The challenges of finding and providing affordable housing within the Charleston region will be at the forefront of this important conversation with Melissa Maddox-Evans and Bill Stanfield. Sponsored by the Sophia Institute’s Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative, the January 15th Living Your Truth event will be held in Trident Technical College’s Palmer Campus Auditorium from 6pm to 8pm. The moderator of this conversation will be Amanda Lawrence, Vice President of Community Impact with the Trident United Way.
Melissa Maddox-Evans, Esquire is the General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston (CHA) and administers all legal matters for the agency. She is also the President & Chair of The Charleston Redevelopment Corporation (non-profit). Maddox-Evans is a national speaker on affordable housing and fair housing laws, non-profit/corporate governance and is an advocate for domestic violence victims, disability and education issues. Prior to working in the housing industry she spent several years working in early intervention programs for developmentally delayed children and as a grassroots organizer for non-denominational churches throughout the Southeast. Maddox-Evans is active in her community and serves on several boards including the Septima P. Clark, Inc., Thrive, SC, Communities in Schools, and is on the Leadership Team for the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and received her law degree from the University of Georgia.
Bill Stanfield is a co-founder and CEO of the Metanoia Community Development Corporation in North Charleston. Begun in 2002 with support from the South Carolina Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Metanoia works to combat child poverty in SC’s zip codes with the highest concentration of child poverty in SC. Stanfield graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Master’s Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the SC Governor’s School for Economic Development, The SC Department of Commerce Economic Developer’s School, the SC Community Development Institute of Clemson University, the SC Association of Community Economic Developments, the Liberty Fellowship Program, and the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Voted the 2012 North Charleston Citizen of the Year by the North Charleston Citizens Advisory Council, Stanfield is also an associate minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church. He and his wife, Evelyn, are the adoptive parents to two boys from Ethiopia ages 9 and 13.
The Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative, convened by The Sophia Institute, seeks a just, sustainable, and thriving community where all people are empowered to fulfill their human potential. With its 37 member Council and multiple Engagement Partners, the SJRE Collaborative works from the inside out to recognize a healthy, diverse, and inclusive community grows out of an acknowledgement of interdependence and shared humanity. By addressing the challenges that emerge from structural and institutional racism, the SJRE Collaborative is working to transform Charleston into a more just and equitable place to live, work, and thrive. The SJRE Collaborative is nonpartisan and does not support candidates or parties. This conversation is the tenth duet in a series, which began last year.
This is a free event. Registration is requested to help with planning at The Sophia Institute under events.