Leadership Circle

Sonya Renee Taylor (she/her), Founder and Radical Executive Officer

Sonya Renee Taylor is a world-renowned activist, award-winning artist, transformational thought leader, author of six books including The New York Times best-selling The Body Is Not an Apology, and founder of the international movement and digital media and education company of the same name. This work has reached millions of people by exploring the intersections of identity, healing, and social justice using a radical self-love framework. Sonya continues to speak, teach, write, create, and transform lives globally.

Shannon Weber, Ph.D (she/her), Director of Digital Learning

Shannon Weber is a three-time book author and educational consultant with a calling for social justice education. She brings her past experience as a gender studies professor to curate and create intersectional content that reaches TBINAA’s global audience. Shannon is passionate about connecting the dots between history and the present in order to grasp the roots of our modern social problems and agitate for structural transformation. She joined The Body Is Not An Apology in 2017 as a Content Writer before being promoted to Editorial and Social Media Manager and is proud to be part of the radical self-love revolution.

Alexis Cannard (they/she), Social Media Manager

Alexis Jordanne (they/she) is a musician, visual artist, and youth facilitator from Portland, Oregon. They are currently based in Tongva Territory (Los Angeles, CA) creating music and supporting artists and organizations in social media, brand consultation, and design. They are excited to be a part of the TBINAA team and collaborate in a powerful space of liberation through radical self-love. Folks can check out Alexis’ music at @jordannemusic on Instagram.


The Body Is Not An Apology partners with a number of folks to support our programmatic and other organizational goals. All of the groups below stand out for their commitment to justice and transformation.

Leadership Circle Alums

Samaa Abdurraqib, Content Writer

Brenda Barros Rivera, Executive Assistant

Cicely Blain, Content Writer

Gillian Brown, Content Writer

Natalio CasaNueva, Administrative Assistant

Alex Edwards, Social Media Admin

Gillian Giles, Content Writer

Jay-Marie Hill, Subscriptions Manager

Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, Content Writer

Chelcee Johns, Assistant Editorial Manager

Aliya Khan, Social Media Admin

Tiffany Lee, Content Writer

Louisa Leontiades, Content Writer

Helena Likaj, Social Media Admin

Gabe Moses, Content Writer

Dawy Rkasnuam, Content Writer

Mary Robinson, Content Writer

Tess Verbaarschot, Digital Media Outreach Coordinator

Mai’a Williams, Assistant Editorial Manager