Meisha color_WAM4822_01_edited.jpg
meisha baby pic.jpg
Meisha Wide

“I believe that empathy and trust create an environment that fosters opportunity for collaboration and partnership; two things that are key to cultivating equitable communities,” says Meisha.

As the Director of Grassroots Capacity Building, Meisha works with entities in underserved and marginalized communities to help them strengthen their organizational capacity so they can gain access to resources that will allow them to elevate their mission and enhance their community.

Meisha has a passion for ensuring that families are connected to the resources they need to thrive.

Prior to coming to Community Solutions, Meisha...was in executive leadership for nonprofit organizations and local government.

Most recently she served as the Executive Director for B4U Fall Inc providing access to workforce development, entrepreneurship, mental health and educational services for young men and their families. Through this work, Meisha coached individuals and organizations providing guidance for startups and grant management.

Meisha has contributed to national and local publications on family dynamics and economic development, with a focus on innovation to traditional childcare offerings.

Meisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in communication and culture from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Innovation & Social Change from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Why are you passionate about what you do at Community Solutions?

I want to be a resource for organizations that are boots on the ground and in tune to the needs of the populations they serve. I am passionate about working with organizations that are directly impacting their community. I believe in the value of relationships and collaboration to strengthen our gifts as change agents.

 

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by seeing communities transforming to be better environments to raise and care for my children and their future children. When I see a community leader with a dream to make a systemic change to enhance lives of those around them, it gives me hope that there is still good in the world.

If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?

Be bold and unapologetic about your vision for your future.