Onleilove Alston was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. She is the executive director at PICO-Faith in New York, where she leads a multiracial and multifaith faith based organizing federation of 70 congregations who are working to Build the Beloved City-where some not all of God’s children can live in dignity. Onleilove is also a workshop facilitator, speaker, and writer. She is a contributing writer for Sojourners magazine, The Black Commentator, Huff Post Religion and NPR’s Onbeing blog. Having experienced poverty and homelessness, she has developed a compassion for people fueled by her passion for justice, and knows that the gospel is truly “good news to the poor.” Onleilove serves on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Clergy Advisory Council, the board of directors for Sojourners, Align and on the advisory board for the Micah Institute at NY Theological Seminary. A womanist, Onleilove writes and lectures on the implicit bias of colorism and its impact on African- American women.