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Template:TOCnestleft Ferguson Commission

At a ceremony at the Missouri History Museum on November 18, 2014, Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order founding the Ferguson Commission, and "announced that the Commission would be led by co-chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure."[1]

The Ferguson Commission produced a report in September 2015.[2] The Communist news source, People's World, referred to the report as "a balanced, objective analysis of the consequences of racism in the region..."[3]


Governor’s task force on Community Police Relations







  • Kira Banks, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University
  • William Buster, Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Reena Hajat Carroll, Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
  • Tabari Coleman, Project Director, A World of Difference Institute, Anti-Defamation League, Missouri-Southern Illinois
  • Nicole Cortes, Co-Director, Migrant & Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA)
  • Amy Hunter, Director of Racial Justice, YWCA of Metro St. Louis
  • David Martineau, Executive Director, National Conference on Community Justice, St. Louis
  • Billie Mayo, Racial Equity Consultant, Educational Equity Consultants
  • Tony Neal, President & CEO, Educational Equity Consultants
  • Scott Negwer, Ferguson Commission
  • David Nehrt-Flores, Organizer, Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates (MIRA)
  • Rudy Nickens, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division, Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Khatib Waheed, Consultant, North City/County Resilience Coalition


  • Rev. Starsky Wilson (Co-Chair), President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation and Pastor, Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) in St. Louis
  • Richard McClure (Co-Chair), Member, St. Louis Regional Board of Teach for America and Emeritus Member and former President, Civic Progress
  • Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand, Detective Sergeant, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Deputy Commander, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, and President, Missouri Fraternal Order of Police
  • Rasheen Aldridge, Jr., Director, Young Activists United STL
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon, Pastor, Christ the King United Church of Christ, and Coordinator, Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit, BJC HealthCare
  • T.R. Carr, retired Professor and former Chair, Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Urban Research, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and former Mayor, City of Hazelwood
  • Gabriel E. Gore, Partner, Dowd Bennett LLP
  • Becky James-Hatter, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
  • Daniel Isom, E., Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community, Department of Criminology and CriminalJustice, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Bethany Johnson-Javois (ex officio), CEO, St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN)
  • Scott Negwer, President, Negwer Materials
  • Brittany N. Packnett, Activist, Executive Director, Teach for America in St. Louis
  • Felicia Pulliam, Development Director, FOCUS St. Louis
  • Grayling Tobias (December 1 – April 13), retired Superintendent, Hazelwood School District
  • Byron M. Watson, retired Sergeant, St. Louis County Police Department and current Officer, St. Louis Community College campus police
  • Patrick Sly, Executive Vice President, Emerson
  • Rose A. Windmiller, Associate Vice Chancellor, Government & Community Relations, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Managing Director - Bethany Johnson-Javois (St. Louis Integrated Health Network, Loaned)
  • Assistant Director - Monique (Gilliam) Thomas (Centene Corporation, Loaned)
  • Media and Community Relations – Nicole Hudson (Because Really LLC, Contractor)
  • General Counsel - Cheryl D.S. Walker, Esq.
  • Legal Counsel - Michael Lanahan, Esq.
  • Office Manager – Angela Dennis (State of Missouri, Loaned)
  • Strategic Planning – Karishma Furtado and Aaron Beswick (KSF Consulting, Contractor)
  • Strategic Planning – Tracey Jeffries (Capitol Consulting Services, Contractor)
  • Data and Policy Analysis – Institute of Public Policy, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri (Contractor)
  • Community Engagement – Vector Communications (Contractor)
  • Meeting Support – PSAV St. Louis Branch (Contractor), Midwest Litigation (Contractor)
  • Executive Editor – Eric Ratinoff (Contractor)
  • Public Affairs – Tony Wyche (Soapbox LLC, Contractor)
  • Racial Equity – Kira Banks (Saint Louis University, Loaned)
  • Racial Equity – Rudy Nickens (Missouri Department of Transportation, Loaned)
  • Eliminating Racism Training Facilitator - Midwest Consulting Partners
  • Eliminating Racism Training Facilitator - Timothy J. Crawley
  • Civic Engagement – Daniela Velázquez (Mavend Media, Contractor)
  • Engagement Content – Competitive Futures (Contractor)
  • Engagement Content – Elaine Cha (Contractor)
  • Engagement Content – Lindy Drew Photography (Contractor)
  • Engagement Content – Nathan Lucy, LLC (Contractor)
  • Public Relations – (AHC Consulting LLC), Allison Collinger
  • Youth Arts Speak Summit Facilitator - Andrea Purnell
  • Youth Arts Speak Summit Facilitator - Keith Tyrone-Williams
  • Youth Arts Speak Summit Facilitator - Dail Chambers
  • Youth Arts Speak Summit Facilitator - Muhammad Austin
  • Youth Arts Speak Summit Facilitator - Pacia Anderson


