In this role as a member of the Family Economic Security team, Wardford is responsible for advancing employment equity business enterprise development focused policies, practices, strategies and opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities aimed at creating conditions in which children can develop, learn and grow. She works closely with staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.
Jeanne has dedicated her life to working for the betterment of individuals both in the public and private sector. Over the last two decades, she has held several positions of progressive leadership in both the public and private sector. Her interest has always been working to develop young people and the communities in which they live. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her ability to get to the root of the problem and recommend fair, equitable, and often times innovative solutions to age old problems. She is known for her vigorous policy work and advocacy for children and families.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2015, Jeanne was director for National Partnerships at NeighborWorks America in Washington, D.C. In this role, she built strategic collaborations with public and private investors and secured resources for the implementation of a national asset development program, which included financial education, literacy, coaching and community development strategy. She has also worked in community development, fund development and evaluation consulting for TaylarMade Consulting, Inc., where she worked with public, private and academic sectors and their funding partners.
Jeanne’s leadership in support of education, racial equity, and economic development is reflected not only in her day to day activities, but also in her membership on a variety of boards, including Detroit Public Library Foundation, Center for Community Progress, Warrior Women, A project of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, National Women’s Business Council, Bowie State University Dean’s Advisory Council and FAMU School of Allied Health Advisory Board.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
Tené Traylor joined the Kendeda Fund as a Fund Advisor in 2016. She oversees the Atlanta portfolio with a focus on equitable access to high-quality K12 education and economic opportunity (emphasis on long-term affordability, community wealth building, and accessible quality transit) for historically marginalized populations and communities of color in metro Atlanta. She also manages a short-term national portfolio dedicated to restoring and reclaiming dignity to work for people living with a current or old criminal conviction.
Before joining Kendeda, Tené was a senior program officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. For ten years, she led the Community Foundation’s community development and neighborhood transformation grantmaking including the Neighborhood Fund and launched several related programs and initiatives. Tené worked to identify, develop, and steward collaborative relationships and resources to amplify the importance of place-based philanthropy, equity and civic leadership.
Since 2000, Tené has spent her career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector with United Way for Greater Atlanta and The Zeist Foundation, Inc. At United Way, she launched the state’s first youth individual development account and secured millions from local and national funders for youth and youth development for the Atlanta region.
Tené has a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in public policy and nonprofit administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Georgia State University. Tené is on the board of The Center for Community Progress and the current board chair for the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative. She also sits on several local committees, task forces, and advisory boards. Tené is a Georgia native and loves spending time with her family.
He served as vice president of Carver State Bank of Savannah (GA) and assistant vice president of Great Southern Federal Savings Bank in the same city, transitioned to housing director for the city of Savannah, became executive director for Neighborhood Housing Services of Savannah and then joined NeighborWorks in 1995, where he is based in Atlanta.
As vice president of NeighborWorks’ Southern Region, Phoenix is responsible for overseeing financial and technical services for network organizations throughout 13 states (West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana) and the District of Columbia. He also led the organization’s Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and continues to lead the Southern Region efforts to deliver needed resources to assist communities challenged by natural disaster.
“Having been able to work in community development in the town where I was born and bred, and seeing the many challenges communities face, have given me a sense of purpose,” says Phoenix. “It’s not a job. It’s something that brings me joy every day.”
Phoenix is a founding member of the Georgia State Trade Association of Nonprofit Developers, a member of Georgia ACT, founding board member of the Partnership for Southern Equity, past chair of the Federal Home Loan Banks’ advisory council and several other community development organizations. He presently serves on the board of Center for Community Progress and National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, and is Chairman of Advisory Board for Hampton Roads Ventures Fund.
Carey Shea is the founder of the Neighborhood Homes Investment Coalition, a national policy effort to revitalize distressed single-family home neighborhoods. A former Director of several community development corporations, including Home by Hand and Project Home Again, Shea’s experience includes galvanizing millions in investment for American communities and grassroots neighborhood development.
As a loaned executive to the City of New Orleans, she worked with the City’s Director of Housing Policy and Community Development to design and implement a $52 million soft-second mortgage program that enabled more than 900 residents to become first-time homeowners. Her experience also includes launching and implementing a $25 million Community Revitalization Fund in post-Katrina New Orleans, and leading community revitalization programs at the Surdna and Rockefeller Foundations, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity. Shea is an alumna of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and has been cited in leading publications including the New York Times and Shelterforce.
Katherine “Kat” Garvey began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII in the National Agricultural Compliance Assistance Center and with the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Garvey is an ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certified Lead Auditor. She developed and audited environmental management systems for military and large agricultural operations.
Garvey transitioned from federal to local government in 2006, when she worked for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri as the Environmental Coordinator. She helped the City comply with permitting requirements for their airport and landfill. In addition, she helped the City develop a solid waste management plan, stormwater plan, stream buffer ordinance, and a natural resource inventory map.
She continued her focus on local protection of natural resources as an Assistant Professor of Law and Staff Attorney at the Land Use Clinic at Vermont Law School. In Vermont, Garvey worked with local governments, land trusts and other non-profits to address legal questions related to land conservation in the Northeast. Professor Garvey received her JD from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2004, and LLM from Vermont Law in 2010.
Presley L. Gillespie is the inaugural President of Neighborhood Allies, a multifaceted community development catalyst that uses its financial resources, expertise and technical assistance to transform distressed neighborhoods into communities of opportunity. He is responsible for working collaboratively with the Board of Directors, the community, key funders and staff and has ultimate responsibility for the overall management of the organization including, but not limited to operations, fundraising, financial management, hiring and personnel management, board and external relations, vendor management, grant making/strategic investments and evaluation/outcomes/quality assurance.
