Eugene has a background of working in the non-profit community, city, state, and federal government. Currently, Eugene is the CEO & President of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Eugene co-founded Delaware Elite, a youth leadership development program that provided inner city youth with academic enrichment, leadership training, and access to college. As a result, he has received global recognition and training from the Clinton Global Initiative University and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Program.
Working for former Mayor and current United States Senator Cory Booker provided Eugene firsthand knowledge of how to overcome the challenges cities face. In Fall 2015, Eugene initiated the My Very Own Library project where he brought together private investors and the nonprofit community to promote childhood literacy by providing free books to 6,000 children across the state of Delaware.
After his run for Mayor of Wilmington in 2016, finishing second in a crowded field by 234 votes, Eugene co-founded Network Delaware, a nonprofit that leverages citizen-led community empowerment, research analysis, and leadership development to enact lasting socioeconomic change.
Eugene graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a dual major in Information Systems and Sociology. In addition, he attended Wilmington University for his Masters in Public Administration and studied Nonprofit Management at the University of Delaware. Eugene Young is married to Dr. Nicole Young, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Franklin and Marshall College. They are proud parents of their 3-year old daughter, Madison and toddler son, Mason.
Jeffrey Richardson is a green entrepreneur, organizational consultant, public speaker, educator and activist/organizer. His leadership guides Imani Energy, Inc. that develops and manages the installation of solar power systems with a primary focus on expanding solar access and the training and employment of residents from Low-income and People of Color communities. In 2013, he joined the University of Delaware as an instructor on topics of race and the environment in the Department of Africana Studies.
He was trained in community organizing through the Jobs With Peace Campaign, in Los Angeles, a massive precinct-based campaign to reduce excessive and wasteful military spending in order to direct more funding to housing, education, healthcare and basic human needs. Richardson directed a Pittsburgh organization that challenged police brutality and won a ballot initiative to establish a Citizen Police Review Board. He wrote on social justice and other topics during his career as a professional journalist for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s oldest Black newspapers. He was also the Director of Foundation Relations for the United Way in Pittsburgh. As Leadership Development Director for the National Congress for Community Economic Development in Washington D.C. he directed a team providing economic development best practices for job creation and partnerships between the private sector and community economic development organizations.
He is also a singer/songwriter, whose CD “Another World Is Possible,” is an uplifting fusion of driving Afro-Latin and R&B rhythms that carries a message of hope and change for our world.
Tamarra Morris (pronounced TuhMerAh) currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for New Castle County Government. Morris was appointed to county government after serving as the Wilmington Regional Field Director with the Delaware Democratic Party during the 2016 campaign cycle. Ms. Morris prioritizes new job creation through innovation, supporting entrepreneurship and small business development.
Morris is a native Delawarean. She graduated from The Tatnall School in 1994. As a senior in high school she was recognized with the Community Service Award from the City of Wilmington. After high school, Tamarra relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to study Sociology at Morgan State University. In 1999, Tamarra fell in love with Atlanta, Georgia and relocated. While in Atlanta, she acquired business development, acquisitions and sales management experience with a global firm specializing in real estate development, construction, and property management. Tamarra returned to Delaware in 2015, after living for a short time in Washington, DC. Ms. Morris serves on the Board of Directors for Kingswood Community Center and the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Morris was also appointed to the State Executive Committee of the Delaware Democratic Party.
Karen Lantz is a lifelong Delawarean and a graduate of Concord High School and the University of Delaware. She is the daughter of a social worker and a minister, and the proud mother of two elementary-age children. She currently works for ACLU Delaware as a staff attorney and policy advisor. Prior to that she spent 7 years working for the Delaware House of Representatives. Karen is excited to join Network Delaware’s board to help promote its mission of civic engagement and empowerment and the building of a more just world filled with endless possibility for all our children.
Britney Gulledge is a communication strategist deeply committed to social justice and facilitating communities to tell their own powerful stories. Currently, she is a student in Howard University’s Communication, Culture and Media Studies doctoral program with research interests in health disparities within communities of color. She earned a bachelor’s in journalism from Hampton University and a master’s in management from Wilmington University. Over the years, she has consistently developed avenues to participate in public service including terms on Network Delaware's steering committee and communication team.
Liz Fite joined the Network via her volunteer work on several political campaigns and has worked with several groups in the Network on several projects, including as Co-Coordinator of the Civic Engagement Team. She enjoys working on voter registration and education.
I rew up in a large family in Wilmington, graduating from the University of Delaware. My initial work was with Children and Family services, and teaching at a HEAD START pre-school. Married with 2 children, moved to Minneapolis and loved the snow, sports and the adventure. Later divorce required I get a job that could support my daughters and me. Was introduced to American Hospital Supply Corporation (now a part of Baxter International).With American, moved to Baltimore (sales territory) selling medical and surgical products. Moved to Chicago for Marketing, Product and Sales management experience. Next, back to Minneapolis to manage a region that included five states (Could see Canada from my window!).
Next move was to a Home Health division of BOC, inc. went back in Chicago, a city I still love. As my girls went off to university, decided I had enough of mergers, acquisitions, downsizing and letting people go. Chose a community based organization on the south side of Chicago. Did extensive job and personal employment training - with two year follow up to help clients move to higher level jobs. Designed higher level training program to give clients higher level skills for better positions, pay and the possibility of promotion. Lower pay for me, but higher personal reward! Ten years there changed my world view.
When I retired, came back to Wilmington and met Eugene Young during his Mayoral campaign. Jumped at the chance to be Board Treasurer as Network Delaware ramped up.
Mona Bayard retired from the Wilmington Police after 20 years of coordinating services to crime victims and serving as a social work resource to the Department. This came after many years' work in the criminal justice system in Delaware, including the Superior Court Pre-sentence Office, the Women's Prison and in a community-based youth program. In addition she spent many years on the Boards of Wilmington Friends School, the Delaware Center for Justice and the Delaware Theatre Company. In retirement, she volunteers three mornings a week and worries about the state of the nation. Having been educated in London and Paris before going to college in California, Mona brings an outsider's perspective to Delaware. Mona has lived in the city of Wilmington since 1972.