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.
Dalton Cole has led digital transformation projects and new product development teams at large corporations such as Equifax, Gables Residential, and Alimentation Couche-Tard. He has also served as a co-founder and technical expert for multiple technology startups, with a focus on financial technologies and social giving platforms. A lifelong student of technology, he is passionate about developing efficient systems and solving complex business problems with elegant solutions. Dalton provides leadership for the continued development of a sustainable, scalable, and modern technology portfolio within MovementForward, Incorporated. He also works closely with our community partners to gather feedback and ideas for improving our various digital platforms.
As a champion for and proven leader in strategic communications, community relations and marketing, Cecilia has previously served as Vice President of Communications and Community Relations at FirstKey Homes, Chief of Staff and Director of Communications, Business Marketing and Public Engagement for the Atlanta Housing Authority, and Manager of Corporate Communications for Verizon Wireless – South Area. In these roles, she successfully built and developed the organizational or divisional communication function and structure including its team members, plan, budget and process followed by execution of efforts. Cecilia earned an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communications/Public Relations from Valdosta State University.
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 OneCOP initiative.
David Cho earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus in marketing, from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He then studied at the Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. Recently, he earned a certificate of Business Leadership from Harvard Business School. Professionally, David has worked with several corporate, non-profit and religious organizations both domestically and internationally.
Nicole Gibbs graduated with her master’s degree in social work, with a focus on organizational leadership and public policy, from the top-rated University of Denver in Colorado. Nicole 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. Nicole manages MovementForward’s corporate office and serves as chief of staff to the Reverend Markel Hutchins.
Prior to joining the MovementForward team, Nancy West worked as a special education educator in Forsyth County, Georgia. She also previously worked as a computer analyst for a Fortune 100 company. Her passion has always been building communities that are inclusive and diverse. A child prodigy pianist, she is a graduate of North Georgia College and State University.
Coriana Middlebrooks is a student at Georgia Southern University pursuing her Bachelors in Public Relations with a minor in film. Coriana is a volunteer at the United Way of Greater Atlanta and helps in the development of inner city homeless students’ educational activities. She is also on the Georgia Southern University’s programming board, specifically on the public relations team organizing social events for the school and organize the social media outlets for the board.
James Mason is an intern that was sent from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program in Atlanta. He earned his GED through Lanier Technical College and has assisted in the creation of a database of thousands of houses of worship in Dallas, TX and Tucson, AZ. James continues to work for MovementForward Inc. past his WIOA program.
Sonja is an veteran special needs educator with over 30 years experience. She graduated from Augusta State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Education. She has spent the past 30 years coaching, supervising, and caring for public school students and faculty. Sonja currently continues to utilize her time volunteering for food drives and after school programs.