Carolyn Jolivette, Executive Director

Executive Director Carolyn Jolivette has served in this position for over six years. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Carolyn served as Director of School Reform Initiatives: Ask for More Collaborative and the Ask for More Arts Collaborative. Both initiatives are still operating in the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi. 

She is the past co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of an organization with initiatives across seven southern states whose mission was to provide ongoing support for communities, schools and students. 

Carolyn has over 30-plus years of experience working in the areas of racial equity, education organizing, organizational development, community engagement, professional development and program design and management.  

Carolyn was recently selected as a member of the Southern Policy & Practice Network, an initiative of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF). She is a member of the 2000-2001 Leadership Greater Jackson class and has served on a variety of community and district organizations and committees that support quality, equitable education for all students.  

Carolyn is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and has resided in Jackson, Mississippi since August, 1992. 

Gwendolyn Gardner, Principal-in-Residence

Ms. Gardner has improved the quality of Jackson Public School District schools and the lives of its children in so many ways in her years as an educator, beginning with her enrollment in public schools in 1970, the year of integration in Mississippi. She went on to become the 1st black National Board-Certified teacher in the JPS district and one of two in the State of Mississippi, the first and only female principal of Walton Elementary School, JPS Administrator (Division II) of the Year, Parents for Public Schools Jackson Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching from Jackson State University, and so much more. Ms. Gardner is now Principal in Residence at Ask For More Jackson and continues to inspire her community, parents of JPS students, and the entire JPS district through her efforts as a leader in public education.

Edie Graham, Program Manager

Callaway High School alumna Edie Graham, after doing some traveling with her Military husband, settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she worked as an IRA Specialist (Internal Revenue Specialist) at Capital One Bank for 11 years before transitioning to Education, where her true passion was working with kids.  After moving back home to Jackson, Mississippi, Edie worked at Walton Elementary School as an Instructional Assistant for 2 years and as an Instructional Support Technician for 3 years. For the last 2 ½ years she has worked as a Program Manager/Office Manager for Ask for More Jackson where she continues working with students, teachers, and parents in the Lanier Feeder Pattern, where she feels she can truly make a difference in children’s lives.

Board

Nancy Sylvester, President

Annie Archer, Vice-President

Charles Tucker, Secretary

Tonja Murphy, Treasurer

Richard Middleton, Member

Ollye Shirley, Emeritus Member

Sean Perkins, Member

Catherine Moore Lee, Member

Fredrick Nolan, Member

Jeanhee Kang, Member