Nakasha Barlow

Nakasha hails from the vibrant community of Auburn Gresham on Chicago’s south side, where her deep-rooted connection influences her life’s trajectory. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Liberal Arts and Science, Nakasha has dedicated her career to fostering positive change.

Her professional journey includes impactful roles such as College Advisor at Crete Monee High School, Organizer at Saint Anthony Hospital, and Community Cultural Specialist for Jencare Medical Center. Notably, while at the hospital, Nakasha spearheaded the development of the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum for multiple schools, showcasing her commitment to educational enhancement.

Passionate about community well-being, Nakasha engaged in organizing workshops for teenage mothers through the Ombudsman program and contributed to the North Lawndale Quality of Life Plan. Her dedication to youth and community empowerment led her to join Educators for Excellence (E4E), where she collaborates with teachers to make a meaningful impact on young lives.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Nakasha is the proud founder and president of Black Excellence Chicago, a non-profit championing black communities. Through strategic initiatives, education, and fundraising, Nakasha actively contributes to the organization’s mission of addressing challenges and celebrating triumphs within Chicago’s black communities. Her integral role reflects her deep pride in fostering positive change at both local and organizational levels.