After 14 years of working in Corporate America, Wanda Givens has spent the last 3 decades dedicating her time and talent to improving the lives of the residents of Springfield, MA. where she was born and raised. She has applied her BA in Sociology across many non-profit organizations in the Springfield area including the Urban League of Springfield and the city of Springfield.
She helped lead the implementation of Welfare to Work, training case workers and monitoring programs. Prior to leaving Springfield, Wanda worked as the director of the Mason Square Health Task Force where she not only ran a variety of city-wide health interventions and activities but led a major effort to raise awareness about food desserts and fought to obtain a full-line grocery store in a community plagued by poor health outcomes.
Throughout her career Wanda has sought to infuse racial equity into every aspect of what she does. She has trained with a variety of organizations who teach racial equity and social justice, always seeking to better understand herself, the world we live in and how we can make it better for all. Although she has relocated to Georgia, she currently works for the Women of Color Health Equity Collective, located in Spfld. Ma, as a grant writer and facilitator of racial equity capacity building. Wanda has four adult children and two granddaughters. Her hobbies include writing, theater, music and crafting.