Sol Anderson joined I Grow Chicago as our Executive Director with over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Before coming to I Grow Chicago, Sol served as the Executive Director for LIFT for the past four years, with the mission to address intergenerational poverty on Chicago’s Southside, where he had a proven track record of cultivating key new partnerships and developing innovative new program structures. During his tenure at LIFT, he was responsible for increasing the organization’s donations by 30% in 2019 and helped 63% of its members increase their income and 60% of its members increase their net savings. Sol received an MBA with a specialization in marketing and a BA in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University, and has worked with underserved communities for two decades. By directly serving community members, managing programs, building community-wide strategic initiatives, and directing funding where it’s most needed, he has impacted individuals and families, and guided communities to unlock their own power. Sol is stewarding the next phase of growth for our Peace Campus and programming to heal the root causes of trauma and violence. 

“The first time I stepped onto the I Grow Chicago Peace Campus I immediately understood the importance and impact of what The Wisdom Council, the Englewood community, the staff, the board, and Robbin have built together,” said Anderson. “Everyone who has played a part in making I Grow what it is today has clearly brought the ‘If in doubt love’ spirit’ to the intersection of 64th & Honore, and I am excited to be joining the organization at a time when Chicago — and our whole world — needs more of that spirit.”