James Parker is the Volunteer Programs Manager at Greenwood Rising. With years of experience working alongside community leaders, James is adept at building strong relationships and carving paths that increase access and opportunity for marginalized communities. James holds a B.A. in Media Studies from Northeastern State University where he also obtained a M.A. in Communication.

As a communication major, James examined the portrayal of people of color in the media, lack of positive representation of people of color in the media, and root causes of generational disparities. In his spare time, James is a professional photographer and advocate for holistic health and wellness. 



Clara comes to Greenwood Rising with a social work background, having earned a Master of Social Work from Delaware State University and has previous experience working with disenfranchised populations to address barriers to employment and overall well-being. She has also discovered and obtained funding from nationally and internationally recognized stakeholders for a social enterprise in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Additionally, Clara had the privilege of working with a Tulsa-local Black-owned business to secure funding for operational continuity and begin the certification process of gaining recognition as a Black-owned business at the State and Federal levels.

Clara’s time and heart are dedicated to the multifaceted empowerment of marginalized groups and commitment to the vibrancy of her community.  In her spare time, Clara writes music, plays the guitar, and sings - even if it’s a little off-key!


Calah McQuarters graduated from Howard University double majoring in Afro-American Studies and Political Science.

As a native Tulsan and graduate of Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School, she has been fortunate to learn much over the years about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, but not so much about the success of Black Wall Street prior to and after 1921. This led her to write a senior thesis on the creation of Black Wall Street.

Learning about the history of Black Wall Street and sharing with her peers the genius and spirit of entrepreneurship and community that existed in Greenwood in the early 1900s. In the midst of a less than welcoming time and atmosphere has inspired her to imagine and work towards a restored sense of pride in North Tulsa and much-needed reconciliation across Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma, and the United States.