StreetWell, LLC Story
How We Started
Over a decade of sustainable construction implementation including deep retrofits of single-family buildings and in-unit energy conservation work in multi-family buildings.
Founder also founded Appalachian Field Services (AFS), which generates an average of $300,000 to $400,000 in construction business sales per year for the past two years. 100% of AFS’s 24 employees are individuals who have lived through hardships such as addiction, incarceration, or mental illness. AFS is converting to a cooperative ownership model. As described under “Mission” above, AFS is partnering with StreetWell to accomplish StreetWell’s mission.
Experience with cooperative ownership models.
Dedication to and experience with community development competencies and practices.
Participant in 2018-2019 REDF Accelerator. REDF is a venture philanthropy that invests exclusively in social enterprises that employ and empower people overcoming barriers to work.
David’s alcoholism took his career as a government relations professional and everything else important to him in the late '90s. In 2002, David found spirituality-based Recovery, and immediately saw the link between sobriety, hard-work, service to others, and enterprise, long before he ever heard the terms “social enterprise” or “impact investment.” David brings 16 years' experience in distressed asset management, maintenance and renovation work, and within that sector has founded and runs two partnering social enterprises: a for-profit construction business (Appalachian Field Services) and a non-profit recovery residency and peer-support/case management organization (Ladders To Leaders).
Toby Sheppard Bloch
Toby began his career in public policy, first working on Capitol Hill for then Congressman Bernie Sanders and then organizing union and public employee pension and benefit funds, ensuring investments reflected the interests of plan beneficiaries. After a decade of owning and operating a general contracting firm in NYC, he has spent the last three years leading social enterprise and transitional employment for a workforce development non-profit, generating jobs for community members most impacted by the climate crisis and addressing the causes and effects of extreme weather events.
Joseph is a serial social entrepreneur, community activist, and civic technologist. He is the founder of Core Staffing, Tribe Works, and the Staffing Cooperative; enterprises bringing employee-ownership to the future of work. He is a founding member of BMore Black Techies, a software engineer by trade and has worked for both Silicon Valley startups and community based non-profits in that capacity. He studied computer science at Drexel University and Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University.
Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises.
She is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017). Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis is a law firm committed to advancing the communities in which its team lives and works. To fulfill its mission, it provides pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford counsel; it supports charitable and law-related organizations through the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; it embraces and promotes diversity within Kirkland and the legal profession; and it innovates to reduce its impact on the environment.