CoThinkk honors local community leaders who diligently strive to advance communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina. 

Community leader nominations for 2022 will be announced soon!

 Andre Golden
Marta Alcala-Williams
 Tamiko Ambrose Murray
Libby Kyles

Nominations open: June 18th – July 12th, 2021

Community Voting: July 13th – July 31st, 2021

CoThinkk’s 2021 Community Leadership + Ally + Next Generation Awards

CoThinkk is gearing for our sixth 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 2021 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 June 18th to July 5th, 2021. 

Once we have compiled all of the nominations we will ask for a public vote. The public voting process will be open: July 9th – July 31st, 2021. CoThinkk will award eight total awards: four community leadership awards, two next generation awards (21 and under) and two highlighting community allies.

The CoThinkk community leadership award recipients will be announced at our virtual annual event. More details to come! 

Vote online (and read the bios) through this site by selecting your top candidates and saving your vote

For further information or questions, email Davia Young at

Who We AreCoThinkk is dedicated to social change philanthropy by bringing together community leaders who care about the economic and social well-being of communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina. CoThinkk started in 2014 with the intention to implement investment strategies that address education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership development towards impacting some of the most critical social issues facing African-American and Latinx communities in Western North Carolina.