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Cobra Back Foundation

INSIGHT

OUR MISSION:

Block by block, building stronger relationships.  One strong block, one strong cluster of blocks, one strong community.  We are stronger together.

OUR VISION:

Defeating the odds, and proving "them" wrong.  Fostering genuine and lasting relationships between Police and community. 

OUR INTRODUCTION:

The Cobra Back Foundation(CBF) was founded to fill voids.  The Founder, E. Dixon, has been a civil servant in the City of Chicago since 2001 and has devoted his life to helping residents and guests of the city.  CBF will focus on the subjects listed below, in an effort to create solutions, unity, safer neighborhoods, and ultimately foster a better partnership between Police and those in the communities they serve in.       

* Community Policing and understanding perspectives

* Community and Self-awareness

* Competitive Youth STEM radio-controlled truck program

* Assisting families and individuals in communities most impacted by violence 

“The key to better neighborhoods is building stronger residential blocks.  One strong block, one strong cluster of blocks, one strong community.  We are stronger together."   –E. Dixon.

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E. Dixon

Founder & C.E.O

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, E. Dixon has had a first-hand experience growing up in an underserved community and knows how it looks and feels.  Completing High School and graduating college with a Bachelor Of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management, Dixon jumped right into the workforce.  Dixon was employed by and left a major oil company as a young Area Manager running all operations at three locations at the same time, to securing employment in another leadership and management position at a large retail chain.  E. Dixon has reached many career milestones and accomplishments since being hired by the Chicago Police Department in 2001.  E.Dixon has received over 100 awards and recognitions issued by the Chicago Police Department, Federal & other agencies, including Life Savings, Department Commendations, Outstanding Partnership, Star of Distinction, Honorable Mentions, and several awards & recognitions given by the community he has served.  After 16 years of service on Citywide Units and Investigative Units, E. Dixon was promoted in rank within the Chicago Police Department.  E. Dixon founded the Cobra Back Foundation after reflecting on his experiences and assessing his observations in the Englewood community.  The Cobra Back Foundation was founded to provide resources and opportunities to a community that he has grown to love and others like it.  Going forward, E. Dixon plans to continue to observe, listen, and act on the same impulses that have led to his exemplary career.   

E. Dixon speaking on community:

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Community FRAD 2021     

Community Protest abc News 2020 (abc)     

Community collaboration 2020 (WBEZ)     

Chess Moves abc News (abc)     

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Michelle Rashad

Board Member

Michelle “Chellee” Rashad is raised and rooted in the Greater Englewood community. She is a compassionate leader on a mission to revitalize her neighborhood by investing in youth development and strengthening the support systems of families to build a more prosperous community.  As the fearless leader of Imagine Englewood if (IEi), Michelle has redesigned and developed youth programs to provide trauma-informed care, leveraged strategic partnerships to expand supportive services, and activated vacant lots in the community to promote healthy living. Under her leadership, IEi has successfully engaged over 2,500 children and over 5,000 families total, with more to come. Michelle’s story is truly a full circle journey as she is not only a proponent of IEi as Executive Director, she developed her love for service as a teenage graduate of IEi’s Growing Citizen Leaders program (2009).  Michelle is passionate about giving back in a meaningful way, by devoting time to serving in volunteer leadership roles. She helped build the award-winning, and nationally recognized, Greater Englewood Toastmasters Club, enhancing communication and facilitation skills of residents and local leaders. She has developed valuable connections between students and community partners as the Appointed Local School Council’s community representative for Lindblom Math & Science Academy (her alma mater). Her community organizing superpower
helped resurrect her block club after over 20 years of inactivity. As president of The Great 68th block club, she fosters community among her neighbors, curates safe activities for youth, and addresses public safety concerns in collaboration with law enforcement and the 17th ward Alderman. As a recognition of her heart work, Michelle was honored by the Chicago Foundation of Women as the recipient of their 2021 Pioneer Impact Award.  At the end of each day, Michelle is most fulfilled by spending time with her family and being fun Auntie Chelle. She graduated from Howard University with a bachelor of arts in Telecommunication Management and Business Administration and is currently a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Chicago Chapter) and the newly organized Black
Bench Chicago.