Meet the Inaugural UNUM Fellows

UNUM Fellows’ first cohort includes a diverse set of Southern elected leaders, from rural mayors to suburban school board members to county commissioners and big-city mayors. This select group will embark on a year-long journey to address inequitable and discriminatory policies and practices within their communities. Uniquely positioned to redesign broken systems, they begin this signature program amidst a renewed national movement towards racial and economic justice.

Wardine Alexander

Wardine T. Alexander

City Councilor, Council President Pro Tempore, Birmingham, AL

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Willie Brook, Jr.

Willie F. Brooks, Jr.

County Commissioner, Shelby County, TN

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Katie Cristol

Katie Cristol

County Board Member, Arlington County, VA

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Byron Gipson

Byron Gipson

Solicitor of the Fifth Circuit, Richland and Kershaw Counties, SC

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Reid Goldstein

Reid Goldstein

School Board Member, Arlington County, VA

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Dorothy Heffron

Dorothy L. Heffron

School Board Member and Vice-Chair, Chesterfield County School Board, Chesterfield County, VA

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Keith James

Keith James

Mayor, West Palm Beach, FL

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Brian E. Rowland

Brian E. Roland

Mayor, Prairie View, TX
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Jennifer Vidrine

Jennifer Vidrine

Mayor, Ville Platte, LA
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Virgil Watkins, Jr.

Virgil Watkins, Jr.

County Commissioner, Macon-Bibb County Board of Commission, Macon-Bibb County, GA
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