Meet the 2023 TOBA MLK Breakfast Co-Chairs

Katia Saintfort-Russ and Will Douglass, III

Katia Saintfort-Russ

Katia Saintfort-Russ is a Tampa native who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida in Criminology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy University.  Katia has over a decade of experience in Contracts and Procurement and currently holds a position with Kyndryl as a Contracts Project Portfolio Manager.  In 2014, Katia founded Baking Is Therapy, Inc.  (B.I.T.). B.I.T is a nonprofit mentoring organization that utilizes baking as a form of self-therapy to provide physical, emotional, and social healing for at-risk girls ages 10-18 throughout the Tampa Bay Area.  In her spare time, Katia enjoys solving community challenges, spending time with her family, and pouring love into our communities.

Will Douglas, III

Will Douglas, III is a native son of the City of Tampa and a returning resident from the nation’s Citadel, more affectionately known as Washington D.C., where he obtained both his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from George Washington School of Law, with honors. He grew up wanting to follow in his family’s footsteps, Dr. Caleb Wright, Oretha Wright (educator) & Attorney Kaydell Wright-Douglas. He vowed to return to the city to aid and impact Tampa’s underserved Black community. Before obtaining his JD and MBA, Will attended Florida Atlantic University, where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy and graduated with honors.  Will has a passion for combining his God-given talents and service to his community and diligently worked with the Black Law Student Association and a restorative rights clinic while in Law School to aid in the restoration of 130+ residents of the Nation’s Capital in having their rights restored for non-violent cannabis-related infractions now decriminalized under the Bowser Administration.  He continued his dedication to service when relocating back to the Tampa Bay Area and volunteers his legal services with Beulah Baptist Institutional Church, his ancestral Church home, and for various non-profits that aid battered and abused single parents obtain shelter, a refuge from domestic violence, and education grants. In 2021, Will was selected to attend the illustrious Tampa Bay Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA) Leadership Institute, where his eyes were truly opened to the wealth of opportunities the city he has always loved has to offer. He is honored to have been selected as a Co-chair for TOBA’s heralded MLK breakfast. When Will isn’t diligently working to serve his clients or community, he enjoys reading various historical accounts, as he is painfully aware of how cyclical history is and immerses himself in as much history as possible to forge a solution for a brighter tomorrow, not only for himself and his family but also for his community.