The board of directors of the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) has announced the hiring of a new executive director, Shauen V.T. Pearce. Most recently of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Shauen brings experience in civic engagement, community organizing, grassroots leadership development and nonprofit management and leadership to the position. “As a native of South Chicago,” says Shauen, “I learned firsthand the power of united neighbors from people who ensured that each family had something to eat, fought tirelessly for all, and who celebrated each other without hesitation. I believe that we are strongest together, like oak trees connected at the roots, sustaining each other in the midst of storms.
“For a tree to be healthy (a community in our case), there must be nourishment. Racial equity, safety, and economic justice — including livable wages, affordable housing and transportation, and healthy food — are essential elements for a thriving community of residents, business owners, and public officials. Continue Reading →