Meet the DreamWeek Panelist and Moderator
CEO | The Mighty Group & DreamVoice
Shokare (Sho) Nakpodia is a founding Partner and Creative Director of The MightyGroup—a full service communications agency established in 2002, located just east of Downtown San Antonio. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Sho lived and worked in London and New York prior to making the move to San Antonio, a little over 17 years ago. His passion for community development is well substantiated by his extensive background in writing, illustration, interactive design and photography. He has worked with a number of corporate, city and civic clients throughout the nation, and his personal commitment to the sustained growth of San Antonio has led to the founding of DreamWeek, a 16-day summit that aims to cultivate an environment for civil and civic engagements. Sho currently serves on the boards of Centro Alliance, Alamo Chamber of Commerce, Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, Blue Star Contemporary, World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and Goodwill Industries of San Antonio.
President & CEO | SA 2020
Throughout her career, Molly Cox has worn many hats – President & CEO, radio personality, consultant, professor, waitress. She doesn’t look good in hats. After growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas, Molly moved to San Antonio in 2006, to complete her master’s degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio. With a BA in theatre and a master’s degree in political science, Molly knew finding a fulfilling job would be interesting at best. Upon realizing her passion to connect people to nonprofits and the public sector, Molly’s career has continued down the path of community engagement and systems change. As the current President & CEO of SA2020, a nonprofit organization that serves as the catalyst for a community-wide visioning project of the same name, Molly serves as a facilitator, a storyteller, a convener, a fundraiser, a communicator, and a connector. Multiple hats. Again. This time, though, the hats seem to work.
Simran Jeet Singh is a professor of religion at Trinity University and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization based in New York City. This year, Simran serves as the Henry R. Luce Fellow for Religion and International Affairs at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. He frequently contributes opinion pieces to various news outlets, and he has become a consistent expert for reporters around the world in television, radio, and print media. Simran is also on the board for Religion Newswriters Association, the premier organization for religion journalists in America. Follow him on Twitter: @SikhProf.
Drew Galloway, Moderator
Executive Director | MOVE San Antonio
Drew Galloway is the Executive Director of MOVE San Antonio, a grassroots, nonpartisan nonprofit organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and progressive issue advocacy. In addition to fundraising, relationship building, and advocating, Drew helps to empower young changemakers from across the Alamo City.
Drew is also a thought leader on modern civic engagement and voting technology, speaking to thousands of people per year about the importance of 21st Century innovation in American democracy.
Prior to joining MOVE San Antonio, Drew was the New Politics Forum Program Coordinator at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin. Complemented by a decade of private sector project management and leadership experience, he managed a portfolio of millennial-focused outreach programs and research projects charged with understanding and overcoming obstacles to civic engagement in Texas. Within this field, he specialized in the areas of civic technology, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship.
Drew interned in the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, the City of San Antonio City Council, and Bexar County Commissioner’s Court. Additionally, he has worked on several Bexar County political campaigns. In 2013, Drew founded The Civic Court Project, a nonpartisan initiative that encouraged constructive community-driven dialogue and civic engagement technology. The organization was awarded a Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment to Action designation.
Currently, Drew is also the District 8 Commissioner on the City of San Antonio’s SA2020 Commission on Strengthening Families Well-Being, the National President of the UT-System Archer Fellowship Alumni Association, and on the Advisory Councils of New Leaders Council San Antonio, CityFlag, and The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Civic Engagement. Drew graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.A. in Public Administration, Legal Studies, and Leadership Honors in 2014.