Second Thrive Cohort Facilitates Connection for Nonprofit Leaders

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Earlier this month, the second Thrive Cohort kicked off with 20 new participants. The program offers support for emerging Black, Brown, and Biracial nonprofit leaders through relationship-building, networking, and learning to foster career development within the sector.

The 2023 cohort participants serve in a variety of roles as nonprofit employees in Linn County. The group will meet regularly throughout the year, and each participant’s organization will receive a $2,500 grant to support their professional development. Thrive is supported in part by a grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation.

Thrive was launched in 2021 as part of the Community Foundation’s efforts to advance racial equity. The 2023 Thrive Cohort aims to help nonprofit organizations close the racial leadership gap and diversify nonprofit staff and managerial teams. Five people participated in the inaugural cohort.

“The first Thrive Cohort proved to be a valuable experience for everyone involved and developed strong partnerships in our community,” said Carrie Walker, Director of Learning. “We’re excited to expand the Cohort with more members in 2023 and to provide professional development funding to further participants’ nonprofit careers.”

2023 Thrive Cohort Participants

Lisa Ambrose, Amani Community Services
Lori Ampey, Tanager/Boys and Girls Club of the Corridor
Megan Brown, Jane Boyd Community House/Four Oaks
LaNisha Cassell, African American Museum of Iowa
Benedicte Chubaka, Catherine McAuley Center
Erica Ernzen, The District
GeriVene’a Green, Manna Outreach and Resources
Cymone Green, The Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success/Washington High School
Ontariez Henderson, NewBo City Market
Ayoub Idriss, Catherine McAuley Center
Sherita Jenkins, Alzheimer’s Association
Lisa Jordan, Foundation 2
Rama Muzo, Intercultural Center of Iowa
Cierra Roquette, Area Substance Abuse Council
Denine Rushing, Willis Dady Homeless Services
Frankline Tshombe, The Power of Women and Children
Angelica Vannatta, United Way of East Central Iowa
Monique Washington, Waypoint Services
Lauren White, Willis Dady Homeless Services
Tonya Marie, Matthew 25

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