About

Urban Avenues  is a non-profit organization that provides the bounce for each of us to lift up new ideas, collaborative ventures, and artful initiatives that add life to lives on both sides of the economic chasms that exist in our city and suburban life.

Our energy comes from entrepreneurs, artist, educators, musicians, business people, retirees, young parents, intellectuals, and occupational athletes with close ties to the passion that burns inside each of us. We are a collective of people each trying to build our own portion of a wall. We each see a role that we can play, even if that doesn’t fit into a nice vertical and formal organization chart.

Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way, “For we are not pans and barrows, nor even porters of the fire and torch-bearers , but children of the fire, made of it…” We believe this to be true of everyone called to join in the work of Urban Avenues. This fire that energizes us for individual creativity and  for collective action.

Somewhere in the soul of what we are doing is the sense that each of us is made for something larger than the isolation of modern society. There are real streets in our city with real people living on them. These people have dreams and potential, and we want to connect in a genuine way to help make these dreams real.

Team

Urban Avenues is made up of partners, employees, volunteers, and part time workers.

We are entrepreneurs, artist, educators, musicians, business people, retirees, young parents, intellectual and occupational athletes.

John Lankford

John Lankford

Founder, The Parnassus Group, Urban Avenues

Brittany Baker

Brittany Baker

Program Manager, Urban Avenues, The Parnassus Group

Board

Nancy Caroll

Nancy Caroll

Co-Director, InSpero

Gary York

Gary York

Entrepreneur

Blake Davidson

Blake Davidson

Corporate Banker, Regions

Sector Leads

John Hall

John Hall

Owner & Chef, Post Office Pies

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson

Owner, Director, Six Foot Five Productions

David Ytterberg

David Ytterberg

Business Consultant

Zebbie Carney

Zebbie Carney

Owner & Chef, Eugene's Hot Chicken

Bob Miller

Bob Miller

Videographer

Sandra Hardy

Sandra Hardy

Founder, Urban Hope Development

Will Riley

Will Riley

Marketing Director, Fireseeds

Madison Kerns

Madison Kerns

Perquisition Analyst, The Parnassus Group

Jana Harris

Jana Harris

Producer, Director

Meredith Robinson

Meredith Robinson

Creative Director, Free Text Books

Steva Casey

Steva Casey

Mixologist

Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones

Videographer

Allison Wilmarth Kovak

Allison Wilmarth Kovak

Director, Videographer

Rob Bright

Rob Bright

Owner, Edgewood Catering

Kelly Bright

Kelly Bright

Owner, Edgewood Catering

Frank Lopez

Frank Lopez

Photographer

Wil Drake

Wil Drake

Chef

Advisors

Dave Burden

Dave Burden

Pastor, Midtown Fellowship, Nashville

Steve Garber

Steve Garber

Founder, Washington Institute

Laura Lankford

Laura Lankford

Program Director, Parnassus Group

Alton Hardy

Alton Hardy

Pastor, Urban Hope Fairfield

We are always looking for people who are inspired by this movement. Consider joining us.

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