Executive Director & Founder of Project S.A.Y.
Marcia Brown-Williams is a native south sider of Chicago. She is also a product of the Chicago Public Schools system. She is a graduated of Linblom Technical High School. Her parents were educators within the same school system. Her father was a teacher and administrator and her mother was a 8th grade science teacher. She has two siblings, Dr. Mark Brown(deceased, Jan. 17, 2012) and Dr. Michelle Brown who along with her attended and graduated from Dixon Elementary School in the Chatham neighborhood.
Marcia worked as a primary teacher with the Chicago Public Schools until recently when she left the school system to venture out to embarked on becoming business woman. During her 20 plus years as an educator she has held many different positions and titles with Chicago Public Schools. These positions have included being the grade and department chair for academic development, a reading coach for “at risk” students in primary and intermediate grades. She also held the position as a teacher and coach for the national reading program; Reading Recovery. She was a instructional reading specialist for the Gifted Educational Academic Programs (G.E.A.P) for 2 years. This program was designed to help schools who are part of the magnet, classical and gifted schools, as well as schools who have the regional and comprehensive programs. She also assisted teachers and schools so that they would maintain the integrity of the various gifted programs.
Marcia has also served as a consulting teacher for 5 years assisting teachers who were in need of additional support. She was also a mentoring teacher helping new teachers at the beginning of their careers.
Marcia has worked for the Chicago Teachers Union as an Assistant Director for the Quest Center, the educational component of the union. She has coordinated and conducted several seminars on reading strategies, wrote articles that were published for the Chicago Teachers Union which focused on developing classroom management skills for new teachers.
She was awarded a $ 25,000 grant from the State of Illinois for the purchase of computers and software for Fulton Elementary located in the Englewood Community. She was also awarded a $350,000 grant on behalf of Robert Fulton Elementary School for the purpose of wiring the school for the Internet along with establishing a computer lab for the students.
Marcia established a male mentoring program at Jensen Academy 7 years ago and was called the Jensen Mentoring Project. The program was initially designed for male students in grades 6 through 8th. At the time, she was able to recruit 11 mentors for the program, all of whom are highly successful professional African-American men who committed their time and continue to do so to the program and most importantly to their “mentees.” The program also started with 17 students. Later, the mentoring program name was changed and was "christening" ProjectS.A.Y. Project S.A.Y. has now expanded which includes young people in high school to mentor and happily and through a great need, young women have now been included in the mentoring program!
Marcia's core belief for all children that they are entitled to a top notch education in and out of the classroom. She believes that to ensure that children will lead a productive life, they must see successful and accomplish people in various professions who look like them. She also believes that children should be exposed to many positive experiences.
Marcia was nominated and won Congressman Danny Davis,' "Educator of the Year" for the state of Illinois and was awarded this award August, 2012. She was nominated in 2013 for the Illinois Golden Apple Award.
Marcia currently operates her own insurance agency/business through Transamerica Life and an educational tutoring center for elementary school age children.
Marcia is the proud parent of one son, Timothy Alan Williams, Jr, a graduated of Howard University with a degree in biology. Timothy is now studying medicine concentrating on family practice.
Director/Co-Founder of Project S.A.Y.
Pamela Chatmon Washington is a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist with over 18 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She consistently excels in a very competitive market place,earning her numerous awards. Most recently Pamela was honored with the President’s Circle of Excellence award by her current employer Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. This is the highest performance recognition within the organization,and awards Pamela a Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Civitavecchia, Italy in the spring of 2012.
Pamela began her marketing career at Ford Motor Company, where she was a top ranked Zone manager in the Philadelphia District Office.Pamela transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry in the mid 1990’s and has worked for some of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world including Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer,and for the past 6 years Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Pamela has sold in a number of markets and various decease states. Among these Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Respiratory markets.
Pamela earned her B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College. She went on to earn her MBA in marketing from Clark-Atlanta University.
Pamela has always enjoyed volunteering with youth organizations and local school systems both public and private. She is excited to be a part of the expansion of the Jenson Mentoring Project. Pamela will spearhead the Project (Shaping America’s Youth) S.A.Y. in the Metro Atlanta area.The S.A.Y. project will be modeled after the highly successful Jenson Mentoring Project in Chicago. Pamela has a firm belief that all children, regardless of race,ethnicity,religious affiliation,or socio-economical background deserve and require a strong educational foundation in order to pursue the American Dream.
Pamela resides in Atlanta, Ga where she is an active member of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. She practices Yoga, and enjoys aerobics. Pamela has recently embarked on another passion of hers, acting.
Pamela’s proudest accomplishment is being the Mother of two exceptional sons. Harold, a graduate from the School of Business at Howard University in Washington DC, currently is working in Washington, D.C. at Goldman Sacs as an investment banker. Pamela's youngest son, Nigel, is a recent graduate from Bard College in Annondale-on Hudson, New York. Nigel is budding film/documentary writer. He worked on the documentary with Jon Stewart, "After Spring." Nigel is currently writing and working another documentary on the Laquan McDonald case.
