Gwinnett Coalition, Inc.

Advancing the health and well-being for all Gwinnettians.

Lawrenceville, GA   |


The Gwinnett Coalition's mission is to lead systems change to advance equity and address complex social issues. We accomplish this by: - convening stakeholders across industry sectors - facilitating courageous, culturally responsive conversations - centering evidence-based and promising practices - developing shared strategies, goals, and data - forming synergistic community partnerships to maximize impact - building and communicating a culture of intentional community investment

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Ms. Renee Byrd-Lewis

Main address

750 South Perry Street, Suite 312

Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

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NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gwinnett County is the 2nd largest county in Georgia and remains one of the fastest growing in the country. In 1970, Gwinnett County was a rural, affluent, primarily Caucasian community of 72,349. Today, it is a suburban community of 936,250 residents. Gwinnett, the most diverse community in the southeastern United States, is comprised of 13% Asian, 22% Hispanic, 30% Black and 35% Caucasian. Gwinnett’s foreign-born population is 26%, a majority of whom hail from the Americas and Asia, like Mexico, Korea, India, Vietnam, El Salvador and China. Researchers refer to Gwinnett County as the prototype community of the future because Gwinnett County is today what the United States will be in 2040. The Gwinnett Coalition is an organization that is evolving its structure and capacity to facilitate the impact-oriented work that needs to occur to address Gwinnett's most complex and challenging issues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Resilient Gwinnett

Resilient Gwinnett is a collaborative initiative whose vision is a resilient Gwinnett with systems and practices that promote child and adult well-being. The mission is to build resilient communities within Gwinnett by creating a shared understanding of adversity and resilience, promoting trauma-informed practices, and advocating for policy and systems change.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Resilient Gwinnett

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2022, Resilient Gwinnett offered 102 training sessions utilizing 11 evidence-based curricula. Hours of training offered totaled 315.5 and participants trained totaled 1,349.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Coalition is evolving to serve as the lead community development organization for Gwinnett County. Utilizing a “collective impact” approach, the Coalition brings people and organizations together in a structured way to achieve social change. Key elements of collective impact include a common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, and continuous communication. The framework prioritizes a few strategic issues, leverages subject matter experts and community partners to develop and test solutions, and scales success to effect sustainable systemic change.

Before this work can truly begin in earnest, the organization must ensure an effective operational structure, sound business and staffing model, and program alignment.

1. Restructure and establish an appropriate nonprofit governing structure and right-sized Board of Directors to support organizational change and implement nonprofit best practices.
2. Develop a succession plan for a leadership transition.
3. Review and develop a staffing structure to support the collective impact approach including evaluating current positions, creating job descriptions and filling positions.
4. Invest in upgraded technology infrastructure and systems to support research, communications and project management.
5. Revamp branding to reflect a change in mission and organizational priorities.
6. Evaluate all programs and projects to determine their fit with the new mission; establish criteria and development recommendations for realignment, restructuring, and spinning-off existing programs.

The Gwinnett Coalition has successfully transitioned into a more traditional nonprofit with a governing Board of Directors who provide fiduciary oversight and guide strategy. As well, the President and CEO is a 27-year resident of Gwinnett County with past professional experience in both private and public sector organizations. Previous work experiences include executive roles in advancement at a 4-year public college, community relations / corporate citizenship at two Fortune 100 tech companies, and a consulting firm serving organizations seeking to increase organizational capacity. Additionally, new hires consist of experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds and sectors. This combination of talent allows the Gwinnett Coalition to transcend industry and functional boundaries while leveraging an extensive network to achieve desired outcomes.

1. Disbanded a 60-member advisory board and reconstituted the Board of Directors to a 12-member governing board. Established Finance and Audit Committee and Governance Committee to provide oversight of finance and audit activities and governance and nominating of Board members, respectively.
2. In December of 2020, the founder and Executive Director of 30 years retired and a new President and CEO.
3. Developed a new staffing mode and hired experienced professionals to lead future collective impact work. Increased staff from five to eight with plans to hire five more in 2022.
4. Secured grants and invested $50,000 in technology infrastructure and systems to improve Gwinnett Coalition operations and increase nonprofit effectiveness.
5. Updated the organization's name from Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services to Gwinnett Coalition and created a new logo and brand identity.
6. Transitioned two programs (GREAT Little Minds and Great Days of Service) to other organizations with similar missions, thus eliminating duplication of resources. Combined the Gwinnett Cares Helpline (an Information and Referral resource) and Gwinnett Cares Website into one as the one stop shop for community resources who "need help" and those who wish to "give help.

The Gwinnett Coalition is now leading collaborative work to improve healthcare outcomes and access in partnership with local public health, behavioral and mental health, government, hospitals, and other providers. The Gwinnett Coalition will soon engage local partners in strategies and activities that enhance and support education at all levels and ultimately builds the talent pipeline necessary for a successful community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Gwinnett Coalition, Inc.

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Gwinnett Coalition, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Suleima Salgado

SSL Independent, LLC

Term: 2023 - 2025

Suleima Salgado

SSL Independent, LLC

Jill Edwards

United Community Bank, Inc.

Tina Fleming

Gwinnett County Government

Jennifer Hibbard

View Point Health

Jessica Andrews-Wilson

Gwinnett United in Drug Education

Clay Hunter

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Marqus Cole

Grace Fellowship Church

Bianca Rayner

The Fet Group

Victoria Huynh

Center for Pan Asian Community Services

Chuck Warbington

City of Lawrenceville

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.