Our energy comes from entrepreneurs, artists, educators, musicians, business people, retirees, young parents, intellectuals, and occupational athletes with close ties to the passion that burns inside each of us. Together, we create a collective that seeks to fill gaps within our city as we leave our own comfort-zone and develop new relationships in the process. Art and creativity are vitally important as beauty becomes a bridge to connect these thriving communities.



we believe transformational communities exist on level ground of innovation and investment. we all need to learn from each other. we create opportunities to engage with people of different circles and backgrounds. 

Urban Avenues invites all economic, racial, and generational groups to be students of one another and collaborate in crafting an expanded perspective for the city's potential. 

our team
John Lankford
Keiah Shauku

Director of Community Outreach


Madison Kerns

Director of Five Loaves


Board of Directors
Nancy Carroll

President | InSpero

Blake Davidson

Corporate Banker, Regions

Laura Lankford

Program Director | The Parnassus Group

Taylor Robinson

Founder | Six Foot Five Productions

Gary York

CEO | Help Lightning

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