Founded in June 2020, by Alexis Akarolo and Zelnnetta Clark, Rebuildtheblock is rebuilding our communities and fostering small business growth one block at a time.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Rebuildtheblock is an organization that serves as a community liaison that bridges black business owners with reputable resources to infiltrate generational wealth and capital in the black community. Rebuildtheblock directly addresses the need for accessible, financial, and social capital to improve the conditions of black-owned businesses and by extension, the communities that they impact. Research, advocacy, and service are at the forefront of our mission.Our organization is committed to the investment in the development and expansion of black business ownership and entrepreneurship through mission driven programming and access to financial gains.

 - T. ROCHESTER, HARLEM CYCLE

“Thanks to funds from Rebuildtheblock Corp’s grant, we've been able to purchase the necessary music licensing, camera equipment, and upgrade our website to take all of our classes online. This pivot was essential to ensure we could weather this storm.”

BEYOND THE BLOCK

Focus on Inclusion & Diversity

Historically, the black community has been exempt of educational, financial, and social prosperities. Our organization serves as a bridge of resources in aid of our advancement as a community. As a non-profit organization our duties include providing outreach and resources to the community and serve as a host to redistribute wealth and knowledge.

Here at Rebuildtheblock we would like it to be known that we support and appreciate all other organizations regardless of choice of inclusion. We hereby, do not and will not promote discrimination of any kind. We thoroughly respect any and all organizations that are willing to assist our communities. As individuals and an organization, we look forward to more opportunities to help change the world together. 

MEET THE TEAM

Our Block Builders

Marketing intern

Syheim Banks

communications intern

tiffani lui

communications intern

kaliq alexander

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

lovette mba

project manager

BRITTANI GORDAN

research assistant

JODI FRANCIS

Chief security officer

TRAVON DUNCAN

credit analyst

CHENNELL RILEY

Project Director

TALYIAH DICKENS

graphic & web designer

PAUL FARRELL

graphic designer

TOMMI PHILLIPS

risk management officer

DAVID HOBBINS

communications director

SHATOYA PAGE

credit analyst

GOLDEN REEVES

chief human resource officer

zuri abramson

cfo & treasurer

jess sumpteR

co-founder

ZELNNETTA CLARK

co-founder

ALEXIS AKAROLO

chief creative officer

jasmine akarolo

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SUPPORT FROM REBUILDTHEBLOCK

Fingersnaps, 2020 RTB Recipient