Board of Directors
Grayce Gadson, Board Chair, is a counselor and community activist. She worked with Vernon Watkins and Arlene Holt Baker at AFSCME in Los Angeles and assisted William Lucy in the founding election of Local 31. Ms. Gadson developed a program to get early release for inmates in Indiana which resulted in 14 early releases under a project called Concerned Citizens of Indiana. She spearheaded two Congressional Hearings by the Beverly Hills Hollywood NAACP on discrimination issues in aerospace and film industries. She is a filmmaker of television commercials and documentaries, and was a producer/host of Some Of Us Are Brave radio program on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. She authored two publications on discrimination in the film industry. She coordinated a program Mentoring Incarcerated Parents under the Second Chance Act under a grant from the Justice Department for The Gilead House in Kokomo, Indiana. Since arriving in Tennessee she has been a core member of Black Lives Matter Nashville, has taught Cognitive Behavior programs at local prisons, and been active with Community Oversight Now since its inception. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Management, and a Master's Degree in Public Management from Indiana University.
Sara Davis is the President/CEO of Synergy Farms Inc., a social enterprise, specialized in rural business initiatives. Services rendered to a global market with primary objective of reducing the strain of poverty through small business enterprise. Leading investments in a $1.2M (US) portfolio of small business ventures, Synergy’s initiatives are visible in local markets that expand from Tennessee-USA to South Africa and Namibia. Sara is a graduate of Fisk University. She is a 2014 Nashville New Leaders Council Fellow and on the Executive Committee of Community Food Hive.
Emily Richardson received a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Sustainable Practice from Lipscomb University. She is passionate about the environment and social justice and is affiliated with the Sierra Club and Transition Nashville, among other organization. She works in New Product Development at Music City Metals.
Jackie Sims has a Master's Degree in counseling. She works for Open Table, performing homeless outreach. She previously worked for Project Return, an organization that works with formerly incarcerated individuals. She created the Beloved Community Project in North Nashville, has worked with Urban Epi-Center and many other non-profit organizations around Nashville. She is the mother of five children.
Adia Victoria is an Atlantic Records Recording Artist. Victoria's first single release was "Stuck In the South", which was described on All Things Considered as a "very swampy mysterious kind of slow-burning song". Rolling Stone describes her as "PJ Harvey covering Loretta Lynn at a haunted debutante ball". Her live performances are described by Wondering Sound as angry and "furious and feral" American Songwriter calls her stage presence "commanding" She recently released Silence, her second full-length album.
Dan Joranko, Financial Administrator – Volunteer position, Organizer – Climate Nashville/Chattanooga.
Nell Levin, Executive Director Emerita - Volunteer position, coordinator of TAP's Art and Activism Project.