The Charleston Forum Welcomes Four New Faces to Board of Directors

Chris Singleton

The Charleston Forum recently added four new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members are local powerhouses; all engaged Lowcountry residents with the leadership skills to facilitate inclusive conversations to cultivate community action and cultural change.

Chris Singleton is the son of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a victim of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting. He recently signed on as the Charleston RiverDogs Director of Community Outreach and is using his background to be an advocate for change through athletics.

Gil Truesdale served as the jury foreman during the Dylann Roof trial. Truesdale grew up in Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

Alissa McLean is an event coordinator with the Atlantic Institute in Charleston. She serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for Art Pot, Charleston’s first Latina multicultural center. McLean’s children’s book, God Loves Rainbows, is a spiritual story about racism written in response to the Emanuel 9 tragedy.

Brady Quirk-Garvan formerly served as the chairman of the Charleston Democratic Party. He currently serves on the board of directors for The College of Charleston Alumni Association, The Palmetto Project, and Emerge SC.

The Charleston Forum is pleased these local community members are joining the board and look forward to working with them to provide transformative progression in the Charleston area.

The Charleston Forum is a community project that strives to provide a dialogue on race that moves the conversation forward, with no pre-set agenda but with a common purpose. The Charleston Forum began in 2016 as a group of local political, business, educational and religious leaders who wanted to provide an outlet to discuss race across many different topics. The Forum has received significant collective support from Charleston leaders including Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Mayor Joe Riley, Reverend Joe Darby and many others. For more information about The Charleston Forum, visit


  1. Randall McDaniels on May 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    IT is a real shame when well meaning organization hitch their wagons to nefarious organization like the Atlantic Institute, which is a Tentacle of Fetuhllah Gullen, who tried to overthrow westernized and democratic Turkey in the 80s and sought asylum in the US. Gullen uses over $600,000,000 in revenues he generates from his charter schools to influence the community and elected officials to facilitate the spread of Islam and SHARIA in America and abroad.

    He buys properties at discounted rates and overcharges for rent and over charges for repair by his Turkish Contractor (Ocean Blue) and all subsidized by tax payers. He loads the schools with TURKISH mostly male leadership in violation of H1B1 Visa scam. Receives illegal kickbacks from turkish teachers and cooks the books on academic performance.

    In 1999 Gulen said “We Muslims must swim in the arteries of society undetected, until the time is ripe..then we can raise up and sieze power” Very dangerous group your courting and Charleston leadership of both parties beware.

  2. Matthew Morgenstern on August 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Are you referring to Gulen? And please list empirical sources if you are to make claims such as these. I don’t have a dog in this fight but I could not find any information such as you reference. You may very well be correct, however without siting sources I am not sure what you want anyone to do with this information, and without sources this is little more than slander. Happy to be educated and enlighten by you, but i would appreciate something beyond hearsay.

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