Melissa Maddox-Evans
Melissa Maddox-Evans

Melissa Maddox-Evans, Esq. has over fifteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry and over twenty-eight years in community development initiatives. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Georgia. She

C. Edward Rawl , Jr.
C. Edward Rawl , Jr.

C. Edward Rawl, Jr. is a Senior Counsel at The Boeing Company in its Labor, Employment & Benefits Law Group.  He works on a wide range of labor and employment matters related to strategy, counseling and advice, union

Tommy Preston,JR
Tommy Preston,JR

Tommy Preston, Jr. is the vice president of Ethics at The Boeing Company, where he leads a team of global professionals focused on articulating, amplifying and embedding the company’s values across the enterprise. The Ethics organization also ensures efficient and

Ralph C. Dawson
Ralph C. Dawson

Ralph is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, where he grew up as one of 12 children on the eastside. He attended various segregated public schools, graduating from C. A. Brown High School with honors in 1966. At Brown,

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

Joe Riley is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America.   He served ten terms as Mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016.

He graduated from The Citadel in 1964

Mayor Steve Benjamin 
Mayor Steve Benjamin 

At 29 years old in 1999, Benjamin was appointed to Governor Jim Hodges' cabinet as director of the state's second largest law enforcement agency, the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

Mayor Benjamin has continued his service to the

Millicent Brown, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Millicent E. Brown, Ph.D.
Teaching Faculty
Millicent Brown, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Millicent E. Brown, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty

Millicent Ellison Brown, Ph.D. is a native of Charleston, SC who credits her parents' involvement in mid twentieth-century civil rights initiatives for her lifetime commitment to social and economic justice.

She received her B.A. In History from the College of Charleston,

Armond Derfner, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Armand Derfner, LL.B.
eaching Faculty
Armond Derfner, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Armand Derfner, LL.B.

eaching Faculty

Armand Derfner, LL.B. has practiced civil rights law and constitutional law for more than a half century. He has tried civil and criminal cases, argued appeals in courts ranging from Justice of the Peace and Magistrate’s Courts to the

Audrey Lane
Audrey Lane

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Audrey KS Lane is the founder and CEO of Lane Equity Enterprises, a management consulting firm with expertise in the areas of non-profit leadership, strategy, leadership development, talent pipeline development, and project management

Dwayne Green
Dwayne Green

Dwayne Green is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience. In addition to handling cases for various plaintiffs, Dwayne has tried dozens of personal injury cases on behalf of insurers such as Allstate, State Farm and Liberty Mutual.

Amanda Lawrence
Amanda Lawrence

Amanda Lawrence is a change agent, known for developing creative strategies, building complex systems and executing large-scale collaborative efforts with integrity and accountability and through authentic engagement. Lawrence has served in the nonprofit sector for twelve years and serves

Patricia Williams LessaneAnn LeClaire, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams Lessane
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams LessaneAnn LeClaire, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams Lessane

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Patricia Williams Lessane is the Executive Director of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and

Nelson B Rivers, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III
Teaching Faculty
Nelson B Rivers, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III

Teaching Faculty

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III is the Pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in the Liberty Hill Community of North Charleston, SC and the Vice President of Religious Affairs and External Relations of the National Action Network since 2014. For

Judge Alex Sanders, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty
Judge Alex Sanders
Teaching Faculty
Judge Alex Sanders, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty
Judge Alex Sanders

Teaching Faculty

Judge Alex Sanders is now a College of Charleston professor in the Department of Political Science after serving as the University's 19th President. A man of many talents, Sanders' job descriptions have also included Chief Judge of the SC