Our Advisory Board

Principal, Richmond Community High School, Richmond, Virginia

J. Austin Brown

J. Austin Brown and the students and staff of Richmond Community High School (RCHS) have earned a gold medal again this year in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s best public schools. For the sixth time in the past 6 years, RCHS placed among the nation’s best high schools as determined by the assessment which included approximately 19,000 public high schools. RCHS was ranked #11 in Virginia and #256 nationally. J. Austin Brown has been at the school’s helm for each of those years. He attributes the success to the faculty, students, staff and a legacy of excellence.

CEO, The Hanson Company, LLC, Richmond, Virginia

Kelvin Hanson

Kelvin Hanson owns and operates the Hanson Company, LLC. Established in 1998, the business has grown to a full-service real estate firm engaged in real estate development, construction, and management.

Chancellor’s Office, Los Angeles Community College District, California

Perrin Reid

In her role as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Perrin serves as chief-of-staff, legislative liaison, and cabinet member. Perrin previously directed the Office of Equity and Diversity for California State University, Long Beach. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and formerly worked as a college instructor and lecturer.

Global Interactions, Cleveland, Ohio

Milton Alan Turner

Milton lives global studies and languages. He has taught French and Spanish at Saint Ignatius High School since 1987. He earned the BSLA in French and Linguistics from Georgetown University, a Masters in Educational Technology from Cleveland State University, and is currently working on a Masters in Global Interactions at CSU. Milton is a National Board Certified Teacher and an Ohio Master Teacher, and has participated in the AP French reading since 1997. He has also been a member of the SAT French Subject Test Development Committee since 2012. Special experiences included participation in Fulbright Seminars Abroad in North Africa and South East Asia, and ranking as a finalist at the U.S. Innovative Education Forum held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA.

Author & Attorney, New York

Ginger McKnight-Chavers

Ginger is an author and an attorney with over sixteen years of experience in the areas of arts/entertainment, corporate transactions and nonprofit law. A native of Dallas, Texas, she earned a B.S.F.S in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. She recently completed her first novel and was the 2008 recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship award at Sarah Lawrence College. Previously, she practiced law at the firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, both in New York City, and served as an in-house attorney at Black Entertainment Television, Inc., Warner-Lambert Company and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She recently became a member of the Steering Committee of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and has been involved in fundraising activities on behalf of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Neuberger Museum of Art.

CEO, The Black History Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

Stacey Burrs

Stacy Burrs steers the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, where he is presently in the midst of launching a state of the art facility in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward district. Additionally he is owner of Capacity Development, a local management consulting firm. As a former member of the Development Office at Penn state University; Director of Minority Business Development for the City of Richmond; and administrator for Richmond’s Center Stage; Stacy brings to our team decades of leadership experience in organizational fundraising, minority business development, and the arts.

Headmaster, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, Virginia

Charles Stillwell

Charley serves as headmaster for Richmond’s prestigious St. Christopher’s School, a private boys’ school instructing grades junior kindergarten through 12. Charley has manned the helm at St. Christopher’s School for about 13 years. Before becoming Headmaster, Charley was Head of the Upper School at St. Christopher’s, teacher of U. S. History, and an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Gilman School, a boys’ school in Maryland. Charley is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and serves on two boards of directors: Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the International Boys’ School Coalition. Through Charley’s leadership, St. Christopher’s recently completed a $30 million capital campaign. Charley graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. degree and earned his Masters of Arts from Brown University.

Founder, World Peace Game Foundation, Virginia

John Hunter

As a musician, teacher, filmmaker and game designer, John Hunter has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. In 1978, at the Richmond Community High School, Hunter led the first sessions of his World Peace Game, a hands-on political simulation. The game has now been played around the world, on a four-tiered board. It’s the subject of the new film World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. John is an award-winning teacher and educational consultant. Among his honors are the 2010 Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Elementary Teacher Award and the Red Apple Award for Innovation in Education. John is also an advisor to TED-Ed.


David A. Hudson

David has served as the Principal of Richmond’s Linwood Holton Elementary School for more than 10 years. Prior to the current post, David worked as an administrator at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School here in Richmond. In earlier years, he instructed middle school students in Math and Science at several area schools. As an indicator of the quality of his leadership and team at Holton, last week Holton students spent a day at the White House, as one of three schools nationally who had the honor of a personal invite to visit as special guests of the First Lady of the United States. David has the M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University and degrees in Education and Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University, respectively.