We’re a small team but we have big hearts and an even bigger passion for giving.


Meet Ebonie: Chief Millennial Officer

Ebonie’s is all about being young, black and giving back. She lives it, believes it, and strives in every way to share with the world that being young, black and giving back is the new face of philanthropy.

Ebonie a proud woman of God, Aggie, Delta, Harlemite, Brooklynite- and Wilmingtonian (NC, not Delaware). You’ll rarely ever see her without a smile.
Follow her: @EJCThatsME | Email her: ebonie@friendsofebonie.com


Meet Samantha: Events Manager

image_samSamantha, best known simply as, Sam, is an event planning professional with nearly a decade of experience. Sam uses her event planning and event marketing skills at Friends of Ebonie to manage and oversee program logistics. She earned a B.A. in English Literature, with a minor in Classical Civilizations, from Florida State University (GO NOLES). She is currently in the process of receiving a certificate in Meetings, Conference, and Events Management from NYU.

When Samantha is not planning awesome events, you can find her reading interesting novels, spinning, writing, people watching, and enjoying life with a smile, wide eyes, an open mind, and a gracious spirit. Follow her: @SocialSammie  | Email her: samantha@friendsofebonie.com


Meet Maya: Jill of All Interns

IMG_0389Maya Ollie serves as our quirky and lovable intern. She began managing our social media account and we haven’t been able to get rid of her since. Maya will play an integral role with our Young, Black & Giving Back Institute and continue to support our social media needs.

When Maya is not helping us out here, she is being a diligent senior at Christopher Newport University, where she serves as a Bonner Service Scholar, Marketing & Business Intern at the NATASHA House and Student Ambassador. Follow her: @cincodemaya21  | Email her: intern@friendsofebonie.com






social-media-internGiving back your thing? Passionate about black causes in the community? Pretty nice with social media? This might be the internship for you. No getting coffee here. We treat our interns like family and pride ourselves on this being an opportunity of learning and growth. If you’re serious about getting your feet wet running social media for a small business, then apply! No slackers, please.

“I learned a lot and gained a new passion for social media.” – M.Kimble, former intern 2011 & 2014