Jahera Otieno

Jahera Otieno

SENIOR CONSULTANT

What inspires me: Doing work that fosters equity and impact

I do what I do because: I want to create spaces, places, and opportunities where people feel seen, heard, loved, and valued

I think the world would be better if: more people quietly listened and gave love

Core Expertise: 

  • Program design and implementation
  • Equitable capacity building
  • Human-centered design
  • Program evaluation
  • Strategy design and implementation

As a senior consultant, Jahera supports organizations and foundations by co-creating, designing, and carrying out programs to drive strategic growth and implement effective organizational change. Jahera brings deep knowledge and expertise in racial and health equity, community engagement, facilitation, and capacity building. She is a certified program manager and excels in defining goals, leveraging data to develop thoughtful and impactful recommendations, and managing strategy implementation.

Before joining Community Wealth Partners, Jahera was the founder and principal consultant with PAYO Collaborative, where she worked with U.S. and international nonprofit organizations to address critical challenges by providing a targeted and customized package of services that drive organizational and programmatic growth, change, and implementation. Before founding PAYO, Jahera worked for numerous U.S. and international nonprofits to design and develop impactful and creative public health programs and initiatives focused on women, infants, and children’s health.

Jahera has an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Boston University School of Public Health and a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University.

CONTACT

202.618.4763

jotieno [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Kaylyn Williams

Kaylyn Williams

CONSULTANT

What inspires me: Communities that love, care, and grow despite challenges and odds stacked against them

I do what I do because: I believe that all children deserve to learn, grow, and play in communities that have the necessary resources to support them

I think the world would be better if: more people listened with the intent to understand and not respond

Core Expertise: 

  • Culturally responsive qualitative research and evaluation
  • Public Health including health and education equity, food insecurity and maternal child health
  • Developing relationships
  • Integrating a racial equity lens/approach

As a consultant, Kaylyn works on a variety of projects with a diverse range of nonprofits and foundations. Kaylyn is skilled at centering community voice and building trusting relationships to advance the missions of organizations.  Believing that well managed projects facilitate more successful outcomes, Kaylyn invests in organization, collaboration, and communication to execute project deliverables. Kaylyn is a passionate facilitator and has experience facilitating a diverse array of groups and individuals.

Prior to joining Community Wealth Partners, Kaylyn worked as a Senior Project Coordinator in the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement at the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI). Kaylyn worked with nonprofits and foundations to center equity in their work, including implementation and evaluation. Through a culturally responsive and racially equitable approach, Kaylyn worked with clients to ensure evaluations and learnings centered communities that were most impacted by the work. Kaylyn worked across multiple projects and teams ensuring efficient processes and timely deliverables.

Prior to working at MPHI, Kaylyn was a Senior Analyst in the Social and Economic Policy Division at Abt Associates. Kaylyn worked across a range of content areas including housing, food insecurity, and workforce development. At Abt, Kaylyn assisted with the development and execution of government funded research and evaluation.  Through rigorous research Kaylyn developed her analytic, project management, and qualitative research skills. Clients included the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education as well as select foundations and non-profit organizations.

Kaylyn holds an MPH with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Yale School of Public Health and a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Health and Urban Policy and Politics from Yale University.

When not at work, Kaylyn enjoys spending time exploring her new city Philadelphia (by foot) and visiting family and friends across the country.

CONTACT

202.618.4758

kwilliams [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell

INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

CONTACT

202.669.3763

lbell [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Amy Celep

CEO

What inspires me:  People who overcome adversity and beat the odds.

I feel most courageous when:  My two beautiful boys who are confident, creative and caring.

I think the world would be better if:  I love to learn, and I learn so much from our partners who are transforming the world.

As CEO of Community Wealth Partners, Amy Celep guides the organization’s strategic direction and oversees the team’s efforts to support partners in solving problems at the magnitude they exist. Amy was named to this role in April 2010, and since then has led the organization in developing and implementing a new strategy for greater impact, while achieving significant revenue growth and securing a marquee list of partners.

Amy served in various consulting and management roles with Community Wealth Partners for eight years before moving into her current position. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in the nonprofit sector as a marketer and fundraiser and in the private sector where she served as a producer for a CBS affiliate’s award-winning evening news. In 2011, Amy was honored as one of The Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes the region’s brightest young business leaders. Amy also is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2012.

Amy received her M.B.A. from Georgetown University and her B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

CONSULTANT

What inspires me: Our collective power to disrupt systems of inequities

I do what I do because: I believe in a world where we can create systems and environments where everyone can thrive and live their authentic self

I think the world would be better if: We listen with empathy and hold spaces for accountability

Core Expertise: 

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Research & Data Analysis
  • Vision Drafting & Co-Design
  • Program Implementation & Execution
  • Strategy Development
  • SWOT Analysis
  • DEI & REI Advocate

Carolina loves to build things. In her role as Consultant, she supports organizations and foundations to think deeply about the conditions and environments needed to amplify change. She’s worked extensively with nonprofits in the United States and abroad to help evaluate and understand short- and long-term impacts of diverse programmatic implementation.

Prior to joining Community Wealth Partners, Carolina served as the leader and Co-Founder at Lead for Ghana, a member of the Teach For All network, and the founding Director of Operations at the Equity Project Charter School, leading the expansion of educational programming. Over the last eight years, Carolina has worked extensively to launch new initiatives, understand ecosystems, and engage diverse stakeholders to co-design programming that will have the greatest impact.

Carolina received an M.A. in Sociology of Education and Policy from New York University (NYU) and a B.A from Tufts University.

CONTACT

202.618.4807

cramirez [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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