TGi Team

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Devonta Boston

Founder | President

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Justin Clemons

Graphic Designer

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Board of Directors

Jasmine Serrano

Board President

I live and work on the southwest side, in Chicago lawn, and I am an organizer for the Southwest Organizing Project. I’m passionate about increasing equity for Chicago Lawn, while maintaining its diverse culture and community. When residents understand their agency they have the ability to transform their world, and it is this understanding that motivates me to do this work.

Ted Christians

Vice President

Ted Christians is the Executive Director of Amplify Chicago (Amplify), an initiative of The Academy Group. Amplify is a justice system to a professional pathway for young men ages 20 to 26 designed to drive economic development and wealth creation in Chicago's most resilient communities. Prior to Amplify, he served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja). Ted lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

Yasmin Cortes

Secretary

Hi! My name is Yasmín Cortes, I’m a recent grad from Lehigh University, and a Gage Park High school alumna. I’m part of the first generation, Latinx, Southside of Chicago communities hoping to inspire and aspire change within the youth of our city.

Shayne Evans 

Member

Shayne Evans is a Founder and Managing Partner of the Academy Group. Previously, Evans served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chicago Charter School and managing director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. At UEI, Evans also co-founded The Success Project, a curriculum focused on preparing students for college access and graduation beginning in 6th grade, a program included in President Obama's College Opportunity Day of Action.

Debra Gitter

Member

Debra is the Founder and Executive Director of Contextos. She has raised over $5 million and expanded ConTextos reach into Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala. Debra received her master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education (2010) with a focus on international policy and social entrepreneurship.

Lisa Hurwitz

Member

Lisa is the Chief Marketing & Growth Officer at Grassroots Cannabis in Chicago. Lisa is originally from Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and spent the early part of her career in New York City before moving to Chicago with her family.

Omar Kamran

Member

Omar Kamran is the Owner of Magnolia Screen Printing, a social enterprise screen printing business with a mission of hiring and training young people on the South Side in the art of screen printing. He is a former youth organizer and is passionate about helping young people find their passion and purpose through quality employment opportunities.

Brian Metcalf

Member

Dr. Metcalf is an avid champion of dismantling racism in education and has dedicated more than 20 years in both the public and private sectors advocating on behalf of young people. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of a charter organization in Indianapolis.

Jose Irving

Member

Jose I. Sanchez Molina is currently Deputy Press Secretary at the Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and has extensive experience in organizing, policy, communications, and business management. Jose grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and now calls Pilsen home.

 
 

Advisory Board

Patrice Dziire

General Counsel

David Castro

Member

Wendy Chan

Member

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