Narrator + Agenda Setter + Strategist
Cimajie Best is an experienced Community Relations Manager with a demonstrated history of work in non-profit management, program development, and philanthropy. As a skilled tactician in capacity building and stakeholder management, she is a strong racial equity advocate and program evaluator. Cimajie works with non-profits, foundations, and communities to create inclusive outcomes for all parties involved.
Ms. Best believes in the idea of meeting the people where they are to best service their needs. Whether it be hosting community listening sessions on behalf of clients or assembling oversight boards comprised of community members, she is most passionate about equitable and sustainable community development.
Cimajie has experience in city, county, and state government as well as the private sector. Her in-depth work in both micro and macro settings gives her a competitive edge in understanding the complex and nuanced realities of accomplishing truly transformational change across many sectors. Having launched programs for organizations, such as the State Fair of Texas and the Texas Women’s Foundation, she is a staunch advocate for collaborations, partnerships and a collective impact approach to producing lasting change in communities.
Cimajie serves on both the Dallas County Child Welfare board and the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens board. She is a former Communities Foundation of Texas, Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Fellow as well as an Obama Foundation Community Leader Alumni.
Senior Program Manager
Identify partner program needs and establish or enhance practices to effectively deliver those needs, handling full execution. Frequently interact with a diverse group of executives, project managers and business sponsors. Ensure project integrity.
Actively track, report and manage multiple program initiative operations.
Participate in extensive cross-organization collaboration.
Implement high-level strategy and production within and across programs.
Director of Curriculum
•Developed & implemented professional development, life skills, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) training for formerly incarcerated youth.
•Serviced 25-30 youth daily; over 110 during the course of my employment.
•Cultivated 15 partnerships with community based organizations & businesses to provide services for youth in less than a year.
•Served as a spokesman for Cafe Momentum at the Seminar Network/Stand Together conference in Colorado Springs, Co.
•Managed data and developed copy for grant writing purposes. Aided in the completion of 3 major
grants including United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The Barack Obama Foundation, & the Texas Women's Foundation.
•Spearheaded a female empowerment program for ages 15-19 by collaborating with corporate and non profit partners.
•Engaged constituents through quarterly town halls.
•Implemented social media campaign targeting immigrant and low literacy individuals on how to connect with county resources.
•Created managed data base of key stakeholders in excess of 1,000 within each city/ neighborhood
•Developed relationships with the governments in each of the 4 cities we serviced
•Kept up with local news sources and happenings to ensure the Commissioner was always up on the
latest events. Regularly attended and reported on district functions (chamber, community, & political) the Commissioner was unable to attend.
Manager of Strategic Initiatives
•Established community development visions and plans at the ground level while having access to the resources and knowledge networks at the City executive level, including interaction with the Mayor and his staff as well as geographically respective City Council members and the City Manager.
•Reinvigorated and inspired the neighborhoods of traditionally underserved regions of the city to build the capacity of both formal and informal neighborhood associations, by providing resources and networks to accomplish neighborhood driven strategies.
•Served as relationship mavens, working to connect involved and interested community members with one another and with programs that can enrich their local neighborhoods, strengthening the
City as a whole.
•Tackled community development, from initial analysis to SWOT analysis, goal setting and program implementation.
August 2011 - December 2015
Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in African & African American Studies
University of Oxford
Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship
In The Media
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.