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Our Team

Of Volunteers


In 2014, the volunteer team behind TEDxJackson organized Mississippi’s first TEDx event. Since that time, we have been working together to support TED’s mission to provide local forums for sharing “ideas work spreading,” which we see as a catalyst for discussion, innovation, action and positive change. If you are interested in serving on our team, please contact us.

David Pharr
Lead Organizer

Jackson-based attorney, David Pharr, has served as the licensee for TEDxJackson since 2014, leading the team that organized Mississippi’s first TEDx event and three subsequent events. David uses his diverse talents as a civic volunteer, serving on a number of board and committees, including the Boards of Directors of the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, the Central Mississippi Development Corporation and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Mask

Tim Mask is president of MWB, a Jackson creative content and marketing company focused on social impact and brand value. Tim founded the Mississippi Brain Drain Commission and is director of the Fast Forward Mississippi initiative, efforts aimed at retaining our state’s talent and promoting next generation opportunities. Tim has served on the TEDxJackson team since its founding in 2014 and has spoken at TEDxAntioch and TEDxWindham.

Randy Lynn
Creative Director

Randy Lynn is a partner and creative director at MWB, supervising and managing digital and traditional media campaigns for the Jackson-based idea and creative content company. He co-founded Kids Code Mississippi, with Tim Mask, where he works with education, corporate and nonprofit partners to expand computer science education opportunities in our state. He is a founding organizer of TEDxJackson and has served on the organizing committee since its inception.

Nina Parikh
Event Producer

Nina has served in leadership positions at the Mississippi Film Office since 1998 and was recently named the director of the office, where she works to attract and facilitate film production in the state. Nina won two Sundance awards as producer of the 2006 film, “Ballast,” and co-produced the viral hit video “#HappyMS.” She co-founded the Crossroads Film Society and currently serves on the advisory board. Nina is a founding team member of TEDxJackson.

Pamela Shaw
Organizing Committee Member and Talk Curator

Pamela Shaw is the president and founder of P3 Strategies, a Jackson-based consulting company that partners with schools and districts, nonprofits, business and government to accelerate achievement for students and schools. An advocate for quality education and strong communities, Pamela joined the TEDxJackson team in 2015, after delivering a talk, Sowing Seeds of Change, at the inaugural TEDxJackson event. Additionally, she co-hosted TEDxJacksonWomen in 2016.