ABOUT MORE2


MORE2 was created in 2004 as a social justice organization representing different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, races, and economic means. The organization included twelve congregations and has now grown to thirty-two congregations and many individual members. We are united in our commitment to transforming our communities, building a Kansas City area that embraces all people and offers everyone the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.

As people of faith, we are called to break down barriers that divide us by race and class. Rather than providing services or programs, we work to change policies through grassroots movements, in ways that promote racial and economic equity in Kansas and Missouri.

We are affiliated with the Gamaliel Network, which includes 45 affiliates in 17 states. Truly grassroots, the members of MORE2 and the other affiliates work together to set the national priorities agenda for Gamaliel and come together multiple times a year for training and development.

OUR HISTORY

OUR BOARD

MORE2 is led by a board of directors comprised of representatives from our member organizations. Our executive board is as follows:
  • Min. Kiku Brooks, Chair
  • Ronald Carter, Recording Secretary
  • Ronald Achelpohl, Secretary
  • David Grummon, Recording Secretary
  • Jonathon Westbrook, Executive Board Member
  • Jennifer Gwinner, Executive Board Member
  • Karla Juarez, Executive Board Member
  • Keith "KD" Dixon, Executive Board Member

OUR STAFF

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Lora McDonald
Executive Director
mcdonald@more2.org

Lora McDonald is the Executive Director of MORE2. She lives in Kansas City with her son. McDonald earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri. In her twenty-five year career as a social worker, she has served a variety of populations: people in drug treatment; incarcerated individuals; homeless youth; foster and adoptive families; and people living in poverty. Her primary focus has always been challenging the policies, systems, and programs that hinder the lives of individuals and families.

In 2012, McDonald became the Executive Director of MORE2. Under her leadership, the organization has ensured the passage of over a dozen public policies in the areas of workforce, criminal justice, transit, and immigration; stopped the decimation of Kansas City Public Schools; won the Healthy Homes ballot initiative for rental housing inspections; and offered tools to thousands of community members to understand and address racial inequities in their communities.

McDonald has been honored by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus with a Community Advocate award; recognized by Proclamation from the City of Kansas City; earned the “Equality 1st Award” from the Adult Prom Committee (Kansas City, KS); and the Social Work Macro Practitioner of the Year Award from from ACOSA.

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Calvin Williford
Community Organizer
calvin@more2.org

Marcus Winn is the Lead Organizer for Integrated Voter Engagement. Marcus earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union. Marcus worked in nonprofit direct service and higher education before organizing. Marcus began organizing with neighbors while living in Chicago, working on a variety of issues such as affordable housing, immigration, and education. He co-founded an independent precinct organization in 2015 that continues to successfully pursue more democratic processes for local decision making and amplify the voices of local leaders. He moved to Kansas City in 2017, and joined MORE2 in early 2018, with a focus on voter engagement in Kansas.

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Ricee Cade
Community Organizer
ricee@more2.org

Ricee Cade is the community organizer for MORE2 in Wyandotte County. She recently obtained a degree in Political Science from Rockhurst University. With a background as a local activist, she organizes for change in the criminal justice system, housing and healthcare equity, immigration reform, and education. Although she is new to organizing, she is no stranger to injustice. Ricee is eager and passionate when serving her community.

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LaQuisha Harvey
Community Organizer
laquisha@more2.org

Marcus Winn is the Lead Organizer for Integrated Voter Engagement. Marcus earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union. Marcus worked in nonprofit direct service and higher education before organizing. Marcus began organizing with neighbors while living in Chicago, working on a variety of issues such as affordable housing, immigration, and education. He co-founded an independent precinct organization in 2015 that continues to successfully pursue more democratic processes for local decision making and amplify the voices of local leaders. He moved to Kansas City in 2017, and joined MORE2 in early 2018, with a focus on voter engagement in Kansas.

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Cautia Wadood
Community Organizer
cautia@more2.org

Originally from Hesperia, CA, Cautia moved to Kansas City to attend Park
University in 2017, graduating with a BA in May 2021 and continuing as a Master's level student. While attending Park, Cautia also played collegiate basketball earning Heart of
America Scholar Athlete Awards every year. Cautia cites her family as her inspiration, coming from a bi-
racial, African American/Mexican descent.

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Marcus Winn
Director of Voter Engagement
marcus@more2.org

Marcus Winn is the Lead Organizer for Integrated Voter Engagement. Marcus earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union. Marcus worked in nonprofit direct service and higher education before organizing. Marcus began organizing with neighbors while living in Chicago, working on a variety of issues such as affordable housing, immigration, and education. He co-founded an independent precinct organization in 2015 that continues to successfully pursue more democratic processes for local decision making and amplify the voices of local leaders. He moved to Kansas City in 2017, and joined MORE2 in early 2018, with a focus on voter engagement in Kansas.