Meet the 2022 Chicago Peace Fellows

By Travis Rejman
Executive Director

The Goldin Institute invites you to learn about each of our 2022 Chicago Peace Fellows representing 14 community areas across the city.  Founded in 2019 in collaboration with the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, the Chicago Peace Fellows program is the only leadership development program that is built by and for grassroots community leaders on the South and West sides of Chicago.




Daniel Allen PPDaniel Allen is the founder and President of Chicago Cultural Performing Arts Media Alliance and is currently a Lieutenant for the Chicago Police Department where he has served for 29 years. Over his long career, Daniel has never lost sight of his true passions: music, sports, and youth. He obtained his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Co-Founder of Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center along with his wife Victoria Allen.


Sylvia Del Raso PPSylvia Del Raso is the Board Treasurer of Chicago Youth Boxing Club in addition to her role as an Operation Support Specialist with the U.S Postal Service where she has 28 years of service at the Carol Stream P&DC. She has served on many boards including as secretary for the Hispanic Organization of Postal Employees and for the Lawndale Christian Health Center. Sylvia also serves as an Elder on the administrative board for La Villita Community Church. She was born in Michoacan Mexico and was young when her parents decided to immigrate to Chicago in 1969 and have remained in the Little Village neighborhood. Sylvia is married and has a beautiful mixed poodle (Charo). She and her husband enjoy riding their iron horse down to see the Mississippi River rising and playing Texas Hold’em poker.


Tina Augustus PPTina Gulley-Augustus is the Vice President of the Austin Green Tream and President of Elevate Services Marketing and Communications. She authored the book, “God’s Holy Spirit: Maturing Believers for the Building of His Kingdom.” Tina also serves on the board for the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce where her community team was recently awarded $1.5 Million toward upgrades and new installations in Columbus Park. She spearheads the South 29th Ward Participatory Budget Team, leading residents in Austin as they decide on how to spend $1 Million. She is former executive director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Tina founded the Austin Adams Block Club Association and is an Austin Quality of Life Plan contributor. Tina holds a B.A. degree in English Literature from Roosevelt University.


Guillermo Gutierrez PPGuillermo Gutierrez is the Street Outreach Supervisor at Enlace Chicago. Guillermo was once a victim and perpetrator of violence in his community of La Villita, spending half of his life in the Chicago street wars of the 90s when Chicago's violence was at its peak. After a near-death experience, Guillermo started his healing transformation process. In his search for simply surviving life, he ended up finding his resilience in the Restorative Justice (RJ) community which allowed him to practice self-care and to introduce RJ to marginalized youth, students, teachers, peers, judicial workers on local, national and international level with a focus on street violence.


Xochitl Hubbell Fox PPXochitl Hubbell-Fox is the Program Development volunteer at Territory Chicago through the AmeriCorp VISTA program at Illinois Housing Action. Xochitl is a graduate from Lane Technical High School and a currently a student of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University. Xochitl advocates for the mental health of adolescents by encouraging developmental-focused curriculum and regularly taking the time to learn from those who are younger than her. Her work with Territory not only advocates for young people, but also facilitates conversations between the younger and older generations through a variety of workshops and events that are primarily organized and held by Territory youth design team members.


Lindsey Long Joyce PPRev. Lindsey Long Joyce serves as a Pastor at the Grace Church of Logan Square. She is trained in community organizing, cross-cultural community building, and justice ministries and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and her Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Her passion is to work for justice and peace and to build relationships across the city of Chicago. She currently serves as pastor focusing on worship and justice at the Northside Co-op, a group of three churches that includes United Church of Rogers Park, Grace Church of Logan Square and Big Shoulders Church in Portage Park. She is a member of the Leaders Network, and sits on the board at ONE Northside and the editorial board for the Institute for Christian Socialism. She lives in Andersonville with her husband and two daughters.


Edwin Martinez PPEdwin Martinez is the co-founder of Centro Sanar and received his AM/Masters’ in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Clinical Social work. He also has a BA in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Edwin has worked across communities accompanying adults and families in complex resiliency for the past 9 years. Originally from pre-gentrified Wicker Park, Edwin has served and lived on Chicago’s SouthWest Side with his partner and small children.


Phatal Perkins PPPha'Tal Perkins is the Founder and Executive Director of Think Outside Da Block, a Chicago based non-profit with a vision to rally our community together to enhance our youths' interests, skills and abilities through positive youth development strategies. Think Outside Da Block is seeking to educate, engage, and empathize with our youth by providing support, productive activities and communication.


Maria Pike PPMaria Pike is a Board Member at Chicago Survivors who works locally and nationally against conditions and policies that result in deadly gun violence and the lack of services in our communities. She does this in honor of her son, who was shot and killed in 2012, and on behalf of other families whose lives have been complicated by loss and violence. Maria advocates for an expansion of critical services in underserved areas by collaborating with lawmakers and civic stakeholders. Maria believes in the power of proximity, forgiveness, redemption and is dedicated to creating opportunity for all. Maria also serves as the Chicago Gun Violence Lead for Moms Demand Action; a senior fellow for Everytown for Gun Sense; a member of the Council of Elders at the DePaul University Egan Office; and a member of the Survivor Advisory Council at the Office of Public Safety City of Chicago.


