STAFF

••• Dr. Geneva J. Williams, Executive Director

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Dr. Geneva Jones Williams Is A Powerful Change Agent.

She is a spark that ignites change and positively impacts communities, classrooms and corporations. She is cited among the Top 100 women influencers or “game changers” in Detroit that get things done in the community through collaboration – using her oft-called-upon confident communication skills, to the tune of over $100 million dollars raised.

A defining moment came when, as a teenager, her family received hate mail and had crosses on her family’s front lawn saying “get out” of their home in New Jersey. Inspired by her father’s tireless role as courageous civil rights leader, leadership became an emphasis of Dr. Geneva’s [Williams] career.

Well known for her celebrated career as a non-profit leader and trail-blazer, she became the first female executive vice president of the United Way in southeastern Michigan. Always up ready to roll up her sleeve for a challenge, she became the founding president of City Connect, Detroit’s first public/private philanthropic organization to secure national funding for community problems. Dr. Geneva blazed trails also as the first female president and chief executive officer of United Community Services and has also launched many organizations that help people and make a difference for others.

Seeing her dad in action shaped her view about what you’re expected to do in life: overcome the tough times, raise up, train and ignite leaders to make impact in urban communities and leave a legacy of greatness for generations to come.

Her Mission Is To Encourage Civic Leaders And Every Citizen To Get Involved And Take Risks In Ways That Really Make A Difference In The Lives Of Others.

Dr. Geneva is gifted in inspiring others. As a practitioner and scholar in public-private collaboration, her main strength, however, is in using collaboration to lead change and solve community problems.

Through her director’s role with Figure Skating in Detroit, she has forged a partnership with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and links Detroit girls with valuable community leadership and resources.

Dr. Williams walks her talk. Whether it’s revolutionizing the way an organization does business, or inspiring individuals to lead with greater purpose, Dr. Geneva is committed to stimulating big thinking, while facilitating and delivering the tools needed to ignite unimaginable success.

••• Ajara Alghali, Program Manager 

A Detroit native by birth but a self-proclaimed global citizen, Ajara Alghali, has spent much of her adult life traveling the globe, witnessing life across many cultures. She has a natural curiosity about people and will tell you that she's "never met a stranger". That very curiosity has allowed her to connect with people and share conversations about the human experience from a variety of cultural perspectives. Ajara has visited 21 countries and counting, and through her travels, she is reminded of the living spirit of the people of Detroit, their diversity, and the City's perseverance.  
 
One who has traveled as much as Ajara, begins to collect not souvenirs, but experiences that aid in sparking innovation. By being able to observe closely the processes that are practiced in societies outside of her own familiar environment she's been able to apply even some of the simplest approaches from her global experiences to her work. As a seasoned program director, she demonstrates leadership and ambition for developing strategies that increase sustainability of education and community based programs.  
 
Ajara hopes of making significant contributions to making Detroit a more culturally rich place to live. She prides herself in her ability to practice diplomacy while striving towards her goals. She received both her Bachelor and Master degrees from Wayne State University and continues to be very active in her spare time.  Ajara sits on several community executive boards, is an alumni of the New American Leaders Project and the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. She also studies and teaches West African dance and has directed two documentaries.  

 

••• Caitlin Murphy, RCC Coordinator  

Caitlin Murphy serves as the Civic Commons Coordinator on behalf of Live6.  “Reimagining the Civic Commons” is a national which invests locally in the Fitzgerald community supporting park creation stewardship and advocacy, resident driven programming and commercial corridor development. Caitlin also manages Neighborhood HomeBase, a community storefront that opened in April of 2019. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy.


 

••• Jeremy Lewis, Commercial Corridor Manager  

A native Detroiter, Jeremy was raised in the Green Acres community neighboring the Live6 region. He graduated from Gesu Catholic School and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School before attending Hampton University majoring in Mass Media studies with a Media Sales concentration. After graduating he began his advertising sales career at the CNN in Atlanta, GA. His career later took him to New York City and Chicago working for WeatherBug, Chicago Tribune and Weather Channel. Although finding success in his sales roles, he knew that his skills and experiences were better served in Detroit. Upon returning, he joined the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance (ONA) team and led efforts to improve the area small business ecosystem. In this role, he combined his experiences creating business solutions and his passion for community impact. After scaling the Osborn Business Association, he joined the Detroit Regional Chamber as the Director of National Commerce Group Business Development, managing business solutions focused on small and medium sized businesses nationally. He is currently completing his Master of Community Development at University of Detroit Mercy and resides in the University District neighborhood with his wife. He serves the boards of ONA and Original Creativity; and is a Soulcial Scene partner.

 



Executive Board 

Dr. Antoine Garibaldi
Live6 Alliance Board Chair
University of Detroit Mercy - President

Benjamin S. Kennedy
Kresge Foundation - Managing Director of Detroit and American Cities Practice

Tosha Tabron
JPMorgan Chase - Vice President and Relationship Manager for Global Philanthropy


COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

The Community Advisory Board is a selection of neighborhood champions who have personal or professional stake in Live6’s focus area. The group serves as a guiding hand for Live6 activities by providing feedback, advice, and peer-review. 

Alicia Biggers
Bagley Community Council

Austin Black II
City Living Detroit

Caitlin Marcon
Sherwood Forest Community Association

Cheryl Anderson Small
Livernois Property Owner

David Rudolph
D Erickson PR

Denise Kennedy
Princeton Street Block Club

Dolphin Michael
Avenue of Fashion Business Association

Eric Vaughn
Eric’s I’ve Been Framed Shop

Frank Rashid
Marygrove College

Gaston Nash
College Core Block Club

George N’Namdi
N’Namdi Gallery

Greg O’Neal
University District Community Association

Gregoire Eugene Louis
Six Mile Property Owner

Jevona Fudge
Detroit Sip

Jodee Fishman Raines
Palmer Park Association/Erb Foundation

Kimberly Tandy
District Manager

Lolita Haley
University Commons

Nancy Varner
Detroit Golf Club

Raymond Ware
Metro Detroit Barber College

Rob Dewaelsche
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Rose DeSloover
Marygrove Emeritus

Rufus Bartell
Simply Casual Clothing Store

Sarida Scott
Community Development Advocates of Detroit