Michael McGrew


Michael Mcgrew can be described in one word, “Visionary”. Naturally born with a gift in storytelling, writing a gripping novel is a walk in the park for this Los Angeles native. When asked about his role models and inspiration growing up, he simply explained that “Life itself and what it offers every day is a lesson and every lesson if learned is the best advice the universe can give you.”

He is a very diverse individual with a goal to inspire, which is why he founded the I Am Project for Literacy; a non-profit organization geared towards promotes and encourages literacy through a unique and dynamic program ranging from financial to health and wellness awareness.


Nicole Walker

Vice President

Nicole Walker has spent the better part of her adult life honing her craft in the art of the storytelling. Initially starting out as an author of short stories and novels, Nicole has broadened her specialty to include novel adaptations for film and television, screenwriting for all mediums as well as documentaries, reality based television shows and web series.

Nicole received her bachelors in urban planning and master’s in public policy from California State University Northridge. Her previous experience has included providing services as a ghostwriter, as a screenwriter and has contributed articles and interview to a hip hop magazine and blog.


Bianca Swan

Program Director

Bianca Swan is community relations expert with more than eight years of experience in non-profit management and public administration. With a BBA in Marketing from Howard University and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, Bianca supplies extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and motivation working with individuals from all backgrounds.

A Los Angeles native, Bianca began her career working in sales for an entertainment photography agency. As much as she enjoyed the fast-paced world of the entertainment industry, she had a passion for community service. She moved back to Los Angeles and accepted a position as Membership Delivery Specialist with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles where she was responsible for membership recruitment, volunteer training, program development and implementation and community building.

Tori Bailey

Community Relations
Tori Bailey, MHA, MSLM, RHIA is a USC Fellow for Community and Civic Engagement who has been instrumental with writing articles periodically for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper for topics regarding the Blue Zones nonagerians and their longevity. Her own paternal grandparents lived long productive lives and were married seventy-four years which initially sparked her interest and keen attentiveness to the topic.
She had influenced a writing group, Genesis Writers to create a couple of books and started a literacy contest with then Senator Curren Price for a few years.


The I Am Project is dedicated to advocating literacy, entrepreneurship and self-accountability by inspiring the youth to aim high and respect intelligence along with them-selves for the most part. It is our goal to strengthen communities and households throughout the country, and the world with intentions to convert followers into leaders and inferior minds into innovative thinkers.


The vision of the I.A.M. Project is to break the cycle and culture of poverty for so many families. Knowledge and education are proven to be two of the most effective ways in helping people to rise above their current socioeconomic status. Through literacy, the I.A.M. project will provide teens and young adults with a strong foundation that will create multiple paths of success for each of our future leaders of the free world. The Five Year goal for The I.A.M. Project is to grow the importance of Literacy and how it affects the quality of life that people live. Knowing is half of the battle of attaining a different quality of life.