Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund

Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund works as a catalyst for social impact. Its mission is to build social capital and invest in new approaches to solving challenges in Prince George’s County.
The Prince George's County Innovation Fund was founded in 2010. It is a not-for-profit fund.

The core tenets of our work include: 1. Supporting pilots initiatives that attempt to solve pressing social challenges (directly or by supporting social entrepreneurs); 2. Creating a leadership pipeline that supports non-profits and strengthens their capacity; and 3. Focusing on results - through community collaboratives, strategic alignment across sectors, and results measurement and reporting - for impact.

Mission: The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund works as a catalyst for social impact in Prince George’s County. Its mission is to build social capital by investing in new approaches to solving social challenges in Prince George’s County.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 31: Alyson Van Order

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 31: Alyson Van Order

Alyson Van Order has been a Prince George’s County resident for seven years and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C). She is the lead child forensic interviewer at the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Child Advocacy Center in Landover, where she has been conducting forensic interviews since 2016. A forensic interview is a structured discussion with a child who has made allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, and the contents of the interview may later be used in court.. For the year 2019, Alyson completed nearly 300 forensic interviews with children of all ages in the County, most of whom were alleged victims of child sexual abuse.


Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 30: Nikki Thompson

Nikki Thompson is the principal of Hollyville Enterprises, a political consulting firm that is laser focused on dismantling structural inequities one bill at a time. Currently, she leads a statewide campaign to clean up Maryland's tax code to properly fund public schools. Her legislative wins include securing $1.8M for pretrial services, increasing access to jobs for returning citizens, and economic justice. She is a member of the Prince George’s County NAACP, the Maryland state lead for the NAACP Next GEN leadership program, board member for the Interfaith Action for Human Rights, and the Maryland chapter of the New Leaders’ Council. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and attends Reid Temple AME.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 29: Jovonni Spinner

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 29: Jovonni Spinner

Jovonni Spinner is an award-winning public health strategist passionate for improving health equity. She creates culturally-competent programming, shines at telling public health stories, and gives voice to those rarely heard; all the while providing programmatic strategic direction to stakeholders.

She has led state and national health equity-driven programs like the Diversity in Clinical Trials Initiative and Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative, which have reached millions of consumers to help them make informed health decisions, obtain services, and advocate for healthier communities.

She’s active in her community by serving on non-profit boards, contributing online health articles, and through her mentorship of early-career professionals.

She is an alum of Virginia Commonwealth University, Emory University, and is pursuing her doctorate from Morgan State University.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 28: Jerica Shackelford

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 28: Jerica Shackelford

Jerica currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director for the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Jerica received her Bachelor’s in Communication from Texas A&M University. She holds certifications in Grants Management, Project Management, and is a Change Management practitioner. Additionally, Jerica is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program (CPM) from George Washington University - Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. She is accountable, forward thinking and collaborative - skills that allow her to more effectively leverage her expertise in emergency and organizational management. Closer to home, she’s President of her community’s HOA and on the board for Largo Town Center Association; her goal for both is to encourage financial stability, community engagement, and mobilization.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 27: Robert Ruffins

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 27: Robert Ruffins

Robert Ruffins is an organizer, former educator, and proud resident of Mt. Rainier who has spent his career fighting for educational equity. In his role as the Senior Associate of National and State partnerships at the Education Trust, Robert works to build a movement for educational justice by identifying and building strategic partnerships among key organizations, constituencies, and policy makers. His work has led to policy changes that have benefited students across the country.

After graduating from Harvard, Robert worked in Louisiana as a Teach for America Core Member and organizer before returning to MD to work for the Maryland Democratic Party on the 2016 presidential campaign. Over the last three years. Robert helped build the Maryland Alliance for Racial Equity in Education, a coalition of nearly two dozen members and supporting organizations from across the state, to ensure that The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future addresses Maryland’s racial opportunity gaps.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 26: Justin Robinson

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 26: Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson, a National Board Certified Teacher with nine years of classroom experience, is a middle grades mathematics teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools. A PGCPS graduate, Justin was compelled to teach after leading a middle school boys after-school mentoring program during college.
Now a teacher, Justin is motivated to create the learning environment all students deserve via building-level innovations such as common planning time and morning meeting routines, but also through district-level advocacy around school learning conditions and teacher pay.

