Who We Are

Emerge Solutions was founded under the name Advancing Bridges at the 2012 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference. The organization began as a collaboration of Bridges Out of Poverty communities seeking to help local communities address poverty. The name “Emerge Solutions” was adopted in September 2015. The new name and our tagline, “Breakthroughs in Closing the Economic Gap,” better reflect our mission, emphasis on collaboration, and our expanded focus on seeking out and promoting proven solutions to transform communities from a broader range of sources. Today, Emerge Solutions is a member-driven, international organization that supports communities working to advance economic equality.

Our Purposes

Emerge Solutions' purposes include:
  • Serving as a network for sharing ideas, best practices and funding opportunities
  • Facilitating research, data collection and evaluation
  • Collaborating with regional and national agencies, organizations and businesses
  • Identifying and advancing effective tools to stabilize individuals and communities
  • Educating policymakers at all levels about how the economic gap impacts society, and about how we can create healthier, more vibrant and more sustainable communities for everyone

Join a Committee

Committees are a great way to get to know other Emerge Solutions members, hone and contribute your skills, and help advance the cause of closing the economic gap.
Emerge Solutions currently has two committees, comprised of both board and organization members. To join one of these committees, please contact us.
  • The Best Practices Committee identifies and disseminates best practices for reducing economic disparity across diverse sectors and geographical regions.
  • The Marketing and Membership Committee works to develop effective communications tools such as the website and the newsletter to enhance member benefits and expand membership.




Our Board

Carrie Arnold, President

Chief Human Resources Officer
Sunshine Communities
Swanton, OH

Stephen MacDonald, Vice President

Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator
Lucas County Family and Children First Council
Toledo, OH

Treasure McKenzie, Secretary

Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty
Muskogee, OK

Amber Werner, Treasurer

Director of Financial Stability
United Way of St. Joseph County
South Bend, IN

Angela Durant-Tyson

Instructional Coordinator
Tulsa Technology Center
Tulsa, OK

Pattie Hamons

Character Assets Ltd.
Toledo, OH

Sonia Holycross

Education & Development Coordinator
Partners in Hope
Troy, OH

Joyce McClellan, Ed.D.

Chief Development Officer
Tulsa Technology Center
Tulsa, OK

Valerie Moffitt

Senior Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Toledo, OH

Deirdre “Dee” Washington

Manager of Prevention Education
Harbor, Inc.
Toledo, OH