  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Community Services Block Grant
  • Daughters of Charity Foundation
  • Deaconess Foundation
  • Greater St. Louis Community Foundation
  • Incarnate Word Foundation
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis
  • Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis
  • Missouri Development Finance Board
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Other supporters


  • AHC Consulting LLC, Allison Collinger
  • Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Executive Director, FOCUS St. Louis
  • Will Armon, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Kim Austin, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Tim Beecher, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, Fleishman Hillard St. Louis
  • Rebeccah Bennett, Emerging Wisdom LLC
  • BJC HealthCare, Jane Schaefer
  • Diamond Brown, Youth Summit Volunteer
  • Jayde Brown, Youth Summit Volunteer
  • Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Michael Castro, Poet Laureate, St. Louis
  • Bryan Cave, Cheryl Walker and Michael Lanahan
  • John Chasnoff, Member, Don’t Shoot Coalition
  • Ariela Chavez, Arts Speak Commission Meeting Performer
  • Civic Progress St. Louis
  • Elizabeth Collinger, Arts Speak Commission Meeting Performer
  • Coro Leadership Fellows
  • Cultural Leadership Youth Volunteers ==
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Adrienne Denson, Youth Summit Volunteer
  • Riisa Easley, Volunteer, Commission Meeting Group Breakout Facilitator
  • East-West Gateway Council of Governments
  • Emerson
  • Executive Bridge Inc.
  • Steven Fazzari, Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dionne Ferguson, Youth Summit Volunteer
  • Mary Ferguson, Volunteer, Commission Meeting Group Breakout Facilitator
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative
  • Brittany Ferrell, Millennial Activists United
  • Connie Fischer, Volunteer, Commission Meeting Group Breakout Facilitator
  • Mary Lee Hardy, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Clifton Kinnie, Arts Speak Commission Meeting Performer
  • Oni Marrison IV, Youth Summit volunteer
  • Cindy Li, Arts Speak Commission Meeting Performer
  • Cheryl Hermann, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Jessica Holmes, Volunteer, Commission Meeting Group Breakout Facilitator
  • Atul Kamra, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Lawrence Lewis, Youth Summit Volunteer
  • Linda Locke, Standing Partnership
  • MarketVolt
  • Kevin Martin, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Millennial Activists United
  • Melba Moore, Acting Health Director, City of St. Louis
  • John Moten, Consultant
  • Serena Muhammad, St. Louis Mental Health Board
  • Paris Nathan, Youth Summit volunteer
  • De Nichols, Connected for Justice, Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Nine LAB Media
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Steve Parish, Member, Don’t Shoot Coalition
  • Cynthia Prost, President, Arts & Education Council
  • Joyce Pugh-Walker, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Quest Management Consultants

  • Katie Rahn, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
  • Chris Renteria, Volunteer, Youth Art Speak Summit
  • Ryan Rippel, Senior Project Officer, CEO Initiatives at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Beth Damsgaard Rodriguez, Consultant, Interfaith Consulting
  • ROI Business Solutions
  • Dalychia Saah, Alumna, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Anna Shabsin, Senior Lecturer, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Felicia Shaw, Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission
  • Michael Smith, Commission Meeting Volunteer
  • Will Smith, Commission Meeting Volunteer
  • Judy Sodey, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Peter Sortino, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
  • St. Louis Regional Health Commission, Alive and Well STL
  • Jewel Stafford, Volunteer, Commission Meeting Group Breakout Facilitator

State of Missouri


  • Center for Workforce Innovation, St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley
  • Clayton High School
  • Cortex CIC@CET
  • Cortex Innovation Center
  • Creve Coeur Government Center
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Emerson Family YMCA
  • Ferguson Community Center
  • Florissant Valley Campus, St. Louis Community College
  • Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church St. Louis, Youth Worship Center
  • Grand Center Arts Academy
  • Il Monastero Banquet Center, Saint Louis University
  • Meramec Campus, St. Louis Community College
  • Metropolitan Education and Training Center (MET Center)
  • Missouri History Museum
  • Mullanphy-Botanical Garden Investigative Learning Center
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Prosperity Connection Excel Center
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 36 Grand Hall on Chouteau
  • Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • St. Charles High School, City of St. Charles School District
  • St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Jim Short Conference Room
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis, J.C. Penney Conference Center
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Head Start, Jennings Center
  • Venture Café, @4240 Building, Cortex Innovation District
  • Vision for Children at Risk
  • Westview Middle School, Riverview Gardens School District
  • YMCA of Greater St. Louis, Carondelet Park Recreation Complex




  • Digital Content Development, Distribution – Influence & Co./Kaoh Media (Contractor)
  • Digital Platform Development and Design – BigWideSky (Contractor)
  • Logo Design – Karl Eggers (Contractor)
  • PDF Design and Layout – Trisha Mistler (State of Missouri)