Pharlone Charity Toussaint is a proud Haitian American with over 15 years of experience as an activist in sport for social change. Her passion for sport for development blossomed in 2007 after speaking alongside the Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a youth symposium at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts.
She has worked in community relations for several professional sports teams and, in 2016, started her own consulting agency, working with athletes and brands on using their proximity to power and capital to make a more profound and sustainable impact in their cities. She was previously a grantmaker and coalition builder at Laureus Sport For Good Foundation USA, leading the organization’s place-based “Sport For Good Atlanta” initiative.
Pharlone has served on leadership councils of national initiatives like the PLAYS Sports Coalition, tackling significant challenges impacting sports-based youth development organizations and, ultimately, the youth that they exist to serve. As the Director of External Affairs at the Center for Healing and Justice through Sport, she hopes to help amplify the power of movement and physical activity to heal communities plagued by the long-term traumas of systemic oppression.