Faculty & Staff


Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D.

Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D.

Nakeina E. Douglas Glenn, PhD, director, provides leadership for the institute and its programs. She also teaches in the MPA program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public affairs. Douglas-Glenn has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including VCU's President’s Outstanding Achievement Award, VCU's Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, and induction into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) a national leadership honor society.

Prior to coming to VCU, Douglas-Glenn served as a research and evaluation associate at the National Science Foundation. In addition, she was also an adjunct professor at George Mason University in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Douglas-Glenn earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Virginia Tech.

Douglas-Glenn is active in the community and in professional organizations. She is an elected member of American Council on Education’s Virginia Network executive board and serves as the institutional representative for Women's Network at VCU. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Fan Free Clinic and the YWCA of Greater Richmond.


Angela McGrath

Angela McGrath

Angela McGrath, Business Manager, brings over fifteen years of financial and business management to the institute. Her duties include managing key business of the institute including monitoring revenue streams, contract management, procurement of goods and services, generating purchase orders through eVA system, preparing transactions through accounts payable, travel planning and reimbursements for staff, and management of credit card reconciliations. She also conducts market research to work with procurement to negotiate contracts for events, provides support for human resources, and assists with Institute meetings and events. Prior to joining the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, she served in the VCU School of Education.


Olivia X. Barnes

Olivia X. Barnes

Olivia Barnes, Senior Program Coordinator, is responsible for program administration, including coordination of activities and events; serving as primary contact for general program inquiries and as the liaison between participants, administrative staff, external clients, and the Institute. She is also responsible for development and outreach, including social media, promotion of programs, assisting in development and implementation of general program recruitment.

Barnes earned a Master’s degree in English, with a concentration on Literature from VCU in May 2014. In 2012, Barnes graduated from Eastern Washington University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a focus on Literature and a minor in Government.


Priscilla Agyepong

Priscilla Agyepong

Priscilla Agyepong is a Program Assistant at the Institute. She is an undergraduate majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Political Science. She hopes to attend law school to become an attorney after graduating.

Jennifer Carranza

Jennifer Carranza is a Program Assistant at the Institute. She is an undergraduate majoring business marketing and hopes to one day own her own marketing firm after graduating from VCU.

Angelique Potter

Angelique Potter is a Program Assistant at the Institute. She is an undergraduate majoring in Biology. She plans to attend Medical School following her completion of her degree. Her goal is to become a Pediatric Dermatologist who is able to at least put a smile on every patient's face.


Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams is a Program Assistant at the Institute. Currently an undergraduate student majoring in Pre-nursing, she plans to go to medical school after finishing nursing school. Williams hopes to become a pediatrician that aids children in third world countries.