MOSES Executive Director
Ponsella Hardaway is a native Detroiter. Since 1996, Ponsella has been an organizer with MOSES; she is also a national trainer with the Gamaliel Foundation. In addition to training leaders across Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the country, she has trained congregation members in South Africa, Swaziland and the United Kingdom. Hardaway has also traveled to Brazil and Mali to study NGO’s work on political and social issues.
In her first year of organizing, Hardaway organized 22 Detroit congregations to conduct neighborhood listening campaigns and do safe zones actions (small public meetings of 200–600 people) to address abandoned buildings, drug houses, recreation, dumping, street lighting and gangs. She is most proud of organizing a 40-minute meeting with MOSES leadership and United States President Bill Clinton, who agreed to work with the organization by opening doors in Washington D.C. needed to leverage the resources for the MOSES vision for improved youth programs.
In 2008, Hardaway organized a public meeting to address hospital closures, access to grocery stores, immigration reform and public transportation. She was successful in turning out 3,000 people and public officials, even though President Obama’s rally was an hour before and five miles down the road from the MOSES rally.