CoThinkk honors local community leaders who play a critical role in the social change ecosystem of Western North Carolina. 

Community leader nominations for 2023 are now open until July 21st, 2023!

 Andre Golden
 Tamiko Ambrose Murray
Marta Alcala-Williams

Nominations Open: July 3rd – July 21st, 2023

Community Voting: July 24th – August 4th, 2023

CoThinkk’s 2023 Community Leadership + Ally + Next Generation Awards

CoThinkk is gearing up for our seventh year of honoring and celebrating leaders tackling complex issues in WNC!

CoThinkk is the first of its kind in Western North Carolina, designed specifically to create supportive networks, accelerate systemic change and seed new initiatives through a shared leadership model that is both alternative and complementary to traditional philanthropy. We are kicking off our 2023 leadership awards by asking the community to nominate leaders of color and allies who are playing a critical role in the social change ecosystem of Western NC and working to shift the narrative of communities of color!

Nominations will be open from: July 3rd – 21st 2023. 

Once we have compiled all of the nominations we will ask for a public vote.

The public voting process will be open: July 24th – August 4th 2023.

CoThinkk will award eight total awards: four community leadership awards celebrating BIPOC community leaders, two next generation awards (21 and under), and two highlighting community allies working in solidarity with communities of color.

The CoThinkk Community Leadership Award recipients will be announced at our 2023 Annual Event. More details to come! 

For further information or questions, email

Read Nominee’s bios and vote starting July 24th!

Public Community Leadership Awards Voting OPENS








 Andre Golden
Marta Alcala-Williams

Who We AreFounded in 2014, CoThinkk is a social change philanthropy organization, led by BIPOC leaders, committed to investing our time, talent and treasure to accelerate systemic change and shift the narrative of communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina through systems change, strategic investments, discourse, healing, and networks that share, build, wield power collectively. At the core of our work, we focus on systems change work, shifting mental models, and acting as a positive disruptor as a means to shore up BIPOC leaders to be bold and support communities of color to innovate and interrupt systems at multiple levels to facilitate change.