Calinda works alongside the Embark team to ensure the program’s continued success. A native Memphian, she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Memphis, with a concentration in Public Relations. She has previously worked with and devoted time to various local non-profits such as ArtsMemphis, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Opera Memphis and GiVE365. As a newcomer, she brings a fresh perspective to New Memphis’ mission and vision.
She believes that empowering the city with knowledge and resources is at the heart of her dedication to Memphis.
A die-hard sports fan, Calinda never misses a chance to cheer on her beloved Memphis Tigers. In her free time she enjoys writing, karaoke and being one with nature. She has a passion for Memphis and advocates for growth and inclusion, working with various nonprofits in the city, championing for these causes.