FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Kendrick Sampson is an actor and activist who leverages his platform and storytelling to shift culture for good. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Kendrick gravitated to the arts and sought to create nuanced portrayals of people of color in his projects. Kendrick is most known for the Vampire Diaries (CW), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), White Famous (Showtime), Supernatural (CW), The Flash (CW) and, most recently, his portrayal as Nathan in HBO’s critically acclaimed Insecure.
In addition to his on-screen work, Kendrick uses his platform to amplify transformational grassroots work in intersectional mental health justice, the criminal legal system, and immigration. He has been a very active participant in many social justice campaigns, including #SchoolsNotPrisons, Standing Rock, and Black Lives Matter. His radical and unapologetic approach to activism aims to challenge others to liberate the oppressed and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
After seeing a surge of enthusiasm in activism from other influencers, Kendrick co-Founded the BLD PWR initiative to build authentic and active relationships connecting his industry to the organizers that do the most urgent and transformational work. Kendrick strives to build a community of freedom fighters in the entertainment industry — liberation-motivated artists, storytellers, athletes, and musicians.
CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Anshantia “Tia” Oso is an organizer, strategist and creative producer. Well recognized for her work as a leader in social justice, Ms. Oso has organized for over 10 years leading successful campaigns to mobilize thousands of advocates for issues ranging from migrant rights and racial justice to arts education. She specializes in using narrative, messaging, arts and culture to advance change. Notable projects include the NY Times featured Who Owns Black Art? exhibition at Art Basel Miami and influencer impact strategy for the Mass Bail Out of Rikers Island. Tia is committed to advancing justice through love and building power for Black liberation.
DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE, OPERATIONS & CULTURE
Kimberli Alexander has always been a champion of empowerment, equality and efficiency – that’s why she chose to pursue a career in Human Resources (HR) and Operations after her formal education in fashion and interior design.
With over 20 years of hands-on experience in HR and Operations, Kimberli has partnered with major studios, record labels, talent management and production companies – driving the importance of communication, collaboration and teamwork as the foundation for success.
Kimberli has used her expertise in talent acquisition, employee benefits, compliance, employee relations, performance management, training and development, management coaching, and operations management to create an infrastructure that translates into an innovative and rewarding operating culture. Her efforts in aligning HR and Operations strategies with organizational business goals have resulted in considerable increases in efficiency, productivity, retention and cost reductions.
As the Director of Operations, People and Culture for BLD PWR, Kimberli serves as a lead team member and cross – organization liaison in managing the day-to-day operational functions, administrative infrastructure, and the project and event management for BLD PWR; through unapologetic wellness, truth and authenticity. Kimberli provides strategic direction and oversight of the company’s people operations to support the mission, vision and values of BLD PWR.
In her free time, Kimberli enjoys tapping into her creative side with interior design projects, art exhibits and architecture. The southern heritage in this HR and Operations professional often steers her into creating signature meals for family and friends – many of whom seek her professional guidance as well.