Center for Civic Innovation Announces 2019 Civic Innovation Residents

The Center for Civic Innovation is thrilled to announce our full class of 2019 Civic Innovation Residents! Now in its second year, the Civic Innovation Residency is a one-year intensive leadership and business development program for civic entrepreneurs in the greater Atlanta-area.

The 12 individuals selected for the Residency program run enterprises with products, services, and programs focused on solving issues of inequality in Atlanta. During this 12 month program, Residents will work on scaling and sustaining their social impact and strengthening their leadership and operations to get there. In addition to monthly intensive training sessions and one-on-one coaching, each Resident receives work space and up to $25,000 of investment that goes toward their business and leadership development.

“The work of the Civic Innovation Residents is a vital part of both our social fabric and the economic growth as a city. “These residents are making an economic case for the power and potential of social problem solving.

— Rohit Malhotra, Founder & E.D., Center for Civic Innovation

Ten of the 12 participants in the Residency are graduates from the Center's 2018 Civic Innovation Fellowship program, a six-month leadership and entrepreneurship program focused on testing the early stages of ideas and ventures in the social sector.


  • Alex Acosta | Soul Food Cypher: Utilizes the power of freestyle rap and lyricism to transform the lives of individuals and their communities.

  • Sam Aleinikoff | College AIM: Supports students in Metro-Atlanta on their paths to and through college by building sustainable college-going cultures within school communities.

  • Marcus Blackwell | Make Music Count: Increases elementary and secondary students’ mathematical skill development through piano playing and reducing their math anxiety.

  • Terri-Nichelle Bradley | Brown Toy Box: Inspires black children to pursue careers and hobbies where black people are typically underrepresented.

  • Jasmine Crowe | Goodr: A sustainable food surplus management company that leverages technology to combat hunger and reduce waste

  • Nedra Deadwyler | Civil Bikes: Curates culturally connected and relevant stories to engage people with place.

  • Jenn Graham | Civic Dinners: Uses technology to bring diverse people together to break bread and have a structured conversation that builds empathy and trust.

  • John Kennebrew | Showcase Group: Strengthens and empowers families involved in the juvenile justice system through social and emotional interventions, and by using STEAM.

  • Tiffany LaTrice Williams | TILA Studios: Empowers black women to create and showcase their art.

  • Trish Miller | SwemKids: Aims to eliminate negative perceptions and barriers to swimming proficiency for black children and their families by equipping them with the skills to have a healthy and safe relationship with water.

  • Charnette Trimble | Westmont Estates Community Action Group: Seniors living in Westmont Estates are able to Age in Place with dignity by connecting them to government home repair programs

  • Samantha Watkins | Urban Perform: A non-profit organization making exercise accessible and affordable to the underserved communities of English Avenue, Vine City and Washington Park in Atlanta.


All of the women in the program are supported by the Sara Blakely Foundation, which has a strong commitment to investing in women entrepreneurs in Atlanta. After the program, the Civic Innovation Residents become eligible for additional flexible capital for operations and impact growth through the Center for Civic Innovation’s Civic Impact Fund, which is run in tandem with Invest Atlanta and the Sara Blakely Foundation. 

“I am proud to support a new class of female entrepreneurs here in Atlanta. They are the new guard of social change – operating at the intersection of entrepreneurship and philanthropy. I am inspired by the work they are doing and excited to see what their futures hold!

— Spanx founder and CEO, Sara Blakely.

After the program, all Civic Innovation Residents will become eligible for additional flexible capital for operations and growth through the Center for Civic Innovation's Civic Impact Fund, which is run in tandem with Invest Atlanta and the Sara Blakely Foundation.