Northeastern University, Doctoral Student, Law and Policy (expected 2022) 


Princeton Theological Seminary, M. Div., Social Ethics and Public Policy Concentration (1998)


Morehouse College, B.A., Religion and Society (1995) 





National Action Network Board of Directors, Member  


National Urban League Board of Trustees, Member 


PGA REACH Board of Trustees, Member 


Rainbow PUSH Board of Directors, Member

Miles College Board of Trustees, Member


The Crisis Publishing Company Board of Directors, Member

Judicial Accountability Political Action Committee, Member


Life Pieces to Masterpieces Board of Trustees, Member


Lamell’s Biography (PDF)

Lamell’s Headshot Image (High-res)


Lamell McMorris is the founder and CEO of the Washington, DC-based company Phase 2 Consulting. For Mr. McMorris, in life, the first phase is the pursuit of success; in the second phase, it’s the pursuit of significance. Phase 2 Consulting is the evolution of Perennial Strategy Group, a prominent strategic advisory firm Mr. McMorris founded and led for fifteen years. In Phase 2, with the mission to help successful clients navigate their enterprises into the greater good, Mr. McMorris offers strategic insight and external affairs services to some of the nation’s leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, he manages an in-house team of experienced government and public relations professionals and lawyers, offering a multitude of services to clients in a wide range of disciplines and specialty areas.


Mr. McMorris’s unparalleled expertise in government and community affairs, strategic consulting, political campaigns, policy-making, grassroots advocacy, and broad-based coalition building has earned him acclaim inside the beltway and around the nation. Under his stewardship, Phase 2 Consulting has developed deep and sustained relationships with influential leaders across a wide range of constituencies. In serving its clients, the firm draws on expansive relationships with federal elected officials, federal agencies, state and local governments, and local and national nonprofits. Mr. McMorris utilizes his experience in government relations, public affairs, crisis management, and corporate social responsibility to design strategic events, engagement strategies, advocacy campaigns, and results-driven initiatives for Phase 2’s clients.


He is also the founding principal of Greenlining Realty USA, a development corporation headquartered in his 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.

In recent years, through Perennial Sports, Mr. McMorris led a premier, full-service sports agency representing NFL and NBA players and personalities.  Collectively, its agents signed multiple first-round picks and negotiated several multi-million-dollar contracts.  And, at the helm of its sister company, Perennial Law Group, Mr. McMorris served as the lead negotiator for the Major League Baseball Umpires Union and the National Basketball Association's Referees Union, where he played a key role in shaping collective bargaining agreements between the officials and their respective leagues. 


Mr. McMorris is an active and effective fundraiser, and, drawing on his wide network of prominent athletes, entertainers, and activists, has driven his companies to raise significant financial contributions for charitable causes across the nation.  Feature pieces about Mr. McMorris and Perennial have appeared in The New York Times, on ESPN, and in Referee: The Magazine for Sports Officials.


As a lifelong advocate of civil, economic, and human rights, Mr. 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.  Mr. 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, and an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Augustine’s University. Currently, he is a doctoral student of law and policy at Northeastern University.


• Greenlining Realty USA, Founding Principal, est. 2016

• Phase 2 Consulting (formerly Perennial Strategy Group), Founder CEO, est. 2002

• Perennial Sports & Perennial Law Group, Founder and CEO, 2004-2017

• Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Executive Director and COO, 2001

• Redeem the Dream March on Washington, DC, National Coordinator, 2000

• Chicago Urban League, Youth Development Initiative, Director, 1998


• Lyft Chicago City Works Council, Member

• Cook County Complete Count Census Commission, Commissioner

• American Red Cross, National Diversity Advisory Council, Chairman Emeritus

• American Heart Association, Greater Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale Board, Former Member

• Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Member

• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Life Member

• Morehouse College National Alumni Association, Member

• Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee, Member

• U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Member

• Washington Government Relations Group, Member

• Washington Board of Trade, Member


• Pete for America 2020 Presidential Campaign, National Co-Chair

• PGA REACH Board of Trustees, Member

• Miles College Board of Trustees, Member

• National Urban League Board of Trustees, Member

• National Action Network Board of Directors, Member

• Rainbow PUSH Board of Directors, Member

• Foundation for Progress in Journalism, Member of the Board

• Sunshine Enterprises Board of Directors, Member

• The Crisis Publishing Company Board of Directors, Member

• Life Pieces to Masterpieces Board of Trustees, Member

• NAACP, Diamond Life Member

• Morehouse College Board of Trustees, Former Member

• NAACP National Board of Directors, Former Member

• Elmhurst College Board of Trustees, Former Member


• StreetWise & The Kaden's Family Foundation, 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans of 2020

• National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, President’s Circle Leadership Award, 2018

• DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Making a Difference Award, 2017

• Saint Augustine’s University, Honorary Doctorate, 2017

• Piney Woods School Commencement Ceremony, Keynote Speaker, 2017 

• Aqua Foundation for Women, Aqua Ally Award, 2017

• Washington Government Relations Group, President’s Award for Career Achievement, 2013

• National Action Network, Keepers of the Dream Entrepreneurial Award, 2011

• Morehouse College, Homecoming Crown Forum, Keynote Speaker, 2011

• Children’s National Medical Center, Serving the Nation’s Children Award, 2011

• Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Event Keynote Speaker, 2008