Our Team

Our Team defines impact as the space between what happened and what would have happened anyway. We strive to have transformative impact with all of our partners and beneficiaries.

 

deron hall, president and chief executive Officer

Deron has developed and led multi-million dollar social impact strategies executed by schools, nonprofits, philanthropies and others. He is a strategic catalyst and master strategist having built programs and strategies with leaders across the globe.

Stemming from his work as Executive Director of Cincinnati Outreach Music Project, a creative youth development initiative that served nearly 800 students each school day, he was featured on the front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer sparking the conversation, “Can Music Rescue a Life."

He was a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied, "replicable and sustainable arts-based intervention programs for at-risk youth," leading to presentations on behalf of the U.S. Department of State with (1) Community Arts Center Directors from Dakar, Senegal, Africa, and (2) artists and administrators from Iraq representing the Ministry of Culture, University of Baghdad, and the Iraqi National Symphony.

Following his work in Cincinnati, Deron directed global partnerships, operations, and research as the Director of Partnerships and Operations for the Memphis Music Initiative, a 5-year, $25-Million creative youth development initiative. Deron also serves as an arts/equity/philanthropy subject matter expert on grant panels across the nation including the Heinz Endowments and the National Endowments for the Arts.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM '13, Music Education, French Horn) and the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy at University of Pennsylvania, he most recently served as the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Boston Symphony Orchestra before taking the helm as Founder and CEO of his life strategy tech start up, CoPilot Strategies.

Chris franceschi, chief partnerships officer

Chris is a creative and articulate leader with over ten years of experience in organizing, managing and  increasing support for community outreach initiatives. He is a senior facilitator with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others. 

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JEN BRADNER, CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER

Jen works with organizations to achieve a level of THRIVE. To sustain is greater than making it through this year's budget with trepidation. It's about asking who we will be in 5, 10, 25 years and creating a map together to get there.

Her work as an organizational intuitive and a transitionalist explores the root causes of chaos and begins there. Earned revenue, contributed revenue, human culture, the creative elements: it's all part of the approach she takes to navigate change and predict life-cycle shifts. Adaptation. She takes a creative approach to fiscal responsibility, transparency, sustainable modeling. Together we thrive. Thriving is more fun than chaos. 

Her expertise includes business modeling, organizational life cycle shifts, financial clean up & transparency, professional reporting and analytics, proposals, negotiations, legal filings, legal issues, employee growth, team building, stress management, production, institutional culture, and brand identity. She grows, evolve, and expand ideas, products, and people to their highest potential.

Jen’s previous roles include Interim CEO and COO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Executive Director of Opera Memphis among others.

ANJELICA HARDIN HALL, CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER

Anjelica is a charismatic nonprofit leader, with over a decade of experience in design thinking and project management. She is dedicated to alleviating inequalities through innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic leadership. She specializes in strategy, people-centered program design, logistics, and family and community engagement.

Her passion for empowering people and helping communities to thrive was birthed when she was just a young girl, recognizing the inequities that existed within the school she attended. She channeled her energy through her work on her school's student council, working to advocate for student rights and equitable practices by teachers and the administration alike. Her passion was ignited in college, when she discovered nonprofit management as a major, and focused her studies on black philanthropic organizations. During college, Anjelica held prestigious internships with St. Jude Children's Hospital in Volunteer Services and the ALSAC Fundraising division, and was chosen as a W.K. Kellogg NextGen Fellow, where she competed her Fellowship in marketing and development with Make A Wish Foundation Headquarters at their office in Phoenix, AZ. During this time, Anjelica was awarded as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Anjelica started her career working as a researcher with the Urban Child Institute on projects dealing with kindergarten readiness, infant mortality, and breastfeeding in Shelby County, TN. She went on to work for TNTP (The New Teacher Project) on a contract with Memphis City Schools, establishing systems for the effective recruitment, selection, and on-boarding of teachers during the largest school merger in history for the the 14th largest school district in the country. Anjelica went on to help found the Tennessee Region of Education Pioneers, working to select, place, and train incoming education management leaders to Tennessee. She then worked with Teach for America - Memphis on a series of projects, including working to improve teacher recruitment, retention, Praxis testing support, interview training, and matriculation rates. Anjelica then served as the Director of Community Relations for YES Prep Memphis, where she was responsible for creating resource partnerships, mapping community assets, serving as the Communications lead for Memphis, recruiting and training incoming staff on the Memphis Education Landscape, and enrolling new students. Anjelicawent on to serve as the State Director of Strategic Partnerships, designing and leading the revamped conversion process for the district, a process by which community groups make decisions on which organizations are the best fit to improve a school's academic success. Anjelica then went on to serve as the Managing Director of Programs for the Tennessee Charter School Center, where she designed, lead, and executed the Community Launch program, an innovative approach to input on the charter design process led my students, parents, and Community Members. Anjelica  co-founded the music education nonprofit, COR Music Project, designed and facilitated the Velocity Teen Program at the Memphis Public Library Foundation, and designed and facilitated the LEAD Nonprofit Management training with the Junior League of Memphis.  She also currently serves as the Residency Director for Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.