We're excited to announce that Justin Merrick has been named the next Executive Director of Center for Transforming Communities. Amy Moritz, current Executive Director, will guide the transition process.
“The CTC Board has unanimously selected Justin Merrick to be our next Executive Director,” says Mary Jo Greil, Board Chairman. “In 2018, as CTC celebrates transitioning into its second decade, we needed a leader who has vision for how CTC will build upon and advance ten years of leadership in engaging communities. Justin has a commitment to CTC’s core values and mission, and a capacity to strategically guide the organization forward. He brings vision, passion, and talent to accelerate the anticipated growth and impact of CTC.”
Justin's background uniquely positions him to assume post as CTC’s second Executive Director. Combining his passion for community empowerment and his experience serving as a Connector and organizer in the Medical District, he has helped to facilitate CTC's growth. Possessing significant experience in nonprofit management, diversity training, leadership development, cultural strategy, social justice work, and the arts, Justin will advance and align the organization's current strategic plan and guide CTC towards a deeper and more authentic connection with partnering communities.
“Justin brings the ability to connect with all people across the full spectrum of CTC’s community change work – whether it is meeting with a neighbor on her front porch in the midst of a Shalom Zone or strategizing with other executive directors and foundation heads about how we collaboratively create a more just and equitable Memphis” states outgoing Executive Director, Amy Moritz. Justin brings together the necessary relationships across various sectors and partners that will help CTC comprehensively embody the vision of cultural engagement and community transformation.
"CTC is the only organization in Memphis investing in neighbors coming together to create a shared voice that impacts their community...I'm excited to serve on the CTC Board under Justin's leadership" states Kenny Latta, former CTC Staff.
Justin believes "CTC can be a bridge of social transformation that will help our city continue to heal. At the crossroads of where a strident history meets a powerful legacy, I am inspired and honored to support authentic residential voice and agency in the communities CTC partners with.”
Justin has a Master of Arts in Opera and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and minor in Education from Hampton University. As a Grammy-nominated music educator, he served as the Artistic & Operations Director of Soulsville Foundation Stax Music Academy where his work in youth development and the arts has been heralded across the globe. His leadership, entrepreneurial pursuits and involvement with organizations such as Art UP, David Porter’s Memphis Music Town, the Memphis Music Initiative and most recently his work as co-creator and co-director of the musical “Union” at Clayborn Temple, underscore Justin’s natural ability towards supporting others to realize their dreams & aspirations, cultivating talent and raising up the authentic voices of communities.
“Justin’s passion is immediately evident, both seen and felt, and even more exciting is his vision and the fact that it is rooted in real work in our neighborhoods and community. We eagerly anticipate the new heights that he will bring to CTC, and more importantly to the neighborhoods and communities of Memphis.” says incoming Board Chairman, Chip Clay.