Vernon interviews Stephen J. Shaff, founder of Community-Vision Partners (CVP). Vernon and Stephen discuss how CVP focuses on forming collaborative partnerships to effectuate change in communities globally. More specifically they discuss several projects and/or partnerships he facilitated in Mount Rainier, Maryland, and the surrounding Washington Metropolitan Area.
Stephen is a community and political organizer, and a social enterprise entrepreneur. His background represents an unusually broad and interrelated series of accomplishments and an extensive network of local and national relationships.
As a social entrepreneur has been involved with the development of over $100 million worth affordable housing projects in some of the most underserved inner-city Washington, DC communities. His work included over 400,000 square feet of affordable housing and commercial redevelopment representing over 400 affordable home ownership opportunities.
As an organizer, Shaff has been active in a number of issues – all of which reinforce his community development and social enterprise agenda. His organizing experience includes advocating for community, arts, economic, environmental and social justice and inequality issues. He has founded, supported and advised a number of non-profit and community organizations.