We envision empowered urban communities that cultivate inclusive and equitable citizenship.
We partner to originate and implement programs that produce positive structural change, and deliver equity in education, wellness and economic success for individuals and communities.
Our Work's Impact
AGGREGATION & ACCESS
Connecting and aligning complementary stakeholders is a rising tide that lifts all boats. We build the coalitions that can identify true opportunity and deliver success. Our work produces engaged local leaders and sustainable outcomes that drive inclusion and create uplift for communities.
COLLABORATION & INTEGRATION
Authentic partnership is at the center of everything we do. With every new program initiative, our approach is grounded in the dual strengths of affinity and trust. Our work affirms the value and dignity of every individual and leverages personal relationships to build powerful partnerships.
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
More than mere change, we are driven by an imperative for transformation in how the need and the opportunity are framed and approached. We are committed to new ways of thinking and acting in order to remove barriers and disrupt generational cycles of exclusion and poverty.
PROGRAM DESIGN & DELIVERY
A keen sense of urgency keeps us focused on highly efficient execution and highly effective outcomes. Program success is never defined as anything less than positive results that are measurable, sustainable and scalable for all stakeholders.
Ezell Jones - Founder & Managing Partner
INTEGRITY AND VALUES
Ezell is motivated to use his time, talent and resources to serve others. The priorities which guide his words and actions are Faith, Family, Friends and Favorites.
INSIGHTFUL LEADER AND VISIONARY
Ezell provides C-level preferred access, consulting, business strategy, business development and executive coaching. He is a valued nonpartisan advisor on major policies with extensive relationships at the highest levels in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Ezell sees the big picture and effectively brings key people to the table to align interests, voices and resources and drive real change.
RESULTS-DRIVEN CATALYST FOR CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY
Ezell uses his more than four decades of successful engagement business experience and community service to forge trusted relationships and collaborations to build community. In his engagement and leadership roles in business and the community, he draws on extensive experience and a unique skill set to bring parties together and facilitate the flow of information and resources. He is committed to developing youth and improving the access and success of small and minority businesses and disadvantaged job seekers. His particular passion is elevating the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs from underserved communities. Ezell exemplifies the idea that “business success and societal success are not mutually exclusive”.
UNIVERSITY of MINNESOTA
Mathematics and Psychology
TUCK SCHOOL, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Scientific Risk Management
History of Community Engagement
- University of Minnesota Regents Selection Committee
- University of Minnesota National Board
- University of Minnesota Alumni Association
- Bolder Options
- Dunwoody Academy
- Givens Foundation
- Urban Coalition
- Stairstep Initiative
- Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
- Governor's Compensation Council