Reesheda Graham Washington was born and raised in the Austin Community and  has lived throughout the Chicagoland area. She is the founding CEO of L!VE 2.0, LLC, and the CEO of RGW Consulting, LLC, an organization that focuses on reimagining and generating wonder and curiosity around community and organizational development, economic development, and equity through coaching, training, consulting, and  facilitation practices.

An experienced educator and administrator, a licensed minister and coach, and co-author of Soul Force: Seven Pivots to Courage, Community, and Change, Reesheda focuses her efforts on initiatives that touch on subjects of equity, appropriation, contemplative mindfulness, peace-making, and reconciliatory practices. She speaks at conferences throughout the country on these topics, and is a bit of a world traveler, having studied the lives of people & the context of communities in the Congo, South Africa, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Canada, Israel, Palestine, and, of course, the United States. 

Reesheda is an integral stakeholder in organizations such as, Oak Park & River Forest Community Foundation’s Leadership Lab, Micah Group, and Community of Congregations.

In her spare time, Reesheda neighbors, enjoys her four daughters, writes, reads, paints, cooks, listens to music, travels, and dabbles in the study of languages.  

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Reesheda N. Graham Washington currently serves as the CEO of RGW Consulting, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that invites partners and clients to reimagine and generate wonder and curiosity around community and organizational development, economic development, and equity through coaching, training, consulting, and  facilitation practices. Additionally, as the Chief Experience Officer of L!VE Cafe and Creative Space, a transformational experience cafe in Oak Park, Illinois, Reesheda emphasizes the significance of social enterprise as a key component to connecting and transforming communities. A board member of Community of Congregations, an organization committed to engaging diverse individuals in urban atmospheres around intentional living, Reesheda is passionate about the obliteration of systemic challenges facing traditionally marginalized people groups.  Ms. Graham Washington is integral to the mission of obliterating issues of injustice, predominantly related to people of color. 

A professional organizational leader who has served in education, denomination, and nonprofit and for profit administration, Reesheda is skilled in conservative financial management as well as innovations in creative solutions.

A former administrator in Chicago Public Schools, Reesheda has expertise in curriculum creation, design, and implementation, as well as in the creation and management of culture and climate that facilitates growth and success for all.  Her collaborative leadership style, coupled with her professional implementation of efficient, effective, streamlined systems, has resulted in organizational reforms in educational, denominational, and communal development. A laser-like focus on transformational leadership, Reesheda espouses to facilitation and coaching methodologies of talent management to ensure sustainable organizational growth and capacity.

Having both served and gleaned from multiple national and international organizations and partners, Reesheda leans into a network of resources that allows for rich partnerships resulting in viable, solutions-oriented, strategic planning and execution.  Her experience as a former resident of New Leaders and Christian Community Development Association’s (CCDA) Over 40 Leadership Cohorts, as well as her recent experience in the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation Leadership Lab cohort underscores her passion for collaboratively framed learning opportunities.  These experiences also inspire her emphasis on polarity management and prayerful/contemplative mind in administration and leadership.

Reesheda balances implementation of strategy and leverage of relationships in development and advancement initiatives that often lead to diversified models of return on investments.  As Director of Mission Mobilization and Connection in tandem with the Evangelical Covenant Church and World Vision with a plan that leaned heavily into relational touches, Reesheda led the acquisition of over $3 million dollars committed to the obliteration of poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Reesheda has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, as well as a master’s degree in English and a master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.  She is certified to teach secondary school and certified in education administration. Reesheda is a licensed minister and she completed her practicum in Christian Life Coaching in April, 2015.  Reesheda has four dynamic daughters, and in her spare time, she writes, reads, travels, cooks, paints, and dabbles in romantic languages.

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Former and Current Partners

SCHOOLS

Duke University, Bethune Cookman University, Near North Montessori School, The Children’s School, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 Rebuilding Together, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation, The Echo Center, Americorps

FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

The Nova Collective, Catalytic Engineering, RHW Consulting, MLG Consulting

FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Breakthrough Urban Ministries, We Raise Foundation, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), Reformed Church in America (RCA), Christian Reformed Church (CRC), Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America (ELCA), United Methodist Church (UMC), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

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