WE'RE ELIMINATING RACISM & EMPOWERING WOMEN
with an extraordinary staff
Meet our core team! They work to eliminate racism and empower women day in and day out, aided by an invaluable team of interns and volunteers. (Special thanks to the incredibly talented Mell Bell for these photos!)
LaVanda Brown brought more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience in social services, including an early career in social work, to our team when she joined us in January 2016.
Prior to joining us, she led and advised several Savannah-area nonprofit organizations, including Family Promise of Greater Savannah, Union Mission, and Greenbriar Children's Center, and others in the behavioral health, employment, and community services fields.
A passionate advocate for causes including promoting gender equality and diversity, helping at-risk teens, and serving homeless populations, she envisions a world where differences are not just tolerated but celebrated.
During her time in Savannah's nonprofit arena, LaVanda developed strategic plans resulting in more positive community interventions; created a homeless case management system, life skills curriculum, and after-care program to help the homeless transition to independence; instituted permanent housing for the mentally ill homeless population; and obtained more than $3 million in federal, state, and local grants. Her work garnered awards including the US Housing & Urban Development Best Practices Award for Transitional Housing and Case Management, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Magnolia Award for Excellence in Housing.
LaVanda holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology form Wesleyan College and a master's degree in counselor education from Georgia Southern University.