Representing a spectrum of creative, business, and social justice backgrounds,
the team at Do Good Artist is equipped to thoughtfully approach any social impact project.
The child of a shoegaze guitarist and a Sonic the Hedgehog speedrunner (before it was cool), Kendra is an old soul with an eye toward the future. Holding degrees in music business and composition, she’s made it her mission to find places where her creative skills can meet the needs of her community.
She has freelanced as a project manager since 2016, when she co-directed a branch of Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project under UNCSA’s AmeriCorps program, which has continued through to today. Since then, she’s been involved with UNCSA’s Synergy Project, the Winston-Salem Portrait Project, and received a Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant to create new works for beginner guitar ensemble. In 2017, she joined up with Do Good Artist to work on their seminal VR project, Unseen.
founder & CEO
Iris Cole is a social entrepreneur and Founding Partner of She Raises the Bar, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability consulting firm. Iris’ background includes 20+ years of experience working as an executive and sustainability consultant in both the public and private sectors. She works with investors, businesses, government agencies, and NGO’s to help them leverage and execute more impactful social/ environmental investment strategies, inclusive business models, and community engagement, as well as manage risk and identify strategic growth opportunities through the lens of their stakeholders. Her clients include multi-national, family-owned, and small businesses and start-ups, and her experience in a broad range of industries helps foster best practices and bottom-line results for her clients.
Growing up, Emilyann has traveled in her father’s truck to the forty-eight contiguous states during her summer vacations. Over her years of traveling, Emilyann learned and witnessed the horrors of human trafficking. In high school and college, she knew it was time to make a difference when given the opportunity to help start the Blue Hearts Club, where she connected with fellow students to educate them on human trafficking. Through her passion, Emilyann was connected with Do Good Artist and has worked with them since December 2017. She was invited to speak with the DGA team at Washington D.C.’s World Without Exploitation Summit as well as South Carolina’s first advocacy summit put on by the district attorney. Emilyann continues to wear many hats for Do Good Artist as she produces, acts as sound designer and video editor, and researches groundwork for immersive projects.
partnerships & development
As the Manager of Partnerships and Development, Valerie uses her unique mixture of work experience and passion for social justice to connect strategic partners to DGA projects and identify paths for development. With a background in graphic design and marketing as well as experience in criminal justice and social work, she provides perspective from a variety of stakeholders' viewpoints to enhance DGA projects. Valerie seeks to create equitable, lasting change for vulnerable populations by bringing awareness to key issues through DGA's social good work.