Jennifer Keith has more than 19 years of experience in electrical engineering design with extensive experience in new construction, renovations and additions. She is particularly focused on providing clients with an excellent lighting and lighting control design as part of an integrated building electrical distribution system. Her projects have ranged from repeat site adapt retail and restaurant work to more complex multi-disciplinary collaborative designs.
Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington earned a master’s degree from the University Of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After 38 years of service as a teacher and working in administration in the public schools of Jefferson County, she retired and became heavily involved in her community, serving as president of the Pine Bluff Education Association, a member of the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center Board of Directors, the Pine Bluff Beautification Facilities Board, the Jefferson County Board of Governors, and a life member of the NAACP where she serves on the Education Committee of the Pine Bluff Branch.
Paul Esterer serves as Northwest Arkansas President of Newmark Moses Tucker Partners and is one of Arkansas’s leading commercial brokers in the state with a combined 28 years of experience in commercial real estate and banking. Esterer uses his background developing urban living, retail, dining and office space to help clients bring to life large-scale economic development efforts.
Jimmy Cunningham Jr., a native of Pine Bluff and current resident of Nashville, is a grant-writer, voiceover artist, author, community program consultant and executive director of the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Grambling State University.
Monica Kumar and Jayme Brandt are co-founders at Kinship, a socially driven design firm in Bentonville that offers products, projects and workshops to ignite community change. Jayme is an artist and illustrator who works to make social and cultural issues feel authentic and relevant. Monica is a human rights/commercial lawyer who now works in community development.
Jonathan Shively is the co-founder and president of Central Construction Group and Southland Building Materials. Prior to joining CCG, Shively was a managing director at Stephens Inc., a financial services firm, where Shively was the head of the institutional equity sales teams for both Europe and the Southwest United States.
Stitches is an artist and community activist collective in Springdale. In 2015, co-founder Samuel Lopez asked several friends interested in art and the community to join him at a downtown master planning initiative meeting in Springdale. The group’s participation had a profound and positive effect on the master plan vision.
Adam Rutledge, a third-generation banker, began his career as a teenager at First Security Bank in Searcy. Rutledge is fortunate to have had ideal role models in his grandfather and father, who instilled in him a love for business and banking, and the belief that community banking is about improving the lives of local families and businesses, regardless of their financial situation.
Epiphany "Big Piph" Morrow is a Stanford-educated emcee and community builder from Pine Bluff. He performs regularly with his seven-piece band, Tomorrow Maybe, and has worked with major acts including TI, Big Sean, Snoop and Ne-Yo. He is lead coordinator of Global Kids-Arkansas, which sends stellar high school students in underserved communities abroad for social service projects.
Kane Webb was appointed as the Executive Director of the Department in 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. As executive director Webb oversees all development and operations of the State Parks, grants and technical assistance to communities for parks, the promotion of the state through the Tourism Division and the fight against litter with the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.