Board of Directors

Prof. Daneil Keil, Charmain

Prof. Daniel Kiel, Chairman

University of Memphis

Daniel Kiel is a professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and his research focuses on racial disparities in education. His work on education law and policy, particularly in Memphis, has been published and cited nationally. Daniel is also the director of the documentary film, The Memphis 13, which shares the stories of the 13 first graders who first desegregated Memphis schools in 1961. In 2015, he received a Fulbright award to study post-apartheid education law and policy in South Africa, where he and his family lived for 5 months. Daniel is a native Memphian and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Law School. He believes that in a Just City, circumstances should never dictate outcomes.

Darrell Cobbins, Vice Chairman

Darrell Cobbins,
Vice Chairman

Universal Commercial Real Estate

Darrell Cobbins serves as President & CEO of Universal Commercial, leading a stellar group of real estate professionals committed to client service and building stronger communities through service in real estate. Darrell has more than ten years experience in commercial real estate and economic development, having previously served in senior roles at the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Advisors, LLC working with many of the area’s leading corporations and small businesses. Darrell is an active member of the area’s civic leadership serving on numerous non-profit boards, and has received several commission and task force appointments from both the City of Memphis and Shelby County Mayors.

Elle Perry, Secretary

Elle Perry, Secretary

Memphis business journal

Elle Perry is a digital producer and social engagement manager for the Memphis Business Journal. Her work has appeared in Next City, The Memphis Flyer, High Ground News, The New Tri-State Defender, At Home Tennessee, Number: Inc, and the I Love Memphis Blog. Elle is a two time graduate of the Meeman Journalism School at the University of Memphis and previously served as the Coordinator of The Teen Appeal, the former Scripps Howard city-wide high school newspaper program.

Dr. Elena Delavega

Dr. Elena Delavega

University of Memphis

Elena Delavega is Assistant Professor of Social Work, MSW Program Coordinator, and Associate Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. She obtained her Master of Social Work in 2008 and her PhD in Social Work in 2010 at the University of Houston. Dr. Delavega’s body of work is centered on the issues of poverty and exclusion and includes more than 14 peer-reviewed publications, over 50 other publications including reports, newspaper/magazine articles, book chapters, fact sheets, and translations; and over 65 peer-reviewed and invited presentations.

Patrick Hendricks

Patrick Hendricks

ALSAC/St. Jude

Patrick Hendricks is a native Memphian who began his career raising funds for New York Presbyterian Hospital’s capital campaign. Patrick then moved back to Memphis and joined The Regional Medical Center at Memphis Foundation as a Development Officer, raising money and writing grants to fund special projects, such as reducing HIV/AIDS and infant mortality. Patrick then joined the City of Memphis as a Project Manager for Mayor Wharton’s Innovation Delivery Team, where he oversaw public-private partnerships aimed at increasing neighborhood economic development and decreasing youth gun violence. After that, Patrick joined Shelby County Schools as Community Relations Manager, where he managed external partnerships and district-community relations.

Currently, Patrick is an Advisor for the Foundation Relations team at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he manages a portfolios of foundations that invest in the hospital.

Patrick is a graduate of Lake Forest College and the Cecil C. Humphreys University of Memphis School of Law, and has been recognized by the Memphis Flyer’s 20 under 30 award and Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Awards.

Dr. Jeanne Jemison, Pediatrician

Dr. Jeanne Jemison

Pediatrician

Jeanne Jemison is a lifelong Memphian. She works as associate professor at UT medical school where she teaches senior medical students. Early in her career as a pediatrician, she became aware of the systemic disadvantages many of her patients faced. She also learned about the need for criminal justice reform through involvement with an extended family member who was challenged by mental illness. Without these experiences, she thinks she would be as uninformed as others from privileged backgrounds tend to be about the issues Just City was founded to address. She contributes her resources to making a difference and sees Just City as a premier avenue for doing so. She has also served on the boards of the Aloysius House, Bridges USA, St. Mary’s School, the Methodist Healthcare Foundation and the Community Foundation of Memphis. She and her husband, Frank Jemison, have three adult children who work in education and in housing advocacy.

Nishta Mehra, Author & Educator

Nishta Mehra

Author and Educator

Nishta J. Mehra was born and raised in Memphis. An alumna of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, she received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University followed by an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Since 2007, she has taught at The Emery/Weiner School in Houston, Texas, where she currently serves as English Department Chair. Mehra’s writing has appeared in Guernica Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Commercial Appeal, Gulf Coast Magazine, & NPR’s Code Switch. Her first book, The Pomegranate King, was published in 2013; her second essay collection, Making Space, is forthcoming from Picador in 2018.

