Give Black, Give Back Advisory Committee
A Nashville native, Eric is the Coordinator of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment for the Office of Mayor John Cooper. Eric worked as Statewide Political Director for Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate and was Lead Organizer for the Children’s Defense Fund Nashville Team. Eric has a B.A. from American Baptist College and two master degrees from Vanderbilt University. When not working, Eric loves to read, write, and enjoy time with his friends and family.
Mr. Ron Corbin
Ronald L. Corbin is retired VP of the Southern Region of the Allstate Insurance Company. Ron’s career was highlighted by his induction in the TN Insurance Hall of Fame and the Apollo Leadership Award for communications during Hurricane Katrina. He led the largest publicly traded insurance company in the US through the largest natural disaster in the history of the US, Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Corbin is a Vietnam Veteran honorably discharged whose life work has been to help serve and empower individuals and stress building stronger communities through engagement and giving back. Read Full Bio
Mrs. Barbara Gray
A native Nashvillian—Barbara F. Gray is a product of the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s and of the struggle for social change in America. She grew up off Music Row in South Nashville and was educated in Nashville’s segregated public schools. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, where she graduated cum laude. She also attended George Peabody College for Teachers and earned a master’s degree from Tennessee State University. A Phi Delta Kappa, International member, Mrs. Gray’s 30-plus years as an educator in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools commenced in 1970 at Hillsboro High School—the year before the desegregation of Metro-Nashville Public Schools. Among her colleagues, Barbara was recognized as Hillsboro Teacher of the Year and as First Runner Up for Metro-Nashville High School Teacher of the Year. Because her students nominated her, she was also listed in several academic publications as an exemplary educator. Read Full Bio
A native of east Nashville’s James A. Cayce Homes, Hill grew up attending MNPS schools before returning to his former neighborhood to serve as Teen Outreach Director of the Martha O’ Bryan Center. He later became National Program Director for the Usher’s New Look Foundation, a family-focused organization founded by Grammy-award winning artist Usher Raymond in Atlanta, GA. Hill most recently served as the Community Engagement & Action Coordinator for the Oasis Center and Director of the Mayor’s Youth Council of Nashville/Davidson County where he led efforts to involve the community in local decision-making and civic engagement efforts. In November 2019, Brandon joined the new Major League Soccer team, Nashville SC, as Senior Director of Community Engagement. Brandon is a recipient of the Emerging Leaders Award by the Tennessee Alliance for Progress, and was named one of Nashville’s “30 Top Leaders in their 30s” by the Center for Nonprofit Management. Brandon holds a B.S. from Tennessee State University and M.Ed from Vanderbilt University.
Kia is Agency Director for boutique communications and community engagement firm, MEPR Agency; visionary for a nonprofit equity collaborative providing capacity building support and leadership development to nonprofits led by people of color; is the co-leader of the Black Philanthropy Initiative in Nashville; and is a Collective Impact consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Management. Jarmon is also a trained Rule 31 Civil Mediator and navigates the interconnectedness and division of community, culture, crisis, and communication.Read Full Bio
Jennifer is the Communications Director at The Healing Trust. In this role, she sets and guides the strategy for all The Trust’s communications and public affairs work to consistently articulate The Trust’s mission and vision. She also manages the Sabbatical Grants as well as The Trust’s internship program. Before coming to The Trust, Jennifer worked at Family and Children’s Service as a Crisis Counselor and as Information and Referral Specialist for 2-1-1, a social service information line. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mass Communications from Tennessee State University and her Masters in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is a 2010 Hull Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and a graduate of the 2017 Nashville Emerging Leaders class.
Lisa is the co-founder of the Change We Seek Fund, which supports the economic empowerment of African Latino families with children that live in urban communities. Change We Seek’s mission is to provide funding to programs that help families gain more control over their economic status while simultaneously enabling them to represent their interests in a responsible, self-directed, and sustainable way.
Antonio Young has worked in several account management/sales roles with Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, MetLife and Humana. Before moving to Nashville Antonio had spent over a decade in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sales while living in Louisville, KY and Raleigh, NC. During his career, he was awarded several President’s Club designations as well as various regional and district awards. Volunteerism and community engagement has always been a large part of Antonio’s life but, it was a family legacy of “giving” that led him and his wife Lisa along with their two adult children to create the Donor Advised fund “Change We Seek”. The spirit of giving can truly be a family and for the Young family it continues to be an amazing journey as their roles evolve.
Antonio’s favorite pastime continues to be traveling the world with his wife Lisa and their son and daughter.