THIS IS
OUR ORIGIN
STORY
EST. 2016

Chicago CRED —CREATE REAL ECONOMIC DESTINY— is an anti-gun violence organization co-founded in 2016 by Arne Duncan, a former U.S. Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder and president of Emerson Collective, a Palo Alto-based social impact organization.

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Duncan, a native of Chicago’s South Side, grew up in communities impacted by gun violence. He learned to play basketball on city courts, alongside young men affected by gun violence; indeed, he lost a close friend while they were both still teenagers.

Later, as the leader of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan dealt firsthand with the effects of gun violence. When he left in 2009 to join the Obama administration, he thought the crisis was at its most dire. Seven years later, he found the situation even worse. He returned to his hometown to help reshape the city’s approach to gun violence. He wanted an urgent focus on saving lives; that’s when the idea of Chicago CRED began to grow.

Today, Chicago CRED works with community leaders, like-minded organizations, and hundreds of young men and women to radically reduce gun violence and bring hope back to Chicago.

CRED’s holistic approach brings together proven models—street outreach, life coaching, and counseling, violence prevention, workforce development, advocacy and prevention— to create transformative change in the South and West side communities of Chicago.


THE CRED TEAM

Our work requires people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. We recruit intentionally, so we can tackle our mission from all possible angles. Our team includes individuals with street cred; with experience in counseling, violence prevention, and intervention; and with policy and business backgrounds.

Arne Duncan
Managing Partner
Jenny Anselmo
Director of Data and Tech Operations
Jalon Arthur, MS
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Regina Bass
Talent & Employment Manager
Rashsaan Brown
Manager of Job Supervision and Alumni Support
Nancy Chon
Executive Assistant
Monica Guerrero
Executive Assistant to Arne Duncan
Melvyn Hayward
Head of Programs
Daryl Howard
Director of Training and Best Practices
Jennifer Keeling, MA
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Susan Lee
Chief of Strategy & Policy
Sherry McAdoo-Champion
Manager of Community Advocacy and Coalitions
Reverend Craig Nash
Director of Community Engagement
Rahul Pasarnikar
Director of Business Development
Paul Robinson
Director of Service Strategy
Jayla Rufus
Manager of Youth Engagement
Leo Smith
Director of Employment & Policy
Curtis Amir Toler
Director of Outreach
Donald H. Tyler
Director of Clinical Services

CRED PARTNERS

We’re confident we can reach our gun violence reduction goals in large part because of our continued work with talented partners and community leaders throughout Chicago. Discover the incredible work they do in their respective neighborhoods here.

YOUTH PEACE CENTER OF ROSELAND
INNER-CITY MUSLIM ACTION NETWORK
MAAFA REDEMPTION PROJECT
THE FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
I AM ABLE CENTER FOR FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS

Chicago CRED has funded nearly 10,000 summer jobs since 2016 for at-risk teens who participate in a summer-long Peacemakers Program.

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CHICAGO BEYOND
CHICAGO PARKS FOUNDATION

Supports team basketball leagues in high-needs communities. Over the past three summers more than 5,500 youths participated.

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CHILDREN FIRST FUND

Funded the rehabilitation of more than 90 Chicago Public School auditoriums with work performed by at-risk students on the South and West sides.

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INSTITUTE FOR NONVIOLENCE CHICAGO

Grants provided to support expanded street outreach efforts in the Austin and West Garfield Park neighborhoods.

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UCAN

Funding for expanded Street Outreach efforts in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

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TARGET AREA DEVCORP

Funding for expanded Street Outreach efforts in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

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ALLIANCE OF LOCAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Funding for expanded Street Outreach efforts in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood.

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CONTEXTOS

Through its partnership with Chicago CRED, more than 100 men have written and published memoirs—developing self-reflection, critical thinking, camaraderie, and positive self-projection to author new life narratives.

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KABOOM

In partnership with the Chicago White Sox, Kaboom constructed a new community-designed playground in the Pullman neighborhood.

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