Jonathan M. Ealy is a proud native Memphian and a 2006 graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College, majoring in Political Science Mr. Ealy is a member of the Memphis and national chapters of the LeMoyne-Owen College Alumni Association. In 2019, Jonathan served as Interim Executive Director of OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ+ Center for the Mid-South (formerly known as the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center) where he also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for three years. Jonathan is the first African American to hold both positions in the organization’s 30-year history. For these accomplishments, in February 2021, he was named to the prestigious OUTMemphis Roll of Honor, an honor for those who have made a lasting impact on the Memphis LGBTQ+ community.
Additionally, Jonathan was Director of Special Events for Opera Memphis and Venue Director of The Clark Opera Memphis Center, the company’s 18,000 sq ft rehearsal and administrative offices headquartered in East Memphis. In positions he held since 2009, Jonathan brought in an estimated $2 Million in gross facility rental revenue for the nonprofit organization. Mr. Ealy is a 2016 Top 40 under 40 Urban Elite Professional Award recipient, a 2018 Memphis Business Journal Top 40 under 40 Award recipient, and was recognized as a member of the 2019 Connect Corporate Magazine’s 40 Under 40. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Mayor Harris’ Shelby County Mayor’s Young Professional Council. Jonathan is a proud member of the Tau Iota Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. where he was selected from hundreds of brothers to represent the International Fraternity at the 2019 NAACP Leadership 500 Summit. He is married to his longtime partner David and they, along with their two dogs Luke and Paige reside in the Raleigh area.