LiftFund Welcomes Second AmeriCorps Cohort

LiftFund is ecstatic to welcome five new AmeriCorps members to our team thanks to a partnership and grant from AmeriCorps. This grant was awarded as part of the Economic Mobility Corps, a joint venture from the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund and AmeriCorps, and was meant to increase LiftFund’s capacity to provide financial literacy and education services to underserved communities.

The new Economic Mobility AmeriCorps members will collaborate with LiftFund’s team to promote business and financial education initiatives in the many communities they serve.

To learn more about the 2023 LiftFund Economic Mobility Corps members, their roles and areas of focus, check out their profiles below!

Jaelle R Jenkins

Entrepreneur Advisor

Jaelle has acquired a wide range of knowledge from her previous positions, learning the effect entrepreneurs have by giving their time, money, and honing their skills. In her free time, she enjoys creating digital artwork as well as viewing British films and television series.

Mia Brooks

Entrepreneur Advisor

Mia has over 20 years’ experience in activism, community development, small business ventures, and economic development in the non-profit sector. Her hobbies include historical research and holistic cooking. 

Heaven Handley 

Entrepreneurship Advisor

Heaven is a former LiftFund client who has grown a successful business and is interested in aiding fellow business owners in thriving with their businesses. She enjoys playing games with family and spending time in nature.

Dr. Laquetta Shaw

Entrepreneurship Advisor

Dr. Shaw has worked in Dallas ISD as and administrator, academic coach, and district trainer, as well as a dedicated life and success coach volunteering in various neighborhoods. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and reading books.

Marissa McLemore

Events & Communications Assistant

Marissa has six years of customer service and community support experience. She enjoys collecting CDs and she loves Beyoncé.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at

This material is based upon work supported by AmeriCorps, the operating name of the Corporation for National and Community Service, under Grant No 21NDGTX001. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, AmeriCorps or the AmeriCorps State and National program.