Diversity Awareness Partnership

Staff

Reena Hajat Carroll - DAP - Diversity Awareness Partnership

Reena Hajat Carroll

rhajat@dapstl.org • 314-246-3141

Prior to working with the Diversity Awareness Partnership, Reena was the Interim Executive Director of the Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls.  Carroll holds a Masters Degree in social work from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work with an emphasis on social and economic development.  Currently, she serves on several boards in the St. Louis community including the Incarnate Word Foundation, Women’s Society of Washington University, Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Board, and the ALIVE Magazine Editorial Board. She was also recently appointed by Governor Nixon to the Missouri Community Service Commission.

In addition to her formal board involvement, she serves on a host of task forces and awards committees.  Prior to moving to St. Louis more than ten years ago, she lived in Los Angeles and Chicago where she gained valuable experience working with youth and community organizations.  Reena is the recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Inclusive Leader Award, Bank of America’s Local Hero Award and the Brown School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, she is a graduate of the CORO Women in Leadership Program and the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiatives Fellows Program.

NMcGruder

Nicole (Nikki) Smith-McGruder

nmcgruder@dapstl.org • 573-817-4354

Prior to joining DAP, Nikki worked with leading recruitment process outsourcing firm, Cielo, in the recruiting and hiring of top candidates for technology, pharmaceutical and finance positions.  The bulk of her professional experience has been with Edward Jones Investments where Nikki served in various capacities over a 10 year time frame.

In her time with Edward Jones, Nikki was afforded the opportunity to work closely with the Inclusion initiative serving as a trainer and coach for minority advisors in the firm’s Cross Cultural Development five-day training program as well as with a team of professionals working diligently to improve the inclusion initiative for the recruitment and hiring of minority advisors.

Nikki received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, and her MBA and Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University.

Jasmine 2

Jasmine Brown

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

jbrown@dapstl.org | 314.246.3145

As the Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Jasmine focuses on recruiting youth in the St. Louis region for diversity programs that DAP offers. She may be seen visiting neighborhood school to speak with teachers, students, and their parents about the value of promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our community’s schools and workplaces. Jasmine also helps coordinate editorial content for the organization for use in print, web, and social media.

Jasmine joins DAP after completing a corporate communications internship with the St. Louis Rams, a founding partner of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She received her Master of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and has worked in various communication, journalism, and media roles.

Kenneth Pruitt(3)

Kenneth Pruitt

Director of Diversity Training

kpruitt@dapstl.org • 314-246-3142

As Director of Diversity Training, Kenneth is responsible for the Diversity Awareness Partnership’s training and consultation for a variety of organizations on topics of diversity and inclusion.  Additionally, he oversees DAP’s education efforts via its interfaith work, as well as an assortment of panels, forums, and discussions. After receiving his master’s in education from St. John’s University, Kenneth became a classroom teacher for several years before taking this passion into nonprofit settings. Just previous to his work with DAP, he developed a model for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion.

With the exception of a four-year stint in New York City, Kenneth has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, having grown up in Nashville, Tennessee. He loves asking hard questions about the intersection of social justice and religion, and can frequently be found jogging a few miles on the sidewalks of South City.

Justin Raymundo

Justin Raymundo

Community Engagement Manager

jraymundo@dapstl.org • 314-246-3143

Justin leads the organization’s community engagement through the development of partnerships and communications that cultivate positive and collaborative relationships throughout the community. Justin oversees DAP’s youth engagement including the EXPLORE Career Immersion Program, Diverse-City Art Competition and the Give Respect, Get Respect Program. Additionally, he is responsible for the organization’s awareness campaigns, social media and content strategy development and implementation, organization and market research, public relations, and social impact design.

With extensive experience in sustainable development, Justin has worked across the private, public, and non-profit sectors to promote healthy and inclusive communities.  Most recently, Justin served as a program manager at Monsanto, implementing public-private partnerships to improve the lives of farmers around the world.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in International Human Rights and Speech Communications Studies from Webster University.

Tina Mahtani

Tina Mahtani

Development Coordinator

tmahtani@dapstl.org • 314-246-3146

Tina serves as the Development Coordinator for Diversity Awareness Partnership.  She assists in generating financial resources to support major programs of Diversity Awareness Partnership.  Her primary responsibilities are assisting with development and fundraising functions of DAP through managing the DAP Connect Program, event registration, accounts payable, accounts receivable, database management, and general office management.

Prior to working at DAP, Tina worked as a business entrepreneur in the hospitality industry for over fifteen years.  She is currently on the race committee with Girls on the Run and enjoys reading the newest novels.