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About the CVO

David Cozart

Chief Visionary Officer

For nearly three decades, David has been a father and family advocate, a community organizer, a minister, and an influential leader. He has successfully guided and grown a local direct service program for 11 years. Over time, he has coordinated multiple events, activities, and programs aimed at the acknowledgement, enhancement, appreciation, and promotion of the institution of fatherhood and raising awareness of the challenges related to father absence. This most notably includes the 2021-established Commonwealth Center for Fathers and Families (CCFF), which is poised to enhance positive fatherhood engagement and programming across Kentucky and beyond. As Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of CCFF, David leads statewide efforts and beyond. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the field and was most recently appointed to The National Fatherhood Initiative Board of Directors.


David is widely called upon for his work around fatherhood and its correlated issues, including educational performance, violence prevention and intervention, implicit bias, black male achievement, strengthening families and communities, child maltreatment reduction, and other related matters. His work and efforts have impacted policies, procedures, and practices and served thousands of fathers, children, and families. He is the recent recipient of the Governor's Annual Services Awards, receiving the honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

CCFF’s CVO has an array  of certifications and continued/post-secondary education. David is a national professionally certified community organizer through the Urban Institute (formally the Neighborhood Revitalization Institute) based in Washington, D.C.  He is an ordained minister licensed out of First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington, Ky.  David holds a Bachelor of Psychology/Sociology and a Master of Theology.  Both degrees were earned at Campbellsville University, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee. 


David is the son of the late Charles and Eva Hill. He is married to his accomplished wife, Nekesha Cozart, newly named Principle of the esteemed, flagship educational model, Carter G. Woodson Academy. He is the proud father of Zachary, Destiny, and Dalen. He is "G-Daddy" to his granddaughter Khalani and grandson Legend.

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