We envision that the norm for all communities, specifically those of color is wellness--where all members' needs are met and resources are plentiful and sustainable. We see CWI as one of the premier catalysts for bringing about this change.
Our mission is to generate scholarly social science research and use other external data that answers questions pertaining to factors and indicators that support resilient communities. We seek to synthesize our research, other datasets and pivotal findings into best practices, principles and models to inform academia, practice and policy, and partner with other community builders seeking to promote resiliency, strengthen, and heal communities, with a focus on communities of color.
Co-founder/Managing Director has over two decades of professional experience in senior and middle leadership within human services agencies primarily focused on housing and services for people experiencing and at-risk of becoming homeless. Currently teaching community psychology, and diversity and individual differences courses at Adler University in Chicago, IL, Geri is also a published author in several peer-reviewed journals, co-author of a chapter on oppression and power in an online undergraduate textbook, and regularly designs and facilitates workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies, race and ethncity, and other areas. She also consistently speaks and presents at conferences nationally and internationally. Geri is integral in advancing the work of CWI through managing all aspects of administration, programs and services including securing research and other funding, marketing, and serving as principle investigator on research studies.
Co-founder/Operations Director has 20 + years experience building and supporting IT, commercial, and medical operations organizations in the pharmaceutical sector. His work includes strategic partnering in designing evidence-based operations from an organization's values, mission, and strategy statements to function and role definition to cross-functional processes and practices complete with performance management objectives and measurement structures; His work has a strong emphasis on group collaborative intelligence and cross-functional process innovation. Todd is integral in advancing CWI's work through operations and fiscal management, creating systems models, research design, data gathering and analyses, project management and consulting.