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Collective Initiatives

Collective Initiatives Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit organization focused on economic development in under-resourced communities and social inclusion for underrepresented people. 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 and self-sufficiency in under-resourced 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.

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Our Guiding Principles


Our mission is to foster social and economic development in under-resourced communities by improving social conditions and increasing business viability within those communities.


Our vision is an equitable society where everyone can achieve their dreams. We aim to eliminate the social and economic disparities between under-resourced and affluent regions, and underrepresented and dominant groups.



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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Bradley Johnson

​President of the Board of Directors 

VP of Sales at Captain

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Christine Evans

 VP of the Board of Directors

​President, Evans Family Foundation

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