Holding a BA from Harvard University, a M.Ed from the University of Maryland, and an Administrator’s Certificate from the Johns Hopkins University, this fall, Justin will be a doctoral student studying how to advance the profession through improved teacher recruitment and retention.

Hey Social Innovators,A week and a half ago, we were proud to host a virtual town hall, “Prince George’s County and Covi...

Hey Social Innovators,

A week and a half ago, we were proud to host a virtual town hall, “Prince George’s County and Covid-19: Where are We and What’s Next?

We had an excellent turnout and better still, an exceptional conversation with University of Maryland Professor Rashawn Ray, Maryland District Court Judge Lisa Johnson, and Greater Washington Community Foundation President Tonia Wellons.

At the end of the town hall, participants engaged in an interactive brainstorming about the key challenges we and our county need to address in the months to come.

That conversation is just beginning – we ask you to take 5-8 minutes to join in that conversation right now --!

This platform, ThoughtExchange, is a safe space for respectful and productive conversation, to gather ideas and feedback. There are 4 brief steps to take.

LANDING PAGE: Respond to “A few quick questions.” Or go straight to the challenges question.

CHALLENGES: You’ll be prompted to provide a response to what the critical challenges around Covid-19 are. Please GENERATE 3 or 4 before moving on. After you finish one – give a reason why it’s important. Then you’ll be prompted for ANOTHER one.

RATE OTHERS: When done with challenges, click on the “STAR arrow” button (bottom right). You’ll be prompted to rate others’ ideas on a scale of 1 to 5. Once you rate one, it prompts with you to rate another. Please RATE at least 10, IDEALLY 20 before you move on.

DISCOVER OVERALL RATINGS: After you’re done rating ideas, click on the “Discover arrow” button (bottom right) and that will give you a chance to see the highest ranked ideas thus far. Feel free to explore the full range of thoughts.
This exchange is confidential. Your thoughts will be shared with other participants, but not your identity. You will see and rate the thoughts that others have provided based on how much you agree/disagree or how important you feel the ideas are.

We will use the feedback you provide to inform our future work around COVID-19.!

Thank you for participating!

Chike & Adeyinka

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 25: LaToria Pierce

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 25: LaToria Pierce

Committed to engaging communities across media and social impact, LaToria relocated to Prince George’s County in 2016, with her first local community initiatives being in the domestic violence awareness and media sectors. Currently, LaToria works as a Program Manager overseeing community engagement efforts on a national scale for AARP Foundation MySavingsJar, a financial stability initiative developed by AARP Foundation and Fintech Startup, LifeCents, serving low-income adult workers and families.

In addition to her work in social impact, LaToria is the creator, producer and host of pilot talk show, Something To Talk About, in collaboration with Prince George’s Community TV. The show focuses on a variety of real life subject matter through candid interviews with local experts and entrepreneurs.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 24: Kristian Owens

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 24: Kristian Owens

Kristian Owens is the Owner and Lead Therapist at Resilient Child Therapy Institute located in Largo, Maryland. Her professional expertise is in providing psychotherapy and holistic services to children and families experiencing difficulties related to trauma, grief, and mood disorders. Additionally, Kristian offers consultation and training to mental health professionals entering the field of psychotherapy and counseling. Given her expertise, Kristian was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to participate in her annual Beating the Odds Summit (2016) as a Workshop Facilitator. Furthermore, Kristian has advocated and provided training to various schools and organizations on childhood trauma. As a native and resident of Prince George’s County, Kristian is passionate about the mental health needs and wellbeing of the county’s youth, especially within communities of color.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 23: Dr. Oluwatosin Oluokun

