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Director of Community Connections
Lisa Leverette- Director and C.C.O., Chief Change orchestrator (2006) - managed the program solo for over 7 years. She can be found equally in communities and in strategic meetings. Lisa believes in imagining and implementing practices that challenge traditional models that have largely left black, brown, and poor residents languishing on the margins of society. Her time is spent participating as a fellow with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), a board member with Grassroots Grantmakers and Chairperson of the international committee for Self-Development of People (SDOP). Her participation in each of these groups grew directly from her desire to build knowledge of how to strengthen the Community Connections program.
Kayla is a permanent fixture in community settings, providing technical assistance to grant applicants and encouraging grantees to think about next steps.
Kayla has a master's degree in social work from Wayne State University. Her free time is divided between attending music concerts and promoting minority owned businesses.
Kayla also serves on the board of the local Self-Development of People (SDOP) committee.