

unnamed-2xrv6vg41nd7dvjpyia4n4KENYA WAFFORD

ACCOUNTANT
Kenya Wafford is an alum of Bradley University with a B.S. in Accounting; and an alum of Governors State University with a M.S. in Accounting. She has been working in the accounting field since completing her undergraduate studies, with a focus on nonprofit accounting the past 5 years. It’s obvious that she loves to work with numbers. A member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Kenya Rocks the Red Pump in honor of her aunt who succumbed to AIDS.

Ambassadors

Red Pump ambassadors are official representatives of The Red Pump Project and are charged with doing great work that represents our mission and organization. They are instrumental in the success of our organization and are overall awesome people.

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AMBASSADOR COORDINATOR / DC AMBASSADOR
Brittani Menina, a native of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi with a Bachelors in Event Management from Johnson and Wales University – Charlotte Campus, currently resides in Washington, DC and is a professional event planner working in both the corporate and entertainment industries with a passion for giving back to the larger community.

JAMEKA WHITTEN

PR MANAGER / CHARLOTTE AMBASSADOR
Jameka is the Founder of JSW Media Group; a boutique public relations, marketing and brand management firm focused on the entertainment, fashion and publishing fields. Jameka currently serves as the Red Pump Charlotte Ambassador for The Red Pump Project, raising awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls in Charlotte.

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ATLANTA AMBASSADOR
Skyy Banks is a native of Arkansas, author and freelance writer. A staunch advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness for women and girls, Banks is driven to educate and empower others on positive life style behaviors. Using her writing as a platform, she encourages her readers to explore taboo subjects and engage in dialogue to find solutions.

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