David Satcher, MD, PhD, is Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, established in 2006, and Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He has also served as founding Director of the National Center for Primary Care and as Interim President of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Prior to 2002, Dr.
Reverend Al Sharpton is the Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over 50 Chapters nationwide. As one of the nation's most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev. Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden" and by former President George W. Bush, who said, "Al cares just as much as I care about making sure every child learns to read, write, add and subtract." Rev.
Melody Barnes is CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Ms. Barnes also serves as a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm; Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; and on the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.
Kay Coles James has an extensive background in nearly every sector of America’s economy. She has worked at the local, state and federal levels of government and has served dozens of organizations in the corporate, non-profit and academic arenas. Mrs. James is the Founder and President of the Gloucester Institute, a nonprofit organization which trains and nurtures African American leaders. A graduate of Hampton University, she served as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under President George W. Bush. In this role, Mrs.
David L. Mount, PsyD, MA, is a renowned social justice advocate, lecturer, writer, community organizer, team-builder, professional speaker and clinical psychologist with specialties in primary care psychology, medical neuropsychology and medical rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Mount is well-regarded for his work on integrating mind-body health, framing health disparities as a human rights issue and increasing health professions’ student diversity.
Goldie Byrd, PhD, received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Professional Biology and in Biology Secondary Education at North Carolina A&T State University. She received her PhD at Meharry Medical College in Microbiology. She completed post-doctoral work at Meharry Medical College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Dr. Byrd was previously a faculty member in the biology departments at Tennessee State University and North Carolina Central University and more recently an adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University.