LaTosha Brown is an award-winning community organizer, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer and political strategist with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights.Ms. Brown is currently the CEO of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting business based in Atlanta, GA. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a power building southern based civic engagement organization that played an instrumental role in the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race. She has served as a consultant and advisor for individual donors, various public foundations and private donors. She is a founding member of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health and also served as fund’s first Executive Director. Under her leadership the Gulf Coast Fund gained national recognition, created strategic national partnerships and distributed over $6 million in re-granting dollars for community and coastal organizations in the gulf coast region. Ms. Brown has consulted, advised and/or served as a resource and expert on rural organizing and special programming to a variety of foundations such as the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Babcock Foundation, Black Belt Community Foundation, Friends of New Orleans, New World Foundation, Open Society Institute, Surdna Foundation, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Ibis Partners Investment Group and the Tides Foundation to name a few.

Cornelio Campos is a self-taught Mexican-American artist based in Durham, N.C. Mr. Campos immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a teenager—a journey and process that now influence many of his paintings. Vibrant colors, iconic American symbols, and intricate geometric patterns define Mr. Campos’s work. Through his paintings, he illustrates some of the harsh realities of immigrating to America that immigrants often overlook. Moreover, he highlights deep-seated political issues that contribute to Mexican immigration, including the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As an artist with no formal training, Mr. Campos’s paintings exemplify techniques that he has learned through observation, and often defy traditional color schemes. His paintings contain therapeutic, controversial, and enlightening elements that make them both unique and unforgettable.

Peter Gilbert (President) was Producer and Director of Photography of Hoop Dreams, which appeared on over 100 “top ten” lists for 1994 and has won numerous awards. Hoop Dreams has been selected into the National Film Archives and also selected the most important documentary film in history by the International Documentary Association. A distinguished career in producing, directing, and photographing documentaries, narrative feature films, commercials, branding, and music video includes co-producing and co-directing the awardwinning film At The Death House Door, which has won numerous awards and was short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Produced and Directed, With All Deliberate Speed, the first work in the new series “Discovery Docs” for the Discovery Network in 2004. The nationally-released film portrays the drama of the monumental Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that helped change the racial fabric of our country in 1954. With All Deliberate Speed was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for Distinguished Work in Non-Fiction Film. There is No Place Like Home, a short film produced for Turner Classic Movies, has played at festivals worldwide including Cannes, Venice, and Tokyo. It has also been broadcast worldwide on TCM. Peter currently teaches filmmaking at Wake Forest University. He has been a member of Kartemquin Films for 30 years.

Allison Inman is education and engagement director at Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s nonprofit film center. Born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, she studied English, journalism and poetry at Tennessee Tech University in her hometown. She worked in public relations and communications consulting for a decade before finding her true passion in film engagement. A part-time publicity job at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver introduced her ITVS Community Cinema, a public documentary screening/discussion series, which she led in Denver, New Orleans, and eventually in Nashville. She was a national engagement consultant for ITVS for four years before building an education and engagement program at the Belcourt. There she creates and hosts discussions, seminars and performances around the theatre’s rich offering of new independent, documentary, repertory and foreign language films. And, with the Belcourt’s Mobile Movie Theatre, she brings art house films to schools and community centers, engaging youth and adults in the art of cinema and the deeply personal connections we all make through film. In 2010 she directed a short documentary, MUD ON THE STARS: STORIES FROM ELIA KAZAN’S WILD RIVER. It tells the stories of Bradley County Tennesseans who served as cast and crew for Kazan’s 1960 film, the first major motion picture shot in its entirety in Tennessee.

Eric Johnson founded his own company, Johnsound Productions, while a student in North Carolina State University’s School of Design. His early work included composing, writing, and recording jingles for local and regional clients, as well as studio production for artists seeking recording contracts. In 1988, Eric began to move away from producing artists and began to concentrate on music for advertising and soundtracks for non-broadcast corporate video and film projects. In January of 2003, Eric joined Trailblazer Studios to launch the music and sound department, providing custom music, sound design, and mixing for film, video, radio, television, theatrical, and multimedia presentations. In Eric’s role as VP of Sound + Engagement, he is intimately involved with Trailblazer’s music and sound efforts, but also works daily to help Trailblazer Studios become known one of the premiere content creation and post-production facilities in the region. Projects include commercials for Travelocity, Nationwide Insurance, Chevrolet, Sherwin Williams, and CBS Sports; television program production for Discovery Channel, TLC, OWN, HBO, National Geographic, PBS, and DIY/HGTV; and ADR services for Paramount Pictures, Disney Channel, Columbia Pictures and NBC Universal.

