Executive Coaches

Surge is truly a convening of leaders of color. Our growing national team of executive coaches hails from a range of locations, backgrounds, and fields, all unified in the mission to support the development and growth of the emerging leaders of our communities. Through our signature program, the Surge Fellowship, we connect each fellow with a coach, who provides one-on-one support and guidance for navigating, strategizing and operating to best serve our youth and communities.

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Monika Black

Co-Founder & Chief Strategist


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Brian Gadsden

Founder & CEO


Belma González

Coach Trainer

Leadership That Works

Corey Graham

Co-Founder, Leadership and Executive Coach

M.A.D.E. to Lead

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Sharma S. Graham

Co-Founder & Leadership Coach

M.A.D.E. to Lead

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Erica Harris

Founder & Chief Purpose Coach

PurposeFULL Seed

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Erin Trent Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Trent Johnson Advisors, LLC

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Lesley Kennedy

Senior Advisor

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

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Jacquelyn Lemon

Leadership Coach

Network for College Success | University of Chicago

Masharika Maddison

Leadership Coach & Founder

LightWell Coaching & Consulting

Ernest Mark


Leadership That Works

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Maria Ramos Chertok

Leadership Coach and Trainer

Independent Consultant

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Veenay Singla

Strategy Consultant & Executive Coach

Independent Consultant

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Marcus F. Walton

Chief Operating Officer

Association of Black Foundation Executives

Patricia Sosa VerDuin


Mobius Coaching LLC