WHO WE ARE

 THE VISION 

Using the restoration and expansion of the Forest Theater, Forest Forward works to ignite a just, healthy and thriving South Dallas.

 Our sights are set on the future. 

 The revitalized Forest Theater will focus on respecting, uplifting, and cultivating the Black community through collaboration. South Dallas residents will get to utilize the theater as a multi-purpose destination hub that sits at the heart of South Dallas as a hub for creativity, business, and entertainment. 

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LEADERSHIP

 Our leaders are agents of change that share a commitment to break the cycle of generational poverty and racism rooted in the South Dallas community by providing necessary tools and educational resources to help the community thrive. 

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 Elizabeth Wattley 

President & CEO

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 Cecilyn Bryan 

 Director of Operations 

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 Ashley Wilson 

 Director of Strategic Parterships

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LaSheryl Walker

 Director of Community Engagement 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Newly formed, Forest Forward has attracted a board comprised of change agents that share a commitment and experiences that will contribute to bringing healthy neighborhood revitalization to the South Dallas community.

 Larry James 

 Matrice Ellis-Kirk 

 JON HALBERT 

 LINDA HALBERT 

 GILBERT GERST 

 MATTHEW RUFFNER 

 FROWSA BOOKER-DREW 

 DIANE RAGSDALE

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