jeff obafemi carr
jeff obafemi carr, a Nashville native, is a widely-recognized Spiritual Teacher, Organizer, Progressive Thought Leader, and Creative who has worked at the intersection of interfaith spirituality, the arts, media, community building, and social justice for over three decades. He is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and institution-builder who has authored 3 books, 7 full length plays, and provided close to 100 commentaries on National Public Radio.
In 2015, carr brought international attention to the plight of homelessness and affordable housing in Nashville by living in a 60-square foot Micro-home for 45 days. After crowdfunding over $60 thousand dollars, carr partnered with Dwayne A. Jones construction to build and install Nashville’s first Micro-Home community for the homeless, sparking innovative housing models that many other organizations both locally and nationally have since adopted.
He is the Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Infinity Fellowship Interfaith Gathering, an independent, Inter-Spiritual Church in Northeast Nashville. In response to the rising tide of youth violence in the city that came with displacement from rapid growth and gentrification, carr led a crowd-funded effort that built The Infinity Center. The Infinity Center provides community education, holistic practices, and intercultural dialogue in an opportunity desert. One of the first events of the center was a healing space for victims of sexual assault and violence. Because Infinity is an Interfaith Community, it has the ability to advocate for–and serve–people of all faiths, religions, and spiritual paths.
The Infinity Center’s Youth Performing Arts Academy teaches kids how to act out on a stage instead of a street corner. Recently featured in local media, carr’s arts academies have graduated 100% of its alums from high school.
carr is also the CEO of The Media Scientist Laboratories, a multi-platform production and consulting company with projects in film, print media, theatre, community engagement, and political consulting. The Media Scientist’s list of partners include The Discovery Theatre of The Smithsonian, The Urban Movie Channel, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center/TPAC Education. carr’s team devised strategy for two of the largest political events in recent Nashville history: The first, the 2018 defeat of a city- proposed tax for a transit plan that would have burdened the poor and elderly. A campaign that was financially outmatched, carr’s grassroots outreach and engagement resulted in a two-thirds majority defeat of the referendum. Many observers, in retrospect, have agreed that the city of Nashville dodged a major financial crisis. The second, 2020’s mayoral campaign, saw the team partner with Metro Councilman-At-Large John Cooper, an underdog in the race, who previously was polling in the single digits. An assertive effort with effective engagement resulted in an almost 70 percent victory–the largest margin in the history of Metropolitan Government.
carr’s heart lies with underdogs, misfits, and outside-of-the-box thinkers; “His folks,” he calls them. He brings a multi-disciplinary approach to challenging situations, never fearing asking the hard questions before finding solid solutions.
As an organizer and consultant, carr has provided crisis support and strategic planning for grassroots community organizations, political candidates and causes, corporations and non-profits. An expert in Crowd-Funding, he organized and led Nashville-based efforts for disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans), Haiti, and currently advised initial organizing responses for the 2020 Tornado in Nashville, TN, an effort still underway.
A strong advocate for excellence in Public Schools, “Rev-jeff” is married to his best friend, wife and partner, award-winning non-profit executive Kenetha carr, and together they have 5 children.
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