For more than 15 years, Jimmy King has served as a youth mental health professional counseling and mentoring youth throughout the Richmond Public School District. Jimmy has extensive practical experience providing effective school-based interventions for behaviorally-challenged urban youth and with the wrap-around services many low-income, at-risk youth require to succeed academically. Jimmy studied Political Science at Norfolk State University and is currently studying at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Shanee works in health policy and data analytics for United Healthcare Group. She has previously served as a policy analyst for the Virginia Employment Commission, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well as the Virginia Department of Health. Additionally, she has served as the President of the Urban League’s Young Professionals Network and as a key person on local charter school matters. She has significant experience in public policy, data analytics, grant writing and charter school policy. She received her Master’s degrees in Economic Development and Education from New Hampshire College.
Brandon is a finance guru with broad experience in the public and private sectors. Presently, he works as a Program Officer with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Previously Brandon was on the Capital One team as a Principal Process Manager. His specialties include Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial Modeling, and Financial Reporting. Brandon earned his M.B.A. in Finance, Strategy, and International Business at Vanderbilt University. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Georgetown University.
John has practiced law from his own firm on Richmond’s east end for 3 decades. He specializes in real estate matters, but his case load spans the gamut—domestic law, wills and estates, criminal and traffic law, and personal injury. A long-standing community volunteer, formerly John served as a local Boys and Girls Club (BGC) board member and volunteers regularly for youth activities – most recently coaching a basketball team for the BGC Healthy Hoops Tournament. Attorney Taylor attained the juris doctorate degree at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
As a professional saxophonist, Keith has opened for notable jazz artists including Roberta Flack, Spyro Gyra, and David Sanborn. In 2010 with his homegrown jazz band Groove Skool, Keith completed a live recording at D.C.’s legendary jazz club, Blues Alley. Also a distinguished member of the U.S. Army, Keith served in Saudi Arabia as Company Executive Officer for Operation Desert Shield. Keith has been with Altria for 16 years, and presently serves as Manager of Capacity Planning for NuMark, an Altria Company. He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Norfolk State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Renata A. Hedrington Jones is a social worker and retired from Richmond Public Schools (RPS) after 29 years of service where she served as a coordinator for Medicaid and other special projects. She has served in other capacities locally for the Virginia Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Hendrington Jones possesses a PhD in Human Services Administration from Walden University, a MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Social Work from Virginia Intermont College.
Greg grew up in the family business. As area supervisor for his family’s local McDonald’s franchise, Greg manages a team of nearly 100 associates and multi-million-dollar sales. Additionally, as a 22-year United States Navy reservist, Greg supervises teams of 15 – 45 fellow reservists on various missions one weekend monthly. He shares his leadership acumen with youth as an assistant coach for high school junior varsity basketball and as a mentor with Concerned Black Men. Greg attended Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth Universities.
Sadiq Ali is a retired educator from Hartford (Connecticut) Public Schools. In 1995, he founded the Benjamin E. Mays Institute, a 7th and 8th grades all-male academy within Hartford’s schools. Even though retired, Mr. Ali continues to engage in dissolving the educational plight of young black males. In July of 2015, he published his book, “Benjamin E. Mays Institute: Educating Young Black Males.” Mr. Ali is a member of the Greater Opportunity II Board of Directors, a group which is preparing a summer boarding school initiative for Hartford, Connecticut high school males.