David Anderson Hooker PhD, JD, M.Div.

David Anderson Hooker PhD, JD, M.Div. is the President and CEO of Counter Stories Consulting, LLC. From 2010 until June 2015 he served as Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the JW Fanning Institute of Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, and as Associate Professor of Conflict Transformation at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

He has previously served as Community Building Advisor for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, The Director of Research and Training for Healing Historical Harms, and Vice President of Community Building for The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site.  

His current work focuses on narrative alignment for civic, community, and faith leaders allowing them to identify and redress competing commitments that impede living out the values they espouse. Similarly, through the process of strategic narrative alignment, Hooker assists organizations to clarify their organizational values and then align relationships, decision-making practices and structures to reflect those values.  

Since the late 1980s Hooker has utilized his training and expertise in Conflict Transformation by serving as mediator, community builder, scholar, and advocate. His primary focus is in the transformation of multi-party disputes and post-war or post-riot community reconciliation; especially those conflicts where race, class and other socially constructed variables significantly impact the dispute context. He also has both practice and academic interests in the interruption of the multi-generational transmission of trauma. 

Hooker is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia where he represented the Departments of Juvenile Justice Mental Health Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse.  He later had a private practice focusing on Civil Rights (including prisoner rights and special education). 

He is the author of The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (forthcoming 2015 SkyHorse Publishing), co-author (with Amy Potter-Czjaikowski) of Transforming Historical Harms (Eastern Mennonite University 2012); and author of numerous articles and chapters related to community, conflict transformation, and faith. 

He has worked in Bosnia, Croatia, Cuba, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Southern Sudan, and Somaliland. 

He is a graduate of Morehouse College (BS), The University of Massachusetts in Amherst (MPH & MPA), The Emory University School of Law (JD), Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.), and he is a cum laude graduate of the PhD program in Social Construction at Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands.

David Anderson Hooker PhD, JD, M.Div. President and CEO of Counter Stories Consulting, LLC

David Anderson Hooker PhD, JD, M.Div.

President and CEO of Counter Stories Consulting, LLC

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Civic Engagement
Facilitation & Strategic Planning
Leadership


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