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Hi Friend,

We are thrilled to announce the addition of four exceptional individuals to our team, each bringing a wealth of experience and passion to further our mission.

Elise Campbell – Program Administrator

Elise is a Program Administrator for MDC’s Rural Prosperity and Investment team, joining the team in October 2023. With a passion for contributing to progressive social action related to racial and gender equity and enhancing community membership, they provide internal and external support through program organization, evaluation, and relation assistance.

Lori Kramer – Human Resources Manager

Lori joined MDC in 2023 as our Human Resources Manager, responsible for all the functional areas of Human Resources including recruiting, benefits, onboarding, legal compliance, employee relations and compensation. Lori is a growth-focused Human Resources leader with over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries.

Sam Skardon – Director of Development

Sam has dedicated his career to economic mobility, empowerment, and justice in the American South. As Development Director at MDC, he is responsible for cultivating, expanding, and deepening relationships among individuals who invest in MDC’s programs and operations. Prior to joining MDC, Sam served as the Director of Development and operations at the CLIMB Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Charleston, SC.

Kamilah A. Pickett – Director, Race Matters Institute

Kamilah is Director of the Race Matters Institute at MDC (RMI). Kamilah leads the social entrepreneurial work of RMI, which offers customized training, technical assistance, coaching, and product development to advance concrete actions in both operations and programming that strengthen an organization’s mission performance. RMI focuses specifically on promoting racial equity in organizational strategies, policies, and practices as a complement to the work of others who focus on racial equity at the individual and interpersonal levels.  Kamilah and RMI joined MDC in 2023.

Join us in welcoming Elise, Lori, Sam and Kamilah to MDC! Their diverse backgrounds and unwavering dedication will undoubtedly contribute to our continued efforts to advance equity and promote economic mobility. We look forward to the positive impact they will make in our organization and the communities we serve.


Partner & Project Highlights


Equity Centered Leadership and Philanthropy

Watch video from our State of the South event in Birmingham, Alabama

Access to healthcare is good for people, communities, and the economy at large. What would Alabama and the South look like if the healthcare coverage gap closed? What will it take to achieve this significant policy shift at the state level?

On November 6, 2023, we gathered in Birmingham, Alabama to have a lunchtime discussion on the benefits of and barriers to closing the health insurance coverage gap in Alabama.

Learn More → 


MDC News


MDC's Calvin Allen and Kathryn Gaasch discuss navigating conflict during the holidays on The Connector podcast 

In the latest episode of The Connector, IEI Director Sarah Hall speaks with MDC Vice President of Partnerships and Programs Calvin Allen and MDC Program Director Kathryn Gaasch about navigating conflict during the holidays.

Allen and Gaasch share ways to prepare guests and yourself in advance to foster an enjoyable holiday gathering, as well as strategies for navigating difficult conversations in the moment.


ICYMI: Watch video from our SCOTUS decision on Affirmative Action webinar

During the 90-minute webinar, we explored the legal restrictions imposed by the SCOTUS decision, examine the potential groundwork it lays for future actions, and strategize how philanthropic organizations and nonprofits doing equity work in the South can operate in this landscape — considering the legal, political, and public ramifications.



The State of the South


State of the South in Charleston Feb. 5-7, 2024

Join us for State of the South in Charleston, SC as we gather around food, art, and critical conversations on how we can make Charleston, South Carolina, and the larger South equitably accessible to everyone.

We will bring together policymakers, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, community members, and artists to understand the policies and investments needed to support communities. Your voice is essential to these critical conversations.


State of the South Webinar: Expanding Medicaid in the South January 18 at 11am 

Please join us on Thursday, January 18 at 11 am for a virtual event on the effort to advocate strategically for Medicaid expansion in the South. Since 2014, the federal government has offered substantial funding to states that agree to expand Medicaid, closing the coverage gap between those who qualify for subsidized health insurance and those who can afford market-rate health insurance.

As of December 2023, 40 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Medicaid expansion, and 10 states have not. Of those 10 holdouts, 7 are in the South. 



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