Our Team

Full-time Team

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Charli Cooksey

Founder & CEO

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Allison Gibbs

Director of Public Leadership

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Keisha Mabry Haymore

Director of Entrepreneurship

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Yoni Blumberg

Vice President of Community Wealth Building

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Vanessa Pimblott

Lead of Community Building and Partnerships

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Camille Greer

Director of Organizational Sustainability

Edgar Payano

Edgar Payano

Entrepreneur Development and Outreach Lead


Kathryn Coleman

Early Childhood Education Public Policy Fellow


Emily Brennan

Executive Assistant

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Suzanne Cade

Economic Justice Public Policy Fellow


Kate Keator

Program Operations Impact Fellow


We are fortunate to work with a talented group of extended team members, who help drive our work.


Whitney Bembenek

Bilingual Storytelling Lead

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Nikki Kamp

Program Assistant


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Roo Yawitz

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Claudia Mendoza

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Crystal Martin

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Abdul-Kaba Abdulla

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April Fulstone

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Ryan Strode


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Leadership for Educational Equity

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Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being

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National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis

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Urban Strategies

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

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East St. Louis Center

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Missouri Foundation for Health

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Black Futures Lab

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St. Louis Promise Zone

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Incarnate Word Foundation


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St. Louis Equity in
Entrepreneurship Collective

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Metropolitan Congregations United