Janisha R. Gabriel is an artist, designer, technologist, and strategist among many other things. A life-long organizer, she has been involved in numerous social justice initiatives, centering on efforts to advance Black liberation, gender justice, and LGBTQ equity. As a founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Janisha provided the organization with communications and technology support by through website design and strategy consulting. Though no longer a member, she continues to organize internationally around issues impacting people of African descent.
Janisha is currently a board member of The BLK Projek, a South Bronx non-profit fighting to bring healthy food to low income residents. She is a member of Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice (CARSS), an initiative of the Institute for Research on African American Studies. As a member of CARSS she engages in intellectual and community based organizing to help Black churches further LGBTQ and gender-based equity. Additionally she is a member of AfroInnova, an Afro-Colombian based collective of leaders and organizations working to establish visibility and empowerment for African communities globally.
Passionate about ending violence against Black women and Girls, Janisha is also founder and Executive Director of the Gather Together Project, an online database profiling Black women and girls who have lost their lives to state or intra-racial violence. Through the Gather Together Project she engages Black communities in conversations and initiatives to challenge toxic masculinity and establish safety and power for all people of African descent.
Professionally Janisha is owner and Art Director at Haki Creatives, a boutique creative agency providing media, identity, and digital support for social change-makers. After more than 10 years working in marketing and communications for various non-profit organizations, Janisha decided to forge ahead with her own creative agency, focusing on grassroots organizations and small-businesses. With a sound understanding that branding makes the world go round, she realized that brilliant social justice organizers are often unable to compete in today’s image-driven economy. Thus, Haki Creatives was born to help further social justice initiatives through good design, strategy and development, and smart communications.
Janisha currently lives in The Bronx with her beloved Chihuahua Goldie and regularly consults and workshops with many organizers and organizations around the world.