On Thursday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced the chairman of the board for the Kids Hope Alliance will be Kevin Gay.

Gay, founder and CEO of Operation New Hope-Ready4Work (an organization that helps ex-offenders re-acclimate to society), will helm a board that includes Rebekah Davis, Nat Glover, Joe Peppers, Tyra Tutor and Dr. Marvin Wells.

All six were confirmed Tuesday by Council. One more slot is left to be filled on the board.

The Kids Hope Alliance is preparing to handle oversight over Jacksonville’s $35 million portfolio of children’s programs, taking over from the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and Jacksonville Journey.

“Kevin is an outstanding leader and advocate in our community,” said Mayor Curry. “He has dedicated his life to ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens have the tools, resources and skills they need to be productive in our community. He will be a wonderful champion of hope for our children and our city. “

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