The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund, pursuing the vision of a nation where marginalized children flourish. Wilson is board chair for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and vice chair of the Forum for Theological Exploration. He is past president of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based philanthropy for child well-being and racial justice, and he previously pastored Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community). After the police killing of Michael Brown Jr., Wilson and the church hosted the #BlackLivesMatter Freedom Ride to Ferguson. Wilson co-chaired the Ferguson Commission, which in 2015 released the “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity” report, calling for sweeping changes in policing, the courts, child well-being and economic mobility.

 

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