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Doria Robinson

Doria Robinson

As Executive Director of Urban Tilth, Doria Robinson is helping her community of Richmond, California to build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system.

Terence Patterson

Terence Patterson

Terence Patterson is President and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission, and is using his diverse background in corporate finance, corporate law, and education policy to lead the effort of making Downtown Memphis a better place to work, live, learn, invest, and visit. 

Brandan "Bmike" Odums

Brandan "Bmike" Odums

Brandan "Bmike" Odums is a filmmaker and artist whose current solo exhibition space, Studio BE, educates New Orleans youth on powerful figures and important moments in Black history and the civil rights movement. 

Judy Reese Morse

Judy Reese Morse

In the wake of two catastrophic environmental disasters, the City of New Orleans has an eye on racial equity and Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse is leading the charge. 

Tayyib Smith

Tayyib Smith

Tayyib Smith is the co-founder of Philadelphia-based Little Giant CreativePipeline Philly, the Institute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship, and the soon-to-launch Creative Cities Lab. All of his projects are rooted in a passion for social justice and economic equitability. 

Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis is the Director of the Detroit-based New Economy Initiative, the largest philanthropically led economic development initiative in the United States. 

Maitreyi Roy

Maitreyi Roy

Maitreyi Roy is the Executive Director of Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, the first botanic garden in the country. A landscape architect by training, she has spent almost 25 years looking at community greening issues through the lens of urban development.

Gene Powell

Gene Powell

Gene Powell is the co-founder of StartUp Toledo, which brings the area's innovators and creators together for networking and idea-sharing once a month, as well as Seed Coworking, Toledo's first co-working space.
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Alfa Demmellash

Alfa Demmellash

Alfa Demmellash is the CEO and co-founder of Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit organization that builds communities of self-sustaining entrepreneurs by focusing on knowledge and social capital. 

Jorge Blandón

Jorge Blandón

Jorge Blandón is Vice President of the Oakland-based Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit that leverages technology and data for low-income families to lead their own change. 

Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is the President and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute that advances economic and social equity through policy work and by connecting people already doing such work on the ground.

James Johnson-Piett

James Johnson-Piett

James Johnson-Piett is the principal and CEO of New York-based Urbane Development, a community development venture that utilizes a community's greatest resource to build dynamic neighborhoods in underserved areas: the community itself.

Steve Barlow

Steve Barlow

Steve Barlow is a partner in Brewer & Barlow PLC, a civil justice law firm based in Memphis, and co-founder of Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., a nonprofit established to resolve vacant property and abandonment challenges in the city.

Gabriel Mandujano

Gabriel Mandujano

Gabriel Mandujano is the founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based Wash Cycle Laundry, a triple-bottom-line social enterprise that provides much-needed corporate laundry services while also providing green economy jobs to folks returning to the workforce.

Adele London

Adele London

Adele London is the Director of Business Development of the Good Work Network in New Orleans, a small business resource center that works to provide economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. 
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