Executive Director Rob Shields brings a decade of experience in non-profit management and service, with a focus on youth development. After serving nearly five years as an executive for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rob joined the visioning team for ReCity Network in 2014, becoming the organization’s founding executive director. Observing deep divisions in Triangle communities along lines of race, class, and opportunity, Rob was motivated to create a network of nonprofits, mission-driven businesses, and faith-based organizations that could collaborate to address the most challenging issues facing our communities. By bringing together dozens of organizations since ReCity’s 2016 launch, Rob has helped build a social impact hub, responding to demand for a more expansive mission of shared space and shared impact for the hundreds of nonprofits that call Durham home. Rob Shields is a native North Carolinian and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007.
Zenzele Barnes is a Durham native with a passion for social justice and creating equitable communities for all. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a degree in Communication and a minor in New Media Design.
Prior to joining the ReCity team, Zenzele completed two years of service with AmeriCorps and worked as the Arts Administration Apprentice at Liberty Arts Studio. As an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County and a City Year Miami member, she focused on program-centered initiatives and youth development.
In addition to her community-based work, Zenzele strongly believes in the power of art as a tool for expression and empowerment.
Rob ShieldsExecutive Director
Zenzele BarnesCommunity Manager