Impact Council

Our Impact Council is a group of ambassadors who share a passionate commitment for Slingshot's mission to disrupt poverty. Council members work closely with Slingshot's board and team to spread awareness and accelerate the fight against poverty in Memphis.

Marcus Branch
Universal Bank Officer, Shelby County Federal Credit Union

Marcus currently works as a Universal Bank Officer at Shelby County Federal Credit Union. He previously worked as a Brand Manager at Dillard’s and as a RSG Analyst II and Campus Recruiting Lead at Triage Consulting Group in Atlanta. Marcus is committed to engaging with organizations working to improve educational outcomes for African American males and community development. He has volunteered with Junior Achievement of Atlanta, Urban League of Atlanta, and Knowledge Quest Memphis. In 2020, Marcus was elected as the President of the Global Achievers Toastmasters Club of Memphis. He graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College with a degree in business administration and is a native Memphian. 

Hunter Cowan
Fixed Income Broker, Raymond James

Hunter is a Fixed Income Broker at Raymond James and Associates, where he specializes in financial strategies for institutions. Hunter currently serves on the Board of Trustees at St. George's Independent School and the Memphis Chapter Committee for Ducks Unlimited. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in business administration. Hunter and his wife, Miller Crenshaw Cowan, are native Memphians and members at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Jeremy Park
President, cityCURRENT

As President of cityCURRENT, Jeremy directs the team of more than 75 businesses, including some of the world's largest employers, like FedEx, AutoZone, Cummins, Flex, and Smith & Nephew, that host more than 150 events each year, along with an array of positive-oriented media and philanthropic initiatives to enrich and impact the community. He is executive producer and host of the "ChangeMakers" podcast, the cityCURRENT Radio Show on the Cumulus Media Memphis radio network, and the television series "The SPARK". Park is also a Member of the LLC with Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC. a contributor to Forbes, and the author of the books, "Giving Back with Purpose" and "Giving for Growth".

Darren Thomas
Development Manager, Communities In Schools of Memphis

Darren currently works as the Development Manager at Communities In Schools of Memphis. He previously worked as a Development Officer at Porter-Leath and for Rhodes College, where he provided strategic guidance for leadership donors to the college. He also serves as Young Adult Minister and Director of Media and Marketing at St. Andrew A.M.E. Church. He serves on the Board of Directors for Our Grass Our Roots, a local grassroots nonprofit organization in the North Memphis community. He graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in commerce and business. Darren is married to Michalyn Easter-Thomas, an executive director and founder of a local nonprofit organization and high school educator.