Our Leadership Team
Founded in 2016, four trailblazing women of color (Shana Salley-MacMillan, Summer Willow-Fitch, Jacqueline Ferguson & Tamika Otis) set out to engage African American women and girls in philanthropy by joining a growing trend in women’s collective giving. Just like many collective giving circles, BWG believes in creating a philanthropic effort that has two primary goals: (1) educate members about community needs and (2) multiply the impact of individual gifts.
Our members represent a montage of backgrounds, religions, occupations, experiences, beliefs, and individual interests. We are professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, mothers, sisters, daughters, activists, students, and retirees who call the Southeast region of Pennsylvania our home.
As a collective, we learn about local needs in underrepresented communities of color and the nonprofits working to meet those needs. Our process includes researching, discussing, and experiencing the vital work being done, as we simultaneously identify gaps in services to our communities. At the end of each grant cycle, we culminate our findings and as a collective, we vote to award impactful grants. We are working to foster positive and sustainable change within underrepresented communities of color.
Shana K. Salley-MacMillan
Founder & Board Chair
Summer Willow Fitch
Founder & Co-Chair
Summer Willow Fitch holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University and an MBA with an Entrepreneurship focus from Eastern University. She lends her many talents to coaching and motivating entrepreneurs and goal seekers across industries. Summer Willow has 16+ years of experience as a business management professional with a corporate background in finance operations and program management. Summer Willow has been most notably known as the mixologist who founded SummerWillow.com. Since 2002, she has served clients with mixology classes and bartending services. As a result, she was recruited to be the host of the ‘Whachadrinkin’ cocktail cooking segment on the award-winning Philadelphia-based ‘We Talk Weekly’ series; a primetime, magazine talk show available in over 13 million households and five networks. Summer Willow possesses 20+ years of dexterity as a writer/editor; with roots in business writing, performing arts, and popular literature. These attributes coupled with her career behind-the-bar, influenced her to self-publish her first book in 2015 titled, ‘Let Me Tell You Like I Told Myself’ under the Pen Legacy brand where she has served as a staff editor since 2015. Her literary contributions have been featured in major trade magazines, blogs, and published books. She is a small business and capacity building advocate who lends her talents to her community through business and life coaching seminars.
Tamika D. Goode-Otis
Secretary & Founding Member
Tamika Otis re-located to Syracuse, NY from Philadelphia in 2003. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and “grant geek”, Tamika currently serves as the Program Manager for KeyBank’s Business Boost & Build program powered by JumpStart, Inc. In this capacity, Tamika is afforded the unique opportunity to leverage her strengths, passions and resources to assist minority and women entrepreneurs in starting or scaling their businesses throughout Upstate NY. Tamika is also the Founder of Kabod Consulting which provides grant writing, service delivery upgrades and business advisory services to non-profit organizations and small businesses within marginalized communities. With a passion for serving underrepresented populations, Tamika has dedicated both her professional and personal life to empowering people to live their best lives. Prior to her current position, she served for 10 years as Project Director for the federally-funded Job Corps program administered by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. In 2016, Tamika was appointed by the County Executive to her local Youth Board; was a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Latino Rising Stars awarded by the Hispanic Coalition of NY in recognition of her work in communities of color; and graduated from the “Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders” board development and diversity training from the Community Foundation of Central New York. In 2017, she was also appointed as Secretary to the Leadership Council of the Central NY Women’s Fund whose mission is to empower and recognize the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. Tamika’s motivation in life are her two sons, Christian, 16 and Braylon, 9. She enjoys traveling, motivational speaking, singing and writing.
Jacqueline T. Ferguson
Treasurer & Founding Member
Jacqueline Ferguson has been in the facilities and property management business for nearly 15 years and has a passion for keeping commercial and residential properties aesthetically pleasing, safe, and functional for all tenants. Jacqueline was first inspired to make a community impact by spearheading efforts for “second chance” renters. Recognizing that sometimes families are put into situations outside of their control, she assisted those with bad or no credit in obtaining safe and affordable housing. She helped her lessees secure long-term and fair rental agreements. She leads by her mantra “Obstacles are sometimes a necessary piece of the process”. More importantly, she strives to be the person to help others through difficult times. Her patience coupled with her capacity for knowledge has been recognized as she has received several Process Improvement awards in her career. Jacqueline has recently made a career change that has positioned her in the healthcare industry. In her role as a recruiter, she is able to focus on employing those in her community. Additionally, she is able to ensure members of the community that are in need, receive the care that is needed by employing the proper staff. Mrs. Ferguson also volunteered for Sister Saturday, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women within their communities. She is also married to David Ferguson; together they have three sons, David, Elijah, and Joshua. Understanding the challenges faced by men of color in today’s climate and her heart for humanity; her husband and children are certainly reasons that fuel her to do more.