Executive Staff

Morris Reed Esq, CEO

Under Morris’ leadership as Project Manager of the Austin Wellness Center, 80% of the construction contracts were awarded to African American contractors from the Austin community, providing over $4 million in contracts and created over 25 jobs for community residents. Morris has also managed other community development projects on the west side of Chicago which have created employment and business opportunities for local contractors. Morris, enjoys golfing, a founding member of the Coalition for Community Banking, Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Cook County Bar Association as well as a number of other business and professional organizations.

 

Quiwana Bell, COO

Quiwana combines her financial experience with over 10 years of experience in social work with community advocacy- providing leadership and support for community members to shape public policies and use their gifts to transform the lives of their own communities. Her diverse experience has led to an interdisciplinary approach of combining grassroots community organizing with a sophisticated understanding of the integration of policy, programs and systems.

Under her leadership, WHA has led to an organization that  serves more than 25,000 residents annually through grassroots community organizing, Youth Development, and Re-entry and Employment services for the residents of Chicago and Cook County.  With her vision WHA has grown to also serve as an economic development engine in the Austin community with commercial and residential real estate development projects that have provided restoration to long time blighted areas while securing millions in contracts to local contractors since 2010.  In 2011, both Morris and Quiwana were integral in negotiating a community benefits agreement with US Bank and secured over $2 million in support of community restoration projects in the areas of East and West Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale and Maywood.