LLC is thrilled to be introducing our newest board members. We would like extend a big welcome and thank you to Duchesne Drew and
Lisa Leverette. They will both contribute greatly to furthering the mission and work of LLC.
Meet Our Newest Board Members:
Duchesne Drew joined the LLC board in April 2018 and literally hit the ground running! Duchesne is the Community Network Vice President for the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, MN where he lives with his wife and two children.
His work at the foundation, integrating communications, innovation, leadership and networks, aligns strongly with LLC’s mission and work. In fact, he does all of this with an equity lens. Duchesne is also a veteran reporter, editor and manager, who before joining the Bush Foundation worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Dallas Morning News. We look forward to Duchesne’s contributions to our communications, so keep an eye out for his first blog post.
Since joining the board, Duchesne rolled up his sleeves and dove right into our recruitment process for both the Co-Director and our Operations and Project Manager positions where he was able to bring his years of management experience and wisdom to our process and hiring approach. Duchesne also helped to plan and facilitate the first board retreat he joined, to which he brought a strongly relational and equity centered approach. Under his leadership, along with board chair Uma Viswanathan and board member Kelly Hannum, we built strong relationships, got deep into equity, made big commitments to the work, and had fun!
Lisa Leverette describes herself as a Detroit based Change Orchestrator. She brings a relationship building and equity lens to everything she does: identifying and eliminating barriers to success, and managing and changing systems to improve conditions and opportunities for marginalized people. She manages Community Connections Grant Program, regranting funds and shifting power and resources to help grassroots groups who have been pushed to the furthest margins of society achieve transformational change.
Many of you may already know her because Lisa helped host Creating Space Detroit where she invited all of us to challenge our leadership assumptions and learn from non-traditional community leaders about community and systems change. True to her word she got us into the community, learning from people leading locally - yes she brought field trips to Creating Space. If you missed her at Creating Space, you might have attended one of Lisa’s webinars, and if you didn’t, it’s not too late to catch the recording for Leadership in Community on our site.
Already, Lisa has brought her laser focus on equity, asking the tough questions about how equity is in everything we do. When we first met Lisa in 2013, she kept asking if she could bring even more folks from Community Connections to Creating Space, we couldn’t say no to Lisa and in response she called herself “Lucky Lisa.” The name stuck because we are the ones who feel lucky to have her in this work with us and now on our board!