Cierra graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Marketing from the illustrious Clark Atlanta University in 2013. Cierra has also studied the management of nonprofit organizations by obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and Leadership from Savannah State University in 2016.
It didn't take Cierra very long to realize that her creativity and leadership skills could be used more effectively in a sector that promoted making a difference in the lives of others. It was her service with AmeriCorps VISTA after college, a year-long, full-time commitment of service with a nonprofit organization that sparked her interest in the public service. Through AmeriCorps at Step Up Savannah (Savannah, Georgia’s poverty reduction initiative) her responsibilities included building capacity for financial empowerment programs that helped move Savannah's low-income families out of poverty. In recognition of her drive and commitment to volunteerism and community service, she was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for completing over 250 volunteer hours during the 2013-2014 year.
Cierra has also volunteered and worked on a variety of projects for nonprofit agencies such as Consumer Credit Counselling Services, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire, the YMCA, and many more. Most significantly, Cierra has contributed to her community by tackling independent volunteer projects such as implementing and directing two Volunteer Community Mural Projects for both an elementary school, and Jewish Community Center where she directed over 100 volunteers in bringing color and hope to the landscape of these deserving organizations.
Her experience also includes working for Savannah's local government in the Leisure Services Department as Recreational Leader for the City's Golden Age Programs. There she planned, developed, and lead senior participants in a variety of cultural and recreational activities. She has also completed a graduate Marketing internship in Savannah's City Hall with the Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Department. Her responsibilities there included implementing a communications plan to better inform the public, elected officials and City staff of the department's programs and responsibilities.
Cierra believes that with most nonprofit organizations and businesses, relationships are at the heart of anyone's success. She has built many positive relationships in her community and will continue to build them across the nation. She is incredibly proud of the work she has done to serve the community and is eager to bring that same enthusiasm to the National Urban Fellowship class of 2017.
Her career goals include promoting creativity and effective outreach strategies in nonprofit organizations and foundations, launching a marketing start-up, as well as establishing a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance communities by utilizing volunteerism and public art.