ABOUT US & OUR LEADERSHIP
Rebuild the Hood's purpose is to "Revitalize Distressed Communities via investment in Small Businesses and Real Estate." What was initially created as a stand-alone event in 2017, Rebuild the Hood has now morphed into a full-service organization that is dedicated to the economic growth and sustainability of distressed and impoverished neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area.
Meet The Team
Meet the individuals who make it all happen! The Rebuild The Hood team cares deeply about our purpose and we are heavily invested in the growth of the organization and subsequently our communities. Our leadership team reflects a group of diverse individuals with breadth and depth of experience across the organization.
Chenise Offord, a native Chicagoan that grew up in the Chatham neighborhood, is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in Paralegal Studies and a seasoned business professional with over 13 years of experience in training, management and real estate. Working primarily in real estate law, she serviced clients such as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. While working at law firms, her love of real estate grew tremendously. She began to have aspirations of helping others obtain homes and wealth through real estate.
She followed her dreams and she is currently a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, one of the most prestigious brokerages in the country. Her niche is working with first time home buyers and investors and has completed over $15 million dollars in transactions in her time as a broker. She is the Principal of Maximum Property Investments LLC, a real estate investment and development company that is dedicated to promoting and sustaining economic growth in under-served communities. In addition to that, Chenise is also the Chairwoman of the Chicagoland Black Chamber of Commerce.
Chenise is the Founder/Executive Director of Rebuild the Hood, Inc. and she is extremely passionate about creating generational wealth in our communities. Rebuild the Hood, Inc. was birthed to provide a central hub of knowledge and resources as it relates to Real Estate, Business and Financial Literacy.
Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Nicolia Kelly has called Chicago home for almost two decades now. With a call to serve Brown women specifically, she serves as a board member of S.L.A.Y. <http://stoploveandaffirmyou.com> (Stop Love And Affirm You), as well as serving as the founder of Flaunt Your FLY, a Brown womanist movement igniting divine purpose in activated sisterhood.
She is a Daughter, Wife, and Mother residing in the Kenwood/Hyde Park with her Husband & two children.
“As people we are impacted by the spaces we occupy, but we also have the ability to impact our spaces. It’s so important to become aware of the resources and agency we have in order to create the neighborhoods that we want to see, experience, interact and engage with because ultimately these spaces affirm and shape not only us, but generations to come.”
MIKE "ORIE" MOSLEY
Mike “Orie” Mosley is a St. Louis native and current Bronzeville resident. After obtaining a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University and a quick stint in LA, Mike returned back to Chicago, a city he originally moved to to complete his undergraduate degree at Columbia College Chicago.
Shortly after finishing grad school in 2016, he would go on to launch AFROTRAK, an events/marketing company targeting Black millennials, professionals and creatives. Since the launch, he has gone on to produce over 100 events across multiple markets such as New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans. He was worked with artists such as Bilal, Mali Music, Phony Ppl, Mya + more. It was his passion for creating spaces forunderserved populations of color that eventually led to an interest in real estate. He currently serves as the events manager for Rebuild The Hood.
DOMINIC KELLY SR.
Raised in the Chicagoland area (and partly in southern California), Dominic Kelly, Sr. grew up with an engrained desire for economic and cultural advancement through creative arts. The rising artist/producer and owner/consultant of Neak Imprints LLC is well-versed in understanding the importance of establishing brand value and credibility within the music business marketplace. Curating over 200+ live performance events, releasing a multitude of successful music projects (rooted in hip-hop, jazz, soul), and serving as a mentor for peer and up-and-coming artists, Mr. Kelly, Sr. began to identify a lack of African-American ownership in the real estate space where the creative arts were thriving; recognizing this as “dangerous positioning” for black group economic development.
Graduating from DePaul University with a B.S. Economics and M.S. Entrepreneurship (with Distinction), the Husband and Father-of-two is committed to “Rebuild The Hood” through education, servitude, and investment.
“I once heard a wise man state that whoever owns the land wins the war. A large reason why there are large economic disparities in various wealth building instruments between African-Americans and many other races across the country is directly correlated to the lack of real estate ownership. “Rebuild The Hood” goes beyond land ownership and black business development; it conceptualizes the validity of black group economic partnerships and urgency for increased financial literacy. This concept largely eradicates an insurmountable level of generational trauma leveraged on the African-American community.”