Charles H. Tucker, native of Cary, Mississippi, is co-founder and partner of Sustainable Equity. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a focus in Print Journalism from Jackson State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College. Charles has extensive experience in meeting facilitation, consensus building, community planning and needs analysis, social systems analysis, and creative writing to liberate community stories and gifts, bridge divisions and build community. He also offers experience in media management such as news reporting, feature and advertising copy writing, including sports reporting and writing, technical and creative writing.
Early in his career, Charles served as a News Clerk for the Associated Press in Jackson, MS covering Jackson State University football and basketball. Jackson State University is a historically Black college and university (HBCU). As Staff Writer in the Office of Public Relations, Charles orchestrated a redesign and production of the University website, their newsletter and the first alumni newsletter that had been published in 10 years. He also coordinated closely with the University development office to ensure accurate and timely media recognition of donors.
Charles served as the Operations Director for Development and Institutional Advancement for The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi. The Piney Woods School is the largest of only four historically African-American boarding schools left in the nation. There, he acted as a catalyst to improve effectiveness and efficiency of all department initiatives and programs through the application or reallocation of resources, the generation of ideas, the suggestion of fresh approaches, assistance in planning and the lending of hands-on assistance. In this position, he coordinated the “7th Annual Village Elders Luncheon”, which honored actor Morgan Freeman for his contribution to the state and to the Piney Woods School. It also employed a new format that included a major donor reception following the luncheon. The successful event was the first in the series to be fully underwritten by corporate sponsorships, sell out all 700 seats, and produce a profit.
Previously, Charles also served as a Public Information Officer for W. K. Kellogg Foundation – Mid South Delta Initiative (MSDI) based in Jackson, Mississippi. His efforts developed a photographic archive of MSDI programs and initiatives. As with the other organizations Charles has been involved in, he has coordinated media contacts and coverage and conducted outreach networking for the MDSI. He also serves as initiative level photographer and has given presentations about the MSDI.
Charles has been a freelance writer and photographer since 1989 and continues to offer this service. He photographs individuals and groups for use in advertising campaigns, media kits and in-house corporate communications. He is a contributing writer for the Jackson Free Press. His material includes feature articles, personality profiles, grant proposals, journal articles and other technical documents.
Charles has specialized training in development such as attending Association of Fundraising Professionals seminars, Donor Management Software training from Blackbaud University and the National Association of Independent Schools professional continuing education and enrichment seminars. His personal affiliations include Parents for Public Schools(Jackson), Association of Fundraising Professionals and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
In 2009, Charles became the Communications Director for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation (Winter Institute). He was later promoted to Associate Director. During his time with the Winter Institute, he helped create and maintain several of the Winter Institute's signature programs including the Winter Institute Summer Youth Institute, the Winter Civil Rights Activist in Residence Program and the Winter Institute Think Tank. He served as a facilitator and community builder and helped nurture national and international partnerships.
Charles left the Winter Institute in 2016 to become a partner and co-founder of Sustainable Equity, LLC. He works to build unity and consensus in communities, nonprofit and corporate entities. He uses his skills and experience as a facilitator and program designer. Charles has used his communications experience to advocate for social equity and community building for many years. He continues to focus on the journey of achieving sustainable equity.
Dr. Susan M. Glisson is co-founder and partner of Sustainable Equity, LLC. Susan, a native of Evans, GA, earned bachelor’s degrees in religion and in history from Mercer University, a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary. Her focus is social justice and she has been working to change conditions that have created a legacy of inequities for more than 20 years.
Offering years of practice-based evidence in community building, advocacy and public policy, Susan works with organizations seeking to make the greatest collective impact in creating inclusive and humane work and social environments and to develop the capacity to form sustainable community trust. This work includes workshops, retreats, research as a basis for building networks and communities of practice to increase individual learning and collective action for social justice. Her motivation is simple: "My mother taught me to leave places better than I found them.”
As founding director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Susan cultivated lasting partnerships with organizations promoting reconciliation and improved community relations both across the United States and in Belfast, Northern Ireland (with YouthLink) and in South Africa (with the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism & Democracy, and The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice). At the Winter Institute, an internationally recognized civil rights and social justice center located at the University of Mississippi, Susan engaged in years of community-based trust-building and advocacy. She supported impoverished communities in the Mississippi Delta in securing basic services. She co-founded a faith-based social justice organization devoted to affordable housing and local empowerment. In 2006, she co-created the Steps Coalition, a broad-based, multiracial group on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to secure affordable housing, equitable economic recovery, and environmental sustainability.
As an advocate for social justice, Susan served as special liaison to the Philadelphia Coalition, which issued a call for justice in the 1964 Neshoba civil rights murders in a commemorative event on the fortieth anniversary of the murders. The event and subsequent work helped lead to the first state conviction in the case in 2005. During this time, Susan served the local community as a media liaison during the two-week trial. She helped create and served the Tallahatchie County Emmett Till Memorial Commission in 2007, which offered an apology in the miscarriage of justice in the Emmett Till case in 1955. She has dedicated years of service working with educators to increase civil rights education in schools and in fact, spearheaded the passage of SB2718, which mandates teaching civil and human rights history in all Mississippi classrooms.
She has been widely recognized for her leadership, including:
Susan has numerous publications and been recognized in the media for her work, often called upon now as a public intellectual in matters of race. Susan has spoken at many events including at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, SC, and The Summit: World Change through Faith and Justice, Sojourners Conference in Washington, D.C., at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and at Initiatives of Change International in Caux, Switzerland.
She currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Board to the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She also chairs the Mississippi State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and is an International Researcher for the Apartheid Archive Project at the University of the Witwatersrand.
In 2016, Susan retired from the Winter Institute. She and her partner, Charles H. Tucker, co-founded Sustainable Equity, LLC, to work with communities, public institutions and businesses to foster effective historical dialogue in order to build trusting and respectful relationships. Susan is deeply committed and experienced in the work of transformation, truth-telling and community trust-building. Her focus continues to be on social justice and her ultimate goal remains achieving sustainable equity.