Our Mission

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance works to dismantle barriers to ensure people of all ethnic backgrounds have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community.

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Influenced by national dialogue and research on equity, LEDA forms a bridge between formal and informal leaders and individuals throughout our community and region. This model establishes credibility, expertise, and accountability; increases visibility and awareness; and fosters defined, sustainable initiatives and outcomes.

History

In 1996, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance was founded by ordinary individuals. Bonded together by the desire to create an inclusive and welcoming community for all, the ordinary turned into the extraordinary when they dedicated themselves to dismantling barriers.

Today, LEDA represents a broad cross-section of interests and cultures. Volunteers and LEDA staff work on initiatives throughout the region, alongside stakeholders from all members and segments of our community (nonprofit, education, religious, philanthropic, business, and government), engaged in moving forward a vision of racial equity.

LEDA Team

Executive Team

Program Team

Susan Doughty
Program Director
s.doughty@ethnicdiversity.org

Administrative/Operations Team

Patricia Strachan
Administrative & Fund Development Associate
p.strachan@ethnicdiversity.org

Board of Directors

Francisco Ramirez, M.Ed.
Chairperson
Grand Rapids Community College

Ann Noe
Vice-Chairperson
MillerKnoll

Grant Lee
Treasurer
Davenport University

Heather Daniel
Secretary
Haworth

Shani Padnos
Community Volunteer

Shontaye Witcher
Grand Valley State University