If you haven't heard already, our Westside Innovation Lab is up and in full swing! We are spending our days meeting amazing residents and community members that have ideas on how to tackle some of the social challenges in their neighborhoods.
We are so proud to add Raina Turner and Nate Jones to our team as our program managers! Their formal bios are below, but those words don't do justice to the amount of heart and passion they bring to their work. We are thrilled to bring them into the CCI family.
Raina’s passion for creating healthy, sustainable communities by alleviating economic disparities shifted her career focus from merely advertising the issues to engaging in grassroots education and solution generation. Her unique professional background is a culmination of marketing (digital & traditional), partnership development and urban education. In these various roles, she has personally expanded her accountabilities to include strategic consulting and educational program evaluation and management.
As a Georgia native, Raina’s work always circles back to asking the community for input and applying local and global best practices to challenges. She has worked in Partnership Development with the Department of Commerce, conducted research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa; China and Colombia and most recently served as Program Coordinator for Georgia State University’s AmeriCorps STEM education program. She has continued enhancing the development of marginalized communities through culturally relevant education, innovation in community design and small business development.
Raina obtained her B.S. in Marketing and International Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is certified in Conceptual Selling (UAB – Miller Heiman), Food Bank Nutrition Policy (UC Berkeley), and Biomimicry – Sustainable Solutions (US EPA).
Nathan's life mission is to help create and stimulate sustainable micro economies in under-resourced neighborhoods through understanding and implementing financial innovations. He is a Co-Founder of the Village Micro Fund, an incubator and micro lender that lends to entrepreneurs in Metro Atlanta via equity and debt based crowd funding. Before the Village, Nathan was a valuation analyst at a distressed debt private equity fund. Nathan started his career at Goldman Sachs and is a graduate of Morehouse College. He serves as a Venture Development manager at the Center for Civic Innovation and will support the growth of the ideas that come out of the Westside Innovation Lab.