Tekoa Pouerie is a dedicated and result-driven nonprofit fundraiser, subject matter expert, nationally recognized trainer, author, media correspondent, and community advocate focused on erasing the lines that divide marginalized communities.
While pursuing her Criminal Justice degree from the University of Central Florida in the early 2000s, Tekoa was astounded by the shocking criminal statistics and disproportion in sentencing youth of color. As a result, she made it her mission to use her voice and background to advocate for change. She co – authored 6 student workbooks for the You’ve Got the Power series and simultaneously launched her nonprofit Power Promise, Inc. Within a few years, Tekoa transitioned from citizen activist to a published researcher, nonprofit executive and sought-after certified bias trainer.
To date, she has helped raise over $10 million for non-profits, including Power Promise, Inc, Harbor House of Central Florida and Pace Center for Girls. As the Senior Director of Resource Development for Pace Center for Girls National Office; her fundraising efforts and leadership development strategies help Executive Directors Board members reach their long-term revenue goals that help change the lives of girls in need.
As a certified racial bias trainer, Tekoa has trained over 10,000 individuals, including judges, trial lawyers, and HR professionals, to recognize and reduce disproportionality in the workforce. Tekoa is featured on USA Today, Wesh 2 News, FOX 35, Ebony Magazine, The Nicole Crank Show, and The National Criminal Justice Training Center. In addition, she was recently recognized in 2021 by the NBA as a Social Justice Game Changer and by the Orlando Business Journal with the Champion of Diversity Award.
Her extensive track record in leadership training and philanthropy has developed better law enforcement officers, equipped educational systems to serve diverse students better, positioned companies to increase their knowledge of D.E.I., and provided monetary resources to communities in need.