The Staff

 
 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.  

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.

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 Shields
Executive Director

Zenzele Barnes
Community Manager

 
 
 

Board Members

 
 "I believe that the ReCity Network is the most strategic way to multiply impact and opportunity for our whole community.  And since I have limited time and resources, I want to invest them in something transformational."   

"I believe that the ReCity Network is the most strategic way to multiply impact and opportunity for our whole community.  And since I have limited time and resources, I want to invest them in something transformational."

 

                              KJ Hill

Willis Foster

 "I serve with ReCity because I want to be part of a movement that changes the outcome for many under-served people in the city of Durham and hopefully the world.  ReCity perpetuates a way for people who are usually overlooked to have a better opportunity to have family-sustaining income and a brighter future for themselves and their families."

"I serve with ReCity because I want to be part of a movement that changes the outcome for many under-served people in the city of Durham and hopefully the world.  ReCity perpetuates a way for people who are usually overlooked to have a better opportunity to have family-sustaining income and a brighter future for themselves and their families."

Chris Rudolph

 
 "Social, racial, and economic issues within a society can be effectively addressed through the collective and collaborative efforts of each sector of society.  ReCity is making this happen in Durham!"   

"Social, racial, and economic issues within a society can be effectively addressed through the collective and collaborative efforts of each sector of society.  ReCity is making this happen in Durham!"

 

Tim Jackson

 "Serving with ReCity allows me to connect with community leaders and advocates that are committed Durham and its young people."

"Serving with ReCity allows me to connect with community leaders and advocates that are committed Durham and its young people."

Adrienne Davis

 “I serve with ReCity because I believe the solution to youth disconnection is a connected community. ReCity is uniquely positioned bring together all sectors of our community to support young people.”      

“I serve with ReCity because I believe the solution to youth disconnection is a connected community. ReCity is uniquely positioned bring together all sectors of our community to support young people.”

 

 

Matt Miglarese

 
 “I serve with ReCity because I love our community and the diversity of the people who live here.  I believe each person in Durham should have an opportunity to thrive”      

“I serve with ReCity because I love our community and the diversity of the people who live here.  I believe each person in Durham should have an opportunity to thrive”

 

 

                                 Patti Paine

 “I serve with ReCity because ReCity serves the youth and professionals that I care about most”   

“I serve with ReCity because ReCity serves the youth and professionals that I care about most”

 

Terrance Ruth

 "My brother was murdered at the young age of 23.  ReCity is a Christian organization who cares about the lives of disadvantaged youth in a community where black on black crime is relentless."

"My brother was murdered at the young age of 23.  ReCity is a Christian organization who cares about the lives of disadvantaged youth in a community where black on black crime is relentless."

Jennifer Paylor