Our mission is to create a powerful and economically vibrant Central City. Our work focuses on building assets and opportunities, leadership development, and advocacy.


We envision a Central City where quality of life for everyone is defined by high quality schools, full employment, an abundance of business and entrepreneurial opportunities, and a healthy and safe environment.


We promote collaboration and the practice of fairness and reciprocity.

We are dedicated to embracing diversity.

We are committed to the ethics of compassion and respect.

We actively and diligently resist racism and classism.

We encourage environmentally responsible development.

We value the influence of culture in the development of healthy community life.

Our Team

Tanya Renee James, MSW – Executive Director

Maggie Hermann – Community Engagement Associate

Lolita M. Ross, MPPA, PMP – Organizational Development Consultant

Our Board

Carol Bebelle | Executive Director | Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Julie Menhati Singleton | Business Owner | The Breath is Life Healing & Wellness Center

Lisa Mazique | Community Developer | Central City EOC

Bahiy Watson | Executive Director and Engineer | The 1881 Institute of Technology

Adele London | Business Advisor | Goodwork Network

Carol Sutton | Board Member Emeritus | Working Actress and Culture Bearer

Our Supporters

Past & Present