Hero’s name: Myisa Whitlock
Home city: St. Louis
Organization affiliation: STL Rise!
How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?
“Myisa Whitlock has served in many organizational structures. Her record of accomplishment in the nonprofit community is rooted in her passion to serve others and commitment to support worthy causes.
She has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, across a broad range of community and national human service organizations. She always strives for the best results so communities and families can make progress.
She is a proven leader who consistently motivates others toward community, economic and social empowerment.
A native of St. Louis, she grew up in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, where she lived with her family for over 30 years. She has provided her gifts and talents to a number of social service agencies throughout the metropolitan area.
Her hard work to help people has earned her numerous community leadership and civic awards. Her efforts and dedication have helped people on a broad spectrum.
These agencies which she has helped include: Soulard Senior Citizens, Youth Education Health in Soulard, Midtown Senior Citizens, Adams Park Community Center, Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Center, Mission: St. Louis, Riverview West Florissant Development Corporation, the YMCA and St. Patrick Center.
In 2011, Myisa moved to Kansas City, Missouri with her family to lead the social services department for FPD Management Incorporated, a property management firm providing housing to over 1,000 residents. She moved back to the St. Louis area in 2013 to work for Park Central Development as a project manager.
Today, she is the deputy director for TRP Community Resource and Development Corporation. She also is working toward completing her master’s degree in urban planning at Saint Louis University.
She holds her bachelor’s degree, specialzing in organizational studies, community development and real estate, from the same university.
In December of 2013, she founded STL Rise!, an empowerment outreach and ‘in-reach’ organization that encourages lasting social change.”
Honored by: Alicia McKinney of YouthBuild
Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.