Teri Coaxum is a mother, grandmother, caregiver, author, motivational speaker, community leader, instructor at Medgar Evers College (CUNY), and founder of Coaxum Connects LLC and Coaxum Connects Wellness Foundation. Under the Obama Administration, Teri served as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy Regional Advocate for Region II, covering the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Her former roles include serving as the first African American Woman Deputy State Director for Senator Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) and Administrative Manager in the Kings County District Attorney’s office. Both of these roles provided the opportunity for Teri to advise government officials and advocate for underserved communities through economic empowerment, job readiness, and technological advancement. Teri has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York. She also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Member of Xi Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC. & Sunshine Chapter # 34, Eureka Grand Chapter, Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, INC, State of New York.