Community Renewal Society

Jesse Rojo

Professional Title: 
North Side/North Area Congregational Organizer
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Jesse, who began with CRS in 2018, grew up in a small town named Hillsboro Oregon. The son of immigrants and a child of poverty, he quickly learned of the damaging effects of racism and bigotry, but also of the devastating effect of a systematic oppression that hurts us all.

Having to grow up watching his father, who owned a small used car dealership, have to work so hard only to barely compete against the larger more established dealerships, Jesse learned that the world was not only unfair but that it was actively stacked in favor of the rich and powerful.

Yaacov Delaney

Professional Title: 
Organizer for Restoring Rights and Justice Reform
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Yaacov joined Community Renewal Society in 2018. He is a social justice advocate, with lived experience inside of the criminal justice system. During his time of incarceration, he observed countless men being released back into their communities only to return to prison, some in very short periods of time. Yaacov began advocating for prisoner rights and strategically researching solutions to remove the systemic collateral consequences that were directly hindering formerly incarcerated people from becoming productive citizens.

Rev. Christopher Griffin

Professional Title: 
Social Media Assistant
Organization: 
Communtiy Renewal Society

Chris is a native of Chicago’s West side. He attended Whitey M. Young High School where he found his love for media. After studies at Columbia College and Moody Bible Institute he worked for over 20 years as a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Chicago. Some of his clients were Ebony Magazine, NDIGO Magapaper, the HistoryMakers and Brides Noir Magazine.

Rishona Taylor

Professional Title: 
South Side Congregational Organizer
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Rishona came to CRS in 2017 and is an alumna of DePaul University, obtaining a B.S. in Commerce and a M.S. in Public Service Management. During her time at DePaul, Rishona fully embraced the Vincentian mission to make a difference, focus on social justice, and serve others by taking meaningful action. She was active in leadership roles with multiple campus groups, participated in the annual Vincentian Service Day events, and served as an International Summer Missions Team Leader for five years.

Rev. Robbie Craig

Professional Title: 
Interim Executive Director
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society
Congregation: 
New Faith Baptist Church International, Matteson

Rev. Robbie Craig, Interim Executive Director of Community Renewal Society, brings a rich and diverse set of experiences and skills to her role, including organizational management, financial oversight, fund development, church ministry, political advocacy, board leadership, public speaking, group facilitation, and pastoral presence. Rev. Craig is a retired Branch Manager of Citibank, with a career that spanned 40 years in the Financial Services Industry.

Jawania Williams

Professional Title: 
Director of Finance & Administration
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Jawania Williams joined Community Renewal Society in May 2003. As Director of Finance and Administration, Ms. Williams, among other things, manages the organization's budgeting process, prepares financial statements, provides benefits administration and office management. Prior to Community Renewal, Ms. Williams worked for Plante & Moran, LLP, a public accounting firm; she brings eight years of accounting experience to the organization. Ms. Williams received her MBA in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University and her BA in Accounting from Western Michigan University.

Jim Trapp

Professional Title: 
Associate Director of Technology
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Jim Trapp joined the Community Renewal Society in 1995.  Jim provides technology support that includes computers, computer networking  and telephone services.  Prior to joining CRS, Jim worked for IBM 24 years.  Jim enjoys family, politics and cooking.

Meghan Strell

Professional Title: 
Communications: Web and Data Specialist
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Meghan manages the website and contact management system for Community Renewal Society.  She joined CRS through the merger with Protestants for the Common Good.  She also works for Faith in Place as a consultant.  She is the Artistic Director of Local Infinities Visual theater and a performer with Mucca Pazza.

Kristine Scott

Professional Title: 
Director of Development
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Kris joined Community Renewal Society in 2002 as the Development Officer of Corporate and Major Giving. In 2016, Kris was promoted to Director of Development. As the Director of Development, Kris is responsible for the planning, implementation, and direction of all Community Renewal Society’s fundraising efforts, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, and special events.

Rev. Saeed Richardson

Professional Title: 
Director of Policy
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Rev. Saeed Richardson was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1999, serving parishes and communities in North Carolina, Virginia, and Illinois since. As Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Waukegan, Rev. Saeed is a member of the Metro Chicago Region of the American Baptist Churches. His background is multifaceted: academic medicine, technology, churches and religious organizations, entrepreneurial startups, and non-profits.

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