COALITION

Care Taking Council

KENNETH C CLEMONS

MARISELA GOMEZ

Marisela B. Gomez is a community public health activist scholar who has been organizing in various capacities for equitable and sustainable alternative models for community development for more than 25 years in Baltimore MD. Relevant publications include Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America (2012 Lexington Books); Urban Redevelopment and Neighborhood Health in East Baltimore, Maryland: The Role of Communitarian and Institutional Social Capital; Policing, Community Fragmentation, and Public Health: Observations from Baltimore; Neoliberalization’s Propagation of Health Inequity in Urban Rebuilding Processes: The Dependence on Context and Path. She blogs at mariselabgomez.com

DARNELL INGRAM

Darnell E. Ingram, Esq. was born in Jacksonville, Florida, after the “modern day” civil rights struggle of the ‘50s, and ‘60s was on life support, if not over. His mother was British of Caribbean descent, and his father from the United States.  Therefore, his multi-cultural roots are inherent. However, his passion for civil rights is homegrown.  Although Mr. Ingram lives in Baltimore, he most recently worked in the District of Columbia. However, he longed to be a part of the ongoing effort to improve the quality of life in the city.  Mr. Ingram is currently the Director of Baltimore City’s Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement.  Darnell’s desire is to dig deeper, extend the roots of his experiences and yield fruit that will feed this nation’s appetite for civility, hunger for equality, and thirst for economic justice.

Darnell is a keen admirer of attorney, author, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Bryan Stevenson, who writes in his book, “Just Mercy,” that many consider the opposite of poverty to be wealth, when in fact [in many cases] it is justice.  Darnell believes this is true for any city because of the perceptions of an imbalance of equity and a need of economic justice as it pertains to diverse communities. His goal is to fuel the conversation about economic justice and equality for all areas among the public and organizations.

Mr. Ingram is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he earned a degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, and Stetson University College of Law where he received his law degree.  He is a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland.

PAMELA JORDAN

Pamela Jordan is native Baltimorean, born, raised, and educated, in East Baltimore. She was a board member of SMEAC (Save Middle East Action Committee, Inc) which fought to assure equity for the more than 750 families impacted by the Johns Hopkins Urban Renewal Biotech Park in 2001 (herself impacted). She is a current board member of East Baltimore Development Inc and a leader in several community associations in East Baltimore.

LENORA KNOWLES

Lenora R. Knowles began organizing as a first generation college student for the rights of campus workers, hotel workers, and workers making her university’s apparel. Since moving to Baltimore in 2014 she has been involved in various local organizing campaigns for economic and racial justice. Lenora is currently a doctoral student in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her academic work centers the question of how radical working class African American women and Latinas are organizing within their respective communities and together across lines of race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

KATHERINE WILLIAMS

Katherine Williams, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP is a licensed architect in Northern Virginia. She has had a varied career path from traditional architecture firms to community development to managing commercial construction for a general contractor. She has served as chair of the AIA Housing and Community Development KC advisory group, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) magazine editor, and was an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow in San Francisco. She was a 2016 recipient of the AIA Virginia Emerging Professionals award.

DOMINIC MOULDEN

Dominic T. Moulden is a longtime resource organizer at Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC). He is a frequent lecturer at various universities and conferences regarding equitable revitalization, cooperative economics, affordable housing, workplace democracy, community development, and public policy. He is currently teaching "Housing Organizing in DC: The Right to the City" at the University of the District of Columbia. Moulden is also a community-accountable photographer and social justice documentarian. His work has been exhibited most recently in MICA Place's "Portraits Of People We Love" exhibition curated by Sarah McCann. As a native of east Baltimore, his images celebrate Black love and resilience while providing uncompromising witness to the ongoing displacement of Afrodiasporic people in Baltimore and elsewhere in the Americas. His creative practice and organizing work are both dedicated to fostering a culture of health that includes art, joy, and radical resource redistribution.

Kenneth C. Clemons is a graduate of Coppin State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban Arts/Visual with a minor in Non-profit management, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Community College of Baltimore County in 2012. Mr. Clemons is from West Baltimore now residing in East Baltimore. He is an emerging artist who produces various forms of artwork ranging from illustration, plywood sculpture artwork, and painting murals; an artist assistant with well-known artists within different communities around Baltimore City. Mr. Clemons describes himself as more than just an artist; he is an educator and art student for life. He is the artist in residence for VOLAR as well a member of the Care Taking Council and created the logo for VOLAR.

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