Introducing the new GARE East Regional Manager - Lenore Wyant!
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Introducing: Lenore Wyant

Lenore D. Wyant joined the GARE Team as the GARE East Manager this November - just in time to attend Facing Race! Even her first day in place, Lenore was sharing her gifts of listening and knowledge about how culture change occurs in organizations with the GARE team. We are all thankful that Lenore is finally here!

Take a moment to welcome Lenore to Race Forward!

Lenore is an advocate, a prevention specialist and transformative leader with a desire to challenge and inspire systems to think strategically, engage collaboratively and plan creatively when tackling the work of becoming anti-racist.  She is a skilled problem solver with an unwavering dedication to race equity, fairness and racial healing.
With over 20 years of leadership and management experience built on a foundation of hands-on, community-based prevention and intervention work with youth and families, her most recent experience was as Pennsylvania’s Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator.  This role was for the Office of Justice Programs at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  
Lenore is a 2018 Youth Justice Leadership Institute fellow of the National Juvenile Justice Network.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice both from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  
For over 10 years she served as a volunteer on her local planning and zoning commission working toward equity in new development.  In her free time Lenore enjoys painting, stitching, knitting, drawing and graphic design.  She is a daughter, little sis, wife and mother to a teenage daughter and a dog, Logan.  Her family enjoying laughing, road trips, camping, board games and meals together.

New Member Spotlight


The City of Englewood, Colorado


The City of Englewood has joined the GARE Network represented by their Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The mission statement for the task force is: Foster creativity, innovation and a sense of belonging among all staff by promoting understanding and acceptance of different viewpoints, opinions, thoughts and ideas among different generations, races, ethnicities, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientations, genders and religions.

Meet: Rhonda Tucker-Dickerson

A forward-thinking senior Human Resources professional with demonstrated experience in Human Resources operations, employee relations, talent acquisition, talent management, leadership development, change management, process improvement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, performance reviews and succession planning. 

She is a strong HR professional with the ability to influence business unit leaders and energize by decision making, creative solutions and results. Her sharp communication skills and the ability to establish a positive rapport with individuals at all levels of the organization allow her to influence change.

Rhonda has partnered with external experts to review current practices and design and deliver a diversity & inclusiveness discussion series to increase sensitivity, understanding and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness among business functions. 

She holds a MA from the University of Denver in Special Studies in Applied Communications, a BS from Park University, Missouri in Human Resources Management & Development and has Employment Law Certification from Mountain States Employers Council, Denver, CO. She is a certified member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has served on the board of the Northern Colorado Human Resource Association (NCHRA).

Save the Date!

The GARE Annual Membership Meeting will convene May 18-21, 2021 with the theme of “Democracy for All: Governing for Racial Justice!”

As you know, we made the decision to cancel the GARE 2020 Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) this year due to Covid-19. While we believe it was the right decision, we regret having missed the opportunity to connect with you in Portland, OR. This is why I am excited to inform you of the details for a GARE 2021 Annual Membership Meeting. 

Given the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the pandemic, its severe impact on all people – and its significantly disparate impact on Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), we have decided to prioritize the health and safety of our members and staff by hosting a virtual conference, May 18-21, 2021.

We look forward to hosting the full GARE membership in May 2021!

In the News

Reckoning with Race, Mass Incarceration & Housing Discrimination presented by Just Cities Thursday, December 10, 2020   

The Housing For All Initiative of Just Cities was selected by Next City as one of their "The 20 Best Solutions of 2020" for their work to remove discriminatory access to housing barriers for people with criminal records--addressing the twin issues of mass incarceration and racialized housing discrimination. 

Join them on International Human Rights Day as they engage in dialogue with the people who did the heavy-lifting to create North Star Fair Chance Housing policies!

Thursday, December 10, 2020
5:00PM to 6:00PM EST

As our cities grow more and more expensive to live in and homelessness explodes, what are model public policy solutions that enable people with criminal records to access stable and affordable housing? The presentation features moderators from several GARE jurisdictions including the City of Seattle and the City of Berkeley

Bloomberg Cities recognizes 6 GARE member representatives as COVID-19 Innovators 
In a November 13 posting, Bloomberg Cities recognizes 10 Innovators “…whose dedication and creativity have shined through the pandemic and continue to inspire us.”  Of the 10 innovators cited for their contributions, six work for GARE member jurisdictions.

“Along the way, they’ve made use of all the tools of innovation: collaborating with partners to amplify their impact; testing, learning, and adapting solutions in an iterative way; listening closely to what residents need to design programs that work for them; and using data to understand problems and measure the impact of responses.” 
Congratulations to all of the Innovators “…whose dedication and creativity have shined through the pandemic and continue to inspire us.”  GARE member jurisdiction representatives recognized include:
1. Dr. Sybil Madison, Deputy Mayor for ED and Community Services  - Chicago IL
2. Candace Moore, Chief Equity Officer – Chicago IL
3. Alicia Moon, Executive Director, Innovation Team – Detroit MI
4. Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts, Culture & Entrepreneurship – Detroit MI
5. Veronica Soto, Director of Neighborhood and Housing Services  - San Antonio TX
6. Leah Tivoli, Manager, Innovation & Performance – Seattle WA
Beginning in March, GARE gathered its members on a weekly basis to encourage collaboration and idea-sharing about the various challenges local governments were facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For 17 weeks straight, jurisdictions across the country shared their methods for centering racial equity as they responded to the public health crisis. We continue to meet on a bi-monthly basis to offer a space where members can share information and promising practices for pandemic response and other timely issues.

Rapid Response Guide Here
City Manager announces first Director of Equity and Inclusion

City Manager Craig Owens announced today that Dr. Farris Muhammad, Ph.D., MBA will be the first Director of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Lawrence.

Mr. Owens stated, “Farris is a skilled listener and a visionary, result-oriented leader. His skills and abilities will be a tremendous asset to our organization and to our community. I am eager for him to join us as we work more intentionally to advance equity.”

Dr. Muhammad was selected after a nationwide search from a field of over 120 applicants. During the process, the City utilized several interview panels of community members and staff to provide input. Panelists included local leaders working in diversity, equity, and inclusion, representatives of organizations that serve marginalized populations, advocacy groups, city staff, and other community institutions and organizations.

The full announcement from GARE Member Lawrence, KS

Upcoming GARE Events

GARE Informational Session

When:  Dec 3, 2020 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
GARE offers two Informational Sessions per month for anyone who is interested in learning more about GARE, whether a member or not! We invite all members to join to learn more about member benefits, other GARE offerings, and the GARE Portal!

The Info Sheet for the GARE Informational Sessions can be found here.

GARE Informational Session

When:  Dec 15, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)
GARE offers two Informational Sessions per month for anyone who is interested in learning more about GARE, whether a member or not! We invite all members to join to learn more about member benefits, other GARE offerings, and the GARE Portal!

The Info Sheet for the GARE Informational Sessions can be found here.

Are you committed to Racial Equity?

Join Racial Equity Here, GARE's new, cross-sector platform to align efforts across the country! Racial Equity Here is a movement of jurisdictions, community groups, foundations, businesses and schools committed to three steps forward on racial equity: to LEARN, ACT, and PARTNER, with tools provided. 

For more information about our Racial Equity Here, Commit to Action site, or to join the more than 500 organizations that have committed to advancing racial equity, click here. 

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