Jai Jones | Founder & Executive Artistic Director
Awarded for her artistic prowess, Atlanta native Jai McClendon Jones is the Visionary & Artistic Director of award-winning performing arts training & development brand, AREA, Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment & Arts LLC. Touting locations in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL with a non-profit 501c(3) vertical, AREA Non-Profit, Inc., Jai celebrates over two decades of serving the Atlanta community, and has forged a legacy and trademark of excellence, cultivating talented youth impacting the industry, and the development of strategic partnerships with Atlanta Public Schools, The Weber School (Jewish Community High School), Boys & Girls Club of America, Girl Scouts of America, Kenny Leon’s True Color Theater Company, La Danse Noire, Dunham Institute of Atlanta, National Black Arts Festival, Living Your Art, and global artist, India.Arie to name a few.
Rob Jones | Board Chairman
CityScape Housing, President
Awarded for her artistic prowess, Atlanta native Jai McClendon Jones is the Visionary & Artistic Director of award-winning performing arts training & development brand, AREA, Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment & Arts LLC. Touting locations in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL with a non-profit 501c(3) vertical, AREA Non-Profit, Inc., Jai celebrates over two decades of serving the Atlanta community, and has forged a legacy and trademark of excellence, cultivating talented youth impacting the industry, and the development of strategic partnerships with Atlanta Public Schools.
Adrienne Lance-Lucas | Treasurer
Lance Lucas & Associates, President
Adrienne Lance Lucas is a woman of diverse interests and talents who has chosen to follow an entrepreneurial path after spending over ten years working in Fortune 500 corporations. She is currently president and founder of Lance Lucas & Associates, a business strategy, operations and fundraising consultancy serving for-profit and not-for-profit clients with a primary focus on the Historically Black College and University market. In addition, Adrienne is the President and Co-Founder of KENO Micro-Fund, Kid Entrepreneurs Need Opportunites Foundation, Inc. (KENO) fosters, grows and nurtures businesses formed by Kid Entrepreneurs. Kids are naturally gifted with bright ideas and the ability to think beyond the realm of everyday possibilities.
Lalohni Campbell | Secretary
Brand Spinner LLC, CEO
I earned my sea legs at Ketchum Worldwide followed by stints at Big Ad Agencies where I led global communications strategies, made a lot of amazingly cool friends, and won several awards along the way. My B2B + B2C experience runs the gamut: From technology (software/telecom/IP/data networking) and really fast cars — to glue, carbonated beverages, hair color and even… women’s “shape wear.” Spreading love (in business) is not easy. However, the rewards are truly worthwhile when it’s done right. Need proof? Just ask why buyers are willing to pay a premium for highline vehicles. Or $6 for a cup of coffee. True brand love defies reason.
Djuan Smith Member
Project Urban Renewal Energy, Inc, CEO
Djuan Coleon is CEO and Board Chair of PURE (Project Urban Renewal Energy) where he oversees the day to day operations of the organization. Coleon launched pure in 2014 with the mission to build partnerships, coalitions and strategies that will educate communities on energy efficiency, urban renewal, green technology and environmental justice issues to assist in the facilitation of building collaborative sustainable communities across America. His career has been built on leading successful initiatives across government, public service, corporate and civil rights sectors which created a natural segue way for him to bridge the gap (of what) in underserved communities, and by building awareness and opportunities for collaboration.
Hilda Willis | Member
Ms. Willis has performed on some of the most well-known stages in New York and other Regional Theatres including: The Apollo, The Cotton Club, The Baby Grand, Sweet Waters, National Black Theatre, The Mint, The Trilogy, Theatre Row, Billie Holiday Theatre, Lime Kiln, Mill Mountain Theatre, 7 Stages, Jomandi Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse and The Great Bay Plaza (Antilles), Highways Performing Arts Center, 4th Street Promenade Playhouse, The Beacon Theatre, and Madison Square Garden. Some of her favorite professional roles include: Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Dr. Charlotte (Falsettos), Amy (Stone Wall Country), Ancestor (The Legacy), Mother (Breath Boom), Clorine (Glory Bound), and Woman #1 in Mad At Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth.
Jennifer Salberg | Advisory
Atlanta’s gifted children needed a venue to showcase their talent. With a clear cut vision and unlimited passion, Jennifer embarked on a journey that would attract and cultivate Atlanta’s superstars – thus the birth of the Atlanta School of the Performing Arts (ASPA). Over the years, Jennifer and ASPA’s alumni have entertained the Who’s Who of Atlanta. After building Atlanta’s first Children’s Theatre, a 250 seat state of the art venue in the heart of Buckhead, Georgia, the Buckhead Business Association recognized her achievement by bestowing her with the coveted Business of the Year Award in 2006. The following year Nickelodeon awarded Jennifer Salberg and Applause for Kids the “Parent’s Pick Awards.”
Chuck Johnston | Advisory
Chuck Johnston retired as Director of Atlanta Youth Academy and under Chuck’s leadership, AYA has grown from a small start-up school with few resources to a thriving elementary and middle school. At its inception in 1997, AYA had nine students, one teacher and a $40,000 annual budget. Today, there are 120 students, 14 teachers and a $1.7 million annual budget.
He also the former Executive Director of Atlanta Ballet, Founding Headmaster of Whitfield Academy, Children’s Foundation, Principal of Robert Stevenson Louis School.
John Eaton | Advisory
Mr. Eaton is currently the President of INM (The Institute for Nonprofit Management, LLC), an Atlanta based organizational development consulting firm. His past positions have included Executive Director of the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (1980-1990), Director of Regional Arts Development for the Southern Arts Federation (philanthropy 1985-1989), Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Arts Center (1975-1980, Director of the Southside Branch of the Butler Street YMCA (1980-1981), and Project Director of EXODUS, Inc. of Atlanta (1972-1975) now called “Communities In Schools.” Mr. Eaton specializes in organizational development with emphasis on formation issues (corporation and tax exemption), board development, meeting facilitation and strategic planning.
Walter Rutledge | Advisory
Walter Rutledge, Associate Artistic Director and Choreographer in Residence of the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degree from Temple University and received dance and drama scholarships from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Philadelphia Dance Company, Maria Piscator Foundation and Harkness House for Ballet Arts. For its inaugural ballet he created On The Block (after Bearden), a work-in- progress inspired by The Block, the six-panel collage by the renowned American artist Romare Bearden.
Ezra Ezzard | Advisory
Ezra Ezzard is a graduate of Fordham University, where he was a student in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. He has performed works by world-renowned choreographers, Alvin Ailey, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Jaculyn Buglisi, Christopher Huggins, Max Luna III, Freddie Moore, and Matthew Rushing. In 2006, Ezzard was a guest dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ailey’s Memoria. Ezzard made his Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2008 with the Aeros Quintet. He served as Production Assistant of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under the direction of world renowned Artistic Director, Judith Jamison. Ezra has performed with the Connecticut Ballet and HopeBoykin Dance. He is an proud alumni of Public Allies NY and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts Fellow.