Vontriece McDowell, received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Sociology and African and Black Diaspora Studies in her hometown of Chicago, IL. Vontriece later received her Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied Social and Economic Development.
Vontriece has extensive experience in community engagement. For eight years she worked for Beyond Housing, a non-profit, community development organization that focuses its resources within the geography of the Normandy Schools Collaborative. As their Director of Community Engagement, Vontriece worked directly with the community to build resident leaders, understand community priorities, and help to align her organization’s efforts with the community’s needs. She is passionate about honest and open dialogue with clients and stakeholders, to ensure that their voice informs her work.
Vontriece most recently served as the Director of Community Based Interventions for Alive and Well Communities where she developed and provided direct oversight of a regional grassroots community engagement strategy. Her goal was to help communities, organizations, and neighborhoods understand the impact of chronic trauma and toxic stress and how to work together for healing and sustainable change. Additionally, Vontriece is adjunct faculty at both Washington University and St. Louis University’s School of Social Work. She resides in St. Louis City with her husband and three children.