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Feature Story philgilchrist

Running an arts nonprofit during COVID-19 is not impossible. It just requires some creativity.

CI+OVID-19 has required a big shift in our thinking in terms of virtual programming when what we've done for so long is rely on that in-person experience. I think we've done a really good job with that, though it hasn't been without its trial and error.

Feature Story colebethanyyoakum

Pontiac's Micah 6 asks 'How can we help?'

Micah 6 is just the right size to answer needs in our community. We're not so big that we can’t adjust our focus because we’re writing change proposals to our large grantors, but we’re not so small that we can’t think beyond a few families that we serve.

Innovator Doria Robinson

Doria RobinsonUrban Tilth

As Executive Director of Urban Tilth, Doria Robinson is helping her community of Richmond, California to build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system.

Innovator Terence Patterson

Terence PattersonDowntown Memphis Commission

Terence Patterson is President and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission, and is using his diverse background in corporate finance, corporate law, and education policy to lead the effort of making Downtown Memphis a better place to work, live, learn, invest, and visit. 

Innovator Brandan "Bmike" Odums

Brandan "Bmike" OdumsStudio BE

Brandan "Bmike" Odums is a filmmaker and artist whose current solo exhibition space, Studio BE, educates New Orleans youth on powerful figures and important moments in Black history and the civil rights movement. 

Innovator Judy Reese Morse

Judy Reese MorseCity of New Orleans

In the wake of two catastrophic environmental disasters, the City of New Orleans has an eye on racial equity and Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse is leading the charge. 

Innovator Tayyib Smith

Tayyib SmithInstitute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship

Tayyib Smith is the co-founder of Philadelphia-based Little Giant CreativePipeline Philly, the Institute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship, and the soon-to-launch Creative Cities Lab. All of his projects are rooted in a passion for social justice and economic equitability. 

Innovator Pamela Lewis

Pamela LewisNew Economy Initiative

Pamela Lewis is the Director of the Detroit-based New Economy Initiative, the largest philanthropically led economic development initiative in the United States. 

Innovator Maitreyi Roy

Maitreyi RoyBartram's Garden

Maitreyi Roy is the Executive Director of Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, the first botanic garden in the country. A landscape architect by training, she has spent almost 25 years looking at community greening issues through the lens of urban development.

Innovator Gene Powell

Gene PowellStartUp Toledo

Gene Powell is the co-founder of StartUp Toledo, which brings the area's innovators and creators together for networking and idea-sharing once a month, as well as Seed Coworking, Toledo's first co-working space.

Innovator Alfa Demmellash

Alfa DemmellashRising Tide Capital

Alfa Demmellash is the CEO and co-founder of Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit organization that builds communities of self-sustaining entrepreneurs by focusing on knowledge and social capital. 

Innovator Jorge Blandón

Jorge BlandónFamily Independence Initiative

Jorge Blandón is Vice President of the Oakland-based Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit that leverages technology and data for low-income families to lead their own change. 

Innovator Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover BlackwellPolicyLink

Angela Glover Blackwell is the President and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute that advances economic and social equity through policy work and by connecting people already doing such work on the ground.

Innovator James Johnson-Piett

James Johnson-PiettUrbane Development

James Johnson-Piett is the principal and CEO of New York-based Urbane Development, a community development venture that utilizes a community's greatest resource to build dynamic neighborhoods in underserved areas: the community itself.

Innovator Steve Barlow

Steve BarlowNeighborhood Preservation, Inc.

Steve Barlow is a partner in Brewer & Barlow PLC, a civil justice law firm based in Memphis, and co-founder of Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., a nonprofit established to resolve vacant property and abandonment challenges in the city.

Innovator Gabriel Mandujano

Gabriel MandujanoWash Cycle Laundry

Gabriel Mandujano is the founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based Wash Cycle Laundry, a triple-bottom-line social enterprise that provides much-needed corporate laundry services while also providing green economy jobs to folks returning to the workforce.

Innovator Adele London

Adele LondonGood Work Network

Adele London is the Director of Business Development of the Good Work Network in New Orleans, a small business resource center that works to provide economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. 

Innovator Isis Ferguson

Isis FergusonPlace Lab

Isis Ferguson is the Associate Director of City + Community Strategy for Place Lab, a catalyst for mindful urban transformation and creative redevelopment overseen by renowned social practice artist Theaster Gates. 

Innovator Pashon Murray

Pashon MurrayDetroit Dirt

Pashon Murray is the co-founder of Detroit Dirt and a lifelong champion of waste reduction, sustainable practices, and circular economies. She has become a spokesperson for these movements, and even more so, a representative of the real working American public. 

Innovator Eric Avner

Eric AvnerPeople's Liberty

Eric Avner is Vice President and Senior Manager of community development programs for the Cincinnati-based Haile Foundation, and is CEO of People's Liberty, a "philanthropic lab" that invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship.

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