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Lamell McMorris

Lamell McMorris


Edward Jones Head of Policy - Regulatory and Government Relations

Edward Jones Principal Lamell McMorris leads the Regulatory and Government Relations practice

as Head of Policy. His team implements an enterprisewide

policy capability, through which the firm can develop and drive an affirmative, intentional

policy strategy, designed to proactively surface a wide range of policy

and legislative issues. He joined the firm in 2021.

Prior to Edward Jones, Lamell served as CEO and founder of Washington, D.C.- based consulting firm,

Phase 2 Consulting. It is one of D.C.’s top strategic advisory

firms, providing expertise for government affairs, corporate social responsibility

planning and public policy advice.

Lamell received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and his Master of Divinity

degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his

Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University.

As an active member in the community, Lamell serves as trustee and chair for the National Urban

League’s committee on governance and sits on the National

Action Network’s executive committee. He is also a board member for the Rainbow/PUSH coalition

and serves on the board of trustees for PGA REACH.

In his spare time, Lamell enjoys golfing, classic cars and art.

Lamell McMorris is the founder and managing principal of Greenlining Realty USA, a comprehensive urban property redevelopment firm founded in 2016 that was launched in Dr. McMorris’ childhood neighborhood of West Woodlawn on the South Side of Chicago.  Dedicated to reversing the historic effect of redlining in low-income communities through developing quality housing and vibrant commercial corridors, Greenlining Realty USA creates pathways to capital essential for neighborhood investment, redevelopment, housing rehabilitation, and home improvement.


Dr. McMorris also served as CEO of the Washington, DC-based group Phase 2 Consulting, which he founded in 2002.  At Phase 2, with the mission to help successful clients navigate their enterprises into greater good, Dr.McMorris offered strategic insight and external affairs services to some of the nation’s leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.


As a lifelong advocate of civil, economic, and social rights, Dr. McMorris serves as a member of numerous nonprofit and college boards, and volunteers his time with several youth-focused and mentoring organizations.  He is frequently recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership and pragmatic, high-impact approach to effective advocacy, and he is often invited to speak at a wide range of conferences and events.


An active and influential fundraiser, Dr. McMorris has driven his companies to raise significant financial contributions for charitable causes across the nation.  Feature pieces about Dr. McMorris and Greenlining have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, CNN, CBS This Morning, Chicago Agent Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, and Crain’s Chicago Business.


Dr. McMorris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Society from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity in Social Ethics and Public Policy from Princeton Theological Seminary, an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Augustine’s University, and a Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University.

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