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Renew America Together Announces Second Class for its Civility Leadership Institute

Little Rock, ARK, (July 1, 2022)— Renew America Together was started with the belief that most Americans agree on many things. But the things they disagree on are causing our society to become more polarized. Over the past few years, we recognized the need for a program to empower Americans with the tools to better communicate with those they influence and those that try and influence them. For this reason, we created the Renew America Together Civility Leadership Institute. With the inaugural cohort graduating this month, we are excited to announce our next class comprised of individuals from 15 states.

“I look forward to bringing the first two cohorts together for our first Summit on Civility in Little Rock later this month. These leaders have different racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations, career tracks, political beliefs, and industries. To see these dynamic individuals recognize the need for improved communication and civic engagement is encouraging,” said Renew America Together founder General Wesley K. Clark.

Participants will convene in Little Rock for the inaugural Summit on Civility in late July, then continue their work virtually for five months and participate in six months of follow-up. Each month they will work through an exciting curriculum, hear from dynamic, nationally recognized speakers, and strengthen their relationships with each other. In addition, Civility Leadership Institute graduates will receive professional certifications in Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue, TypeCoach Influence Training, and participate in a six-month follow-up program to continue building relationships with one another and measuring their progress and accomplishments.


Aaron Pilkington
State Representative, Arkansas House of Representatives
Knoxville, AR

Beth Mason
Candidate, Beth Mason for Senate
Little Rock, AR

Bo Harmon
Campaign Advisor, Represent US
Leesburg, VA

Caren B. Street
Principal, Squire Patton Boggs
Washington, DC

Danielle Mead
Owner, Duck Soup E-Commerce
Cathedral City, CA

Donna Dearman Smith
Retired executive, Southern Company
Birmingham, AL

George Thurlow
President, Florida Young Democrats
St. Petersburg, FL

Jason R Willett
President, FJW Consulting, LLC.
Jonesboro, AR

Lamont Williams
Sales Manager, Yelp
Washington, D.C.

Lea Metz
Visionary, Lalique R. Metz, LLC
Winston-Salem, NC

Meghann Ray
Program Officer, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Morrilton,  AR

Menada Zaimi
Broadcast Journalist
Arlington, VA

Michael (Mike) Kelly
Chief Data Officer, University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Michael R Weaver
Fieldon, IL

Mike Motley
Director of Analytics, UAMS / Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Little Rock, AR

Jessica DeLoach
Sr. Communications Manager, Partnership for Public Service
Washington, D.C.

Jessica Dunn
CEO, Leukemia Texas
Savannah, TX

Josephine Ma
Co-founder of Ma Family Hospitality Group
Advisor to Co-founder of Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate
Washington, DC

Justin Crain
General Manager & Managing Partner, Burleson Nissan
Grandview, TX

Kate Zakrzewski
Communications Coordinator, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Little Rock, AR

Kimberly Beck
President, The World of Peace Foundation
Homewood, AL

Kwami Abdul-Bey
Co-Director, Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective
Co-Convenor, Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement
Founder & CEO, Investing in Black Futures
North Little Rock, AR

Miller Hudson
OP/ED Columnist, Colorado Politics
Littleton, CO

Patricia Silveyra
Associate Professor, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health
Bloomington, IN

Richard Evans
Central Washington Director, United States Senate
Kennewick, WA

Riley Jones
Director of Ventures, CityBridge Education
Washington, DC

Sam Montgomery
Marketing Coordinator, Simmons Bank
Little Rock, AR

Steve Cisneros
Vice President of Government Affairs, Crypto COLO Center
Hollywood, FL

Tami Kesselman
Impact Strategist & Executive Coach, Next Gen Success LLC
New Canaan, CT

Umaro Djau
Cross Platform Producer, CNN
McDonough, GA

Renew America Together is a 501 (c)(3) organization designed to promote and achieve greater common ground in America by reducing partisan division and gridlock. Its mission is to revitalize public and political discourse by teaching and promoting civics, citizenship, and civility.

Media Contact:
Mary-Lee Smith
Executive Director
Renew America Together