Gregg H. Brown
is a the President/CEO of the South Side Community Federal Credit Union (“SSCFCU”). It is the first and only community development credit union ("CDCU") that is owned and managed by African-Americans in Chicago. Opened in 2003, SSCFCU is a federally chartered not-for profit financial cooperative whose mission is to equalize economic power and fight poverty by improving financial education and providing access to credit and savings services for its members. On Nov. 8, 2011, SSCFCU celebrated its 8th anniversary. http://southsidecommunityfcu.org/
Under Gregg's leadership the credit union has grown to over 4 million in assets and serves close to 1700 members. SSCFCU is a community development financial institution ("CDFI") certified by the Department of the Treasury and is a HUD certified Delegate Housing Agency for the City of Chicago. It offer non-traditional products designed to help its members save money, build credit, buy homes and start businesses.
Gregg Brown brings over 25 years of community development banking expertise to the credit union movement. He has a passion for economically empowering low-income communities. He was born and raised on Chicago's South side where he now works. Gregg is a graduate of Morehouse College and the National Federation's CDCU institute.
In 2006, Gregg received the Community Hero Award by the Local Initiative Support Corporation. In 2007, he received the Frederick Sengstacke Award by the Chicago Defender Charities for Excellence in Community Financial Services. In 2008 he was selected as one of Chicago's 15 global visionaries by Chicago Public Radio and this year he received the "Men of Excellence" distinction by the Chicago Defender Newspaper. Gregg also serves on the Board of Directors of several civic and community based organizations including the South Side Community Economic Development Center. He is also the host of a financial education CAN-TV show entitled "Where Credit is Due".
Gregg Brown is a published poet and author as well as an actor. He is the poet emeritus of Morehouse College where he wrote poetry for the Dr. Martin Luther King International Chapel. He is also involved with the Morehouse Alumni Association. For the past 10 years Gregg has headed up a youth ministry at the church he raised. He is currently a mentor to several youths at Jensen Academy where he has devoted his time and knowledge helping to develop these young men's outlook and encourage them to see a better future for themselves.
Gregg recently won another term as an officer for the CDCU for the national credit unions!
Gregg has two children; a son Gregg, Jr. a graduate of Morehouse College who works as a producer of the reality show T.I and Teena. His son Gregg also is in the film business and currently has a film which is featured at Cannes Film Festival, "My Last Day Is Short" a short comedy. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/
He also has a daughter Jasmine who is a recent graduate from Howard University, living in Atlanta, Georgia. Jasmine is a writer and a performer of hip hop and rap music.
To contact Gregg email him @ GreggHBrown@projectsay.org
Raymond C. Lambert
Board Member/Marketing Consultant
Raymond C. Lambert has a broad-based business management background across all core functions including business development, strategic planning, funding, marketing and sales. He was the creator of the monologue of Comedy Theater, All Jokes Aside Comedy Clubs and the All Jokes Aside Comedy Fest. All Jokes Aside gave early exposure and opportunity to many of today's top comedians including Jamie Foxx Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, Carols Menica, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Mike Epps and Monique.
Raymond was the Executive Producer of the "All Jokes Aside Comedy Hour" for the NBC affiliate WNBC in Chicago and has served as a consultant as comedy and talent for producers at NBC, HBO, FOX-TV, Comedy Central, BET, and STARZ Entertainment Group. Raymond recently earned Associate Producer credit for the film, "Slow Burn" a Greene Street Film Production, written and directed by Wayne Beach, starring Ray Liotta, L.L. Cool J., Chiwetel Ejiofer, Jolene Blalock, Mekhi Phifer and Taye Diggs. He recently served as Executive Producer and writer for the film documentary, "Phunny Business: The Rise and Fall of All Jokes Aside." Phunny Business is currently being aired on Showtime Cable Channel.
Raymond's film is being considered by the Showtime execs for an Emmy for his film, "Phunny Buisness!"
Before launching his entrepreneurial ventures, Raymond was Vice President of Fixed Income Department at the investment banking firm of Chris Gardner & Company in Chicago. He previously worked in the sales and Trading Department at Continental Bank (Bank of America) in Chicago and E.F. Hutton (Lehman Brothers) in New York where he specialized in marketing fixed income securities and derivatives to institutional investors.
He earned his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College with honors and his MBA in General Management fro the University of Virginia, Darden School. He has been awarded numerous business, civic and film awards and has been featured in many of the top business publications including INC., Forbes, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Detroit Free Press and was honored by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the dynamic young business leaders in Chicago.
Raymond devotes his time and energies to Morehouse College Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Real Men Read, The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and as a mentor to middle school African-American youths at Jensen Academy for the past two years.
Raymond also teaches film and business classes at Columbia College and Chicago State University.
Raymond is currently working on another documentary, "All the Queens Horse" a film which tells of one of the largest fraud case in the town of Dixon, Ill by comptroller, Rita Crundwell. It will be released in 2016/2017. He is also an executive producer of the documentary on Maya Angelo which has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Raymond also has out in book stores and online (Amazon) a book based on his other award winning documentary, Phunny Business which bares the same name. Check out the links for more on Raymond's films and book.
Raymond is also the proud father of two young daughters who attend Skinner North Gifted School.