Executive Director

Shayler Richmond Barnes Jr.

Cultural strategist. Innovator. Storyteller. Doer. His work is dedicated to true and authentic storytelling; focused on marginalized identities and art; exploring personal and interpersonal connections, as well as advancing social and economic equity; while promoting growth, strong community and emotional well-being. 


Shayler began his journey in storytelling  at Eastern Michigan University as a reporter, writer, and editor for the University publication then graduated with a degree in journalism and marketing.​

With his deep respect for culture and intersectionality he pushes the boundaries to create a world where all people feel seen, supported and protected.

A natural multifaceted radical lover intentionally channeling his passion for writing and love for growth and postive change. He has worked on-air for radio and television, as well as behind the scenes to produce, program and organize. 

Originally born in Wayne, Michigan. He has since moved around Michigan, where he continues to grow and actively works to positively impact his community.