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Minority Fellowship

The purpose of the Jacksonville University Master in Public Policy Minority Fellowship is to educate, train, and prepare a new generation of African American leadership in North Florida.

The Minority Fellowship provides scholarships to qualified minority applicants to obtain a MPP degree at Jacksonville University. The MPP degree provides a broad exposure to national, regional, and local public policy issues that prepares graduates for leadership and diverse employment opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The MPP Minority Fellowship includes the following:

  • A full scholarship for the MPP degree;
  • Internship placement with the City of Jacksonville;
  • Stipend during internship;
  • Access to the Institute’s network of community leaders;
  • Access to Public Policy Institute programs; and
  • Job placement services upon graduation.

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Inaugural Minority Fellows

Tameka Gaines Holly

As an inaugural recipient of the Minority Fellowship in the JU PPI, I am honored for the opportunity to integrate my passion for education with the purpose of public service. I am thankful to the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship, PPI and Jacksonville University for equipping me to make a significant impact in the community and City of Jacksonville.

Tameka Gaines Holly, Candidate, Jacksonville City Council District 8; Business & Management Consultant; MPP ’21
Javon Knight

The Public Policy Institute provides a unique experience to its students, giving us the opportunity to interact and learn from local leaders to broaden our thinking and networks. To be one of the first Minority Fellows in this program is an immense honor. Being in this position drives me to use the knowledge learned, wisdom shared, and connections made, to help work toward a better Jacksonville for us all.

Javon Knight, Customer Service Advocate, Fidelity Investments; MPP '20

MPP Minority Fellowship Board of Advisors

Cynthia B. Chomiak

Cynthia B. Chomiak

Founder and Chief Executive, Educated Decisions LLC; Jacksonville University Board of Trustees

Jacksonville University Alumna, Cynthia Chomiak founded Educated Decisions LLC, a college admissions consultancy that helps navigate high school students and their families through the college admissions process (2007). Cynthia is engaged in the Jacksonville community as a member of the Board of Trustees at Jacksonville University, a member of the World Affairs Council, and a member of the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Dr. Barbara Darby

Dr. Barbara Darby

President, Florida State College of Jacksonville North Campus (Retired)

Dr. Barbara Ann Darby retired as president of the North Campus and the Nassau Center of Florida State College at Jacksonville in July 2015. She held this position since 1998. Dr. Darby received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hunter College in New York, a Master of Education degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. She received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and immediate past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He has been active in APTA for more than 25 years serving in multiple leadership roles, including Chair, Vice Chair of the Management and Finance Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer.

The Honorable Nathaniel Glover Jr.

The Honorable Nathaniel Glover Jr.

Former President of Edward Waters College; former Jacksonville Sheriff

The Honorable Nathaniel (Nat) Glover serves as an advisor on the Master in Public Policy Minority Fellowship board. Previously he served as Sheriff of Jacksonville from 1995–2003, after serving in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office since 1966. Later he served as President of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida from 2011-2018.

Mark L. Griffin

Mark L. Griffin

Pastor and Chief Executive Officer, Wayman Ministries

Pastor Griffin founded Wayman Community Development Corporation (1995), and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He served as a Board Member of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools; Past President of the United Community Outreach Ministries, Inc.; Past President of the A.M.E. Church, East Conference Ministerial Alliance; Catholic Charities of Jacksonville, JCCI, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Matthew Kane

Matthew Kane

Owner, Greenshades Software, Inc.; former Jacksonville University Trustee

Jacksonville University Alumnus, Matthew Kane is a founder, board member, and former Co-CEO (2005-2019) of Greenshades Software. Additionally, he is a founder, board member, and former CEO (2014-2018) of Welltality. Matt is an active member of the Jacksonville community serving as Chairman and board member of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (2012-2017), Executive board member of the Jacksonville Civic Council (since 2015), Vice Chairman of the STEM2 Hub of NE FL (since 2015), and former Board of Trustee of Jacksonville University (2007-2018).

Dawn Lockhart

Dawn Lockhart

Director of Strategic Partnerships, City of Jacksonville

Dawn Lockhart is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the City of Jacksonville. Prior to her appointment by Mayor Lenny Curry in April 2016, she served as CEO of Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc., a nonprofit corporation which provides family, financial and housing counseling and financial education. Lockhart is the founder of Wise Money Week, the nation’s largest week of financial education and 1000 in 1000, a framework to lift families up and out of poverty.

Dr. Charles E. Moreland

Dr. Charles E. Moreland

Director of Community Affairs, City of Jacksonville

Dr. Charles E. Moreland is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a 28-year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, District and Battalion Chief, Division Chief of Rescue in 2003). He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Edward Waters College (2003), Masters in Public Administration (2006) and a Doctorate of Education (2009) both from Nova Southeastern University

Charles Wodehouse

Charles Wodehouse

President, CSX Technology, Inc. (Retired); Senior Vice President, CSXTransportation (Retired); former Jacksonville University Trustee

Mr. Wodehouse is a retired President of CSX Technology, Inc. and Senior Vice President of CSX Transportation. He is the former Vice President and Controller of CSX Transportation; he is the former Vice President of Audit & Advisory​ Services, CSX Corporation; and he is the former Audit Manager, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, CPA’s.