Romal Tune has dedicated his life to generating connectivity between faith communities, corporate and public entities, social-change advocates, and underserved young people. The heart of his incredible journey: Turning placeholders into stakeholders; Building navigable bridges and broadening the road less traveled by populating it with education pathfinders, main street civic architects, and inner city cultural luminaries who have all come to know the 40-something spiritual reformer affectionately as ‘Tune.’
No hierarchical clusters for him. Romal Tune paves blacktop where God’s indefatigable plan must be carried out by battle-tested angels on the ground. To use a football term – ‘Tune’ coaches ‘hat to hat.’
“Real change is a contact sport,” he quips.
With education at the forefront of his mission, Tune is empowered by lessons learned from his own at-risk youth, advancing the notion that impoverished childhoods can be transformed into brighter futures by steadfastly preparing children for learning. “We all have a stake in bettering the lives of kids when their circumstances are against them,” says Tune. Whether it’s fostering broader community and educational alliances, or enlisting churches to serve the entire community they inhabit, Tune is always in search of the most effective app to develop stronger ties.
Tune is the Founder and Executive administrator of two touchstone entities that exemplify this mission; The national non-profit Faith For Change, which solicits community involvement with high-needs schools to keep kids in school and promote lasting academic achievement, and FFC Consulting, which engages and connects principals, companies, and organizations with the faith-based community at large. By creating complementary infrastructures, Tune continues to successfully navigate the converging tide of difference-makers key to transforming young lives.
He is fast becoming one of our nation’s leading speakers and reformers on education, focusing on serving at-risk students and their communities by referencing his own aspirations growing up in a dysfunctional family and surroundings. “When children tell their stories,” he frequently reminds audiences – “They don’t mention how they were taught, but how they were treated.”
Conscious of his own constantly evolving identity through the years, Tune’s personal narrative is as compelling as the lessons he evokes. His incredible journey would soon cast him as a proud member of the U.S. Army, with a maturing Tune eventually joining the ranks of honor graduates at Howard University and Duke University School of Divinity.
As CEO and President of FFC Consulting, he has helped guide influential organizations such as the American Federation of Teachers, the Democratic National Committee, Families USA, The United Way Worldwide, Black Entertainment Television and the Center For Childhood Law and Policy, among others.
A regular contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other publications, Tune’s Faith For Change has also been cited by the America’s Promise Alliance as ‘an organization to watch.’
“As a person of faith,” says Reverend Tune, “I am compelled to help people wherever I find them. God wants everyone to identify their purpose in life.”
Tune graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University and Duke Divinity School.