Board of Directors

Executive Board

Felecia Bean Barnes

Bean and Prince Contractors, Inc.

Melanie Winfield, Esq.

Workforce Investment Network

Ron Brooks

Vice President
Orion Credit Union

Tonja Sesley-Baymon

Memphis Urban League

Board Members

Ashley Coffield

Planned Parenthood

Andrea J. Echols

Vice President, Community Development Manager
First Tennessee Bank

Andre Dean

Dean & Associates

Bernal E. Smith, II

Tri-State Defender

Sherman Greer

Southwest Tennessee
Community College
Executive Assistant to the President &
Executive Director Government Relations

Bishop Edward Stephens Jr.

Senior Pastor
Golden Gate Cathedral

Ashante Hodges

Methodist North Hospital

Colby Morgan

Attorney at Law
Jackson/Lewis P.C.

Telesa Taylor

Tennessee Department of Human Services

Sara O'Ryan


Brian Middleton

Real Estate Manager
Kroger Co.



Empower Communities. Change Lives.


To be the pre-eminent community based organization providing educational and training opportunities ensuring economic development and empowerment for Memphis, Shelby County and surrounding areas.

Social Responsibility

The Memphis Urban League’s history dates back to 1932. Then, the Council of Social Agencies and the Directors of the Memphis Community Fund recognized the need for a social service organization to improve the living and working conditions of the Negro citizens of Memphis.

Equality of Opportunity

The Memphis Urban League is an interracial, non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization that provides direct services and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their full potential.


To assist African-Americans, the underserved and economically disadvantaged to expand economic opportunities and secure parity, power and civil rights.

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