Irene Oakley Johnson (Treasurer) is First Lady of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) where she has become an integral part of the life of the University and the ambassador for “Lifting Every Voice” at CAU.  She is the former procurement professional in the Mission Operations Support Office at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.  Prior to joining NASA Irene had a successful career in human resources development and talent management and acquisition. She served as the Corporate Recruiting Leader in the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry International and Regional Corporate Recruiter for Mercer HR Global, one of the world’s largest employee benefits consulting firm.  She is a former board member and  development chair at the Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, and Inprint, Inc., a literary arts organization celebrating writers and poets.

Kirsten Mullen  (Secretary) is a folklorist and the founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, and Carolina Circuit Writers, a literary consortium that brings expressive writers of color to the Carolinas—both based in Durham, NC. She was a member of the Freelon Adjaye Bond concept development team that was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s commission to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Under the auspices of the North Carolina Arts Council she worked to expand the Coastal Folklife Survey, and as a Community Folklife Documentation Institute faculty member, she trained students to research and document the state’s African American music heritage. She was a consultant on the North Carolina Museum of History’s “North Carolina Legends” and “Civil Rights” exhibition projects. Her essays have been published in museum catalogs, journals, and a host of commercial publications. 

Ellen Stolzman (Vice President) has a long history in the marketing of entertainment products. After receiving an MBA from Wharton she joined CBS, where she spent nearly 10 years engaged in worldwide marketing for American pop, rock, jazz, country, and R&B artists and their recordings; the other half of her time was spent working with classical soloists, orchestras, and opera singers in the U.S. She worked closely with artists, producing music videos, arranging personal appearances and tours, and working with television, radio, and retail distribution channels. She joined Simon & Schuster to launch their books on cassette and home-video businesses, and then moved to HBO Video, where she worked for almost 10 years. At HBO she marketed all types of programming, specializing in non-feature film programs such as documentaries, music, sports, and educational. With P&L responsibility for this sector, she evaluated programming, negotiated rights, executed contracts, and created innovative marketing strategies and campaigns to achieve awareness of and distribution for niche products in niche markets, building the sector into a fast-growing and profitable business area. Ellen became a resident of Chapel Hill a few years ago when her husband took a position in Research Triangle Park.

Co-Founders

Dr. Steven Channing brings a wide range of experiences as an historian, author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Over the past two decades his documentaries have explored many American stories, from The Lost Colony to the nationally broadcast February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four. His Durham: A Self-Portrait was broadcast on Fox50, while Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund, Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina, and Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina have regularly been screened on UNC Television. He is currently completing Remarkable Journey: The Voices of Asian Indians in North Carolina.

Cynthia Hill (President Emeritus) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose credits as a producer/director include the feature-length documentaries Tobacco Money Feeds My Family, The Guestworker, February One, and Private Violence, as well as the PBS series A Chef’s Life. Her projects are often accompanied by community outreach campaigns that provide a forum for viewers to initiate dialogue and become actively involved; the 18-part multi-media project Survivor to Survivor offers resources and educational tools for victims and others. A native of Pink Hill, NC, Hill began her production career as an editor at GLC Productions in New York City, but telling stories that are grounded in a sense of place led her back South, and she now makes her home in Durham, NC.

Past Board Members (Emeritus Board)

  • Herb Amey
  • Sharon Anderson
  • John Biewen
  • Laurie Bley
  • Eric Boggs
  • Kathy Carter
  • Rebecca Cerese
  • Cynthia Collins
  • Vandana Dake
  • Kenny Dalsheimer
  • Kathy Dole
  • Dawn Dreyer
  • Vivian Bowman Edwards
  • Mimi Fountain
  • Greg Garneau
  • Micah Gilmer
  • Bonnie Gordon
  • Dionne Greenlee
  • Kim Lan Grout
  • Jim Haverkamp
  • Titus Brooks Heagins
  • Rick Igou
  • Alan Jacobs
  • Dante James
  • Elisabeth Haviland James
  • Allegra Jordan
  • Shambhavi Kaul
  • Carl Kenny
  • Rishi Kotiya
  • Cicero Leak
  • Malinda Lowery
  • Sandy Marshall
  • Louise Maynor
  • Beverly Meeks
  • Scott Misner
  • Alyson Newby
  • Diana Newton
  • Kemi Nonez
  • Rhesa C. Rubin
  • Chloe Seymore
  • Alan Teasley
  • Peter Tompkins
  • Nicole Triche
  • Tom Whiteside
  • Judy Van Wyk