FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 19 individuals selected for the 2020-21 cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows. Launched in 2016 and now entering its fifth class, the program represents FOCUS’ most advanced offering and gives leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region through a rigorous racial equity and justice lens.
The focus for the 2020-21 cohort will be “St. Louis: The New Normal,” as this year our community has seen the power of acting together to face momentous challenges, including pandemics, mass protests and renewed controversy over policing. The FOCUS Impact Fellows will explore how to capture the lessons our region has learned and carry on this collaborative spirit to ensure our community works for everyone.
In addition to the knowledge gained, projects developed, and networks built, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking, group dynamics and project management.
“The FOCUS Impact Fellows program is not just a leadership program but a leadership experience,” says Dr. Wally Siewert, Director of the FOCUS Impact Fellows program. “With our most open-ended and far-reaching topic yet, this year’s cohort will have an unprecedented opportunity to explore and reimagine the potential of the St. Louis region.”
Past cohorts of FOCUS Impact Fellows have tackled regional issues including healthcare, racial equity and workforce development.
2020-21 FOCUS Impact Fellows
Social Media Marketing Manager
Gladiator Consulting, LLC
Affton School District
Director of School-Based Services & Community Partnerships
Director of Marketing & Communications
Assistant United States Attorney, Re-entry Coordinator
Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri
Director of Community Engagement in the School of Education
Saint Louis University
VP Product Acquisition & Government Compliance
St. Louis Area Foodbank
Chief Inspiration Officer & Founding Partner
Director of Resilient Communities / Portfolio Advisory Board
Adrian Dominican Sisters
Values First Consulting
Manager, Advocacy, Inclusion & Outreach
Community Engagement Coordinator
Center for Women in Transition
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Lindsay Van Quaethem
CEO & Founder
City Block STL
Diversity & Inclusion Manager
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C.
Business Systems Analyst 3
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Tightline Public Affairs