 

Prof. Daneil Keil, Charmain

Prof. Daniel Kiel, Chairman

University of Memphis

Daniel Kiel is a professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and his research focuses on racial disparities in education. His work on education law and policy, particularly in Memphis, has been published and cited nationally. Daniel is also the director of the documentary film, The Memphis 13, which shares the stories of the 13 first graders who first desegregated Memphis schools in 1961. In 2015, he received a Fulbright award to study post-apartheid education law and policy in South Africa, where he and his family lived for 5 months. Daniel is a native Memphian and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Law School. He believes that in a Just City, circumstances should never dictate outcomes.

Darrell Cobbins, Vice Chairman

Darrell Cobbins,
Vice Chairman

Universal Commercial Real Estate

Darrell Cobbins serves as President & CEO of Universal Commercial, leading a stellar group of real estate professionals committed to client service and building stronger communities through service in real estate. Darrell has more than ten years experience in commercial real estate and economic development, having previously served in senior roles at the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Advisors, LLC working with many of the area’s leading corporations and small businesses. Darrell is an active member of the area’s civic leadership serving on numerous non-profit boards, and has received several commission and task force appointments from both the City of Memphis and Shelby County Mayors.

Elle Perry, Secretary

Elle Perry, Secretary

Memphis business journal

Elle Perry is a digital producer and social engagement manager for the Memphis Business Journal. Her work has appeared in Next City, The Memphis Flyer, High Ground News, The New Tri-State Defender, At Home Tennessee, Number: Inc, and the I Love Memphis Blog. Elle is a two time graduate of the Meeman Journalism School at the University of Memphis and previously served as the Coordinator of The Teen Appeal, the former Scripps Howard city-wide high school newspaper program.

Dr. Elena Delavega

Dr. Elena Delavega

University of Memphis

Elena Delavega is Assistant Professor of Social Work, MSW Program Coordinator, and Associate Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. She obtained her Master of Social Work in 2008 and her PhD in Social Work in 2010 at the University of Houston. Dr. Delavega’s body of work is centered on the issues of poverty and exclusion and includes more than 14 peer-reviewed publications, over 50 other publications including reports, newspaper/magazine articles, book chapters, fact sheets, and translations; and over 65 peer-reviewed and invited presentations.

Patrick Hendricks

Patrick Hendricks

ALSAC/St. Jude

Patrick Hendricks is a native Memphian who began his career raising funds for New York Presbyterian Hospital’s capital campaign. Patrick then moved back to Memphis and joined The Regional Medical Center at Memphis Foundation as a Development Officer, raising money and writing grants to fund special projects, such as reducing HIV/AIDS and infant mortality. Patrick then joined the City of Memphis as a Project Manager for Mayor Wharton’s Innovation Delivery Team, where he oversaw public-private partnerships aimed at increasing neighborhood economic development and decreasing youth gun violence. After that, Patrick joined Shelby County Schools as Community Relations Manager, where he managed external partnerships and district-community relations.

Currently, Patrick is an Advisor for the Foundation Relations team at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he manages a portfolios of foundations that invest in the hospital.

Patrick is a graduate of Lake Forest College and the Cecil C. Humphreys University of Memphis School of Law, and has been recognized by the Memphis Flyer’s 20 under 30 award and Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Awards.

Dr. Jeanne Jemison, Pediatrician

Dr. Jeanne Jemison

Pediatrician

Jeanne Jemison is a lifelong Memphian. She works as associate professor at UT medical school where she teaches senior medical students. Early in her career as a pediatrician, she became aware of the systemic disadvantages many of her patients faced. She also learned about the need for criminal justice reform through involvement with an extended family member who was challenged by mental illness. Without these experiences, she thinks she would be as uninformed as others from privileged backgrounds tend to be about the issues Just City was founded to address. She contributes her resources to making a difference and sees Just City as a premier avenue for doing so. She has also served on the boards of the Aloysius House, Bridges USA, St. Mary’s School, the Methodist Healthcare Foundation and the Community Foundation of Memphis. She and her husband, Frank Jemison, have three adult children who work in education and in housing advocacy.

Nishta Mehra, Author & Educator

Nishta Mehra

Author and Educator

Nishta J. Mehra was born and raised in Memphis. An alumna of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, she received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University followed by an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Since 2007, she has taught at The Emery/Weiner School in Houston, Texas, where she currently serves as English Department Chair. Mehra’s writing has appeared in Guernica Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Commercial Appeal, Gulf Coast Magazine, & NPR’s Code Switch. Her first book, The Pomegranate King, was published in 2013; her second essay collection, Making Space, is forthcoming from Picador in 2018.

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