By Rebecca Moll | June 1, 2023


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Renew America Together Announces Third Cohort for the Civility Leadership Institute 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 1, 2023)— Renew America Together is pleased to announce the participants for the third cohort of the Civility Leadership Institute (CLI). Each year, 30 participants from around the country come together to engage in a year of learning, professional development, and co-creating solutions to societal problems through CLI. This year’s cohort is comprised of individuals hailing from 19 different states representing a wide variety of professions.

“One of the unique strengths of the Civility Leadership Institute is different perspectives that each of the participants bring to the table,” said General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark, founder of Renew America Together. “This sets the tone for understanding and growth from individuals who may not see eye-to-eye on common topics.”

CLI’s goal is to help participants foster the skills needed to create common understanding and grow leaders who can navigate an increasingly polarized world. This year-long program is broken up into two, six-month sections— six months of learning and six months of enrichment and measurement. Applicants are carefully reviewed and chosen by a committee.

“Each participant was specifically selected based on the potential impact they will ripple back into their community. We’re proud of the work accomplished by our previous cohorts of CLI and know that our third class will be no exception,” said Secretary Rodney Slater, board chairman, Renew America Together.

The third cohort will kick-off with an in-person Civility Summit conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 19-21st. The Civility Summit will feature special guests including Olympic gold medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee who will speak to the CLI community as well as engage in a service project in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas.

Civility Leadership Institute cohort 3 members:

Maxwell Ackerson Legislative Intern, Office of U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) Louisville, KY
Tommy Andrews Principal, Squire Patton Boggs LLP Alexandria, VA
Allica Austin Assistant Director, Weakley County Prevention Coalition Dresden, TN
David N. Bernstein Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Physician, Harvard/ Mass General Hospital & Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School Boston, MA
Robert Bruning Vice President, Kaufman Hall Chicago, IL
Melvin Burch Self-employed, Tribal Consultant Ada, OK
Sarah Burrowbridge Assistant Principal, Franklin County Public Schools Vienna, VA
Stacey Chavis Managing Director, Campaigns Academy Atlanta, GA
Liz Cotter Schlax President & CEO, United Way of Southern Maine Portland, ME
Alex Daniel Teacher, Episcopal Collegiate School Little Rock, AR
Bradford Ellison Associate, Squire Patton Boggs Chevy Chase, MD
Bailey Faulkner Executive Director, Ozark Mission Project Little Rock, AR
Eddie Galarza Networks Design Inc (NDi) Woodbridge, VA
Beau Goss Director of Agent Development & Realtor, MarMac Real Estate Decatur, Al
Lela Graham Executive Director, Independence Rock Coalition Great Falls, MT
Samuel Greene Principal Consultant, Greene Consulting Group, LLC Huntsville, AL
Maggie Henson Resource Development Director, United Way of Fort Smith Area Fort Smith, AR
Kerri Jackson Case Director of Public Relations, Kinetic by Windstream Little Rock, AR
Thurmond Jones IT Director, St. Bonaventure Indian Mission Thoreau, NM
Clay Kendall Managing Partner, WealthPath Investment Advisors Rogers, AR
Deirdre Matt Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy, Indiana University Health Indianapolis, IN
Andrea McCaskey Statewide Director of Programs, Momentum Irondale, AL
Eric McDaniel Director of Operations, EGP PLLC Little Rock, AR
Brent Miller Education Consultant, Campbell Ward North Little Rock, AR
Loren Monroe Principal, BGR Group McLean, VA
Chela Sanchez Owner, Rise Up Media Solutions and Clark & Sanchez Consulting Pittsburgh, PA
Molly Vaughan Executive Director, Motogo Cleveland, OH
Brooke Vines Co-Founder, Vines/Brookshire Little Rock/ Bentonville, AR
Mary Williams CEO, Urgent & Primary Care of Clarksdale Clarksdale, MS
Lincoln Zaleski Research Analyst, Advance Democracy Inc. Washington, DC


About Renew America Together: 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. Renew America Together accomplishes this through programs including town-hall meetings, pop-up classes, and its flagship program, the Civility Leadership Institute.

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