Nixon announces members of Ferguson Commission
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Jay Nixon announced the names of 16 members who make up the Ferguson Commission Tuesday.
Nixon appointed the members to study the underlying issues raised by events in Ferguson and issue a report with specific policy recommendations by Sept. 15, 2015.
"These 16 men and women bring to the table a rich diversity of life experience and points of view -business owners and not-for-profit leaders; teachers and lawyers; police officers and activists; pastors and public servants," Nixon said. "But while they are clearly a diverse group, they are united by their shared passion to promote understanding, to hasten healing, to ensure equal opportunities in education and employment, and to safeguard the civil rights of all our citizens."
The members of the commission were chosen from a pool of 300 St. Louis-area residents:
• Rev. Starsky Wilson, CEO of the Deaconess Foundation
• Rich McClure, former president and COO of Unigroup
• Reverend Traci Blackmon, Pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ
• Dan Isom II, Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety
• Scott Negwer, President of Negwer Materials in Ferguson
• Bethany Johnson-Javois, CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network
• Gabriel E. Gore, attorney and partner at the law firm of Dowd Bennett LLC
• Brittany Packnett, Executive Director of Teach For America
• Rose Windmiller, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government & Community Relations at Washington University
• Rasheen Aldridge, Jr., community organizer and Director of Young Activists United
• Grayling Tobias, Superintendent of the Hazelwood School District
• Becky James-Hatter, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
• Felicia Pulliam, Director of Development for FOCUS St. Louis and Ferguson resident
• Kevin Ahlbrand, Detective Sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and President of the Missouri State Fraternal Order of Police
• Patrick Sly, Executive Vice-President, Emerson
• T.R. Carr, Jr., Professor of Public Administration at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
The Missouri Development Finance Board approved $100,000 to support the commission's operating costs, research and other expenses.
The commission will operate out of a space provided by Washington University.