JJ is the Founder & CEO of Citizenville.org, a crowdfunding platform for civic projects. He launched Citizenville in 2018 as a social business to stimulate new sources funding and creativity for the civic environment. Since then the platform has helped to deliver a diverse mix of projects across the Jackson, MS through GUMBO crowdfunding dinners.
The monthly GUMBO event celebrates and supports community projects through micro grants. The event has helped Jacksonians support art, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and urban agriculture. The model is now being replicated throughout the state of Mississippi and the South.
In his spare time, he is head of technology at Midtown Charter where he teaches coding and entrepreneurship. He also enjoys running half marathons and traveling to explore local food cultures.
JJ received his bachelors in Business in 2015 from Ole Miss and is currently completing a masters in Educational Leadership.