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Collective Initiatives

Collective Initiatives Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit organization focused on economic development and social inclusion for Black & Latinx communities. Our work includes Business Management Programs and Services, and Community Development Initiatives. Our efforts are designed to ensure long-term economic and social well-being for people and communities that have historically lacked both.

Our Founder

Lenise S. Lee

Lenise is the Founder and CEO of Collective Initiatives Inc. She founded the organization in December 2019 to promote economic development, self-sufficiency, and wellness in Black communities.


Lenise herself is a native of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. She holds a BA in Psychology, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of International Management. In addition to her education, Lenise has over a decade of experience in social services and nonprofit management.

She currently serves as Director of People & Operations for AMPT: Advancing Nonprofits and is an active member of the National Black MBA Association, Chicago Chapter. Lenise believes in all things holistic health and wellness. 


Our Guiding Principles


Our mission is to foster economic development and social inclusion for Black and Latinx people.


We envision an equitable society where Black and Latinx people are empowered, feel a sense of belonging, have financial freedom, and can achieve their dreams unencumbered.



We are honest and of sound character. We uphold moral and ethical principles. 


We act with regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.



We acknowledge the suffering of others, and take action to help.

Our Leadership

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Lenise S. Lee

Founder | CEO

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Serena Lal

President of the Board of Directors 

​Coach to Startup Founders

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Rick Nichols

Treasurer of the Board of Directors 

Proprietor of Counting House Bookkeeping, LLC

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