Justin "JMc" McCorkle is a proud father, husband, brother, and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. He attended public schools in New Orleans and earned his Political Science degree from Southern University and A&M College's highly regarded Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences.
McCorkle began a private sector career after college, where he mastered customer service, sales, marketing, and client relationship management. Justin learned to put customers first and streamline business operations for maximum profit in these roles. Justin was successful professionally and politically. He volunteered for political campaigns and worked his way up to field operations director and campaign manager. Justin "found his mission:" working to improve the lives of African Americans politically. "This is how I can better my daughter's surroundings."
Justin wanted a career where he could be a reconciling collaborator and help the Black community advance. In 2019, he learned the New Orleans public schools needed a Community Relations Director. When he was employed with NOLA Public Schools in early 2020, no one realized COVID-19 would spread globally.
Justin has committed himself to serving as a systems-level change agent in order to make a greater positive impact on the black community. Every day, he collaborates with Black and Brown leaders around the country to improve the lives of young people in New Orleans by advising elected officials, grassroots projects, non-profits, and other organizations.
Mrs. Amber Davis-Prince was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and moved to New Orleans in 2012. She holds a BA in Speech Communication from Berea College, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Michael Bland hails from Long Branch, New Jersey and has committed his entire career to public service. Before joining the DFER team, Michael served as the campaign manager for Jahana Hayes in her 2018 Connecticut 5th Congressional district, making her the first African American woman elected in all of New England to Congress. Prior to his time with Rep.
Terrell Wilson serves as the Alumni Engagement Coordinator for Leaders of Color where his goal is to grow and build alumni engagement and be a part of the support system as post-Leaders of Color fellows build upon the foundation they’ve gained.
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