Board of Directors

Vincent T. Parker
Board Chair

Vincent T. Parker works diligently to bring a spirit of community based equitable development and consensus building across the City of Dallas. From his position as Lead Pastor of the Golden Gate Baptist Church for over 22 years, Pastor Parker has served as a community leader and longtime advocate for neighborhoods and their families in Southern Dallas. Parker began his service to the Dallas community as Executive Director of the Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (ARM), serving those on the road to recovery from addiction. In 2004, Parker founded The Golden S.E.E.D.S. Foundation and is currently the Board Chair.

Sean Tate
Legal Counsel

Sean grew up in Chicago, Illinois before moving with his family to Texas. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, he worked as a non-profit consultant, helping to build life skills programs, and providing outreach and resources to community organizations and universities. After 6 years of working in the non-profit consulting industry, Sean made the decision to attend law school. Today, Sean’s firm works with clients in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, and other business hubs across the country to provide legal counsel on a wide array of business matters, including entity formation, corporate law, fund formation, and real estate transactions. His law firm brings a socially responsible perspective to corporate law, with a goal of supporting economic health and access to resources for people of all backgrounds and perspectives.

Mae Marshall

Mae is the Executive Liaison to the CEO and Texas Board of Directors for the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for diversity and inclusion. She has also served as a program Event Coordinator for the TXDC. Mae retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company after more than 31 years and has been an active community volunteer for more than 25 years. Her services were given to non-profit and community-service organizations, to include Community NETwork – African American Telecommunications Professionals, the Urban League Guild of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mae is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington in Business Administration

Kevin Hanna

Kevin’s MBA in Finance and Banking undergirds over 30 years of experience in developing financial solutions for community development problems. Coupled with his commitment to and aptitude for community development, it is not surprising that Kevin has helped finance many transformative projects in three of America’s more challenging urban centers: Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. He has designed a layered funding approach that provided financial resources to the physical plant repair and Library upgrade at Tuskegee University, Morehouse College and Clark College – all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU). Kevin has extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation, as well as monitoring ongoing progress and modifying tactics as needed to ensure success.

Brent A. Brown, AIA

Brent A. Brown, AIA, is the former CEO and President of Trinity Park Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling the promise of the Trinity River as the natural gathering place for Dallas.  Brent’s background as an architect, city planner and urban designer uniquely qualified him for working with Dallas citizens, governmental offices, and urban designers to bring to life the vision of the Trinity River as a public space that unites the city, creates economic development, provides access for people to nature, and inspires stewardship for the river ecosystem.  He is the founder and president of building community WORKSHOP, and the founding director, Dallas City Design Studio.

Jay Haigler

Jay has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate development, asset management, and engineering. He also has private sector programs and initiatives designed to promote market-rate and affordable housing, economic and community development. Over the course of his career, Jay has successfully completed commercial, industrial, and residential real estate projects that have exceed more than $1billion. He is the managing director of Infill Development Group, LLC in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate’s Minority Developers Executive program.

Tommy R. Bowie

Tommy retired after more than 30 years from Department of the Treasury. His Treasury career included assignments in Human Resource and processing discrimination complaints – to include conducting investigations, providing procedural instruction to recently hired agents in the areas of investigation, and writing decisions on behalf of the Agency. These decisions cited EEOC regulations and the relevant case law on which the decision was based. His church leadership service includes Church Elder and former chairman and member of the Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church Deacons Ministry. Both combined extend more than two decades. Tommy attended El Centro College and completed requirements for his bachelor’s degree at Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University).

Denise Y Mason

Denise Y Mason is the Community Relations Officer for BBVA covering North Texas. She serves as the bank’s local champion in leading community relations programs and projects that support organizational corporate responsibility objectives for community outreach, reputation building and business development. Denise also helps execute local charitable giving and volunteerism activities, providing support to the BBVA Foundation, BBVA Charity and BBVA Employee Volunteers. She monitors market level compliance with Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) guidelines and goals and works with local market executives to develop strategies to meet the financial needs of low to moderate income communities. Prior to joining BBVA, Denise spent 25 years in Community Development and was responsible for the execution of comprehensive regional community development programs for several major banking institutions on the East Coast.

Libbie Terrell Lee
Executive Director

As executive director, Libbie brings her commitment and passion to the Bottom community and is energized with the opportunity to be a part of the transformation of this historic neighborhood. As a Dallas native, born and raised in South Dallas, she has witnessed the many destructive things that have happened over the years, and is now excited to be a part of the community change that is coming! Libbie is a recognized professional in the areas of nonprofit management, business development, grant writing and fund development. She has exceptional capacity in community development and building and maintaining strong working partnerships. She is dual degreed and holds an MBA with decades of service in the Dallas community. She is also the managing director and principal of LTL International, a human resource and business management company.

Dr. Lorin R. Carter
Director of Community Initiatives

Dr. Lorin R. Carter is passionate about facilitating healthy, vibrant communities and equipping people with tools needed to be independent determinants of their destiny. Dr. Carter’s education and professional practice spans civil engineering, law, higher education, public policy, and urban planning. This interdisciplinary background has honed her skills in community engagement & education, instruction, program & strategy development, equity, project management, grant writing, administrative procedure, and various areas of legal practice. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Carter now serves as the Director of Community Initiatives with the Golden S.E.E.D.S. Foundation overseeing impactful projects such as the Bottom Beautification Grant seeking to immediately improve the quality of life for Bottom neighborhood residents. She is also the Founder and Chief Strategist of Carter Creative Enterprises, LLC Companies, including C-Suite Consulting.