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  • James Lawrence

    James Lawrence is the director of Gainesville For All, a community-based initiative sponsored by the Gainesville Sun and the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. As a director, Lawrence is responsible for daily operations and organizing and coordinating our teams focusing on housing and transportation, jobs and families, education, criminal justice and health. Lawrence is optimistic about its growth and proposals that will be made public in January 2018. Lawrence looks to Barack Obama for his increased awareness, optimism and confidence, and like Obama, Lawrence is finding ways to make a change on a local level.

    “I’m passionate about my faith, family and the personal mission I’m on to make ‘Be the change you want to see” more than a catchy-sounding mantra. It’s who I am,” Lawrence said. “After more than 40 years as a journalist, I recognize that much work remains. I feel blessed to be able to continue the fight for justice and equality as a semi-retiree with fewer encumbrances.”