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Mr. Thomas B. Donaldson

THOMAS B. DONALDSON is Of Counsel to Donaldson & Chilliest, LLP.  He specializes in litigation, and provides counsel and guidance in business development, not-for-profit governance, government affairs, business development and regulatory and compliance matters. Mr. Donaldson’s litigation practice includes providing clients defense of major crimes, the enforcement and defense of real property leases and small business litigation. legal advice and representation. Mr. Donaldson has served on the board of several not-for-profit organizations and public bodies and continually devotes substantial time to community service. Prior to re-joining the law firm of Donaldson & Chilliest, LLP as Of Counsel, Mr. Donaldson served as principal legislative counsel to New York City Council’s Committees on Economic Development and Community Development.

 
Rev. Dr. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr.

Dr. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Reid Temple A. M. E Church in Glen Dale. Maryland. Pastor Whitlock is only the ninth Pastor to serve at this phenomenal A. M. E Church, he has been serving the Reid Temple A. M. E. community and the great Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia (DMV) Community since he was appointed as Senior Pastor of Reid Temple A. M. E. Church in July 2019. Prior to this appointment at Reid Temple A. M. E. Church, Pastor Whitlock served as Senior Pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church in Irvine, CA since August 1998. Over the course of is ministerial and nonprofit career, Pastor Whitlock has raised more than $1.2 billion for the kingdom of God through individual donors, corporations, federal and institutional grants.

Mr. Robert Glenn  III

Currently serving as the President of the East Alabama Black Belt Farmers' Cooperative in Bullock and Barbour County. Retired from the U.S. Active Army after serving 28 years as a Logistics Officer. Volunteer community service through several affiliated organizations to allow me to give back to my community. I attend the Tabernacle Baptist church in Burlington, New Jersey.

Dr. Tyson-Lord Gray

Tyson-Lord Gray holds a BA from Trinity International University, a MDiv from Morehouse School of Religion, a STM from Boston University, a JD from Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Rodney Marsh

Over 25 years of experience in Accounting, worked in the capacity CFO for national and intra-national corporations, primarily in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Pastor Benjamin Carroll

Ben Carroll is an energetic and insightful Pastor who has given his life toward building and restoring communities.  Over a span of thirty years his work with congregations in Georgia, Mississippi, Florida has impacted hundreds of lives.  Pastor Carroll has also served as an Army Reserve Chaplain for more than twenty years.

Gary Hodge
G. L. Hodge is a retired church administrator of Providence Baptist Church of San Francisco and a retired Retail Manager with over 35 years of experience. He is the past chair of the San Francisco Inter faith Council. A member of the Center for Youth Wellness Advisory Council, A member of California Interfaith Power and Lights, The San Francisco Foundation Faiths Programs and a member of Resilient Bayview.
G. L. Hodge worked in management for Kmart for/13 years, Office Depot for 11 and Providence Baptist Church for 10 years. While working for Kmart he was assigned to manage stores serving identified at risk communities of East Palo Alto, Richmond and Compton California. Mr. Hodge; Compton experience began with interviewing over 700 employees and hiring 70. After its grand opening, the Rodney King uprising was rendered and produced severe civil unrest. Through Hodge; guidance, the store remained open and became the National Guard Command Head Quarters. G. L. took his retail experience to the nonprofit field and became the Administrator of Providence Baptist Church. A 24-hour Church where he helped administer the facility for the Church Providence Foundation’s homeless shelter with case management, after school programs, Food Bank, Algebra Program


Dr. Eric D. Jackson, Sr.

In addition to over 35 years of managerial and training experience in various types of organizations, over 25 years of ministerial and pastoral leadership, I have worked as a team leader, a staff pastor, and currently serve as a senior pastor.  My goal is to continue serving as a pastor, leading God’s people, while using my gifts to teach in every setting.

Dekila Chungyalpa, Director

Dekila Chungyalpa is the founding director of the Loka Initiative, an award-winning capacity building and outreach platform at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions working on environmental and climate issues. She is an experienced environmental program director, with over two decades of experience in designing and implementing global conservation and climate strategies and projects. Known as an innovator in the environmental field, Dekila has expertise in faith-led environmental and climate partnerships, biodiversity landscape and river basin strategy design, and community-based conservation. In 2008, she helped establish Khoryug, an association of over 50 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries implementing environmental projects across the Himalayas under the auspices of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. In 2009, Dekila founded and led WWF Sacred Earth, a 5-year pilot program at the World Wildlife Fund that built partnerships with faith leaders and religious institutions towards conservation and climate results in the Amazon, East Africa, Himalayas, Mekong, and the United States, for which she received the prestigious Yale McCluskey Award. Dekila moved to Yale School of Environment in 2014 and spent the next three years designing and testing the prototype of Loka in collaboration with over 15 faith and Indigenous leaders.

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