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 23: Dr. Oluwatosin Oluokun

Dr. Oluwatosin Oluokun is a first-generation Nigerian-American and the first person to graduate with a PhD in her family. Graduating top of her class from her doctoral program, she focused on mitigating information technology discrepancies in healthcare organizations to improve medication errors and patient safety in communities. She is the founder of Dr. Ohhh Juice and a professional nutritionist seeking to improve her clients' quality of life, educate on juicing benefits and plant-based nutrition. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Dr. Oluokun works as a Healthcare IT Reengineering Specialist in Clinical Information Management. Dr. Oluokun is an active member of her community serving as a fitness and health lead for her church, public speaker on holistic health, and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 22: Korey Neal

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 22: Korey Neal

Korey Neal serves as President of K. Neal Truck & Bus Center (K. Neal), a full–service commercial truck and bus dealership operating across five locations in the DC Metropolitan area. Additionally, Neal is owner-operator of NAPA Automotive Parts, a leading automotive parts and accessories distributor. Most recently, Neal diversified his business portfolio to include Executive Director of Sinners Wanted, a faith-based film written and directed by The Jenkins Brothers, as well as expanded into real estate development with a new 15-million-dollar mixed commercial use investment property.

Under his leadership, K. Neal is ranked #35 in the top 100 largest minority-owned businesses in the nation by Black Enterprise; recognized in Washington Business Journal’s 2019 Family-Owned Business Awards; received the 2019 Emerging Leaders & Influencers Award by the United States Black Chambers of Commerce; and is named 2019 Millennial Entrepreneur of the Year by Prince George’s County.

He is passionate about creating pathways of employment through internship programs, workforce partnerships with local economic development councils, as well as second chance re-entry programs. Neal is a proud serving board member for First National Bank-Washington Regional, Vehicles for Change, St. Johns High School Board of Trustees, and Eastern Michigan University’s Athletic Department. Mr. Neal is a graduate of the American Truck Dealers Academy, Leadership Prince George’s County, and most recently joined YPO, a global network of community leaders.

Mr. Neal holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s from American University.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 21: Julio Murillo

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 21: Julio Murillo

Julio Murillo is a government relations and policy advocacy professional with experience at the local, county, and state levels. Currently, Julio serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember Tom Hucker. Previously, he served as the Government and Strategic Relations Specialist at CASA where he advocated on behalf of working-class and immigrant communities. In that capacity, he was the lead support in the organization’s advocacy in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. Julio majored in government and politics at the University of Maryland. Lastly, Julio has lived in Prince George’s County since 2000 and is a proud graduate of the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 20: Tiffanie McNeill

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 20: Tiffanie McNeill

Tiffanie McNeill, MSW is a dynamic leader in youth services in Prince George’s County. After graduating from Bowie State University as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. with a BS in Political Science, she realized her passion for social work as a therapeutic foster care parent. This led to Tiffanie founding The Matriarch, Inc. in 2013, which is a 501(c)3 organization that specializes in helping girls in the foster care system find peace in knowing that they are not alone in the various trials they face. In 2018, Tiffanie decided to expand her professional capabilities by obtaining a Master of Social Work degree from Walden University. She is currently serving as an ambassador to Walden’s Social Work program as she completes her doctoral degree. Tiffanie is a youth counselor at the Promise Place shelter for displaced teens, and a licensed Social Worker in Washington, DC and Maryland.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 19: Chief Devan A. Martin

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 19: Chief Devan A. Martin

Chief Devan A. Martin is a life-long resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland and has been drawn to public service since childhood. He is a founding member of the Seat Pleasant Junior Police Program and was a member of the awarding winning Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff Explorers Program.

Chief Martin currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. As the youngest public safety executive in the state, his appointment was historic. Chief Martin has been instrumental in creating a department that utilizes data to effectively manage the city’s public safety operations. He is an advent believer that the community should determine the way they want to be policed.

Chief Martin is a tenured law enforcement officer who is considered an expert in Community Policing. He is a leader who is devoted to strengthening community partnerships and proactively addressing conditions that give rise to public safety issues. As a native of “A SMART City of Excellence,” he possesses a unique and invaluable understanding of the challenges facing the community.

Chief Martin is a graduate of Largo High School and received his higher education at Anne Arundel Community College, Bowie State University, and The George Washington University Program for Public Safety Leadership.