Jarmiah Scott PPJarmiah Scott is an Organizer for the Woodlawn Restorative Justice Hub. Known on stage as 'Heart Cry', Jarmiah is a poet, spoken word artist, activist, mentor and a passionate advocate for social justice. She has worked closely with The Black Star Project, The Woodlawn Restorative Justice Hub, Guitars Over Guns, Haven Studios and many other organizations across the city. In 2018, she was selected to perform in Breakout LIVE, a showcase of Chicago's most inspiring activists, artists, and entrepreneurs at the iconic Studebaker Theater, where she shared the stage with incredible artists like Pinqy Ring and Hamilton actor Ari Asfar. She has also performed for CreativeMornings, WVON, Google, Fort Knotts studio, the Obama Foundation, and countless other venues. 


Jamika Smith PPJamika Smith is the Founder and Executive Director of Teena's Legacy whose mission is to create a safe space for young women and women in general to explore their authentic self using upholstery as an conduit for self-reflection, self-expression and economic  transformation. Mrs. Smith reconnects people with their inner wisdom and life purpose in order to discover what they really want in life and achieve it with ease and grace. Mrs. Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.A. in Human Environmental Sciences, and later earned a M.A in Community Development from North Park University in Chicago. Mrs. Smith is particularly interested in models of human and social development that employ participatory community-driven approaches.  


Omar Torres Kortright PPOmar Torres-Kortright is the Executive Director of the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC). Under his leadership, SRBCC took on a pivotal role in the diaspora-lead recovery efforts after Hurricane María, serving as fiscal sponsor for the Puerto Rican Agenda’s 3R’s for PR Campaign (Rescue, Relief, Rebuild) which raised over $400K. As the COVID-19 pandemic disproportinally affected black and brown communities in Chicago and Puerto Rico, Torres-Kortright produced Abrazo Virtual, a monthly streaming arts series with the objective of keeping youth and artists of color presenting, rehearsing, and working safely when few arts spaces in the city were open. Prior to joining SRBCC in 2015, Omar extensive work in the field of culturally-appropriate healthcare as Manager of Language Services at Lurie Children’s Hospital.


Jacqueline Williams PPJacqueline Williams serves as Block Club President for the 300 North Pine Block Club. Jacqueline has lived in the Austin community for over 20 years and attended Austin High School. Jacqueline loves working with the community, especially the seniors and youth. Her service is driven by a commitment to all of her family, friends and neighbors in the community. A life-long learner, Jacqueline is always looking for new information and experiences to share with her community.


Donald Williams PPDonald Williams is the Founder and CEO of the Deon J. Williams Foundation, an organization launched in 2019 after the loss of his 13 year old son Deon to gun violence. Donald lives in Englewood where he is active in the community.



Peace Fellows participate in GATHER, an online asset-based community engagement course, as well as in-person training, collaborative action projects, and networking experiences with civic leaders, academic researchers, and policy makers. The Chicago Peace Fellows reduce violence by building relationships, engaging youth, collaborative peace building projects over the summer and by creating new networks among residents, families, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

The Fellows are learning together through GATHER, which is both a mobile platform for shared learning and a curriculum for people who want to build on the talents of their neighbors and the assets of their communities to make real and lasting change. Gather Fellows learn and work together through an innovative curriculum that comes pre-loaded on a tablet device with all the connectivity, materials, videos, practices and tools necessary to provide a mobile classroom and toolkit for community leadership.

The Chicago Peace Fellows project connects and equips cohorts of past grantees of the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities to reduce violence and promote peace. The 2022 Chicago Peace Fellows is the foyrth all-Chicago cohort to utilize the GATHER platform, an online learning hub built by the Goldin Institute to empower grassroots leaders.

The participants have been selected from past grantees of the Chicago Fund. They will engage in a 22-week course of intensive shared learning as well as group projects, culminating in a graduation event in September 2022. The curriculum has been designed in collaboration with the grantees themselves, based on their practical knowledge and hard earned wisdom, with input from a wide range of civic leaders. Fellows will reflect on their past summer work, identify successes and lessons learned, and improve their abilities by sharing strengths and learning new skills.

The Goldin Institute and the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities have aligned missions that value authentic community leadership. The Chicago Fund is uniquely effective at finding motivated problem-solvers and community-builders. By connecting Chicago leaders through GATHER, their efforts to nurture safer and more peaceful communities will be more effective, interconnected and lasting.

A special thanks to the Chicago Community Trust, the Conant Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, the Frankel Family Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Racial Justice Pooled Fund, the Seabury Family Foundation, the Walder Family Foundation and the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities for making this program possible.


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