Meet the team

Irvin Shell-Director

Executive Director/ Co-Founder

Retired from General Services Administration (GSA) Project Manager FAC-PPM Level-II, FAC-COR Level-II, Veteran Health Administration (VHA) General Engineer and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Contract Specialist FAC-C Level-I.

Irvin is an Alumni of Purdue University and the Chicago Community Colleges. Irvin earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Civil Engineering Technology.

He is a Viet Nam era honorable discharged disable Army Veteran who serviced with the 2nd 505 82nd Airborne Infantry Division as a Medic.

Irvin has had a passion for Africa American history and the African American village since elementary school. He understands that financial literacy and entrepreneurship is the pathway to generational wealth and individual stability.

Irvin is an advocate for better affordable housing. He has a background in improvement of Public Housing, from his project management experience with Tampa Housing Authority early stages of Belmont Heights Development Phase III project and as a Coordinator with Chicago Housing Authority vacancy reduction initiative. As a former Mortgage Loan Originator, he helped seniors access their equity, pay-off debt and eliminate their mortgage payment.


Irvin Shell

Executive Director/ Co-Founder

Sophia Walker

Data Specialist


Tena Alvarez


Angel Shackleford

Social Media Specialist

Tonya Gay-Jackson

Community Outreach Specialist

Ralph Smith

Computer Technologist

Board Member

Angela Hill, Pharm D, CRPH

Shawn Ferguson

Business Advisor