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“… charismatic … a gifted storyteller …”

The Washington Post
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Twanna A. Hines, M.S. (she/her/femme), founder and CEO of FUNKY BROWN CHICK, is an award-winning sexual health educator, healthy relationships advocate, and entrepreneur.

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Twanna A. Hines, M.S. (she/her/femme) is an award-winning sexual health educator, healthy relationships advocate, and social entrepreneur. Founder and CEO of FUNKY BROWN CHICK, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC, Paris Première, and in documentary films.

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Twanna A. Hines, M.S. (she/her/femme) is an award-winning sexual health educator, healthy relationships advocate, and entrepreneur. Founder and CEO of FUNKY BROWN CHICK, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC, Paris Première, and in documentary films. She has written for many magazines and news outlets, including NBC News, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Mashable, Fast Company andThe Huffington Post. She has been interviewed by outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times.


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Twanna A. Hines, M.S., (she/her/femme) is founder and CEO of FUNKY BROWN CHICK, Inc. An entrepreneur and award­-winning sex and relationships educator, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television) and in documentary films. She has written and performed two sold-out, critically acclaimed, one-woman theater shows. She has also written for NBC News, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company and The Huffington Post. She has been interviewed by outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times.

Throughout her career, Twanna has worked directly for organizations promoting social good. In the private sector, she directed AndACTION, a project that taught nonprofits how to leverage important storylines in film and television to spark social change for various causes. For Fortune 500 company Land O’Lakes, she led digital efforts to reduce global hunger by integrating food security messages into radio programs in Africa.

Prior to that, in New York City, Twanna learned the art of successful print media pitching while embedded in the communications/public affairs department at Newsweek. She also consulted for BBC Worldwide supporting research and media outreach initiatives. At Planned Parenthood, she led edutainment programs to reduce teen pregnancy. Her programs won Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Affiliate Excellence Award in the Special Efforts in Serving Teens category.

Earlier, she managed The University of Chicago’s professional education and training programs taking students to film festivals and theater programs around the globe, using the arts to promote lifelong learning. In that capacity, she partnered with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and also managed a portfolio of film instructors that included film critics Roger Ebert, Michael Wilmington, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

Twanna began her career working for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague, supporting compliance with international entertainment law to protect U.S. entertainment companies. She has a B.S. in sociology, cum laude, from Illinois State University, and she was recently inducted into the university’s Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame. Her M.S. degree is from Florida State University, and attended post-graduate studies at New York University and Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Raised in the cornfields of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Twanna penned her first op-ed at age 17. Written for her hometown newspaper, The Daily Pantagraph, it was a letter to the editor about why sports are good for girls. A tech geek, she’s also had an online presence since the 90s—coding her first website from <html> to </html>.

Having lived in New York City, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, The Hague, and Washington, D.C., she is fluent in Dutch and English. Her eldest cat, the great Catsby, only meows in English; her younger one, Fitzgerald, is a total asshole who refuses to speak to anyone.

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FUNKY BROWN CHICK is a creative social enterprise founded by Twanna A. Hines. We’re creating a better world by producing artistic projects and by partnering nonprofits, government agencies, small business owners, and artists.

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