Boston Square-focused nonprofit hires first engagement manager


Latesha Lipscomb. Courtesy Amplify GR

A nonprofit focused on improving a neighborhood in southeast Grand Rapids has created an engagement and relationships manager role.

Amplify GR has hired Latesha Lipscomb for the new role. She is responsible for developing and executing community engagement strategies in partnership with residents and key stakeholders.

Lipscomb will work to increase Amplify GR’s direct engagement with the community by working to build trust and fostering neighborhood-level leadership through facilitation of the neighborhood advisory committee and the mini-grant program.

She also will be responsible for assisting with the development of the overall community engagement strategy, managing day-to-day engagement efforts, executing community events and working closely with neighbors and local leaders to further uplift community priorities.

“As we seek to create more opportunities in the neighborhoods Amplify GR serves, we’re eager to connect our neighbors with the resources necessary to be a part of community growth,” said Jon Ippel, Amplify GR executive director. “We’re confident Latesha will serve our neighbors well by fostering relationships and collaborating for stronger and more inclusive neighborhoods.”

Prior to joining Amplify GR, Lipscomb was the community engagement project manager for the city of Grand Rapids’ design and development planning division, working to uplift resident voices and build leadership capacity in neighborhoods.

Prior to joining the city, Lipscomb was a housing and family services advocate for the Inner City Christian Federation, as well as a family engagement parent representative for Family Futures, Great Start Collaborative and the Early Childhood Development Corp.

In her work with such organizations as the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Lipscomb has become an advocate for those with quieter or muted voices in the city’s most vulnerable communities.

“As a results-driven agent of change, I am excited for this opportunity to generate collaborative partnerships that expand greater opportunities for more residents in our community,” Lipscomb said.

“I look forward to identifying, initiating and deepening relationships with neighbors in the upcoming months as we work toward improving quality of life, increasing equitable outcomes for all and making our neighborhoods stronger together.”

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