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Expertise

Working collaboratively with community stakeholders 

Translating long-term goals into actionable items for implementation

Determining and utilizing the strengths and capacities of others

Engaging community members and creating action plans for implementation

Creating images to invoke feelings of connection and belonging

Teaching  accounting concepts using art and visual tools

 

Recent Artistic Accomplishments

2019- Created a piece that re-imagines the Mississippi State Flag, and is part of a traveling exhibition.

2018-  Taught 3rd and 4th graders the “Art of Cartooning” at Jackson State University, and the work they created was shown in the Fine Arts Building.

2018- Exhibited in Roger D. Malkin Gallery June, 2018

2017- Received a grant from Alternate ROOTS to deepen artistic practice.

2016- Exhibited “Children in the Movement” mixed media work at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

2016 - Displayed 3 dimensional works at the Turquoise Moon Gallery opening in Midtown. 

2015- Selected from a field of 100 candidates to represent MS as a Cultural Agent with the USDAC (United States Department of Arts and Culture).  In that role I created a participatory arts based event titled “All are Welcome, All Belong”

2014- Artist in Residence for Walton Elementary School.

2012- Taught African mask making and symbology at St Frances de Sales School in Washington D.C.

 

Presentations and Public Speaking Engagements

 

July 2019

Mississippi Endowment for the Humanities

Participated in a panel discussion about the importance of representation in the digital age


 

April 2019

Creative Placemaking Convening 

Created and facilitated a workshop where participants learned how the Mississippi Museum of Art created a space for Community conversations about the “White Gold “ Exhibit.  Listen to the podcast link here

 

March 2019

State of Inclusion Podcast- Listen here

 

October 2018

Southeastern Museum Conference panel discussion

 Participated in a panel discussion with Museum colleagues from the region to discuss The trials and triumphs of converting a Museum Membership Program

 

Job History

Mississippi Museum of Art

Managing Director for the Center for Art and Public Exchange

October 2018-Present

 

Responsible for creating and developing programming and exhibitions that explore issues of race and equity using art as an anchoring object.   Convened the first Community Advisory Council, which will be used to inform programming and deepen the Museum’s relationship to the Jackson community.  Presented at national convenings of museum professionals to share the innovative practices that are being implemented through the CAPE program.

 

Director of Museum Culture and Experience

April 2016-October 2018

 

Directed and managed Visitor Services staff, with the goal of creating a welcome, inclusive, and accessible environment where museum visitors and members are valued and retained.  Expanded community relationships by creating programming that encourages members to further engage with visual arts using stories and personal experiences. Grew attendance to the monthly community meeting by 30% and diversified attendance.  Responsible for training the Visitors Services Associates, recruiting volunteers, and performing community outreach activities.

 

Parents for Public Schools of Jackson

January 2015-March 2016

Senior Program Manager

 

Enhanced  the ability of parents to advocate for and affect change in public schools and school systems by managing the Community and Parental Engagement Program.  Performed needs assessments and surveys to determine what skills parents wanted to learn and found the appropriate expert to teach the subjects requested.   Also responsible for deepening relationships with the Jackson Public School District’s Administrative Team and continuing to build the capacity of parents through training and workshops. Expanded the contact base by 30% during my tenure due  community outreach activities.

 

Catholic Charities

July 2013- December 2014

Division Director Parish Based Ministries

 

Interacted with national, state and local policy makers concerning policies that impact the poor.Strengthened relationships with over 100 clergy, and lay staff, through face-to-face meetings, newsletters, and email alerts.  Secured grant funding for several programs in the Division, which enabled them to expand the number of clients served.  Responsible for supervising a staff of twelve, and providing ongoing coaching and training. The programs included in Parish Based Ministries Division are as follows:

1. The Migrant Support Center 

2. Faith Community Nursing Program 

3.   Disaster Preparedness   and Response

4. Supportive Services for Veterans Program

5. Northeast Office (Migrant Services)

6. Parish Social Ministry (Catholic Social Teaching and Advocacy)

 

Lumpkins BBQ

July 2007 to June 2011

Owner

  • Developed a unique product for the Jackson market and grew sales from $32k in year 1 to $200K.  Finished as a finalist in the BBQ category for Best of Jackson, for  3 consecutive years.

  • Created a catering arm of the company and grew sales from 10% of total revenue to 50% of total revenue.

  • Designed policy and procedure manuals to increase the efficiency of service staff. 

  •  Improved employee morale and significantly reduced employee turnover.

  • Established a venue where local  nonprofits provided training and other activities that benefited the surrounding community.  

 

National Cooperative Bank, Washington, DC

1989-1996

Affordable Housing Loan Officer

Monitored the financial health of loan portfolio representing housing cooperatives from across the country.  

Streamlined the tracking of vital statistical information, and performed quarterly site visits with Senior Vice Presidents. Improved the quality of interaction with the borrowers by increasing the frequency and depth of correspondence.   

 

Education/Awards/Board Appointments

Bachelors of Business and Public Administration- Howard University

Certified Public Accountant, 1989 Washington, DC

Noted as a Power Couple of BOOM magazine (Winter Issue 2011)

Dynamic Partner Award from Southern Poverty Law Center (2011)

Parent Leader Certificate from Parents for Public Schools (2010)

Mayoral Appointee to the Board of the Jackson Visitors Bureau (2011-Present)

Executive Committee Board Chair of Alternate ROOTS (2016-Present)

At Large Board Member for History Pin