Brian Knowles, M.Ed. has been an educator for over 13 years. He earned his B.A. degree in History from Florida Atlantic University and completed his graduate studies at the University of West Florida.

Brian currently serves as the Manager of the Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust, and Gender Studies within the School District of Palm Beach County, the tenth–largest public-school district in the United States. The Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust, and Gender Studies has been in existence for 26 years with a major focus on providing best teaching practices for students of color and the development of culturally responsive curriculum.

Brian and his team have been instrumental in supporting schools to create environments that are conducive to the academic success of all students. His work has served to eliminate systemic barriers and interrupt practices rooted in racism at many levels including the classroom, the School District, and the community. During his tenure, he is proud of several accomplishments including authoring the SDPBC Equity and Access Policy 1.041, which legally binds the District to address systemic deficiencies that create gaps in academic achievement. Brian has also designed a series of state-wide, secondary-level courses that highlight the historical contributions and experiences of African Diasporic people:

  • Great Men and Women of Color Who Shaped World History
  • Examining the African American Experience in the 20th Century through Music and Visual Arts
  • Exploring Hip Hop as Literature, and
  • The History and Contribution of Haiti in a Global Context.

Paul Vincent Wilson Jr.  holds an Elementary Education degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.  After returning to Miami, Paul began his career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a teacher, while pursuing a master’s degree from Florida International University in Urban Education. Paul also holds a certification in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.  Paul has served in various administrative capacities in both Miami-Dade Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools and is currently a Senior Associate with Public Consulting Group (PCG), leading nationwide work in diversity, equity, and inclusion for the firm.

As the father of two boys, Triston age 15 and Trent age 11, and a dedicated husband to his wife Farrah for 17 years, Paul truly understands the value of being a positive role model in the lives of children.  Being raised by a single mother helped him understand just how vital the role of a father is to the maturation and development of a child, specifically a young man.  Paul is all about his community, and gives back by coaching youth basketball, volunteers as a 5000 Role Model Executive Mentor and Cadre Leader, a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and works as a fundraiser for a charity organization that deals with terminally ill children in the city of Homestead.  A graduate of Leadership Miami and a member of the Housing Finance Authority for the Miami-Dade County Commission, Paul is always searching for more opportunities to engage in his community and uplift the young men he encounters daily.

As such, Paul has served as the Governor’s appointee to the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys since 2013, a state legislative mandated body that is responsible for analyzing and improving conditions for Black males across the 67 counties in Florida. The Council works with State department heads, as well as district and community stakeholders in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a heightened strategic plan that focuses directly on improving and enhancing business efficiencies, providing youth with opportunities for growth and development and Paul currently serves as the Education Subcommittee Chair.

Within the DEI space, Paul has appeared on numerous local, state, and national stages as a keynote speaker, moderator, and guest contributor. Appearances range from South X Southwest EDU in Austin, TX, the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C., and the Preventing Crime in the Black Community conference in Jacksonville, FL. Topics include “Education, Equity, and Empowerment”, “The ABCs of Police and Youth Engagement”, “Economic Empowerment in the Urban Core”, “Equality Versus Equity, What’s the Difference?”, Bridging the Gap for Minority Males in Florida” among others.

Marrying his passion for music, content creation, and education, Paul is also the CEO of @movethecrowdmiami, a community organization that increases social awareness through media production and content creation by creating various community collaborations with youth groups all over the city, including the NAACP Youth Council and the Evolutionary Arts Life Foundation.