Shanequa Levin

Founder & CEO

Shanequa Levin is a motivational speaker and an uplifting social entrepreneur who has earned 6 awards for her work. She is also a registered ordained wedding officiant. Shanequa is the author of memoir titled, Poverty's Phoenix, which is about surviving childhood poverty; the Founder, CEO, and member of the board for the Women's Diversity Network, a social movement organization practicing transformative justice processes based on group leadership where marginalized lives are centered. The mission of the WDN is to connect and mobilize women of different backgrounds to create positive change through collective work and a unified sisterhood. She is the former director of Every Child Matters in NY, an advocacy and electoral engagement organization for kids; a member of The State of Black Long Island Equity Council through the Urban League of Long Island, and newly a Community Advisor for Hofstra University’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge. She is also the co-founder of the Long Island Black Alliance group, and the creator of culturally relevant Facebook groups. She has also been instrumental with advocacy for policy changes to: Early Care and Learning, Raise The Age, Paid Family Leave Insurance, Bail Reform, and more. As the survivor of childhood poverty, drug addicted parents, an incarcerated father, and a teen mom, she uses her voice to help others break negative generational cycles.

The Executive Board Of Directors

We are a group of people who believe in the mission and work of WDN. We proudly take on the legal responsibility of the organization along with the strategic governance.

Erika Deans

Board Officer

Chair of the Board

A Licensed Social Worker, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Molloy College and MSW from Fordham University with a concentration on Children and their families.


Irma Solis

Board Officer

Secretary of Board

Solis has more than 15 years of experience leading campaigns to address issues affecting communities in upstate New York, Brooklyn and Long Island.

Serena Liguori

Board Officer

Treasurer of Board

With 28 years of experience in the Social Welfare, Mental Health and Criminal Justice field, she has spent her career working with the most vulnerable of people in our communities.

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