Adefines the singular geographical focus of our mission.
Red represents the blood that flows through all of us.
Circle illustrates that we are all connected by humanity, in motion, transforming and evolving as individuals and as part of a greater community
Planting the Seeds
for a Stronger Community
Leading and promoting substantial investment into North St. Louis County
The idea for A Red Circle took root as founder Erica Williams researched St. Louis’ real estate history and discovered the tie between racial tensions and the past racist laws and public policies. She decided that a substantial investment into North St. Louis County was necessary to provide equitable relief to the region.
Since its genesis as a nonprofit in 2017, A Red Circle has directly impacted thousands of lives. The team, now 20 employees strong, develops and executes life-enriching programming in employment, education, holistic living, policy and arts.
On June 3rd, A Red Circle dedicated the building for the North County Community Nexus to the community. Read the featured article in the St. Louis American here.
A Red Circle is featured in the article "Decades of Damage: the origins of food insecurity in St. Louis today" in Feast Magazine. Click here to read the article.
Erica Williams was recently recognized by Community Builders Network STL. Read more here.
Thanks to the generosity and trust of Chairwoman Shalonda Webb of St. Louis County, A Red Circle will receive $350,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support Black farmers in Council District 4! Read more here in an article by St. Louis Public Radio.
Fall 2023 November 2023, MU Extension will be working with local St. Louis Metropolitan region. Which will help focus on teaching socially disadvantaged beginning farmers, military veterans and veteran farmers with disabilities served by the Missouri AgrAbility Project. "The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded the University of Missouri a $676,784 grant to break down barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers in the St. Louis metropolitan region." -MU Extension Read more here
Erica Williams’ alma mater Maryville University featured her in its Spring, 2020 magazine! Enjoy reading about how she is Shaking Up North County!
How to do a food demo for 95 in a pandemic highlights the work of Missouri University Extension and Beyond Housing to introduce the North County Agricultural Education Center to residents in Pine Lawn, Missouri, with the challenge of quarantine.
Executive Director Erica Williams was interviewed for the podcast We Live Here on April 30, 2020. The topic is Food Security During Covid-19. Enjoy and join in the action to increase healthy food access in North St. Louis County.
Please enjoy this great article from writer Mia Turner of St. Louis Partnership, which highlights A Red Circle’s work in North St. Louis County.
We are pleased to be included in this list of recipients to address holistic living with new moms at Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more about our program and the other recipients here.
See the article posted by Missourinet titled, “Missouri Department of Agriculture gives grants to projects in “food deserts” around state, which includes A Red Circle’s North County Agricultural Education Center!
St. Louis Public Radio interview about school district boundaries and racial equity in education.
Erica Williams participated on a panel discussion about voting suppression tactics and provided practical ways that community organizations can get involved. Read more about the event.
Read about Ignite Missouri, an event powered by A Red Circle, to increase opportunity for Blacks and other minorities in Missouri’s cannabis industry!
St. Louis Public Radio did a piece titled, “With Stores Gone, Farmers Market to Fill Void in North St. Louis Food Desert”, to highlight our Healthy Community Market! Check it out here.
A Red Circle received the What’s Right With the Region Award! Read about the award and the Emerging Initiatives category here.
KMOV conducted our first on-camera interview about our Education Advocacy Coalition in July, 2017!
Erica R. Williams
Erica R. Williams holds a BA in Paralegal Studies and an MBA, both from Maryville University. She is working on her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, with a concentration on policy analysis. Erica is:
A member of the Nine Network Community Advisory Board
The recipient of a Focus St. Louis Award, My Name is Need, an Impact Award, and an award from the Coalition for Human Rights.
When not working for A Red Circle, Erica is on the Board of Directors for Kids Win Missouri and the Community Advisory Board for Refuge and Restoration Nonprofit Organization.
Bailey Williams IV
Bailey Williams, a full-time volunteer, holds a Bachelor of Technology degree and has worked in the
financial sector for 18 years. His guiding principles, which he calls his Circle
of Themes, reflect his approach to his work at A Red Circle: connectedness,
analytical thinking, inclusion and futuristic vision.
Strategic Support Specialist
Laura Madden joined A Red Circle in May 2022 after working 30 years in government affairs. Laura is passionate about food and nutrition programs, food safety, community and economic development, water resources, and environment protection. She is committed to working for a revitalized and resilient North County,
Grants Development Director
Suzanne Whitman started working with A Red Circle in August 2019 as a volunteer grant writer and assumed her current role in September 2021. Suzanne worked for 13 years at MasterCard as a technical writer and manager. In her free time, she does Buddhist meditation, reads and runs.
Community Arts Director
Jessica D. Johnson was one of A Red Circle's first volunteers and was named Arts Coordinator in 2019. Using her skills and abilities in art, music and creativity, she directs programs, projects and events for the communities served by A Red Circle.
Jesse Strod is devoting his year of national service through AmeriCorps VISTA to A Red Circle. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Jesse is creating internal processes and serves on the core strategy team for the North County Community Nexus. Outside work, he is involved with the St. Louis ultimate frisbee community.
Han Zhao has served as a volunteer data analyst since June 2022. He manages the data available to A Red Circle and analyzes the information to reveal areas of significant impact. Han is pursuing his Master of Data Science at Maryville University.
Director of Policy & Advocacy
Chris Willcox joined A Red Circle in July 2021. His previous experience includes securing resources for clients through his work with StL Mutual Aid. He obtained his Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Community Wellness Coordinator
Kayla is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has a BS in Health Education & Promotion. She is passionate about healthy food access and health education initiatives that promote prevention of disease and injury. She also educates caregivers about car seat installation and safe sleep practices.
Deborah Rice-Carter is a state notary, community activist, and jewelry designer. She is seated on the Ferguson Senior Council, Ferguson Farmers Market Board and The Ferguson Eco Team. Additionally, Deborah has vast experience in the medical field.
Education Advocacy Director
Tamar Brown is an experienced nonprofit practitioner, community leader and organizer. Tamar runs a consultant business specializing in nonprofit organizing, capacity building and resource management. In her spare time, she and her husband own a youth sports organization.
Education Advocacy Associate
Cynthia Veal is a lifelong educator who retired after 33 years of teaching. Cynthia has a passion for shaping future leaders and impacting every student she comes in contact with. When Cynthia is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, traveling and reading.
Program Coordinator for Parent Café
Jacquelyn Randle has 17 years of experience in Early Education, holding a BA in Early Education and MO Directors Certification. She serves on three boards as an advocate providing parent and educator viewpoints on early education. Jacquelyn fights for equitable education opportunities.
Food & Farm Lead Organizer
Daria Keys has a rich background in research and community development. The skills she learned while working for AmeriCorps have made her an asset to A Red Circle as she continues to make a positive impact on North County.
Food & Farm Manager
Vincent Lang has 10+ years of experience in skilled building trades, transportation and safety. He caught the farming bug four years ago. As a nature lover, he enjoys hiking and outdoor adventures. He is passionate about serving the community.
Nicholas Williams is a 2020 graduate of McCluer Senior High School. He is an avid gamer and enjoys playing his clarinet.