“I believe one of the greatest opportunities before us today is engaging older adults as resources to respond to many of the challenges impacting communities across the country. This is especially true in inner-city neighborhoods. My sincere desire is to be a driving force in making this a reality.”
Raymond A. Jetson
Raymond A. Jetson is the catalytic force that has powered the evolution of the innovative social enterprise MetroMorphosis. After completing a two year fellowship on advanced leadership towards social impact at Harvard University, he’s set about the business of creating a different approach to community change. When asked to describe the work of MetroMorphosis, Jetson responds, “we create movements that matter enough to people that they become engaged in bringing change to their own communities.” He has a rich history of public service and impacting people. From April 2006 through December 2009, Raymond served as CEO for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps a nonprofit focused on supporting the recovery of families impacted by disasters. Prior to joining the Recovery Corps, Jetson was the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). In this capacity, he provided leadership for the state’s largest agency. Raymond served as the state Representative for District 61 in the Louisiana House of representatives for more than 15 years. And for 23 years he served as the pastor of the Star Hill Church. Jetson was also a Fellow in the AdvancedLeadership Initiative at Harvard University in 2010 and 2011. Raymond has continually emerged as a leading voice on community change strategies, social innovation, issues impacting boys and men of color, and authentic community engagement. Jetson has served as a source for USA TODAY, The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jetson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New Orleans Theological Seminary. He and his wife Tammy are the proud parents of J’Erica Nicole and Jeremy Louis.
Learn more here about the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, which supports diverse voices focusing on aging, longevity and the intergenerational opportunity.