Nate Parker is an award-winning actor, writer, director and producer, who has played lead characters and held starring roles in at least 19 films, including Beyond The Lights, Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, Arbitrage, and Pride. Most recently, Parker wrote, directed, and stars his film, The Birth of a Nation, which tells the story of Nat Turner (played by Parker) who famously led the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. In his vision for the film, Nate expresses his deep desire to challenge the country to “heal from racial trauma through an honest confrontation with our past.” The Birth of a Nation won both of Sundance’s most sought-after honors: the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. In addition to being a prolific artist, Nate Parker is also a devoted activist. Parker says “If I am to be remembered by anyone, I would hope, those people speak my name as an individual who possessed a riotous disposition toward injustice, offering life and career as one of service to the marginalized, subjugated and oppressed peoples of the world.” Parker recently launched the Nate Parker Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to confront systemic crises and disparities within the African and African American communities in the areas of education, cultural enrichment, and social and economic justice. He is an outspoken advocate for racial equality, dedicating much of his time to closing the opportunity gap for boys and young men of color. Parker holds a degree in Computer Programming from the University of Oklahoma and an honorary Doctorate from Wiley College.
Charles King is the Founder and CEO of MACRO, a venture sitting at the intersection of content, technology and brand curation focusing on creating film, television and digital content for African-American, Latino and Multicultural consumers (ALM). King was Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor (WME)–an agent for over 15 years, he was known for his innovative deal making and strategy in developing brands for and around his clients. He’s been featured in national media publications: NPR, Essence, The Weekly Variety, the Los Angeles Times–Fortune Magazine named him one of the nation’s most influential Latino, Asian or African-Americans in their 2005 Diversity Issue and he was included in the 2014 Ebony Power 100 List. King is an active angel investor in synergistic ventures at the nexus between the technology sector and the media content business. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Howard University School of Law, he resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Stacey and their sons, Noah and Julian.
Jeffery T.D. Wallace is a Next Gen social entrepreneur uniquely equipped to fulfill the dual roles of visionary and architect to find a sustainable solution to any social issue. He is president and CEO of LeadersUp, a nonprofit that bridges the gap between the untapped potential of young people and the business challenge of finding and keeping the best talent. With Wallace, LeadersUp has established best practices by facilitating employer-led solutions that are demand-driven and human-centered to tackle high youth unemployment in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. He gets in front of the issues that fuel educational and economic inequities, and unites people around shared goals to achieve disruptive and transformative change. He is also a fellow of the Presidio Institute and is a Metropolitan Non-Resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution.
Brian Favors is a scholar-teacher-author and the co-founder of Sankofa Community Empowerment, Inc., Breaking The Cycle Consulting Services, and the Nate Parker Foundation. He specializes in training educators to use culturally responsive teaching methods to increase academic achievement in at-risk student populations. He is currently a member of the Adelaide Sanford Institute and is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Brian earned a B.A, in sociology from the University of California, Davis, and a M.Ed. from Penn State University and a M.S.Ed from Queens College. He has been working with youth to cultivate academic success and community leadership since 1995.
Amelia Williamson serves as the Managing Director for the Nate Parker Foundation (NPF). Her role is to advise on organizational strategy, build internal and fundraising capacity and work closely with the Chairman and NPF’s Board of Directors on establishing strategic direction. Williamson’s career journey includes leadership roles for the Magic Johnson Foundation, Girl Scouts of America and USC’s Center for Civic Culture and Religion where her work spanned across organizational strategy, fundraising, communications, and business development. A strong believer in service, Williamson chairs the Board for The Liberty Hill Foundation, and is a City Commissioner. She also co-chairs affinity group Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, and for CA Community Foundations’ $5MM prison to pipeline initiative for African American boys.