Board of Directors


Jackie Sims, Chair 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. 


Eugene TeSelle,Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer, is a veteran community activist, having served in this capacity for over 40 years. He is active with the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, Nashville Neighborhood Alliance, Affordable Housing Resources, Nashville Peace and Justice Center and the Nashville Housing Fund. He was a Professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Presbyterian minister (now retired).

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.


Austin Sauerbrei is a long-time member of Edgehill United Methodist and an organizer with the Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership. He has been actively involved in organizing efforts through the Edgehill Coalition, HomesForAll Nashville, NOAH and SURJ Nashville. Austin believes that any step to catalyze the growing movement of resistance led by those most directly impacted by our severely ill social/economic/political structures is a step worth taking. Austin enjoys cuddling with his new baby and his partner Claire, is bananas for a good science fiction story, adores well-crafted comics, is coo-coo for cooking and loves few things more than watching Netflix while sketching in his sketchbook.


Jamie Woodruff worked as a social worker for ten years at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. She is a member of Edgehill United Methodist Church and is active in Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH). 

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