STAFF

W. DeWayne Wells
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A CPA by training, DeWayne brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization in the areas of auditing, financial management, and leadership. Prior to this appointment, he was a consultant for nonprofits and served as project director for Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative, a group of 65 individuals representing 40 organizations developing ways to ensure that everyone in Detroit (especially the most vulnerable children) has access to affordable, healthy, locally grown food, and opportunities to be physically active.

Earlier roles include president of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan where he expanded nutrition education programs, streamlined human resource practices, and heightened the organization’s profile through community collaborations and partnerships.

Immediately before joining Gleaners, DeWayne was chief operating officer for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, Michigan, and the first lay person to serve as executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. He holds an MBA from Wayne State University and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit.

Lindsay Maas
DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Lindsay Maas is the director of leadership and organizational development at EJAM. She brings over a decade of organizing and advocacy experience and most recently served as the state director of Win Justice, a coalition that focuses on mobilizing over a million low propensity voters during the 2018 election. Previously she worked as the data and targeting director at America Votes where she supported progressive organizations in running effective and efficient field programs through targeting, table coordination, and VAN administration. Lindsay also served as the regional field manager at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan running large statewide field, organizing and training programs.

She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Women’s Studies. After graduation, she spent time in China directing an English school and returned home to follow her passion for community development and social justice. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Lindsay calls Detroit home where she is raising her two young daughters.

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Alicia Renee Farris
Dr. Alicia Renee Farris
State Director, ROC Michigan

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Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez
Executive Director, The Ezekiel Project

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Ponsella Hardaway
Ponsella Hardaway
Executive Director, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES)

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Danielle Atkinson
Danielle Atkinson
Founding Director, Mothering Justice

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Linda Campbell
Linda Campbell
Building Movement Project- Detroit People’s Platform Founding Team Member

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Randy Block
Randy Block
Founding Director, Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network

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Autumn Butler
Autumn Butler
Founding Director, Pontiac Policy Council

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