Collette Caprara, Editor, Heritage Foundation
Ms. Caprara is an Editor at the Heritage Foundation. Before joining The Heritage Foundation in 2001, Collette served for 10 years as a writer and editor at Bob Woodson’s National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and, prior to that, for five years as an editor of The World & I magazine, a publication of The Washington Times Corporation.
Sen. Emanuel Jones, Georgia State Senate, District 10
Senator Emanuel Jones has served in the Georgia Senate from the 10th District since 2004. He is currently the secretary of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and also serves on the State and Local Governmental Operations, Finance, Veterans and Military Affairs, Urban Affairs and Public Safety and Homeland Security committees. Sen. Jones is currently Chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and was named one of the “50 Most Influential People” from Who’s Who in Black Atlanta for 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is a deacon of the Shiloh Baptist Church in McDonough and is a former trustee and finance chairman of Henry Medical Center. Sen. Jones has served on the boards of numerous philanthropic and educational institutions.
Dr. Frederick Lester, Director, Men's Empowerment Network
Dr. Frederick R. Lester is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Advantage, Inc., a management and technology consultancy specializing in competitive strategy, technology M&A, knowledge / information management, and business analytics. He also serves as the Global Managing Director for the Men’s Empowerment Network, a multi-cultural leadership development and mentoring initiative for men and boys with a vision to becoming a person of character and influence in society. His goal is to ensure that men and boys of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and social / economic classes attain their fullest potential and become functional members of the global community
George McFarland, Founder and President, McFarland & Associates
Mr. McFarland has 43 continuous years of professional experience serving diverse communities. Areas of expertise consist of providing health and human services to underserved populations, conducting program evaluations, coordinating the effective outreach of public health concepts and technical report writing and editing. His experience includes program administration and management consulting services for federal and state funded programs in mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, information technology, health care and education.
James Patton, Executive Vice President, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
Mr. Patton has worked designing, implementing and monitoring multi-stakeholder programs to promote economic development and mitigate violent conflict since 1994. As a Foreign Affairs Officer at the United States Department of State, prior to joining ICRD, Mr. Patton worked with the Special Envoy for Sudan. Upon returning to Washington, he was assigned to support the work of USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.
Rev. Mark Farr, President, Sustained Dialogue Institute
Rev. Farr has more than 25 years’ experience in political and civic public service both in the United States and the United Kingdom. Farr is a former president of Capitol Hill’s Faith & Politics Institute, a Senior Director at President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Institute, and National Faith Director at General Colin Powell’s legacy foundation America’s Promise. He has led trainings, individual reflection sessions and spoken both across the United States and globally. Mark is an Episcopalian priest, is a qualified systemic psychotherapist, with a former practice in London. Mark has served as Board ViceChair of Service for Peace, Senior Partner of Interfaith Works, and as past President of the Institute for Progressive Christianity.
Hon. Nelson Diaz, Dilworth and Paxton
Mr. Diaz concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues and government relations. He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks, and nonprofit organizations in both state and federal Courts. Judge Diaz served for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. He was the youngest judge elected to the Court and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania history. In addition to his legal practice, he served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs.
Robert Woodson, Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
Often referred to as the godfather of the movement to empower neighborhood-based organizations, Mr. Woodson’s social activism dates to the 1960s when, as a young civil rights activist, he developed and coordinated national and local community development programs. For more than 30 years Mr. Woodson has been a source of guidance and support for grassroots organizations around the world.
Imam Talib Shareef, President and Imam, Nation's Historic Mosque
Talib Shareef is the President and Imam of the historic Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad. Imam Shareef is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force and served as Islamic Faith Group Leader at seven military locations around the world, as Imam in five U.S. cities, and as convener for the Georgia State Association of Imams. He co-founded the Muslim Military Members, which facilitated the first installation of a U.S. Military Islamic Chaplain, co-organized the first U.S. Muslim Military Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca) Program, and is the National Chaplain and Imam of the Muslim American Veterans Association. He is the Chief Religious Advisor for the American Zabiha Authority national certification agency, a founding member of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, and a member of several local, national, and international interfaith councils, groups, and networks.
Ms. Diann Dawson, President and CEO, DDA & Associates
Ms. Diann Dawson enjoyed a distinguished public service career with more than 38 years in federal and state governments. Dawson served as the Director of the Office of Regional Operations within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She continues her service in the private sector as a national advocate for children and family strengthening initiatives.
Henry Lozano, National Advisor, United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc
Henry Lozano has had national influence through his service on many prominent boards including the National Latino/Hispanic Community Prevention Network. Mr. Lozano is a national leader in Native American communities serving on the board of directors for White Bison, Inc. since 1992 and as a National Adviser to the Founder and Executive Director of the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. since 1994. Mr. Lozano was named Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of USA Freedom Corps on September 11, 2007. As Director of USA Freedom Corps, Mr. Lozano was charged with implementing President Bush’s vision for volunteerism and service in America, amplifying the President’s call to serve.
Rev. Dr. Kendrick Curry, Senior Pastor, The Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Kendrick Curry formally served as the Interim Executive Director Minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, and he is a board member of the Convention’s Foundation. He has been a leader on the Mayor’s Interfaith Council for three different Mayors’, and he serves on the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home Board of Directors where he chairs the Human Resources Committee. Pastor Curry serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the UDC Foundation.
Judy Romea, Experienced Associate, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Judy Romea serves clients in the Pharma & Life Sciences sector through the transformative delivery of strategic technologies. While a student at Stanford University, she founded the Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS), a student organization which seeks to promote the values of marriage, family, and sexual integrity on campus. As SAS president, she founded SAS’s annual Communicating Values marriage and family conference, which garnered national media attention for its stance on marriage.
Harold E. Doley III, Managing Principal, The Lugano Group Incorporated