Our Team

T.D. Jakes Foundation Team

The T.D. Jakes Foundation team is composed of successful business leaders who have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to create a culture of inclusion and expand access to opportunity.

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Hattie Hill

President and CEO

Hattie Hill has spent more than three decades developing successful global diversity and gender equity strategies that drive cultural change and create inclusive environments for corporations, nonprofit organizations and foundations across 70 countries, including IBM, Southwest Airlines and McDonald’s.

Hattie paved the way in advising some of the world’s largest brands and Fortune 500 CEOs on why diversity, inclusion and gender equity should be prioritized, and her work over the past 30 years has profoundly impacted the way that many of today’s organizations approach the topic of inclusion.

Hattie serves on the board for Texas Women’s Foundation, National Restaurant Association, VisitDallas, Dallas Regional Chamber and ShareMaster.

Kezia Stegemoeller

Chief Partnerships Officer

Kezia Stegemoeller plays a key role to develop and implement the T. D. Jakes Foundation’s partnerships-focused Strategic Plan and build the organizational capacity and culture. Stegemoeller joins T.D. Jakes Foundation after serving as Senior Director of Donor Engagement at The Dallas Foundation. In that role, she co-launched a multi-million-dollar fund to advance equity for Dallas’ BIPOC residents through strategic philanthropic investment in organizations combatting systemic inequities in housing, infrastructure, economic opportunity, education, workforce development, criminal justice, and health.

Prior to her service at The Dallas Foundation, Stegemoeller was the Founding Executive Director of Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas. During her tenure, she developed a comprehensive plan for effective external alliances and new relationships to increase visibility, impact, and financial resources.

Kezia serves on the Racial Equity Committee of Our Friends Place, on The North Texas Community Advisory Board of Truist Bank and the Public and Nonprofit Management Program Advisory Board of The University of Texas at Dallas.

Michael Phillips

Chief Engagement and Fulfillment Officer

A successful pastor and community leader, Michael Phillips serves as a liaison between the T.D. Jakes Foundation and its affiliated entities to maximize resources and deliver optimal results to business and nonprofit partners, as well as the larger community.

After overcoming early struggles with the criminal justice system, Michael turned his life around and went on to found and lead the Kingdom Life Church, a non-denominational congregation in Baltimore. Built in an old ramshackle school, the church has a 3,000-member congregation and has been instrumental in helping to revitalize the formerly blighted neighborhood. Under Phillips’ stewardship, Kingdom Life has grown into a thriving faith community, brimming with passion for social justice.

In addition to his role as a pastor, Michael has been a strong advocate for school reform, having worked to forge a public/private partnership to relocate the Green Street Academy to the church premises as part of a $30 million redevelopment project. He is the founder of several nonprofits that support disadvantaged students in West Baltimore, including Faith Leaders for Excellent Schools. Throughout his career, Michael has served on numerous boards, including the Maryland State Board of Education. Presently, he is board chair for the nationwide education advocacy organization, 50CAN, and serves on the board of KuriosEd.

Michael is an inspirational speaker and author of the forthcoming book, “Wrong Lanes Have Right Turns: A Pardoned Man’s Escape from the School-to-Prison Pipeline and What We Can Do to Dismantle It.”

Trisha Watson

Trisha Watson

Chief of Staff

Arnetta Harris

Development Director

Board Members

The T.D. Jakes Foundation team is composed of successful business leaders who have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to create a culture of inclusion and expand access to opportunity.

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