About Us

Gainesville For All was formed to address racial and economic inequities that hurt people and hinder our community from achieving its best potential. It is an initiative of The Gainesville Sun in partnership with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.


We are currently working on a list of recommendations for systemic change that will be released in early 2018. The recommendations will be in addition to more than two dozen that citizens made last spring to tackle persistent racial and socio-economic inequities in the Gainesville area community. We’re pleased that nearly half of those recommendations already have been implemented.

Our Team

Douglas Ray

Executive Editor and General Manager of The Gainesville Sun

Doug leads the newsroom and is a member of the editorial board. He joined the newsroom team in 2012.

James F. Lawrence

Director of GNV4ALL

James is a native Floridian who retired as editorial page editor at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle in December 2014 after a 42 year career in journalism.

Nathan Crabbe

Opinion and Engagement Editor at The Gainesville Sun

Nathan writes The Sun’s editorials and a weekly column as well as edits letters to the editor and guest columns appearing on the daily editorial page and Sunday Issues section.

Boisy Waiters

Co-chair, Jobs and Families

Boisy has been working in education for over 20 years, focusing on counseling, advising and workforce employability skills. He is currently employed as an Educational Advisor at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida.

Jonathan Leslie

Co-chair, Jobs and Families

Jonathan is the Executive Director & CEO of The Institute for Workforce Innovation, a nonprofit organization located in North Central Florida. Jonathan loves cycling, sports and spending time with his family. He is inspired through helping others, and one of his heroes is Martin Luther King Jr.

Art Stockwell

Chair, Housing and Transportation

Arthur currently owns and operates a consulting firm specializing in business development, financial planning and Six Sigma project management. As an active member of the community, he serves as Chairman of several advocacy groups, including the Gainesville Housing Authority and the GRACE Marketplace Charity Support Foundation.

Lawrence Certain

Chair, Criminal Justice Team

Lawrence is a lifelong resident of the local community. He currently works with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office as an Administrative Lieutenant at the Department of the Jail. Lawrence has over twenty-six years of experience in the Criminal Justice field.

Gainesville For All (GNV4ALL) has received support from a broad base of individuals, community groups, local government and institutions, as well as local businesses including marketing support from Optym, a global logistics company with offices in Gainesville.