Operations Board

The management of FORCE is guided by our Operations Board, involving key leaders based in Baltimore, MD.

Cola Anderson (Based in Baltimore, MD)

Cola Anderson (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist from Orlando, Florida. She moved to Baltimore in 2013 to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Maryland Institute College of Art. Cola is a member of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and a practicing artist.


Joyell Arvella (Based in Baltimore, MD)  

Joyell Arvella, J.D. (she/her) has been a racial and gender justice strategist, facilitator, and womxn’s rights activist for a decade. Her professional background is in education, reproductive justice, international civil and human rights law, race and equity, and transformative justice. She has worked with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon, government agencies, nonprofits, and public schools in the United States and abroad to address violence against womxn and girls, terrorism, and state-sanctioned violence against people of color. Joyell is the CEO & Founder of harp + sword, which is a consulting and advocacy practice that uses restorative justice to advance racial and gender equity for womxn and girls of color. While currently based in Baltimore, harp + sword provides ongoing support to partnerships in Brooklyn, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago. Her team is working on piloting The Restorative Celia Project to address the sexual abuse to prison pipeline. Joyell was recently selected as a Johns Hopkins Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program Fellow ’19, StartingBloc Fellow NOLA’18, and Baltimore Rising Leader ’18. Joyell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Black Studies from Washington College and her Juris Doctorate degree from New England Law | Boston.


Priya Bhayana  (Based in Baltimore, MD)

Priya (she/her) likes visioning around community accountability, cooperative structures, and body sovereignty and how these frameworks connect to building power and sustaining healthy communities. She works as a Program Development Manager at the conflict resolution and restorative justice organization, Restorative Response Baltimore. Priya also organizes with Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity to create healing and learning spaces. She’s a co-founder of the art and culture series, Bollymore and serves on the “Huddle” Advisory for the arts and entrepreneurship program, Baltimore Youth Arts. She was named a 2017-18 Fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute and a 2014 Salzburg Global Forum Young Cultural Innovator.


Norwood Johnson (Based in Baltimore, MD)

Norwood Johnson (he/him)  is a Force Board Member and serves on the Monument Quilt Leadership team He also serves on Force’s Gather Together Baltimore based grassroots collective of people who encountered and survived domestic and sexual violence. Norwood is a survivor of intimate partner violence and spousal abuse from a female offender. For years, he kept this inside and from friends and family. Actually, Norwood thought the best way to handle the abuse was by “taking it like a man.” He finally had a light bulb moment and took a leap of faith to leave the situation and sought help from the House of Ruth to heal.  Norwood confidently shares his journey as a survivor of intimate partner violence. Out of gratitude from help received, Norwood also volunteers for multiple organizations fighting against human trafficking, and rape and sexual assault such as Arimenta Freedom Initiative, TurnAround, Inc. and others. In addition he volunteers for the Baltimore County Department of Aging providing services to the elderly and disabled. Norwood loves to freely give of himself and gain happiness in helping others. A simple smile and or “thank you,” satisfy Norwood. Norwood has a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. He also holds a Certificate in Public Leadership from Brookings Institution, a social and political policy “think tank.”


Zarielle Simms (Based in Baltimore, MD)

This is Zarielle (she/her). She goes to Baltimore Design School and is in the 10th grade. She likes to explore new things. Zarielle likes to build, plan, read, write, and so much more. Zarielle joined FORCE´s Youth Voices for Consent to teach people things so they can grow into better people.