EYVETTE A. JONES-JOHNSON, Founder, CEO
Eyvette is a network TV producer whose resume includes shows for Paramount, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS and Quincy Jones Productions. Over the past decade she has produced programming for primetime network specials, celebrity profiles, variety shows and documentary TV. Her life was set on a new course when she wrote and produced “Four Mothers Stand Against Violence” for the 2001 Essence Awards - a story profiling mothers who lost innocent children to inner-city violence. Inspired by the women in that story Urban Possibilities was born.
Prior to a career in television, Jones was the driving force behind EAJ & Associates, a Chicago public relations consultant firm that specialized in PR strategic planning, business to business and convention publicity. As the chief spokesperson for Urban Possibilities she has recruited Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Sharon Osbourne and Orlando Jones to her cause.
JACKIE WOLF, Associate Director
Jackie joined Urban Possibilities as Associate Director in 2006. Prior to this, she founded a non-profit organization called Healing Art. Combining her love of design, art and public service, she staged exhibits and events with a common thread: using art and creativity to heal individuals and communities. Healing Art's inaugural exhibit - "Our Children's Reactions and Hopes for the Future After 9/11" - featured artwork by urban children ages 5-18. Through Healing Art, Jackie worked alongside organizations such as Kingsley Manor Assisted Living, Maryvale Orphanage, Sheenway School and Cultural Center, Western Avenue Elementary School, Downtown Women's Center, Veteran's Administration in Westwood, CA and more.
For over 15 years, Wolf has been an Art Director/Graphic Designer, managing her own firm Designland. She has worked with entertainment and corporate clients including: A&M Records, Rhino Records, Macy's West, Panasonic, The Macerich Company and more.
J. MICHELE NEWMAN, Board Chair
Michele Newman is a business development and strategic planning consultant with over 20 years experience.
For the last ten years, Michele has consulted with nonprofit social entrepreneurs, small businesses, private loan funds, investors, real estate developers, banks, and investment banks. Whether for-profit or nonprofit, Michele develops strategic business plans that incorporate sustainability, a business model that is scalable, and a network of professional and collaborative relationships with nonprofits, the public sector, corporate leaders, and small businesses.
Prior to her current consulting work, she was a CFO and Shareholder of a real estate finance company, where she worked with developers and lending sources to fund commercial real estate loans. She also worked in corporate finance at Westfield Corporation as part of a development team for the acquisition of 18 regional shopping malls and the Financial Business Plan for their US Operations. Prior to Westfield, she was the Vice President of finance and operations for a private real estate investment firm and responsible for acquisition analysis, financing, capital sourcing, investor relations, project entitlement, construction, leasing, and asset management.
Michele believes that a partnership between nonprofits and socially conscious for-profit organizations will be the catalyst for future social innovation.