Welcome to a world where impactful leadership takes center stage, innovation paves the path for transformation, and the collective power of community ignites change. In these pages, you will learn more about SHALONDA INGRAM, a story woven with passion, purpose, and a relentless commitment to making a difference. Embark on a captivating journey with us, exploring the dimensions of placemaking, diversity, and spiritual entrepreneurship. Together, let us unveil the remarkable influence that a single individual can wield in shaping our world for the better.  Are you ready to be inspired, challenged, and captivated? Let us explore the power of change together. 

Elevating Community and Business Development

With an unwavering commitment to nurturing community progress, revolutionizing strategies, and catalyzing profound shifts, I steer purposeful advancement.

Community and Business Development Strategist

Placemaking | Diversity & Inclusion | Spiritual Entrepreneurship 

METHODOLOGY: Driving Transformation through Expertise

Unlock the doors to a realm where innovation meets purpose. My multifaceted approach revolves around a holistic framework:

  • Placemaking:  Crafting spaces that resonate with meaning and purpose.
  • Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion (JEDI): Championing fairness and inclusivity.
  • Digital Platforms: Leveraging technology for a broader impact.
  • Belonging & Inclusion: Fostering a sense of community and togetherness.
  • Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Infusing purpose into business endeavors.
  • Experiential Arts Presentation & Production: Creating immersive experiences.
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In the background: artwork by Nafis M White. Image courtesy of Lisa M. White.

Here is an overview of my extensive experience, expertise, and achievements in various domains.

Now, let us delve into a pivotal role where I am shaping the landscape of the next economy. As the DC Co-Founding Member at Zebra’s Unite, a transformative shift occurs as I play a vital role in a visionary movement that aspires to reshape the future of businesses into a force that propels positive change. Let us explore how I drive community, capital, and culture, fostering an ecosystem that transcends boundaries and paves the way for transformative growth.

DC Co-Founding Member –  Empowering the Next Economy at Zebras Unite

(Mar 2023 – Present)

Witness visionary leadership as I take the reins as a Co-Founding Member within Zebras Unite. Zebras Unite, an initiative driven by founders, investors, thought leaders, and practitioners, envisions businesses as catalysts for positive transformation. I lead in driving change that knows no boundaries as a catalyst for community, capital, and culture.

Fellow at Public Democracy America

(Jan 2023 – Present)

Explore a domain of global impact where I lend my expertise to the Public Democracy America team. Uniting diverse talents and business acumen, this collective fuels impactful change worldwide. From curbing sex trafficking operations to championing justice for victims, my dedication echoes globally.

Placemaker | Steward at Universalist National Memorial Church (UNMC)

(Sep 2022 – Present)

Step into the heart of transformation as I collaborate with Universalist National Memorial Church. This blend of placemaking and strategic collaboration leads to an expansion that connects architecture, history, and community engagement. I redefine communal interaction with sacred spaces with the innovative Sacred Place platform.

Placemaker | Steward at Church of the Holy City in Wilmington

(Oct 2021 – Present)

Join me on an expedition of purposeful placemaking at the Church of the Holy City. Building upon a history of turning potential into impactful utility, my leadership resonates from Washington, DC to Wilmington, Delaware. Collaborative efforts amplify community spaces, propelling growth and engagement.

Facility Management – Placemaker – Steward | Church of the Holy City, DC – Center for Spiritual Entrepreneurship

(Nov 2019 – Sep 2022)

Revitalized the Church of the Holy City, turning it into a thriving multimedia production and community hub. Curated over 250 events, I built a sustainable revenue system.

Shared insights on topics like racial reconciliation, community resilience, and empowering churches while preserving our shared humanity as a sought-after speaker.

Special Projects Consultant at Idea Connection Systems

(Feb 2018 – Present)

Explore my innovative approach in action as a Special Projects Consultant at Idea Connection Systems. In this role, I unleashed the power of creativity to solve complex problems and drive innovation. Whether it is working with individuals, organizations, or entire communities, I have a proven track record of transforming challenges into opportunities and fostering a culture of innovation.

Production Strategist – Transformation Catalyst | TTJ Productions

(Jul 2017 – Jan 2023)

At TTJ Productions, we recognized that the success of any event hinges on the triumph of every component and every team member. With a combined experience of more than four decades, our team was deeply committed to ensuring that your events were nothing short of extraordinary.

National Account Manager at Proforma Diversified Corporate Solutions

(Aug 2015 – Present)

As a National Account Manager at Proforma Diversified Corporate Solutions, I redefine industries through embracing creativity. By offering cutting-edge solutions, I ignite lasting impact in programs.

Founder of Born Brown: All Rights Reserved®

(Nov 2008 – Present)

Explore the genesis of a movement with me through the inception of Born Brown: All Rights Reserved®. Fuelled by a vision to strengthen the Global Majority, this social enterprise community is a testament to my unwavering dedication to inclusivity.


(Apr 2003 – Present)

Dive into creative enterprise with NURSHA PROJECT, where I orchestrate an ecosystem of growth. Embracing a model of creative exchange, my visionary leadership fosters collaborations that transcend boundaries.

As you probe into my captivating journey, a world of innovation, community collaboration, and transformative leadership awaits. Discover more about the evolving legacy by exploring the websites below.


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Exploring the Influence of Dynamic Leadership, Innovation, and Empowering Communities

In my conversation on the Apple Podcast, STANDPOINTS: “Mentoring Within Community” I shared a personal perspective: “I’m a trained athlete, I’m a point guard. I look for the little nooks and crannies and the space between spaces, and I love having my whole team on the floor. And a part of my entrepreneurship is very athletic and about bringing people together. Inclusion is making sure everybody is experiencing positivity and that they’re a part of the team, even if they’re not like on the floor at the time. So I’m very much a cheerleader, a coach, and an athlete, and that’s not something I talk about in bios at this point.” This quote reflects my genuine passion for collaboration and creating inclusive spaces where everyone feels valued and part of the team.


As you explore my vibrant quest, I invite you to join me in creating a future where innovation, inclusivity, and purpose converge. Each chapter of my story is a testament to the potential for positive change, whether through placemaking that reshapes communities, diversity and inclusion initiatives that amplify voices, or the art of entrepreneurship infused with spirituality.

Together, we can redefine the boundaries of possibility, foster meaningful connections, and inspire transformative growth. We envision the future of thriving communities, individuals, and collective progress. Let us forge ahead, championing change and making an indelible mark on the landscape of innovation and empowerment.

Feel free to reach out and engage in shaping a brighter future for communities, enterprises, and individuals. Your presence is valued, and I look forward to the collective impact we can create.

With gratitude and light,