Meet S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth's Board Advisors
Dr. Olivia lldefonso, Ph.d
Olivia Ildefonso received her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a focus in Human Geography at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her research explores forms of structural racism in the suburbs, with a particular focus on Long Island, NY. Ms. Ildefonso is also a consultant for ERASE Racism, as well as the organization’s former Housing Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. Additionally, Ms. Ildefonso teaches in the Urban Studies Department at Queens College. Ms. Ildefonso holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Brown University where she concentrated in Ethnic Studies. Ms. Ildefonso was born and raised in Bethpage and is passionate about ending racial segregation on Long Island. Olivia joined S.T.R.O.N.G.’s Board in 2014.
Edgar joined the STRONG Board of Directors in 2017. Ed Campbell presently works as the Chief of Staff of Operations at the Nassau County Board of Elections (BOE). In this capacity he serves as one of the commissioner’s advisors on special projects and policy, and supervises in excess of 50 employees. Prior to working at the board, Mr. Campbell served at the Nassau County Legislature. Throughout his 12 years there he served in numerous positions. He started as legislative assistant for Hon. Lisanne Altman, District 10, where he handled constituent affairs, managed the office staff, served as a liaison with various Public and Governmental groups, and one of his proudest accomplishments at that time was working with the Parks Department to revitalize Parks in the District that were in disrepair near the Spinny Hill Housing Apartments. From there Mr. Campbell was promoted to Director of Community Affairs and was put in charge by the Presiding Officer to handle all community affairs events, serve as the Democratic caucus liaison to the County Executive Office, as well as assist the County Executive and the Presiding Officer set up anti-gang programs once the County realized that Nassau County did indeed have a gang problem. In March of 2007, Mr. Campbell was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Democratic Majority at the Legislature, where he helped supervise and run the day-to-day operations of the Majority Caucus. In September of 2007 Mr. Campbell was promoted again by the late, Hon. Judy Jacobs to serve as the Chief of Staff for the entire Majority Caucus. Mr. Campbell became the first and only African American to hold this position in senor staff in the history of the Nassau County Legislature. In his new role, he oversaw the Budget and Press Offices, Legal Department, and supervised a staff of 45 people. In addition, he was responsible for the management of a 2.3-million-dollar budget office, which under his tenure as chief of staff, provided a savings by coming in five consecutive years under budget. He was asked to stay on in this position under a new Presiding Officer, Honorable Diane Yaturo, a position he held for nearly six years. Prior to his time in Nassau County Mr. Campbell worked with the New York City Marshal where he was a supervisor in the Scofflaw Enforcement Unit. Mr. Campbell has served on numerous boards for non-for-profit as well as for profit organizations and involved in various youth sports organizations as well-EOC of Nassau County; S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth; Empower Youth Corp located in Queens County; Head Coach PAL Basketball; Flag Football Referee, just to name a few. Ed was also happy to serve on a Representative for Legislator Kevan Abrahams of the 1st LD, at the Police Executive Research Forum to discuss policing issues in Nassau County. Ed also currently serves as a Human Rights Commissioner on the Village of Freeport Planning Commission. Ed Campbell has conducted and/or spoken at various forums with topics ranging forums anti-gang violence and prevention as well as getting out the vote in Minority communities, and educating the communities on the importance of voting and participating in the process. In 2001 he became a Certified Mediator, where he specializes in Divorce Mediation Services for ENC Consulting. Ed is the 18th Assembly District State Committeemen and Co-District Leader of the Freeport North Democratic Committee and Town of Hempstead Chair. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College.
Dr. Zodelia Williams
Fred Brewington, Esq.
Raised in Lakeview, Long Island, Fred Brewington is a respected lawyer and community advocate with a distinguished legal career. After working at a number of prestigious firms and law offices, including a clerkship at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United States Senate, Fred Brewington began a private practice in New York City and Long Island. With his expertisein civil rights litigation, Fred has successfully challenged the 'at large' voting system in the Town of Hempstead and worked on preventing future unconstitutional and discriminatory purging of voters from the voting roll. Through litigation, writing and lecturing, Fred continues to challenge other discriminatory practices throughout Long Island and the New York area. Fred, an adjunct Professor at Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College, currently serves on the Law School's Board of Governors; he served as President of the Alumni Association of SUNY, Albany and remains a member of the Council of Classes. Providing services pro bono, Mr. Brewington and his Associates serve as advisors to many community groups and organizations. He has also served as a Trustee and as Chairman of the Administrative Board of the Church of the Good Shepard United Methodist; is currently a Trustee for the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society; is a Certified Lay Speaker for the Long Island East District of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently is an instructor for Local Lay Speakers. He is a Volunteer football coach in the Malverne School District. Fred Brewington graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Northeastern University School of law. A tireless advocate, Fred is the recipient of many honors and awards for his community and public services. He is a loyal and devoted husband to his lovely wife, Adrienne, a former attorney who is now a Pastor and was appointed by Bishop Jeremiah J. Park as the District Superintendent of the Long Island East District for the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she continues to serve. Fred joined S.T.R.O.N.G.’s Board of Directors in 2013.
Cassandra Jackson-Middleton is an educator, consultant and recording artist. She has been teaching "at risk" students in the classroom for 26 years. Simultaneously, she has been serving as the administrator of the Alternative Learning Academy at Roosevelt High School for 15 years. Her educational philosophy is rooted in supporting and educating the whole child; emotionally, socially and academically. Her goal is to empower children with the tools to become self-reliant, self-sufficient, civic minded and productive community members. Cassandra created “We Are the Village”, an educational consultant platform that focuses on how to support students of color through Hip Hop using rigor and relevance to empower their academic, social and emotional evolution. She has also created curriculums and initiatives that support and empower student’s capacity and skills for learning through Hip Hop. Cassandra is also known as 1/2pint of the 1990's cult classic Hip Hop group Son of Bazerk featuring No Self Control. Their debut album release was "Bazerk, Bazerk,Bazerk" produced by the legendary Bomb Squad. As the only female in the group, she is the one and only female MC/"HYPE Chick" in Hip Hop. Son of Bazerk featuring No Self Control released "Well Thawed Out" produced by the legendary Johnny "Juice" Rosado in 2010. In 2012, she and the group toured with other classic Hip Hop artists on the "Hip Hop Gods Classic Revue Tour". The group released a collaboration project with the True Groove All Stars July 2019. Her latest collaboration with True Groove All Stars “Blood and Concrete” was released June 2020. Cassandra has also served as the co-host of "The Jah and Pint Show”, a Hip Hop internet show which was featured on Chuck D's (Public Enemy) rapstation.com. She has been a guest panelist on Chuck D's acclaimed radio show "And You Don't Stop". She also produces an educational webcast show called “The Classroom: Hip Hop 101 with Dr. Blizzy”, an educational show that discusses how to support children of color in the classroom. She is a member of the Hip Hop 4 Justice Coalition and co-host of the weekly podcast “Hip Hop 4 Justice”. As a member of this movement and co-host of the weekly podcast, she utilizes her expertise in education and Hip Hop for her segment P.E.A.C.E., as Hip Hop 4 Justice continues to bridge the gap between the youth and the elders. Analyzing and creating solutions on how to build a strong nation of leaders in the Hip Hop Culture is the common thread in all of Cassandra’s work. Cassandra a.k.a. 1/2pint released a single called Real Hip Hop during the pandemic as a homage to the pioneers of the Hip Hop Culture. The song bridges the gap between the young Hip Hop generation and the Pioneers with the return of the Boom Bap and empowering history of the culture. Her social media information: Facebook- 1/2pint, Instagram and Twitter halfpintNSC
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