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

DeCarri Wells

DeCarri Wells

Program Manager Health Tech Accelerator

Doug Watson

Douglas Watson

Managing Director Health Tech Accelerator

Board Members

Steve Ammons
Jefferson County Commissioner,
District 5

Rich Bielen
Protective Life Corporation

Melanie Bridgeforth
Women’s Foundation of Alabama

Kamau Witherspoon

Jimmie Coleman
Birmingham Citizens Advisory Board

Mark Crosswhite – Chair
Alabama Power

Jim Gorrie
Brasfield and Gorrie, LLC

Rosilyn Houston
Santander Bank

Mike Kemp
Kemp Management Solutions, LLC

Kendra Key
Independent Consultant

Chris Nanni
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Shegun Otulana
Harmony Venture Labs

John Sherman
Coca-Cola Bottling United

Sanjay Singh
Pack Health

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 of Birmingham

Mayor Randall Woodfin
City of Birmingham, Alabama