Core Team - Camp Equity

Our Core Team

We created Camp Equity in response to the combined forces of the global pandemic and the current manifestation of the human-rights movement, to give exposure to incredible non profits at the grassroots level and engage groups of diverse young people in conversation about this moment in time. Our founders are passionate leaders and friends with over thirty years of combined experience in youth development and social justice.

Donnie Belcher,
Co-founder and CEO

Donnie is an educator, founder, philanthropic leader and consultant who was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Ebony Power 100 Honorees in 2016. After spending 12 years in the Chicago Public School System teaching Literature and Writing to students in grades 9-12, Donnie co-founded Art of Culture (AoC), Inc. a nonprofit which cultivates youth’s creative potential through artist & professional development, showcases and workshops. After stepping down as AoC’s Executive Director and moving back to her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2019, Donnie launched “Work with Donnie” which provides Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Communications and Capacity Building services to nonprofits and entrepreneurs. In 2020 Donnie became Program Director at the Ann Bancroft Foundation where she brings her decades of experience supporting underserved communities to create programs which empower girls to imagine something bigger. Donnie’s personal mission is to help others “close the gap between their reality and their dreams.” She has received the Courage Award from NYU’s Hip Hop Education Center, the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership, and has been selected as an Echoing Green Fellow and a National Alliance for Media, Arts & Culture Creative Leader. In her free time you can catch Donnie scrapbooking, working on her daily planners, and hanging with her fur baby Muffin.

Lauren Burke,
Co-founder and COO

One of Lauren’s favorite quotes is “where the needs of the world and your talent intersect; therein lies your vocation” and she is fiercely passionate about smashing obstacles and creating opportunities to enable everyone to live freely in this way. Fluent in Mandarin, Lauren has been a camp counselor, a children’s librarian, human rights researcher, an immigration attorney, a public interest career advisor and an adjunct law professor. In 2012 Lauren co-founded and became the Executive Director of Atlas: DIY, Developing Immigrant Youth, which she grew from coffee shop meetings to serving hundreds of youth a month in under five years. In 2017 Lauren spent a year providing free legal services out of a van in rural and resource poor areas of the country which was featured in a documentary short by Reveal News. Now, Lauren works as a consultant for grassroots organizations, using her privilege to ensure that the most powerful community led organizations receive the support they need to thrive. Lauren has been named an Echoing Green and Skadden Fellow, and has been honored by NYU, Connecticut College, the Brooklyn DA’s office, the Manhattan Young Democrats, the New Leaders Council and New York Law Journal. Lauren sits on the board on OkaySo, a startup Nonprofit using technology to connect young people with questions about sexual health to trusted experts who provide personalized support and information. Lauren lives in New England with her cat pumpkin and dog rockstar and wishes they would just get along!!!

Alex La Torre,
Chief of Staff

Alex La Torre is a bilingual teaching artist, administrator, and advocate. She was born in Lima, Perú and immigrated to the US as a child. She attended Boston College where she studied Secondary Education, English, and Educational Theatre. Alex spent three years teaching, creating, and supervising programs in McCarter Theatre Center’s Education Department working with students of all ages in a variety of school districts in central New Jersey. Her work has consisted of centering the arts, theatre, and storytelling in the classroom as a way to help students express their voices and tell their own stories. Before joining Camp Equity, Alex freelanced as a project coordinator, working with organizations such as the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Alex spends her free time singing, playing her ukulele, and listening to podcasts.

Prisma Herrera,
Co-founder

Prisma is a born and raised New Yorker. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, where she graduated with a dual major in Chicanx/Latinx Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Prisma has worked with young people in various capacities for the past 7 years and really enjoys being able to spend time with them, learn from them, and be in community together. Her work has consisted of creating and writing curriculums, being a camp counselor, a high school college counselor and a residential advisor while in undergrad. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland- College Park in the American Studies department as well a young alum trustee on her alma mater’s board. Prisma enjoys listening to podcasts, trying new foods, reading and dancing.

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