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

Kellie Clark

Kellie Clark

HealthTech Accelerator Managing Director

Aubrie Strange

Aubrie Strange

Fundraising Manager


Aryan Anerao

Data Specialist

Board of Directors

Mark Crosswhite
Alabama Power, retired

Steve Ammons
Birmingham Business Alliance

Lara Avsar
Boston Consulting Group

Rich Bielen
Protective Life

Melanie Bridgeforth
Women’s Foundation of Alabama

Myla Calhoun
Alabama Power

Jim Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie

Rosilyn Houston
Santander Bank

Mike Kemp
Kemp Management Solutions

Kendra Key
Regions Bank

Stephanie Mays
Maynard Cooper & Gale

Ruth Ann Moss
Birmingham Talks
Chair, Community Connectors Advisory Board

Chris Nanni
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Staci Pierce
Action Resources

Adrienne Reynolds
Smithfield Community and Enon Ridge Neighborhood Associations

John Sherman
Coca-Cola Bottling UNITED, retired

Sanjay Singh

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

Mayor Randall Woodfin
City of Birmingham

Kamau Witherspoon