Young Professionals Board

AHF’s Young Professionals Board is an organization comprised of culturally-savvy professionals throughout Alabama. The YP Board’s mission is to increase awareness of AHF amongst a broad demographic by implementing programming events and activities that display cultural awareness. The board cultivates young professional members into leaders who have a strong understanding of the benefit of the humanities.



ARDEN K. BLACKWELL, Events Chair, is Executive Director of The National Business League of Alabama, an economic development agency empowering self-sustainable African-American communities. She’s a Birmingham/Homewood native and Alumna of TROY University with a B.A. in Humanities & Leadership Development. Arden also serves as Ward 2 Representative for The Homewood Arts Council. As the result of constant self-education in the Sociology of Community Development, Arden began her free-lance career at age 17 with the founding of her first student organization at Homewood High; and a second organization her senior year at TROY. Leveraging The Arts as a means of community development, Ms. Blackwell has curated endeavors for BMA’s Art on the Rocks, Art Walk Birmingham, Homewood City Hall and the renaissance that is Ensley’s Revitalization.

NANCY COOPER is a Birmingham native making it her home after college due to the burgeoning opportunities in the nonprofit arts sector. Nancy is Membership Officer at the Birmingham Museum of Art and has been with the AHF YP Board for two years.

VICTOR GRIFFIN is originally from Oklahoma making Birmingham home after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). While working for BBVA Compass is not in the humanities field directly, he believes in the work AHF does to bring humanities to all aspects of life and all communities.

SABRINA JONES, Secretary, is a Birmingham native who decided to started her professional career here due to her many connections in the city. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a Bachelors or Science in Human Development and Family Studies and the University of West Alabama ( M.S in Counseling/ Psychology. A recent inductee into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Sabrina also works with the Social Security Administration and sees daily how the humanities influence all walks of life.

DAWN LEE, Chair, is the Education Activities Specialist for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (B.A. Art History) and The George Washington University (M.A.T. Museum Education) Dawn began her career of service by volunteering with the Birmingham Museum of Art followed by internships with The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center​ and The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

GLENNISE MARSHALL, Treasurer, is a visual artist and native of Birmingham. After graduating with a degree in studio arts, Glennise volunteers at the Birmingham Museum of Art, assists at their gift shop and creates/sells her own work via her multiple social media platforms.


The ALABAMA HUMANITIES FOUNDATION (AHF) Young Professionals Board (YP Boardseeks to establish membership of young professionals across the state of Alabama and represent a diverse cross section of professionals from business, academic and nonprofit sectors. The membership consists of 20 young professionals from the state of Alabama that are under the age of 40  (21-40).

Individuals may apply for membership twice during the calendar year. The first deadline for applications is March 15 and the second deadline is November 15. Interested applicants must complete and submit an application, resume, and a statement of interest. Please contact Kendall Chew, Development & Communications Coordinator, ( for more information.


Join the ALABAMA HUMANITIES FOUNDATION YP Board as we host evenings of networking, mingling and exploring how AHF, through its many programs, encourage life-long learning and cultivate an appreciation for the diversity of human experiences in the Alabama community.

In our Think & Drink series, we introduce the humanities into the current events and popular topics to inform conversations and foster cultural awareness. Think & Drink invites participants to join facilitated public conversations alongside humanities scholars, artists, and practitioners to create an interplay of ideas and perspectives in the public square.