Who We Are

Of Color, Inc. is a minority, female owned and incorporated 501c3 (not for profit) The agency is founded on the belief that people “Of All Colors” can grow economically and together while contributing to the larger society if they are exposed to the positive resources that their communities and that same larger society has to offer them. We work to assist at-risk families economically through sustainable employment and securing stable housing.

The organization has a bold and ambitious goal to impact 3,000 individuals in select communities by 2030, serving 350 annually. As a servant leader, the Executive Director holds strongly that we, as a society should not rely on other structures to begin the conversation around those who struggle economically but to change the narrative from an advocacy and innovative perspective. She believes that with a “different” mindset, we can assist all families in one united and holistic manner, not excluding any person that suffers from economic disadvantages.

“Those from the community must be empowered to take a stand to educate, seek out resources and implement programs which will enrich the lives for those in need”.
–  Renita White  

Of Color, Inc.’s model brings H.O.P.E. to the minds of all underserved, misrepresented, and forgotten people, helping each person realize his/ her dreams while working towards goals with the assistance of multiple positive outlets and resources. The agency’s target group is expansive and inclusive of workforce services and training and workshops, which impact three specific age groups: 18-20, 21-24, and 25-65. These age groups include youth in care, opportunity youth, returning citizens, homeless individuals, veterans, and dislocated workers.

Our services focus on the whole individual and run the gamut. We work with employment agencies in Chicago and beyond and other partners to provide entry-level jobs and felon-friendly jobs. We also help veterans, and underserved residents have a place to call home. Our youth program is training the next generation of leaders. Our ultimate goal is to help all of these groups thrive.

Our Team

Renita White

Founding Executive Director

rwhite@ofcolorinc.org
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Toby Bayless

Health and Housing Service Manager

tbayless@ofcolorinc.org
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Ladon Brumfield

Youth Services Manager

lbrumfield@ofcolorinc.org
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Andre Cosey

Director of HUD and Case Management Services

acosey@ofcolorinc.org
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Nicole Henry

Finance Officer

nhenry@ofcolorinc.org
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Janay Kearney

Quality Improvement Manager

jkearney@ofcolorinc.org
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Keisha Norris

Director of Housing & Workforce

knorris@ofcolorinc.org
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Amber Scott

Director of Human Resources

ascott@ofcolorinc.org
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Lexi Wulf

Marketing/Communications & Social Media Executive

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Board Members

Melina Higbee

Board Chairwoman

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Karen Swinger

Board Vice Chairwoman

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Brenda Duncan

Board Treasurer

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Dr. Camilla Johnson

Board Secretary

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Lizzie Harrington

Board Member

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Sandra A. Moss

Board Member

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Tiffany Perkins

Board Member

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Jamie Ricks

Board Member

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Matt Strauss

Board Member

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Angela Whiteside Smith, Esq.

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