A’Dorian Murray-Thomas is the Founder and CEO of SHE Wins Inc., a leadership and mentoring organization for girls in her hometown of Newark who share her story of losing a loved one to violence. A’Dorian has been recognized as a President Obama White House Champion of Change, Glamour Magazine “College Woman of the Year”, a Young Futurist in “The Root” Magazine, and was featured in ESSENCE Magazine’s “Black Girl Magic” docuseries. A’Dorian recently made history where at 23 years old, she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Newark Board of Education, New Jersey’s largest public school district. A’Dorian previously served at the Newark Opportunity Youth Network where she connected over-aged and under-credited high school students to educational options, translated for Spanish-speaking families, and helped manage Newark Public School’s restorative justice program.
A’Dorian recently joined the Morristown Beard School as Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and as a teacher in the English Department where she helps develop and implement equity-based solutions for students, faculty, and staff. A fierce advocate for gender, racial, and educational equity, A’Dorian is currently an NAACP NextGen Leadership Fellow, a School Board Partners Education Policy Fellow, and a recent graduate of Higher Heights’ national fellowship for Black women leaders. A’Dorian is a 2016 graduate of Swarthmore College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Educational Studies.