Lea Campbell, a resident of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is founding President of Mississippi Rising Coalition and a passionate advocate for dismantling exploitative systems perpetuating white supremacy, heteropatriarchy and poverty. Her advocacy and community organizing work in Mississippi has focused on anti-racism and anti-poverty initiatives; dismantling the prison industrial complex; ending food apartheid in Mississippi; removal of the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag and advocating for equal civil rights protections for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Lea approaches social justice work through an intersectional lens grounded in the political analysis of the Black feminist liberation movement and is inspired by fellow Southern anti-racist activist and organizer Anne Braden who said, "As long as people of color can be written off as expendable, and therefore acceptable victims of the most extreme inequities, none of the basic injustices of our society will be addressed; they will only get worse.”
Morris Mock was born in Natchez, MS and attended North Natchez High School then Calloway High School in Jackson. He attended Jackson State University where he majored in Music. Morris is a graduate of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute and one of the founding members of Nissan Organized Workers (NOW) at the Nissan factory in Canton, MS, where he has been a worker-organizer for over 15 years. He is also an illustrious member of AF&M. Morris, whose passion is labor rights and organizing, states, "There's no peace without unity!" Morris serves as Board Vice-President.
Laronne O. Lewis, Sr. is a native of New Orleans, LA and father of 3 young men. He has called Waveland, MS his home for 32 years and is a 1993 graduate of Bay St Louis High School. Laronne attended MS Gulf Coast Community College where he studied Industrial Maintenance and Business Administration and was a member of MGCCC football team. After college, Laronne committed to a lifestyle change and pursued a career as an All-Natural Professional Bodybuilder and still competes today. Laronne works as a maintenance technician for Hancock County HUD and served 2 years as the Hancock County Political Chair and 2nd Vice President of the Hancock County branch of the MS NAACP. In addition to his service on the MRC Board, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hancock County Boys and Girls Club. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Hancock County, and in his spare time, Laronne loves to mentor young men from all walks of life. He is passionate about building resilient, sustainable and healthy communities.
Lisa Foster is a native of Petal, MS. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Masters degree in War & Society (History) and a minor in Race & Ethnicity. Prior to graduate school, she spent ten years in the museum field and a total of fifteen years in non-profits. She was awarded the 2017 Mississippi Historical Society’s prize for best Mississippi History Now website article as co-author of the feature story “Jefferson Davis Soldier Home – Beauvoir.” She has also worked as a research consultant for an episode of the genealogy television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” Her work and research interests include the Mississippi Homefront during the Civil War, the Confederate veteran, social welfare for Mississippi Confederates and their dependents (wartime aid and post-war pensions), and the Beauvoir Soldiers Home. Lise serves as Board Treasurer and grant writer for MRC.
Bev Bisbee is a resident of Pascagoula, MS and the administrator of MRC's South MS Rainbow Mutual Aid Fund. She spent most of her formative years in Kitsap County, WA where she grew up in a low-income household. Mutual aid became a way of life for Bev at a young age when she began working with Stand Up for Kids, an organization that aided unhoused and marginalized youth. She also worked with Americorps and other projects centering folks in poverty and the unhoused. Bev became a mother at age 18 and now has 5 kids of her own along with 3 "bonus kids" that she solo parents. When she moved to Mississippi during the 2020 COVID pandemic, she began volunteering with MRC's mututal aid community, becoming the South MS RMAF administrator in 2022. Bev identifies as asexual and gender fluid, and her life's passion is mutual aid, particularly with the unhoused community. Bev's motto is, "Mutual aid is the future!"