New City Builders

New City Builders is a six month, hands-on group learning course offered as part of the BLDG Memphis CDC Capacity Building Program. The goal of NCB is to strengthen the abilities of new leaders in the local community development industry by equipping them with the knowledge and connections necessary to stabilize and revitalize Memphis neighborhoods through:

  • Field Work with CDC industry partners

  • Course Work with industry instructors

  • Making Connections with key partners

New City Builders began in 2015 as part of the capacity building program offerings of BLDG Memphis. The 2019 New City Builders Cohort is our 4th cohort to engage in the program. Past graduates of New City Builders include:

  • Jared Myers, Executive Director of The Heights CDC
  • Amy Schaftlein, Executive Director of United Housing, Inc.
  • Charia Jackson, Housing Counseling Program Manager at Frayser CDC
  • Crystal Chopin, Oasis of Hope CDC
  • Rebecca Matlock Hutchins, Site Director of Soulsville, USA
  • Ashley Cash, Memphis 3.0 Administrator
  • Cassandra Harris, Former Executive Director of Power Center CDC
  • James Nelson, Executive Director of The Stone CDC
  • Chris Oliver, Executive Director of Alcy Ball CDC
  • Priscilla Reed, Homebuyer Education Director at United Housing, Inc.
  • John Paul Shaffer, Executive Director of BLDG Memphis
  • Angela Watson, Board Member at Pigeon Roost CDC
  • Seth Harkin, Program Director at Alcy Ball CDC
  • Stephanie Hill, Vice President of Rozelle Snowden Neighborhood Association
  • Vera Holmes, Coordinator at Mallory Heights CDC
  • Rhonda Logan, Executive Director of Raleigh CDC
  • Josh Mohundro, Housing Director at Frayser CDC
  • Mia Peete, Executive Director and Founder of Douglass Cornerstone
  • Mary Webb, Mallory Heights CDC

To learn more about New City Builders and how to get involved with CDCs in your neighborhood, contact Donna Olds White at or 901-567-5365.

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