Edreweene (Edwin) Raymond was born, raised and currently lives in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Raised by a single, unemployed father, Edwin grew up in East Flatbush during the violent times of the infamous so-called crack era. He knows first hand the struggles that many inner-city youth face. Today he is a leader in his community. Edwin is one of PLOT’s inspirations. He is a police sergeant eager to rise within the ranks of the department to become an executive. He is truly dedicated to the community and serves as a role model, mentoring youngsters from his neighborhood and those he encounters as one of New York’s Finest. Edwin received his Associates Degree in Business Administration from TCI College, and is currently enrolled at John Jay College studying International Criminal Justice.
Ernest has worked in the non-profit sector for more than three decades in a variety of settings including public broadcasting, a museum, an award winning theater company, and a national organization that helps students of color access expanded educational opportunities. He was an Associate Producer for an Academy Award winning documentary feature. Ernest successfully managed The Campaign for Aaron Davis Hall, a $26 million comprehensive campaign that included the renovation of the historic landmark 135th Street Gatehouse into a new dynamic performance space for Harlem Stage. He is currently the Grants Manager for ANDRUS, an agency providing a variety of social services to children and families in Westchester County. Ernest is an A Better Chance alumnus and attended Solebury School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MPA from Baruch College. He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for Public Affairs and Public Administration and of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for Business and Management.
Joanna Solfrian has been an educator for 18 years. She graduated from Trinity College in CT with a degree in English and Education and later received an MFA in Poetry from the Stonecoast Program. She has taught everything from high school English to GED test preparation to higher math, with a specialization in working with learning-disabled students. She was a director at the Brooklyn Learning Center for several years, where she tutored hundreds of students, chief among them PLOT Chairperson Jim St. Germain. Currently, Joanna teaches academic and creative writing at Southern CT State University and college test preparation at the Woodhall School. She is also a published poet.