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.
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Yvette serves as the CEO for Southeast Raleigh Promise. In her role, Yvette is responsible for leading a highly-effective and dedicate team of professionals and overseeing the fiscal and operational management of the organization. As CEO of a quarterback organization, Yvette’s work involves shaping and leading strategies, attracting and leveraging investment, building relationships with residents and the community, and cultivating cross-sector partnerships to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for Southeast Raleigh residents, small businesses and non-profits. As a thoughtful leader, Yvette comes to SERP with over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator, fund raiser, and public and civic engagement specialist.
As a resident of Southeast Raleigh for over 20 years, Yvette has been instrumental in providing leadership and technical support in the start-up and growth of small non-profits and community-based coalitions focused on improving neighborhoods and addressing the needs of residents. Yvette cares deeply about issues and inequities impacting residents of Southeast Raleigh and views SERP as the conduit through which impactful solutions can be identified and implemented.
Yvette attended Morgan State University, where she majored in Computer Science. She later completed her undergraduate studies at William Peace University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She returned to her HBCU roots and is now enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration Graduate Program at North Carolina Central University. Yvette is married and has three sons and three granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with family, creative writing, and trips to the beach. She believes in hopeful possibilities and in the promise that we hold as individuals and as a community.
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.
Bianca Harris Smith
Resident Services & Engagement Coordinator
Bianca has a passion to serve the community that has been a part of her entire career. She has more than 10 years of experience in community outreach, education, and workforce development. Her passion is driven by childhood experiences of working alongside her mother, a former Parent Liaison for Wake County Public School System. Over the years Bianca has organized and participated in many nonprofit community events.
Bianca is married with two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and camping.
Director of Community Partnerships & Engagement
Director of Finance and Operations
Wanda is a native of Raleigh, NC, who grew up and attended schools in the Rock Quarry Road area. Wanda brings more than 33 years of fiduciary experience in the non-profit sector and holds an MBA with a concentration in Management from Strayer University and a BS in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. She is the mother of three, who also invests her time serving on the boards of local nonprofits. Her hobbies include reading, trying new recipes, taking in live performances, fashion, and traveling. Above all, she enjoys attending to and supporting her children who are all professionally gifted in music, dance, and the performing arts.
Wanda is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the areas of finance, operations, IT, and human resources. She will work closely with the CEO, Board of Directors, and stakeholders to ensure accountability for a healthy operating environment. She is also looking forward to the connections she will make in support of the mission and vision of Southeast Raleigh Promise.
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..
Asa Fleming, Chair
Allen Tate Realtors
Mia Bailey, Vice Chair
Jon Mills, Secretary
YMCA of the Triangle
Crawford Crenshaw, Treasurer
Wake Tech Community College
Wake County Public School System
Evan Covington Chavez
Capitol Broadcasting/Rocky Mount Mills
Retired, Wake County
Thomas Bradshaw, Jr.
Retired, Real Estate Development