The mission of the Restore Civility campaign is to engage citizens in learning opportunities to develop communities that navigate social justice issues with respect, empathy, and positive dialogue.
Founder / President – Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is a peace activist, inspirational speaker, and video journalist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as Nwadike made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Ken was featured in Google’s 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight among some of the year’s most defining moments and he has made many appearances on news programs, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News. Nwadike was recently named Most Admired Public Leader in San Diego and is the recipient of the Simeon Booker Award for Courage.
Chairman – Dwayne J. Clark is a thought leader and innovator in the rapidly-growing assisted living industry, where he is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Áegis Living. Dwayne was raised in an impoverished home by a single mom and started working washing dishes at seven. His humble beginnings have led him to build one of America’s most admired companies. Áegis employs over 2,200 staff and was recently named Top 50 Best Companies to Work For by Glass Door. Clark is also an accomplished author, playwright, restaurateur, film producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist. His film company, True Productions, is dedicated to telling true stories that have great social worth. He recently produced Full Court: The Spencer Haywood story and was Executive Producer of the award winning film Big Sonia. He is a sought after speaker and appears regularly in broadcast and print media.
Board Member – Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champion Defensive Lineman, has been a leading and critical voice on social justice in the NFL. He collaborates closely with activists, works in children’s schools in Honolulu, recently announced he will donate all of his endorsement proceeds to build inner-city gardens and help rebuild minority communities through S.T.E.M programs. The Bennett Foundation educates underserved children and communities through free, accessible programming in Hawaii, Washington, and Texas. The Foundation’s O.C.E.A.N. Health Fest impacts thousands of people each year by offering free health screenings, fitness activities, cooking demonstrations, and much more.
Board Member – Bobby Seale is the co-founder and National Organizer of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Alongside Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense was formed to protect local communities from injustices, police brutality, and racism. The Black Panthers also established free health clinics and provided free food programs for school children. The Party’s platform called for equal rights for Blacks, a call for jobs for the community, housing, education, and other demands.
Board Member – Officer Tommy Norman is a longtime patrolman/police officer who has worked in the North Little Rock Police Department since 1998. Norman is known for his positive community policing efforts. Norman’s unorthodox approach to policing includes thousands of video posts, pictures and daily interactive engagement in underserved communities, at Arkansas Boys & Girls Clubs, and at the Police Athletic League with those that he protects and serves. He is credited for launching initiatives that assist inner-city youth, such as presenting students with backpacks, gift cards for school supplies, rewards for good grades, and starting the “Shop with a Cop” program to help financially struggling students.
Board Member – YoNasDa Lonewolf – pronounced (Yo-Naja-Ha) – is a Native American / African American Community Organizer, Human Rights Activist, Author, and Motivational Speaker. From her early years in the entertainment industry as a rap artist and choreographer for BET’S own Teen Summit to her most recent work as an activist, YoNasDa has been instrumental in raising awareness for important issues that affect Native American and African American cultures.
Board Member – Daryl Davis is an accomplished blues musician who has played alongside legends like Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. But he is probably better known for his longtime hobby of making friends with white supremacists. Davis has spent years traveling across the US and forging friendships with members of the Ku Klux Klan and similar hate groups. His efforts have over 200 people to renounce their membership in the KKK. Some have even given Davis their ceremonial robes and hoods as a gesture to signify their departure from the group.
Board Member – R. Joe Ottinger is a technology entrepreneur, management consultant, author, and thought leader in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. He is the Founder of the iinnovate Leadership Network, a peer CEO network for tech entrepreneurs scaling their businesses. Joe is passionate about improving lives through innovation and entrepreneurship. He has published studies that deepen our understanding of innovation and its impact on companies, communities, and lives. He is involved in business and civic organizations including YPO, Social Venture Partners, and the Seattle Philanthropic Advisor Network. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Ottinger Foundation, a family foundation that supports programs to advance democracy, social and economic justice and security, citizen activism, and environmental protection.
Board Member – Eddie Poplawski is the President/CEO and owner of Barclay’s Realty & Management Company — a 45 year old, family owned, real estate investment/management business — as well as the sole owner and Managing Member of the Bellingham Baseball Club, LLC, the entity that owns and operates the Bellingham Bells. For 13 years, Eddie was part of Anderson Chamberlin, Inc., now known as ADW Acosta, Costco Wholesale’s in-house manufacturer’s rep firm. Eddie serves as a board member for Aegis Living, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Stanford University Athletics. He is also an active member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of YPO.
Board Member – Elisa Parker is the co-founder, president & host of the award winning program, See Jane Do. As a social change organization See Jane Do empowers everyday women to be a hero in their own lives, redefines media for women and the power of story to create positive change. Serving as an activist for women, social justice, & the environment, Elisa’s work takes her around the world to discover and share the extraordinary stories & solutions in each of us. She hosts her weekly show for nationally acclaimed radio station KVMR & is the co-founder of the Passion into Action™ Women’s Conference, TEDxGrassValley and the See Jane Do Media Lounge.