2022-2023 Board of Directors

Empower Missouri’s Board of Directors is a dedicated group of anti-poverty advocates who are deeply committed to our work of engaging the public in the legislative process to change laws and policies that perpetuate cycles of poverty. As an organization, we strive to seat a board that is geographically, racially, socioeconomically and ideologically diverse in order to shape a leadership team with a broad range of perspectives on the issues facing our state. The 2022-2023 Board of Directors, which includes nine women and six people of color, represent six communities across the state, and bring a wide variety of knowledge and experience in fundraising, finance, and human resources in sectors deeply attached to Empower Missouri’s work.

Learn more about each of our Board members by clicking on their photos below:

Board Officers

Marqueia Watson, MSW

Executive Director, Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness

Marilyn Chappell

CFO & Co-Owner, Chappell Electric LLC/Founder & Executive Director, Exceeds Expectations, Inc.

Board Members

Maria Cepeda

Freelance Interpreter

Raquel Cooper

Human Resources Coordinator, City of St. Louis

Stephanie Cooper

CEO, Douglass Community Services, Inc.

Anatolij Gelimson

CTO & Co-Founder, Fast Democracy

Izzy Litwack

Technical Assistance Provider, Community Catalyst

Jeffrey Lofton

Chief of Police, City of Clever Police Department

Dr. Tiffany Patton

Principal, Hazelwood School District

Jennifer Shotwell

CEO, Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Region X

Misha Blake Smith

Refugee Resettlement Activities Coordinator, Missouri Office of Refugee Administration