Cultivating Catalytic Partnerships to Drive & Sustain Collective Impact Efforts
As backbone leaders, we often focus on the management aspects of driving change such as meeting facilitation, accountability, communication and even funding. And while ensuring sound systems and practices are essential, we cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that systems change is also deeply relational work. Our session was designed to help CI leaders (especially those operating in a backbone capacity) to think strategically about the people and relationships that already exist within their current context and create plans for how to nurture and leverage those relationships in service of the work.
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Raymond A. Jetson Chief Executive Catalyst and Co-Lead
After completing a two-year fellowship on advanced leadership towards social impact at Harvard University, Raymond set about the business of creating a different approach to community change, one with a decidedly asset-based framing and focused on systems and structures. Informed by 15 years as a State Representative, 23 years as pastor of Star Hill Church, and as the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Raymond founded MetroMorphosis with the understanding that lasting change had to emerge from and be sustained by those who stood to benefit most from it. As a result, one of MetroMorphosis’ earliest strategies, the Urban Leadership Development Initiative (ULDI), involved mobilizing young and emerging leaders and equipping them to lead change that was meaningful to them.
Raymond is a leading voice on community change strategies, social innovation, and the resurgence of elders in African American life, an Encore Public Voices Fellow, and along with his wife Tammy, is the proud parent of J’Erica Nicole and Jeremy Louis. Sherreta, an emerging authority on organizational leadership and member of the inaugural cohort of Encore’s Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship, is a loving aunt to 9 amazing people. Both Raymond and Sherreta reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sherreta R. Harrison Sustainability Catalyst and Co-Lead
Driven by the desire to create access for those who have been historically denied it, Sherreta began teaching basic reading, writing, and math skills to low-skilled adults before earning her Masters degree in Counselor Education. After working with families to improve the outcomes of adjudicated youth, Sherreta realized her passion lies in working with adults to help build stable families and communities. In 2013, she returned to her teaching and training roots providing capacity building services to nonprofit organizations before landing with MetroMorphosis in 2018, where she currently explores the intersection of organizational leadership, legacy building, and community change.
Judy Touzin Innovations and Partnership Catalyst Judybegan her career as a third-grade teacher in the Harlem section of New York City in 2003 and later became the founding principal of an elementary school in East New York, Brooklyn. Most recently, she served as the Managing Director of Principal Preparation for a rapidly scaling Texas based charter network. In that role, she helped set the vision and strategy for leadership development and prepared over 75 aspiring principals for the principalship. In Judy’s experience as a teacher, principal, and leadership coach she has consistently sought to help create affirming environments for Black boys and young men.
In August of 2016, she self-published her first book titled, ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving to amplify the beauty, brilliance, and humanity of Black men and boys across the country. February 2017, Judy launched The ExceptionAL Project, an extension of that book.
Judy's unwavering passion for education is rooted in her commitment to ensuring that all young people live in communities and attend schools where they can learn and thrive. Her experience as a principal taught her that schools alone will not be able to achieve systemic change. She believes it will take sustained collaborative effort from all stakeholders to radically transform school and life outcomes for our kids, especially those who continue to be marginalized. Judy strives to honor the voices and lived experiences of the communities she serves so that change efforts reflect their vision and aspirations.