Benefits of Black Leaders United

Advocate for equitable policies, practices and resources for black communities.

Fight against systematic disinvestment through volunteerism and fundraising.

Grow your network by working alongside leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries.


Black Leaders United members support United Way by annually giving $500 or more. Your annual investment helps to improve outcomes for black communities across the region, and opens the door for you to meet, socialize and work with other diverse leaders dedicated to building a stronger Chicago region.

Join BLU

Meet the members

Darnell L. Johnson

BLU Chairman; Spiritual & Social Architect, Humanity Solutions Group

“Many see the social inequity and ask why, Black Leaders United sees its racial equity advocacy as a catalyst to a social revolution and asks why not. #unapologeticallyblack”

Jessica A. Caffrey

BLU Executive; Administrator Director of Real Estate, Cook County

“Being a part of Black Leaders United is important to me because it generates a space in my life to provide a pathway; a pathway that will help lead the charge of enabling racial equity in our Chicagoland communities for our children. This means leaving my legacy on this earth.”

Tanya S. Anthony

BLU Financial Stability Impact Lead; Budget Director, Cook County

“I chose to join Black Leaders United because of the opportunity to direct resources to the communities that matter most to me. I am excited to work with likeminded people who are dedicated to devoting their time and talent to uplifting and ensuring equity in OUR communities.”

Black Leaders United Council

BLU Chairman

Darnell Johnson

Humanity Solutions Group

BLU Vice Chair

Nyota Figgs

City of Calumet City

Executive Administrator

Jessica Caffrey

Cook County Bureau of Asset Management; Department of Real Estate Management

Carolyn L. Branton

Robert Morris University Illinois

Brittany Busch


Jonneida Davis

City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office

Kelley Foxx

World Business Chicago

Dr. Travaris Harris

Harper College

Halima Ibrahim


Jasmine Johnson


Matthew Katzfey

Big Shoulders Fund

Other Affinity Groups and Giving Societies

Give Money.

Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.


Give Time.

Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.

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