Our Board

Ed Fields, Chair

Ed Fields is an award-winning professional with more than fifteen years of experience in a variety of roles, including not-for-profit executive and entrepreneur, among other roles.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ed received his B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Alabama State University and his Executive MBA from The University of Alabama’s prestigious Manderson School of Business. He is certified in not-for-profit management by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Ed currently serves as Director, Events and Community Engagement for Alabama Media Group, Alabama’s largest media organization. He is a Founding Member of the Birmingham Change Fund and has been involved with the Community Investment Network since the organization’s inception.

 

Marsha Morgan, Vice Chair

Marsha Morgan was raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated from Ramsay High School.  She obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Marsha has gained numerous experiences while working at the Southern Company.  She has worked as Engineer in the areas of Distribution and Transmission.  She also has gained Generation and Compliance experience. Currently, she works Operations Compliance.

Marsha is involved in a number of community and professional organizations.  She is a Founding Member and immediate past Chairperson of the Birmingham Change Fund.  She also has held leadership positions in the local chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Tennessee State University Alumni Chapter.  She is involved with the Leadership UAB Alumni Council Steering Committee and the Birmingham Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Marsha resides in the greater Birmingham area with her husband, Jerome Morgan, Jr. She enjoys reading, traveling, and philanthropy education.  She is inspired by a quote by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

Darcel Madkins, Treasurer

Darcel Madkins is a Business Analyst for PNC Enterprise Risk Management.  She is responsible for exercising administrative control over the policy framework and Policy Manager Database, ensuring documents are in line with the framework.  She also analyzes and documents business processes and metrics, as well as identify improvements, opportunities, calculate and estimate the costs/benefits of alternative actions or solutions to establish viability/ROI, and assists in re-engineering business processes to deliver greater effectiveness and efficiency to the business.   Prior to her current position, she was the CEO of Umoja African Arts Company, a non-profit organization created to promote the indigenous culture of Africa in the United States.  Her previous corporate career included Bank of New York Mellon and PNC Advisors, where she held the positions of Derivative Product Liaison and PNC Advisors Retirement and Investments Account Manager.  In those capacities, she managed investments that were between $50M and $500M in sales.

Darcel is Co-Founder of African American Leadership Association (AALA).  The AALA serves as a vehicle to promote, develop, and recognize the network of African American leaders.  Darcel serves as a board chair for Community Investment Network (CIN), board of director of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC), and founding member of Sankofa Fund of Southwestern PA.  She is an alumni of Coro Center for Civic Leadership – Women In Leadership – WIL class of XV and Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. – Leadership Pittsburgh class of XXIX.

 

Joy Webb, Secretary

Joy Webb was born and raised in Decatur, GA. Her sense of volunteering and commitment to education was fostered by her parents who were both educators and volunteers in the community. Volunteering has been an important aspect of Joy’s life since childhood. As a Brownie, her troop visited the elderly at senior citizen homes. In high school, she learned about non-profit organizations in her sociology class. As a result she tutored children in various non-profit community programs. At Florida A& M University, as a member of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes, she worked with both the local women’s shelters and a feed the hungry program. She also served as a volunteer Girl Scout leader while attending college.

She served on the Art and Letters Committee of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Decatur Alumnae, where she coordinated the Spring into Reading Event. As a business professional, she has participated in non-profit and business conferences such as Chick-fil-A Leadership Conference, the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, and The United Way VIP Program. These programs have contributed to Joy becoming a more effective volunteer and leader.

In 2007, Joy founded Circle of Joy (COJ) Giving Circle, which is a philanthropic vehicle that promotes collective giving. As a group, members of the Circle pool their time, talent and treasure to strategically invest in improving the quality of life for the youth of the Atlanta Metro Area. In 2012, Joy became a member of the Board of Directors for The Community Investment Network.

 

Byron D. Baldwin

Byron Baldwin obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Jackson State University.  He is a member of Next Generation African American Philanthropist (NGAAP) and A Legacy Of Tradition (ALOT) Giving Circles, which provide Time, Talent and Treasure to support nonprofit organizations in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

Born into a family of civic organizers and philanthropists during the Civil Rights Era has nurtured Byron’s passion for methodized involvement for developing greater communities.  Byron is an adult & youth bible study teacher, coach (life, sports), mentor and community oriented activist.  A native of Gautier, MS, Byron currently resides in in Durham, NC.

 

Colette Lewis

As a Midwest native, Colette Lewis developed a strong sense of devotion to collective philanthropy growing up in a close knit family-oriented community. Colette’s passion for giving back and “paying it forward” fuels her leadership commitment to the Community Investment Network (CIN). She happily admits that her personal and professional success is due to the love of many selfless men and women who have poured into her life. In adulthood, she rekindled that passion as a founding member of Birmingham Change Fund.
Colette has obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a executive MBA from C.T. Bauer College of Business at University of Houston. She is President and Founder of FFG Strategic Consulting, a power industry engineering services firm, and has served for over 20 years providing engineering design and leadership in the energy industry.  She intentionally makes time, however, to strongly support STEM career initiatives, mentor, teach and support causes to “pay it forward” when she’s not traveling, dancing or decorating.