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.

Steve Carpenter

Chief Operating Officer

A successful senior executive, Steve Carpenter has more than 35 years of experience in the C-suite of public and private companies. At the T.D. Jakes Foundation, he is developing collective impact solutions targeting workforce development and community-building initiatives to provide greater access to jobs and careers with living wages.

Steve launched his professional career as a senior financial officer with Texas Commerce Bancshares and MCorp and later transitioned to the information technology sector with Affiliated Computer Services. He went on to expand his C-suite experience in health & wellness services, customer relationship management, retail digital media, and ruggedized mobile computing for military and commercial customers.

In late 2015, Steve transitioned to the social services sector to leverage his 35+ years of leadership and experience to give back and serve those less fortunate. A man of faith, Steve is committing his time to helping organizations achieve their social services goals. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin and lives in the DFW area with his wife of 30 years.

Alison Draper Lolley

Chief Development Officer

Alison Draper Lolley is the Chief Development Officer for the T.D. Jakes Foundation where she is responsible for the cultivation of revenue streams and avenues for fundraising while furthering the overall mission of the organization.

Prior to joining the T.D. Jakes Foundation, Alison served as President of Belo Media Group, responsible for advertising and sponsorship sales for all A. H. Belo-owned properties serving the North Texas market: The Dallas Morning Newsdallasnews.comGuideLiveSportsDayal Día, and the CrowdSource events business.  Prior to that Alison served as the President of CrowdSource.

Alison’s extensive career in media includes the role of Publisher of the Chicago Reader, as well as Vice President/Chief Sales Officer/Group Publisher for its holding company, CL Inc., a chain of alternative weeklies, with sister titles in Atlanta, Tampa, and Washington, DC.  She worked three years with The Dallas Morning News from 2006-2009 as publisher of a quick-read daily paper, and as Senior Director of Local Advertising – Arts & Entertainment.   She also served five years as publisher of Dallas Observer, and for over a decade in senior management and business development positions at New Times Media.

Alison serves on the board of VNA of Texas, a nonprofit organization that helps the elderly maintain their independence.

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.”

Arnetta Harris

Development Director

Melissa Dabi

Programs 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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