People Profiles|Michelle “Chellee” Rashad

Chellee Rashad is a change agent in Englewood. A native Chicagoan born and raised in West Englewood, she returned to the city in 2014 after graduating from Howard University. Though Chellee was always passionate about where she grew up, she didn’t truly begin her life’s work in community development until she made the decision to quit her corporate job to focus 100% of her time on restoring her beloved community.

Chellee jump started her community work by becoming president of her block club and, in 2016, organized its first block party in more than two decades. After volunteering with Alderman David Moore’s office and networking with community leaders, she eventually found her way to the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) and was hired as a part-time coordinator— the organization’s first official staff member. Chellee now serves as R.A.G.E.’s program manager, catering to the neighborhood she loves through the implementation of numerous resident-focused initiatives such as the bi-monthly Englewood Village Meeting and So Fresh Saturdays, a community-wide family festival series.

Chellee also works with Imagine Englewood If as an instructor for the community organization’s Growing Citizen Leaders program.  This youth leadership initiative is devoted to training teens in meaningful issue-based environmental and social justice work, and improving healthy living in Englewood.

Despite a busy schedule, Chelle still finds time to volunteer for the Englewood Quality of Life Plan’s Public Safety Task Force, dedicated to organizing events and activities to increase peace in Englewood.

“I believe my life’s mission is to go above and beyond for my community.  I’ve never been happier.”

This is #EnglewoodRising.

Photography by Tonika Johnson