Board of Directors
Mark Alan Burnett – Chair
Mark is a nationally-acclaimed portrait artist and a long-time environmentalist who is very interested in progressive politics Mark is on the Cultural Arts Committee at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, where he was also a Stephen Minister, and in charge of the bookstore.
Eugene TeSelle – Secretary/Treasurer
Gene TeSelle 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, Tennessee Network for Community Economic Development, 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).
Darrell Bouldin is the on the executive committee of the Rutherford County Democratic Party, is a member of Young Leaders. He worked extensively on the campaign of Barack Obama, was an active member of TAP’s Common Vision Network and is a graduate of the prestigious Rockwood Leadership Institute,
Scott Davis is the publisher of Nashville Pride and Pride Publications, which publishes newspapers in African-American communities around Tennessee. His company is one of the greenest newspaper publishers in Tennessee. Scott is rising star in his Metro Council district and in the Democratic Party of Nashville and Davidson County.
Barbara Harper is a graduate of the Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice. She is also an East Nashville neighborhood activist. She has worked closely with Affordable Housing Resources and neighborhood associations. She is also a construction project coordinator.
Ben Jordan works for Lincoln Technical Education Services. Ben is a leader in Nashville District 5. He is the former president of Cleveland Park Neighborhood Association. He attended Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University. Ben is the father of two children.
Ita Hardesty Mason
Ita Mason owns a landscaping business with her husband Bob Mason, is currently very active in the campaign to repeal the Voter Identification law passed by the state legislature last session and the fight against the Keystone pipeline. She is a frequent contributor to the Letters to the Editor section of the Tennessean and her letters have been published by the New York Times.
Emily Richardson is a young activist who attended the Lipscomb Institute for Sustainable Practice. She was active in the campaign to close the TVA's coal-fired plant in Gallatin, TN. She is also active in a number of other environmental causes.
Jackie Sims has a Master’s Degree in counseling and works for Neighborhoods Resource Center. an organization that works with Nashville neighborhoods.. She created the Beloved Community Project in North Nashville, has worked with Urban EpiCenter and many other community organizations. She is the mother of five children.