I’m currently the Executive Chairman of The Justice Alliance, a Baton Rouge-based 501(c)4 social justice nonprofit, and the founder & Creative Director of Anderson Creative Strategies LLC. A passionate advocate for social justice, in 2015 as Campaign Director for Voice of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), I led the passage of the nation’s most sweeping school-to-prison pipeline reform legislation in Illinois and in 2018, I created the My Louisiana Equality & Equity Summit, an annual statewide social justice policy conference based in Baton Rouge.
A graduate of Louisiana Tech University and LSU Law Center, I took a year off of college in 2007 to work on then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, first as an unpaid social media intern in the campaign’s Chicago HQ and later as a full-time field organizer in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school, I taught legal studies courses at Capitol High School and worked as a legal aide at the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, helping to facilitate client intake and social security disability applications. After law school, I worked as a Campaign Manager at Capital Area United Way, raising money for local nonprofits & charities.
More recently, I served as Communications Director for Together Baton Rouge & Together Louisiana, helping lead the fights against ITEP and against the incorporation of St. George.
The son and grandson of Methodist preachers & a military brat (Air Force & Marines), I attended the now-defunct charter school East Baton Rouge Arts & Technology School for two years of high school before graduating from the historic McKinley Senior High School in 2006.
Even as a young student, I’ve been committed to serving the Baton Rouge community & making it a better, more just place to live. As a high school kid in BR, I was a charter member of Baton Rouge’s first youth poetry slam team and competed nationally in New York during my senior year of high school.
I later served as the first board president of Forward Arts, the organization that would go on to host Baton Rouge’s All-City youth poetry competitions. In 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I led a group of friends from high school and from the youth group City at Peace to host a fundraiser for the New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity.
In 2020, I took the bold leap to run for the Metropolitan Council in East Baton Rouge Parish. As a first time candidate with less than a $5,000 budget, I managed to shock the local political establishment by coming 106 votes shy of making that race’s runoff election, coming in third and ahead of the candidates with official Democratic party endorsements and far larger campaign war chests.
Today, in addition to my social justice work through The Justice Alliance, I serve as Communications Director for Defending Rights & Dissent, a national civil liberties nonprofit.