Making moms better moms, makes dads better dads, children become better adults and communities become better communities.
Muffy Mendoza is a tribe builder, informational and motivational speaker, author and executive director at Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh-based fiscally sponsored nonprofit that works to provide moms-of-color with positive socialization opportunities and connect them with the resources and information they need to raise happy, healthy adults. Most notably, Muffy is known for having cultivated a community of nearly 5,000 African-American moms hungry for social change due to a lack of safe spaces for moms-of-color in the Pittsburgh region. What started as a few moms meeting in each others homes, has blossomed into an online and offline tribe of moms that grows by the hundreds each month. Their hyper-local, super engaged Facebook group Pittsburgh Brown Mamas has nearly 5,000 members with 4,800 member active on a weekly basis.
Muffy has leveraged this platform to author her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset, that was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold at various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty and complexities of the mothering experience everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. She received a standing ovation at the inaugural TEDx Strip District after giving a compelling depiction of modern day Black motherhood. In addition, in 2019 Muffy was nominated for an Iris Award for her outstanding work as an activist and influencer.
As if building a massive tribe of moms isn’t enough, Muffy stays focused on tribe building at home as a homeschooling mom of 3 boys and wife of one awesome husband. When she’s low-key Muffy loves reading history books and watching boring documentaries (at least that how her boys describe them).