Chief Martin is the Co-Founder, of Stepping Stones 4 Change, which is a community-based organization that is dedicated to improving the community through engagement, empowerment, and education.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 18: Nancy Leon

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 18: Nancy Leon

Nancy Leon is a 24 year old Prince Georgian and daughter to two Central American immigrants. She received her Bachelors in Political Science and International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University. She is currently a Youth Development Worker for La Clinica del Pueblo at Northwestern High School. In her work she provides intensive case management and leads psychoeducational groups for newly arrived immigrant students in the County.

Previously as the Program Coordinator for the Northern Gateway CDC she acquired funds for the Census outreach, streetscaping, and murals to celebrate its rich culture. Her motivation is to see the next generation of young folks evolve. Nancy volunteers for Rising Organizers as the Co-Director for Public and Private Trainings and enjoys traveling, reading, diverse cuisine and yoga.

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 17: Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash

Virtual Meet & Greet - Day 17: Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash

Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash serves as a Program Director at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. She is committed to improving global healthcare by identifying diagnostic technologies that can detect diseases faster, more accurately and at a lowered cost. Dr. Lash has a passion for science and engineering which resulted in being featured in Money Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, NBC Washington and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Dr.Lash founded a women’s giving circle, Raising Men of Valor (RMOV), a private philanthropic group of women that supports, encourages and inspires boys and young men of color of the DMV area. RMOV collaborates through monetary giving with 501c3 organizations that provide experiences and opportunities to improve the lives of boys and young men.


6801 Kenilworth Ave
Riverdale, MD

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Prince George’s County, Maryland is a locality of contrasts. The County is lauded as the most affluent predominately African American county in the United States. Eight-five percent of all residents over 25 have high school diplomas. The median family income is $80K per annum, well above the US median of $50K per annum. Amazingly, 40% of Prince George’s households earn over $100,000 per year. From an income and education perspective, the incredible promise of Prince George’s County is clearly demonstrated. On the other hand, Prince George’s County schools rank 24th of 24 districts in the State of Maryland and more than 50% of all Prince George’s households are headed by a single parent. The County leads the National Capital Region in home foreclosures, crime, poverty, and unemployment. Gentrification and rising home prices in neighboring Washington, DC have essentially forced out a significant percentage of poor and vulnerable populations in search of more affordable housing options into Prince George’s, adding increased pressure to already challenged local institutions and a politically embroiled local government. Over 60% of Prince George’s County resident’s works outside of the County, as private sector employment options are relatively low. While conveniently located near the Nation’s capital, there are few federal or state government offices housed within county boundaries. The non-profit sector is recognized by the philanthropic community as fledging, at best. A recent Brookings Institute study notes that “Prince George’s County has an inadequate supply of non-profits” and hence the County is under-resourced when compared to neighboring jurisdictions. Given the immense upside possibilities for the County coupled with the tremendous need, building a strong third sector using local talent to address local needs could potentially yield very high impact.


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Comments Please join the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund for an important conversation this tonight (Thursday 5/14) from 6-7:30pm about COVID-19 in our county, the impacts and how we can overcome it. With Moderator: Chike Aguh Panelists: Tonia Wellons, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation; Judge Lisa Hall Johnson of the Maryland District Court; Dr. Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland and Rubinstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution
The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund is proud to announce our 2020 Forty under 40 honorees ( Their accomplishments in their careers and service to our county are our hope for the future and what is going to lead our county and country out of the extraordinary times that we are in. It includes one of our county’s youngest elected officials making a difference in his hometown, an educator turned advocate helping coordinate a coalition to help shape the Kirwan education reforms to achieve equity, an attorney by day and advocate by night making sure that thousands of homeless women in our region have the supplies they need to lead dignified lives. That is just a small cross-section of the amazing talent we have in our county and our only regret is that we could only honor 40 of them. We had one of the most impressive pools to pick from in memory and that should make every one of us proud. As the year progresses, you will learn more about these extraordinary Prince Georgians as we move towards our celebration of them later this year. In these extraordinary times, it is talent like this that is going to get our county, state, and country through. #PGCSIF #FUF2020