Mikayla Tillery

2021 – PENNSYLVANIA (PITTSBURGH REGION)

Mikayla Tillery is an activist, an organizer and an incoming freshman at Stanford University. Seeing the countless victims of Black maternal mortality and morbidity, Mikayla founded Students for Black Maternal Health, an online coalition of Black students advocating for legislation that addresses the disproportionate rate of Black women dying from pregnancy-related complications. This program has engaged hundreds of Black youth and reached thousands of students around the world. Students for Black Maternal Health operates by connecting young constituents with mutual aid, petitions and their congressperson to advocate for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act and the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. Because of her work in public health advocacy, she has been recognized by Vice President Kamala Harris, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Congresswoman and Black Maternal Health Caucus founder Lauren Underwood. She has also been named as a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, the youngest Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, and appointed as the first ever Black woman on the Butler Township Board of Commissioners. In her free time, Mikayla participates in electoral organizing and personally connected with over 150,000 voters during the 2020 Election and the Senate Runoff.  Much of this time she spent working for progressive organizations like the Working Families Party, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, advocating for intersectional civic engagement.