About Us


Pearl Street Community Development Corporation, Inc.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the economically deprived metro Jackson community, provide educational opportunities, and advance economic development by meeting the social needs of disadvantaged families, youth and senior citizens.  


Our purpose and goals are to bring about positive change for an under privileged community.  Our goals include: 1) increasing the graduation rate and number of students who graduate from high school through after-school enrichment and mentoring  2) empower families with housing education, decent and affordable housing for low-income and moderate income families, financial literacy, and civic responsibility through educational workshops and community speakers  3) promote and enhance sustainable households and economic independence, and 4) to meet the immediate basic needs of families seeking temporary assistance through our clothing closet and food pantry.  Pearl Street CDC, Inc. addresses healthy meals and hunger.  Monthly, the food pantry distributes food to needy families.  In addition, during the summer months, when school is out, we provide healthy and nutritious hot meals to children.  

Our focus is to reach out into the community bring about positive change and develop respect for individuals with needs that are different from ones-self.  As we reach out to families, Pearl Street CDC, Inc. through diversity learns and understands the social needs, cultural values and beliefs of the various ethnic groups that reside in metropolitan Jackson.


Dr. Samuel Boyd Executive Director
Deborah Giles Associate Director/Director of Programs
Dr. Joeann Williams Food Pantry and Clothing Closet Coordinator
Mr. Marlon Beckley Food Pantry Coordinator
Mrs. Annie Harper Evening Stars/Senior Adults Coordinator
Mrs. Angelean Jones Sewing Every Wednesday/Quilting Program Coordinator
Ms. Tomekia Hooper Early Memory Loss Program Social Worker/Counselor
Ms. Linda Little Program Assistant
Ms. Brianna Barbour Newsletter Coordinator


Pearl Street Community Development Corporation, Inc. is governed by a board of directors and develops committees to help carry out its mission and goals.

Board of Directors 

Board Chair
Dr. Samuel H. Boyd, Sr.

1st Vice President
Mr. Charles Jones

2nd Vice President
Dr. Michael Gates

Mrs. Hazel Gaines

Mrs. Lure Berry

Mrs. Georgianne Brooks
Mr. Milton Chambliss  
Mr. Morgan Coleman

Advisory Board

Member Name Community Engagement Area
Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Boyd, Sr. Ex-offico Member/Executive Director
Dr. Michael Gates, Assistant Director
Jackson State University
Pearl Street CDC, Inc.
Georgianne Brooks, LSW Pearl Street CDC, Inc.
Milton Chambliss, Executive Director
Claiborne County Development District
Pearl Street AME Church
Deborah Giles, Program Director
Pearl Street CDC, Inc.
Pearl Street AME Church
Representative Alyce Clarke State Legislator
Senator  Sollie Norwood State Legislator
Councilman Charles Tillman Jackson City Councilman
Dr. Fran Bridges Pecan Park Neighborhood Association
Peggie Orey, President
Mr. Neal Robinson, Vice President
Hemingway Circle Neighborhood Association
Mr. C.E. Williams, Member
Mr. Alexander, President
Mr. Broome, Vice President
Matthews Street Neighborhood Association
Dr. Laketia Thomas, Principal Provine High School
Mahari Butler, Principal Adhiambo School
Greg Green, Owner Metro 24 Center
Dan Myers, Owner Save-a-Lot Grocery Store
Wanda Evers, Station Manager WMPR 90.1 Radio
Audrey Wiley, Owner
Anthony Davis, Owner
Westhaven Funeral Home
Mr. Kevin Brown, Branch Manager Regions Bank
Mr. David Johnson, Senior Vice President Bank Plus
Mr. Willie Cooper, Vice President BancorpSouth
Commander Herman Horton Jackson Police Department

Planning and Development Committee

Geraldine Yates, Chairperson
Mr. William Carter, Co-Chair
Dr. Joyce Harris, Secretary


Dr. Leon Anderson

Dr. Johnny Anthony

Mr. Marlon Beckley
Dr. Otha Burton
Mr. Leon Campbell
Mr. Fred Casher
Mr. Milton Chambliss
Dr. Shirley Davis
Mr. Anderson Ervin
Dr. Michael Gates
Mrs. Deborah Giles
Mr. Ben Harper
Mr. Clarence Johnson
Mr. Charles Jones
Mrs. Rhonda Porter
Mrs. Verlene Ratliff
Mr. David Stovall
Mr. Marcellus Watkins
Dr. Mark Wilson


Pearl Street Community Development Corporation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  We kindly accept donations and contributions to assist us in operating our programs. Your charitable donations and gifts are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a receipt.

Your donations of in-kind services are also welcome.


Pearl Street Community Development Corporation, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age.