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Urban Hope Leadership Team
Brandon J. Hudson
Brandon J. Hudson has a heart for community and a passion for working with young people. He is the second director of Urban Hope and a 2006 graduate of Duke University (BA in African/African-American Studies & English) and a 2013 graduate of Duke Divinity School (MDiv). Brandon’s professional work has focused on youth and community development in marginalized urban contexts with an emphasis on Christian responses to mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. He has been fortunate to work with and learn from non-profits and churches in Sacramento, Baltimore, Houston, and Durham that serve marginalized and gang-involved youth and the formerly incarcerated. Through his service and leadership with Urban Hope, Brandon desires to “raise up generations of young heroes” with the critical Christian consciousness needed to bring about freedom, justice and reconciliation as experienced in Jesus Christ.
Ed and Page Cvelich
Ed and Page Cvelich serve on the Urban Hope Leadership Team. They have worked with The Navigators for thirty years and have led ministries on college campuses and among young professionals in the Southeast United States and the Philippines. As a result of their time abroad and the vision of Revelation 5:9, a desire to help the RDU Navigators embrace diversity has been at the forefront of their hearts and minds. Ed and Page began to assist Bahari Harris with the Urban Hope summer camp in 2004 and relocated to Walltown in August 2007. They are also members of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church just one block from their home. The Cveliches serve the Urban Hope team through strategic planning, fund-raising, staff development, sports coaching, and tutoring. Their hearts' desire and prayer is for God to raise up a new generation of African American leaders to be missionaries to Durham and the cities of this nation.
Dan Keegan is a native of Iowa who relocated to Durham after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education. Dan has been involved with Urban Hope since 2005. He has served in the capacity of summer camp counselor, assistant director and director (currently) of the summer camp, basketball coach, mentor, and neighbor. During the school year, Dan directs the WAY (Walltown Aspiring Youth), an after school program Urban Hope sponsors with the School For Conversion. Outside of his work with Urban Hope, Dan works as an assistant teacher at Eastway Elementary School.
Milton Gilder is from Long Beach, California, and attended Duke University where he studied Public Policy and International Studies. Since graduating in 2009, Milton has worked in academic, nonprofit, and small business settings. He came to Urban Hope in April of 2013 and currently serves in a dual role as coordinator for the Young Leaders Group (YLG) and as Office Administrator handling financial, administrative, and communications projects. He is also a certified teacher in North Carolina with an emphasis on secondary social studies.
Bahari J. Harris
Bahari Harris is the founder of Urban Hope and served as the ministry's Executive Director for 10 years. He is currently enrolled at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy pursuing a dual Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Policy with a focus on international development. Having been on staff with the Navigators since August 2002, Bahari continues to work on initiatives that will expand and develop the organization's African-American ministries and missionaries. He and his wife, Mamie, remain faithful residents of Walltown committed to supporting young people and their families.