About Us

About Prosper Birmingham

Prosper is not a program to replace good work already under way nor another operating organization; rather, it is an effort to align existing initiatives, supplement them with select new opportunities, and scale a collaborative civic agenda.

JW Carver Carpenter

JW Carpenter

President of Prosper

Angela Scott Abdur-Rasheed

Angela Scott Abdur-Rasheed

Communications and Community Engagement Director

Dee Manyama

Dee Manyama

Initiatives Director

Aubrie Strange

Aubrie Strange

Fundraising Manager


Aryan Anerao

Data Specialist

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Carlisha Harris

Catalyze Birmingham Specialist

Kellie Clark

Kellie Clark

HealthTech Accelerator Managing Director

Amanda Williams

HealthTech Accelerator Program Manager

Board of Directors

Mark Crosswhite — Chair
Retired Alabama Power

Lara Avsar
Boston Consulting Group

Rich Bielen
Protective Life Corporation

Melanie Bridgeforth
Women’s Foundation of Alabama

Tate Forrester
O’Neal Steel

Jim Gorrie
Brasfield and Gorrie LLC

Rosilyn Houston
Retired Santander Bank

Mike Kemp
Kemp Management Solutions LLC

Kendra Key
Birmingham Black Business Initiative
Regions Bank

Bonderia Lyons
Foundation Heights Neighborhood

Stephanie Mays
Maynard Cooper

Ruth Ann Moss
Small Magic

Chris Nanni
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Staci Pierce
Action Resources

John Sherman
Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED

Sanjay Singh
CS Equities

Lee Styslinger III
Altec, Inc.

Mark Tarr
Encompass Health

John Turner
Regions Bank

Tim Vines
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Dr. Ray Watts
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kamau Witherspoon

Randall L. Woodfin
City of Birmingham, Alabama