By Megan Sayles,
AFRO Business Writer,
Report for America Corps Member,
CLLCTIVLY, a Baltimore social change organization focused on racial equity, narrative change, social connectedness and resource mobilization, recently welcomed its first-ever Chief Operating Officer, Krystle Starvis.
Starvis is no stranger to the nonprofit or the city of Baltimore. She was born and raised here. When CLLCTIVLY launched in 2019, she immediately messaged founder Jamye Wooten on Instagram to share her excitement for the nonprofit’s mission and offer her support.
“This return is really a return to basics because I really believe in the power of the local organization
] local efforts to push for change,” Starvis said. “I always value my national experiences very much, but I think the revolution will be local.”
As a young girl, Starvis said she benefited greatly from being raised and nurtured by her entire community, and she met several neighborhood aunts along the way.
Her deep connection to her city has engendered a spirit of local community empowerment.
She first entered the nonprofit space in 2015 when she started working for Living Classrooms. There, she oversaw the organization’s workforce development programs, including expanding its programming for returning citizens to four different community centers in East Baltimore.
More recently, Starvis temporarily left Baltimore to work with the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving a free, just, and equitable society. As Associate Director, she led the program strategy Weave: The Social Fabric Project, which aims to build social trust to address the root cultural causes of America’s social problems.
As COO of CLLCTIVLY, Starvis will focus on creating sustainable systems that will support the organization internally and externally.
“My priority is sustainability and scale. How can I help Jamye establish structures that will honor the liberating framework he brought to this work
] building networks and building communities that can sustain many Black-led organizations in Baltimore for many years to come,” Starvis said. “I am now thinking about what we will need in two years.”
Starvis will help expand CLLCTIVLY’s capacity as a nonprofit, and it will create technical assistance opportunities and educational offerings for its ecosystem of Black-led organizations.
She will also support the organization’s annual Giving Day and its #28DaysofBlackFutures campaign, a crowdfunding initiative to stimulate and mobilize resources for Black-led organizations serving Baltimore.
Currently, Starvis is looking forward to CLLCTIVLY’s “We Give Black Fest”, which will take place from August 19 to 21 and will be held in conjunction with Vegan SoulFest.
The three-day event coincides with National Black Philanthropy Month and Black August, and will celebrate Black businesses and nonprofits that are committed to social change and supporting their communities.
“I believe when you solve for the person who is most marginalized within the community, the person who is on the periphery, you solve for everyone,” Starvis said.
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