"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- Dr. Seuss

Lisa Leverette, Director and C.C.O., Chief Change Orchestrator

Lisa is a third generation Detroiter. She has worked at the intersection of improving conditions for children, families, and communities for over 25 years. She believes in imagining and implementing practices that challenge traditional models that have largely left black, brown, and poor residents languishing on the margins of society. 


Relationship building and disrupting oppressive practices lies at the heart of the tools she employs to bring about change.


Lisa enjoys traveling, listening to house music, and loves the city of Detroit.

Kayla Perrin, Grants and Impact Associate

Kayla is a permanent fixture in community settings, providing technical assistance to grant applicants and encouraging grantees to think about next steps. She is passionate about supporting grassroots groups to access tools and resources to implement solutions to the issues that impact their communities.


Kayla is a Detroit, MI native and has a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. Her free time is spent serving on the board of the local Self-Development of People (SDOP) committee, and as a participating fellow in the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Cohort 4. Kayla also enjoys attending music concerts and promoting Black owned businesses around the country with her organization Pride & Power.

Kathy Wyszacki Durham, Community Support Specialist

Kathy is eagerly waiting for your call or e-mail to provide assistance and answer questions. She enjoys hearing folks’ ideas to make change in the city, so she’d love for you to call or stop by the office. Kathy’s time is divided between evaluation and program support activities. She is a proud graduate of Wayne State University and has been running around the grand city of Detroit for the last 20 years working on issues related to homelessness, mental health, and advocacy. Kathy enjoys writing, reading, people, children, and pets.

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