Since taking the helm, Presley has been elevating Neighborhood Allies’ value as a trusted community development partner that is unlike any other organization in Pittsburgh, serving as an investor, thought leader, and catalyst for innovative approaches in order to solve challenges in under-resourced neighborhoods. He has injected new energy into the local community development system, and has built a forward-thinking, solutions-oriented community development organization that brings hope, fresh ideas, expertise and resources to distressed and transitional neighborhoods.
Under Presley’s leadership the organization has grown by more than 300%, from an annual budget of $2.1 million, with $4 million in assets, to a dynamic entity and an annual budget of over $6 million, with $15 million in assets. Additional accomplishments include:
- Launching the first of its kind, Centralized Real Estate Accelerator, a revolutionary community-based real estate development initiative, designed to accelerate, scale and sustain a more strategic, effective, and equitable real estate system in Pittsburgh;
- Creating five multi-sector, multi-disciplinary networks to support and build greater alignment, capacity and performance in the community investment system;
- Increasing and diversifying revenue sources from four funding sources to more than 45 funders, including securing a permanent Endowment Fund.
Presley’s background spans corporate and nonprofit leadership. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community and economic development and was most recently the founding Executive Director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC), the first city-wide community development corporation in Youngstown, OH. Presley came to the non-profit sector after a successful 18 year banking career, primarily focused on community development lending and community revitalization. Previously, he served as Vice President for KeyBank where he was responsible for identifying, structuring and closing community development/commercial real estate loans that ultimately led to the creation of affordable housing, economic development and job creation.
His prior banking experience includes, Vice President, Middle Market Commercial Banking for a $15-billion-dollar banking institution, where he managed a $50-million-dollar commercial lending portfolio. Prior to that assignment, he was Vice President, Community Development Manager for a $2-billion-dollar banking institution, where he managed the community development banking division. In that role, he led the corporation’s business development efforts related to affordable housing, commercial real estate in urban markets, and community investments. Presley has structured more than $60 million dollars in community development lending, including real estate developers, non-profit corporations, and corporate banking clients.
Presley serves on numerous boards locally and nationally, including the Board of Directors of the Center for Community Progress, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Advisory Council. In 2017 Presley received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Youngstown State University, and was selected by the Smart 50 Awards, which recognizes the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the Greater Pittsburgh region.
Presley holds a B.A. in organizational communication and management from Youngstown State University. He resided for 18 years in Youngstown, Ohio with his wife Nora and their two children and relocated to Pittsburgh in 2014.
Calvin Gladney, LEED AP, is President and CEO of Smart Growth America (SGA), and has led community revitalization efforts in dozens of communities around the country as a private consultant, a real estate developer and as a government official.
His work over the last 15 years has been centered on the intersection of land use, transportation, and economic development – all of which will be important in addressing our climate crisis, and our longstanding racial equity issues. Prior to SGA, he was Managing Partner of Mosaic Urban, a real estate advisory services and development firm. In 2017, Mr. Gladney was the Urban Land Institute’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Equity.
Before establishing Mosaic, he served as VP of the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. (AWC), a D.C. quasi-public agency focused on environmentally-friendly redevelopment. Mr. Gladney graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, received his B.S. from Cornell University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a Board member of the Center for Community Progress. He is also a member of ULI’s national Responsible Property Investment Council (RPIC).
In his spare time, Mr. Gladney…Mr. Gladney doesn’t have any spare time. But he will make time for you. You can connect with Calvin on Twitter and on Instagram @SmartGrowthCEO.
Scot Spencer leads the Foundation’s work in advancing community-focused policies, practices and strategies that increase opportunities for children, families and the places where they live and foster their success. Spencer also coordinates Casey’s local advocacy efforts in Baltimore.
Before taking on these roles, Spencer managed Casey’s investments in East Baltimore, where the Foundation has worked to strengthen community and economic development in a historic, low-income neighborhood next door to the Johns Hopkins University medical campus. He previously was a transportation specialist at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he focused on state-level smart-growth policy and Commuter Choice, a local tax incentive for people who use transit. He also served as deputy director for Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition. There, he led the federal Bridges to Work demonstration, which provided job training and placement services for residents in East and West Baltimore, as well as transportation from their neighborhoods to employment centers in the suburbs. In addition, he worked for several years in private architectural practice, community development and university relations in upstate New York.
Spencer serves on a number of local and national boards, including The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Orton Family Foundation.
Dr. Brett Theodos is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Community Economic Development Hub at the Urban Institute. A long-time housing and policy researcher, throughout his career Dr. Theodos’ work has focused on economic and community development, neighborhood change, affordable homeownership, and consumer finance.
His research has been leveraged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Policy Development and Research, the District of Columbia’s Fiscal Policy Institute, and localities nationwide to better understand and inform equitable community development. Dr. Theodos has been recognized for his evaluations of the Economic Development Administration, the New Markets Tax Credit program, Opportunity Zones, and the HUD’s Community Development Block Grant and Section 108 programs. Dr. Theodos is an alumnus of Northwestern University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.
Since July 2017, Jay Williams has served as president of the Hartford Foundation. Since that time, he has been working to build stronger relationships between the Foundation and the local communities it serves. He is currently leading the Foundation’s efforts to address disparities in our community based on race/ethnicity, place and income in order to make opportunities more available to everyone. In his role, Jay serves on the boards of the MetroHartford Alliance, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center/AdvanceCT, and the CHEFA Community Development Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Council and the Community Foundation Opportunity Network Governing Council.
Prior to coming to the Foundation, Jay served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, where he led the federal economic development agenda as the head of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. He has also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at The White House, where he served as the principal liaison between the President of the United States and local elected officials. Prior to this role, he served as the Mayor of the City of Youngstown, Ohio and led a community development agency in Youngstown.