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Starsky Wilson


The Rev. Starsky Wilson, who serves as co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, is president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant-making organization devoted to making child well-being a civic priority in the St. Louis region. He is the pastor of Saint John's Church in St. Louis.

Wilson also serves on the boards of the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund, the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, FOCUS-St. Louis, Teach for America-St. Louis and the Mayor's Commission on Children, Youth and Families, where he co-chaired the Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force. Under his leadership, the Urban League Young Professionals established St. Louis' Young Blacks Give Back initiative, which has provided thousands of community-service hours to local nonprofits over the last 12 years.

When the goal is social equity, programs are important but policies are for the long term.