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Ujima was established out of a shared commitment to creating a world where Black women and girls live free from violence. Cottman was employed at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).
Jess was named an It’s On Us White House Champion of Change in April 2016, an honor given to ten students in the United States by Vice President Biden for their work to address campus sexual assault.Jess Davidson (pronouns: she/her/hers) is the Managing Director of End Rape on Campus, a national nonprofit that works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.Jess is from Fort Collins, Colorado, and graduated with distinction and a B. in political science from the University of Denver.A diverse leader, Karma is an expert in grassroots organizing and local, statewide, and national policy advocacy. Cottman joined the DC Coalition as Executive Director in 2010, and in 2014 she launched Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Black Women.During her tenure with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Karma has changed the way the District approaches responding to domestic violence.Through her leadership, over the past six years, Washington has more than tripled its funding support for domestic violence agencies and District agencies have expanded services for domestic violence survivors.
Local programs have received recognition from local media groups, collaborated effectively to influence public policy, and increased partnerships with fellow non-profit service organizations.
The Biden Foundation’s advisory councils comprise respected leaders, policy experts, and advocates at the forefront of their fields.
Council members understand the complexities of the broad challenges they aim to address, and generously volunteer their time to advise on the Foundation’s programs and messaging.
Her passion to fight against sexual violence stemmed from being a survivor of sexual assault.
Her work around sexual violence began in November 2015 by serving on It’s On Us’ inaugural Student Advisory Committee.
When Gay was seven years old, his stepfather killed his mother in a domestic violence incident and then shot himself.