The Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation, that exists to address the stalled economic development within the Greater Englewood community. We believe that by empowering and educating small business owners and entrepreneurs within Englewood and the surrounding Chicagoland area, true transformation will happen.
To rebrand, rebuild, revitalize Greater Englewood and beyond, through Entrepreneurship, Employment and Economic Empowerment by collaborating with community, partners and key stake holders.
To be the global resource for making Englewood the destination to live, work, and play.
Derrick A Warren
Derrick serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Englewood, Community Development Corporation (GECDC), which serves to re-brand, re-build and revitalize the Greater Englewood Community by building on existing community assets and facilitating ongoing collaboration between residents and other key stakeholders. Currently, Derrick oversees the GECDC, which includes: a membership-based business center, small business development, and job creation by attracting [and supporting] new small businesses to the community.
Director of Finance & Entrepreneur Center
Shirley, affectionately known as “Mrs. O,” serves as the Financial Manager for the GECDC. She is a native of Englewood with 25 years of Financial Management experience, including all facets of Post-Secondary Education, Executive Leadership, Team Building, Training & Development, and Mentorship. In addition to being the Financial Manager for the GECDC, Mrs. Oliphant oversees our Entrepreneur Center, as well as all events. Mrs. O enjoys working with people and prides herself on being a mentor to youth.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Brandi is the Executive Administrative Assistant at the GECDC. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Spanish. Brandi consistently strives to achieve maximum customer satisfaction and is passionate about helping others. Her dream has always been to work for a community based non-profit that serves the needs of a diverse inner-city population. Brandi comments, ” I am excited to be a part of an extraordinary corporation and I look forward to changing many lives as we rebrand, rebuild and revitalize our community.”
Dondre Smith has 10+ years of experience as a fashion entrepreneur, small business consultant, and community liaison in the Chicagoland area. Areas of expertise: E-commerce, Branding, Marketing, Business Plan Development, Storytelling, Public Speaking, and Grant Writing. He is passionate about ensuring that creative entrepreneurs in underserved communities acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to create a sustainable business that will change the lives of many.
Audia Wells brings over 20 years of human resources leadership, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Guiding the Human Resource and Workforce functions, Audia finds joy in providing critical skills and access to information that leads to increased career opportunities and mobility. Her passion for employment access is grounded in knowing that healthy communities require its residents to have skills necessary for meaningful work at market wages.
Our Board of Directors.
J.P. Morgan Chase
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, LLP
Synergy Home Care
Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation
815 W. 63rd St.,
4th Floor, Chicago