The Goldin Institute is staffed by a diverse group of talented and committed individuals around the world working towards a common goal of creating real local and global change rooted in the power of communities determining their own futures.
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Mekazin Alexander
Founder, Earl's Garden Mae's Kitchen

Over the past 20 plus years Earline “Mekazin” Alexander has been committed to ensuring that residents in the City of Chicago receive equitable services to improve the quality of their lives: be it housing, health services, economic stability, or any type of inclusion that promotes their wellbeing. She holds a master’s degree in human service administration from Spertus Institute. She has worked in government and the non-profit arena serving children, youth, adults, seniors and services for the developmentally disabled. Her interest has been working with pregnant women to reduce the infant mortality rate among women of color. In addition to this, she has created a community garden in Englewood EGMK, focusing on food education, artistic expressions, and community events. Mekazin states that “the challenge is making sure you always provide a continuum of service and that you are doing what is necessary to take people to the next level while addressing their critical needs.”