The Reverend Markel Hutchins is the visionary behind MovementForward, Incorporated and the One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) initiative. A renowned activist, professional speaker, businessman and social entrepreneur, he has led countless humanitarian causes over the past two decades. Heeding Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to “make a career of humanity,” Hutchins has earned a national reputation advocating fairness and equality. Often a “voice for the voiceless,” he has held senior leadership positions in numerous organizations and is among the nation’s leading voices on an array of issues including human and civil rights, national politics, social justice, peace and other matters of public interest.
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Jared Feuer is an experienced senior executive with a professional focus on the social sector – building internal infrastructure, finance, and strategy. Prior to MFI, Jared was Chief Business Officer for Welcoming America. In this position, he oversaw the organization’s strategy and planning, business revenue, and administration. Previously, he served in leadership roles at Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union. Jared holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a specialization in business operations. He also holds a Master of Technology certification from Georgia Tech.
Nicole Gibbs has a master’s degree in social work, with a focus on organizational leadership and public policy, from the top-rated University of Denver in Colorado. Ms. Gibbs has worked both domestically and internationally, having served with the United States Peace Corps for nearly three and a half years in Tanzania, Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. Ms. Gibbs manages MovementForward’s corporate office operations, human resources, and program development and serves as chief of staff to the Reverend Markel Hutchins. Nicole is an accomplished actress having appeared in numerous musical and stage productions. She, her husband Khalil Elhazamiri and their newborn son Abraham Wayne reside in the Atlanta area.
Ryan Yarrell, J.D., is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. With a passion for civic engagement, he has run political campaigns throughout the state of Indiana, worked in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Northeast Ohio and helped hundreds of citizens secure social security disability benefits over the course of his legal career. Ryan is fluent in Spanish and currently leads the Indianapolis office of MovementForward, Inc. and the Faith & Blue and OneCOP initiatives.
Julie Yocca is a program manager with 10 years of experience in supporting national security and law enforcement programs. Before joining MovementForward, Julie worked for the FBI, where her responsibilities included being a member of the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, engaging with local and national law enforcement at every level. During her tenure with the FBI, she lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina supporting the FBI’s Legal Attaché as well as the U.S. Department of State’s Leahy Vetting program, a program with a focus on vetting foreign security forces for violations of human rights.
Dennis Dent serves as the Manager of Communications & Social Media for MovementForward, Inc. With a wealth of professional public relations experience, he is an adept marketer with an extensive background in leading and developing communications and crisis strategies for organizations in the corporate, entertainment, hospitality and nonprofit sectors. Dennis is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Georgia Chapter and the Black Public Relations Society of Atlanta (BPRS). A graduate of East Carolina University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in his community and advocates for civic engagement.
Dr. Jonathan Lotson is MovementForward, Inc.’s Manager of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships. In this role, he is responsible for building, cultivating and managing the organizations collaborations with other nonprofit organizations in communities’ throughout the U.S. A detail-oriented projects and programs manager, Dr. Lotson is also an ordained minister, life coach, and published author. He is heavily involved in his community, local church and the Church of God in Christ International denomination where he serves in numerous volunteer leadership capacities. He holds a bachelor’s from the Berklee College of Music, a Master’s of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.
Hannah Thompson, CMP serves as MovementForward, Inc.’s Events & Operations Specialist and Administrative Coordinator. With 10 years of experience in event management and hospitality sales, she is an expert in designing, coordinating and executing variety of events. Her extensive background in events ranges from massive functions to intimate gatherings—working with clients from international corporate groups to local startups and nonprofits. She holds a Bachelor of Business in marketing from Georgia State University and is an active member of the Atlanta chapter of Meeting Professionals International and the Events Industry Council.