Introducing the Inaugural Class of FOCUS Impact Fellows
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the individuals selected for the first class of FOCUS Impact Fellows. Launched in 2016 with support from the William T. Kemper Foundation, the program represents FOCUS’ most advanced offering and gives leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region.
In addition to working toward a tangible outcome, program and/or solution, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking and project management. While FOCUS Impact Fellows is new for the St. Louis region, similar programs in other cities have had significant success in facilitating positive and sustainable change on issues ranging from economic development to health to education.
The first class will be using the Ferguson Commission report as a guidepost and framework for their work. “Our hope is that the FOCUS Impact Fellows, trained leaders with a passion for civic engagement, will commit their time and energy to a signature priority, developing and implementing a plan to bring it to life in our region,” said Felicia Pulliam, director of the program.
Beginning in March, the class will carry out its work over a 10-month period. For more information on the FOCUS Impact Fellows, or other FOCUS leadership programs, visit www.focus-stl.org.
2016 FOCUS Impact Fellows
Managing Director, Community Education & Events
Missouri History Museum
ULI St. Louis
Director of Syndications & New Business Initiatives
U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation
Charles L. Crane Agency
Wells Fargo Advisors
Director of Special Programs
Digital Marketing Manager
The Salvation Army Midland Division
President & CEO
Downtown STL, Inc.
Associated General Contractors of Missouri
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
General Counsel, Vice President & Secretary
Senior Vice President
Marks and Associates
Cassandra Brown Ray
Director of Finance
Saint Louis Zoo
Founder & CEO
Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation
Director of Strategic Communications & Planning
Grace Hill Settlement House
Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Affairs
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Covenant House Missouri
Southeast Missouri State University
Community Volunteer/Human Resource Development