Ponsella Hardaway, Executive Director
(313) 962-5290 ext. 15
Ponsella Hardaway is a native Detroiter. Since 1996, Ponsella has been an organizer with MOSES; She is also a National Trainer with the Gamaliel Foundation. In addition to leaders across Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the country, she has trained congregation members in South Africa, Swaziland and in the United Kingdom. Ms. Hardaway has also traveled to Brazil and Mali to study NGO’s work on political and social issues.
In her first year of organizing, Ms. Hardaway organized 22 Detroit congregations to conduct neighborhood listening campaigns and do safe zones actions (small public meetings of 200–600 people) to address abandoned buildings, drug houses, recreation, dumping, street lighting and gangs. She is most proud of organizing a 40 minute meeting with MOSES leadership and United States President Bill Clinton, who agreed to work with the organization by opening doors in Washington D.C. needed to leverage the resources to obtain their vision for improved youth programs.
In 2008, Ms. Hardaway organized a public meeting to address hospital closures, access to grocery stores, immigration reform and public transportation. She was successful in turning out 3,000 people and public officials, even though President Obama’s rally was an hour before and five miles down the road from the MOSES rally.
Jeremy Waechter, Lead Organizer
(313) 962-5290 ext.
DeJuan Bland, Organizer
(313) 962-5290 ext. 24
DeJuan was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Ross Hill Academy in 2010 he went on to Spring Arbor University where he majored in Communications and Media. During undergrad he also studied Pastoral ministry, is currently serving as youth leader for Faith Redemption Center, and soon will be ordained as minster in the COGIC church. Art has been a big part of his life since a child and he has dedicated the past 15 years using art to bring to life the pain and beauty of his reality through various platforms. For the past three years he has mentored at-risk youth in the city of Detroit while working for Developing KIDS. After his graduation in May of 2015 he sought a job that would give that same sense of fulfillment and came across organizing during the Race and Power Summit held in Detroit. He is now the youth organizer for MOSES and is working to support CB3 as a model for youth organizing youth.
Rachel Klein, Organizer
(313) 962-5290 ext.