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Our Team

 

STAFF

Southeast Raleigh Promise is committed to providing a model for the region to improve the alignment of systems and policies that promote equity and increased social mobility. We are led by a dedicated team invested in the success of this initiative.

Kia Baker

Kia Baker

Executive Director

Kia is a native of Southeast Raleigh, North Carolina and currently serves as Executive Director for Southeast Raleigh Promise, Inc. After graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, Kia returned to the Triangle and began working as a Community Organizer in Hillsborough, NC, where her passion to work for social change began to grow. She has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Public Allies, and most recently, served as the Chief of Food Recovery & Distribution at a Feeding America food bank, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Kia currently serves on the boards of the Raleigh Area Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity-Wake County and Carolina Common Enterprise. She is also a RaceForward Equity Ambassador. In her spare time, Kia enjoys gardening and creating culinary masterpieces for her family.

Dalia Place

Dalia Place

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dalia serves at the Partnership Director for Southeast Raleigh Promise. In her role she is responsible for implementing strategies to develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders, including nonprofit and community organizations, corporations and individuals. Dalia comes with over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Originally from New York, Dalia moved to Raleigh shortly after graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2006. She is passionate about serving her community in a meaningful way and committed to creating lasting change. In her free time, Dalia enjoys traveling and eating good eats with her family and friends.

Jennifer Castillo

Jennifer Castillo

Director of Youth & Family Engagement

Jennifer serves as the Director of Student and Family Engagement for Southeast Raleigh Promise. Jennifer has over 15 years experience working in public universities and youth-serving nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin as well as Raleigh, North Carolina. As a former Americorps Access member, she enjoys learning with and serving her community and is especially passionate about youth wellbeing and leadership, diversity and equity, and utilizing education as a transformative tool for social change. Jennifer has her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin and Master’s in Social Work from NC State. Jennifer currently serves on the boards of Corral Riding Academy, Seasons Village and Write, Speak, Inspire LLC. Jennifer enjoys serving in the community with her daughter, reading, walking her dog on the greenways of Raleigh, dirty chais, and backyard bonfires with friends and family.

Melissa Needham

Melissa Needham

FoodCorps Service Member

Melissa Needham serves as the FoodCorps Service Member with Southeast Raleigh Promise. FoodCorps, a grantee of Americorps, is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect kids to healthy food in school. In addition to managing Southeast Raleigh Elementary School’s two on-site gardens, Melissa is responsible for working alongside students, teachers, and community members to lead hands-on lessons, cultivate a positive cafeteria experience, and promote a school-wide culture of health. Melissa grew up in Raleigh, NC where she developed a passion for regenerative community gardens and food security. Melissa received a B.S. in Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University, focusing in Community, Regional, and Global Development and Agro-ecology. After graduating, she accepted an invitation to serve with Teach for America in Selma, AL where she taught 7th grade English and gardening. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys baking and cooking, rock climbing, and spelunking.

Renada Jackson

Renada Jackson

Office Manager

Renada Jackson serves as Office Manager with Southeast Raleigh Promise. She is a native of North Carolina and is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on Project Management at Liberty University. Renada has 5 years of administrative experience, but has
also been an advocate for change. Over the years, Renada has expressed her passion for giving back to her community by bringing awareness to issues such as domestic violence and being involved with various community-based organizations. In her free time, Renada loves being
with her children. She loves attending her children’s’ sporting events, serving in leadership at her church, and the beach. She also has a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

This initiative takes strong leadership, unprecedented partnerships and strong support from community leaders and organizations. Our Board of Directors are vital to reaching our goals..

Mia Bailey

Mia Bailey

Charter Communications

Dorian Burton

Dorian Burton

Kenan Charitable Trust

Crawford Crenshaw

Crawford Crenshaw

HomeReach

Maria Spaulding

Maria Spaulding

Human Services Consultant

Jon Mills

Jon Mills

YMCA of the Triangle

Anna Neal Blanchard

Anna Neal Blanchard

Stewards Fund

Damon Circosta

Damon Circosta

AJ Fletcher Foundation

Asa Fleming

Asa Fleming

Allen Tate Realtors

Cathy Moore

Cathy Moore

Wake County Public School System

Thomas Bradshaw Jr

Thomas Bradshaw Jr

Consultant

Courtney Crowder

Courtney Crowder

Crowder Consulting

Yvette Holmes

Yvette Holmes

DHIC

Wanda Thomas

Wanda Thomas

Jobs for Life