We jump start that feeling that one can truly make a difference–intrinsic in many of us but lacking in communities of color.
We rely on our program participants to craft data collection methods that match a community’s unique language, customs, and spirit.
Our nonprofit and government allies learn how to substantively partner with communities of color, not “grant upon” them.
We bring residents, nonprofits, and government together to build democratic, participatory decision making to minority communities.
CLEVELAND | 15 problem solvers created solutions to their community’s health disparities that were better tailored than those of nonprofits, academics, and bureaucrats. They led their neighbors in planting more than 200 backyard gardens, building a gym, and hosting cooking and fitness classes.
DURHAM | Neighbors recruited a police officer to live in a high-crime area by heavily subsidizing the officer’s housing costs. No serious crime has been reported on the street in 7.5 years.
Leadership for a Fractured World
Rebuilding Native Nations
The State of Native Nations
“Public Narrative, Collective Action, and Power”
“Development Projects That Didn’t Work: The Perils of Narrow Approaches to Complex Situations”
Derwin is a data-driven, passionate equity warrior. Internationally recognized as a nonprofit thought leader, Derwin has raised $6.5 million for nonprofits and political campaigns engaging low-income communities,including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Communities in Schools. He’s built policy coalitions that have expanded minority ballot access.
Derwin was an inaugural Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and a columnist for Nonprofit Quarterly. Before he wet to Harvard, Derwin was a school janitor, mowed lawns, waited tables, clerked at a pharmacy, and drove an Uber. Derwin is a native of Meridian, Mississippi, and was named a modern civil rights leader by the AARP. Please don’t call him on Wednesday at 9:00 PM, when Empire airs.
As a public health practitioner and catalyst for community change, Vedette has focused on eliminating health disparities in communities of color through community engagement and systems change. Vedette currently serves as the Director of Research and Partnerships at the Conservation Law Foundation, where she researches the relationship between urban development, the built environment and health.
Vedette was the Director of Community Engagement at the Case Western Reserve Center for Reducing Health Disparities where she launched Healthy Eating Active Living, a community-led partnership that engaged more than 2,200 Cleveland residents in transforming neighborhood conditions to foster better health. Her work is recognized by the American Public Health Association, Centers for Disease Control and Public Health England. She is a total foodie.
Josh is Presidential Innovation Fellow with the Obama Administration. Prior to the White House, Josh was Data Science Principal at Accenture Technology Labs, where he was the visualization lead for Data Insights. Josh has led advanced analytics projects across several sectors, including financial services with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, state and federal government, and commercial real estate. His current passion is advanced visualization and story telling with data, and some of his work can be seen at www.hotshotcharts.com and www.disasterviz.com.
Sheila C. Johnson, Advisory Board Chair: CEO, Salamander Hotels and Resorts (Middleburg, VA)
Patricia Bellinger: Executive Director, Harvard Center for Public Leadership (Brookline, MA)
Mayor Bill Bell of Durham, NC
Tiziana Dearing: Associate Professor for Macro Practice, Boston College School of Social Work (Boston, MA)
Carol Goss: Retired CEO and President, The Skillman Foundation (Detroit, MI)
Deborah Hughes Hallett: Professor of Mathematics, University of Arizona and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Tuscon, AZ)
Lynn Holmes: Visiting Fellow, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy (Durham, NC)
David King: Faculty Chair, Harvard Kennedy School MPA programs (Cambridge, MA)
Christine Letts: Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, MA)
Travis McCready: Vice President for Programs: The Boston Foundation (Boston, MA)
Tom Raffa, CPA: Managing Partner, Raffa, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Eileen Seeholzer, MD: Director of the Weight Management Center, MetroHealth (Cleveland, OH)
Dorothy Smith: Senior Consultant, Deloitte (Washington, DC)
Bill Synder: Organizer, Community Success Initiative (Dorchester, MA)