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.
FOUNDER + PRESIDENT
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 two decades now. With a call to serve Brown women specifically, she serves as a board member of S.L.A.Y. (Stop Love And Affirm You), as well as serving as the Founder of Flaunt Your FLY, a Divine reclamation & wholeness movement activating Divine identity in Black & Brown women. She is a Daughter, and Mother residing in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
“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.”
Porchea-Londone Spencer is a content strategist who has a passion for bringing brands to life via digital media and industry proficiency. She creates successful winning strategies and content that hit her three pillars of creativity, authenticity and strategy. She is enthusiastic about utilizing the power of engagement, community, and marketing through innovative implementations. With over 9 years of experience, she excels at learning her clients’ businesses inside and out, so that she can infuse their brands with personality and make them pop online.
She has worked with various types of clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors, providing them with everything from digital marketing, social media, and brand communications strategies to web content, blogs, and email development. Porchea-Londone is a trained graphic designer, which lends her content an added flair. She’s also a freelance writer, who contributes to online publications. She is passionate about creating digital campaigns that deliver measurable results and a vibrant social presence for her clients.