Melvin Parson, a Detroit Native who came to Washtenaw County in 2004 has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and an Associates degree in Human Services from Washtenaw Community College. Melvin and Aaron Suganuma co-founded a non-profit called A Brighter Way in 2015. Melvin founded the nonprofit farm that became We the People Opportunity Farm in 2018 in the Sugarbrook community. Melvin is a recipient of the Carver-Carson award presented by Washtenaw Community College, and the Equity in Action award presented by the Henry Ford Museum. When Melvin is not farming he enjoys being a father and grandfather as well as participating in RC car racing.