About

Operate. Work. Empower.

Purpose

We are a diverse group of people seeking to make systemic changes in our homes, our communities, and our environments. We focus on the many issues that unite us; while respectfully disagreeing on the few differences that divide us. 

We are operating exclusively for civic, research, political, educational, and charitable purposes. Our mission involves working to increase civic participation in all levels of government. Our vision is a more empowered public.

 

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Board of Directors

 
 

Chairman & CEO

Malachi Gibson

Malachi Joel Zechariah Gibson (Mally) is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Unconventional Coalition, managing all aspects pertaining to the vision and mission of the organization, including the goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics.

A big believer in objectivity, Mally supports the most democratically approach possible in resolving issues.

He is a qualified servant, salesman, contractor, floor layer, field organizer, activist, carpenter, painter, sound technician, and holds the Bachelors in Science with a concentration in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Associates in Arts from the City Colleges of Chicago. High School Diploma from Percy L. Julian High School. Elementary Diploma from Carrie Jacob’s Bond (Attended Fernwood Academy until 4th grade). Preschool Diploma from the Creative Mansion (Formerly Hyde Park Academy).

 

Education

Stuart School of Business ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
B.S. of Business Administration, 2015

CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO
AB, General Studies, 2012

Activities & Affiliations

• Social Justice Committee, President
• Student Government Association, President
• Junior Achievement
• Presidential Scholar
• Don Esmond Scholar
• Developing Communities Project

 

 

 
 

 
 
 

Chief Operational Officer & Trustee

Ashley Turner

Turner focuses on the coalition's operations, whether that's looking after issues related to marketing, sales, production, and personnel or implementing a business strategy to approving core corporate initiatives and projects. Turner has facilitated entrepreneurs on the best fashion advice for their brands. She designs displays, stands, and panels which are used for exhibitions, conferences and other events.

 

Education

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
B.S., Fashion Marketing and Management, 2017

CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO
AS, Criminal Justice, 2013

Activities & Affiliations

  • City Colleges of Chicago, Student Trustee

  • Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee, Student Trustee Representative

  • Runway Addicts, Lead Visual Coordinator

 

 
 

 
 
 

Chief Financial Officer & Registered Agent

Pamela Gibson

Pamela is the founder of Pam’s Tax Services based in Chicago, IL. With over 25 years of experience, she provides a variety of tax services to corporations, trusts, partnerships and individuals including income tax planning, tax return preparation, review, assistance with foreign tax issues and IRS correspondence and representation. In addition to being dedicated to helping clients achieve business success by helping them establish practical and sound tax processes, she is a strong mother who still finds time to help the Englewood community. She continues to be one of the most valuble assets to our organization.

 

Education

LINDBLOM TECH HIGH SCHOOL

Activities & Affiliations

• Entrepreneur and Founder of Pam's Tax Services

 
 

 
 
 
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Chief Logistical Officer & Trustee

Douglas Hardy

As a Chicago Native hailing from the SouthSide Chatham neighborhood, Douglas has always had a charitable spirit. Having lived in the South Suburbs as well as the City of Philadelphia as a youth, he's been apart of The Boys and Girl Clubs of America, Eklesia Theatre group(a nonprofit theatre), and numerous Church organizations and fundraisers throughout the years. His latest opportunity as Unconventional Coalitions Chief Logistics Officer isn't just a title. As an Professional Owner Operator in the Trucking industry, logistics is literally right up his alley.

 
 

Education

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
BA., 2007

HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL

Activities & Affiliations

• Talented Musician

 
 

 
 
 
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Director of Human Resources & Trustee

Joseph House

Joseph L House is a native Chicagoan, born and raised on the Southside. He is attending Calumet Career Preparation Academy to advance his career and graduate from Chicago State University. Joseph is adept at understanding the complexities and challenges facing urban communities. and is determined to change the Chicago southside economic infrastructure with broader employment opportunities. He entails a unique perspective where he works as a Human Resource functionary at Accenture. His current position as the Director of Human Resource Management for Unconventional Coalition serves as a great platform to drive progress toward self-sufficiency, respect, and business development for Chicago's youth.

 
 

Education

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Activities & Affiliations

 

 
 

 
 
 
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CHIEF MARKETING & Technology Officer

Nate Thurman

Nate Thurman is a native Chicagoan, born and raised who regularly volunteers to give back to the city and is working to make a name for himself in the marketing industry. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in Power Systems & Wireless Communication along with an MBA in Strategic Marketing and Finance. While in undergrad, he discovered an interest in technology and the arts of marketing while working in event marketing for the most popular brands. During this time, he also developed a strong sense of devotion to public service as the Community Service Coordinator of the National Society of Black Engineers at Northern Illinois University. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how nonprofit organizations seek to improve the quality of life for communities. Today, he provides technical support and promotional outreach for the organization. He oversees the implementation of campaigns to encourage people to get involved and builds awareness of growing concerns on the local level.

 
 

Education

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
BS., Electrical Engineering, 2014

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
MBA, Marketing & Finance, 2018

Activities & Affiliations

  • Chatham Food Pantry

  • Society of Women Engineers

  • National Society of Black Engineers

  • Let America Vote

  • Graphic Designer

 

 
 

 
 
 

Assistant Director of Outreach for Youth Relations 

Shyhie Brown

The youngest member of our board, Shyhie Brown is a Chicago-native living in Glenbard, IL. In high school, he began as an ambitious entrepreneur and creative starting his own clothing brand. Now, he works in a fast-paced environment at the offices of the United States Postal Service. In his free time, he dedicates his time to giving back to the community and works on music. Grateful for an amazing group of neighborhood friends, Shyhie makes sure that his influence positively impacts the city.

 
 

Education

GLENBARD EAST HIGH SCHOOL, 2016

Activities & Affiliations

  •  Fashion Designer

 
 

 
 
 

Director Of Research

Lenell STRANGE

A proud Chicagoan born and raised, Lenell has always had a strong passion for youth and education. Whether it's spending summers tutoring children in various subjects or developing programs such as the STEM Camp for underrepresented youth, he continues to believe that the potential that all young people possess can be unlocked given the opportunity and resources to do so.

As Director of Research at this organization, he is tasked with finding and creating programs that make a long-term and immediate impact. In addition, he works closely with the development officers as a partner in helping them identify donors with the greatest capacity.

 
 

Education

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
BA., History

Activities & Affiliations