Urban Designer Giving Voice to Communities


Wanona Satcher is CEO/Founder of ReJuve a nonprofit dedicated to developing what she calls "prosilient communities" and Makhers Studio, LLC a for-profit design firm for social good. She currently serves as Project Manager for Chattahoochee Now, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to advocacy, convening and activating Atlanta's waterfront. Over the course of her career she’s served as an urban designer, landscape architect designer, city planner, economic developer, art curator and theater producer. Wanona holds Economic Development and Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council in small business development and real estate development. She has been a member of the Urban Land Institute for ten years, ASLA and the American Planning Association. Wanona is currently taking CLARB licensing exams.

As a social entrepreneur Ms. Satcher founded two community development startups iDrive Change, LLC and Community Design Development Group (CDDG). As CEO of iDrive Change, LLC Ms.Satcher worked on partnership projects with The White House and collaborated with digital media studio Plympton, Durham's premier coworking space American Underground, Research Triangle Park Headquarters, University of North Carolina Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, Startup Weekend, Bull City Forward and Duke University Fuqua School of Business. At CDDG she led grant writing (regional and federal), research, and technical assistance with livability initiatives and helped revitalize the city through transportation planning, greenway design, economic development, and urban design strategies. She consulted with municipalities and neighborhood groups on community and economic development and helped translate her findings into policies that could be adopted by local government. Wanona was a Neighborhood Development Specialist and the project manager for the Durham Urban Innovation Center within the City of Durham, North Carolina.

In 2016 Wanona was a finalist for the Dell/Cosmo Magazine Women's Entrepreneur Network Award and keynote panelist for Moogfest- the world-renowned music, art and technology conference. In 2013 she was a semi-finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, attended Aspen Institute/CityLab 2.0 and was chosen as a national Next City Vanguard’s Top 40 Under 40 program. She’s has been featured in GOOD Magazine and the Huffington Post. She’s the first African American to receive a Master of Landscape Architecture degree as well as dual Masters degrees in community planning and landscape architecture from Auburn University. Wanona currently sits on the Advisory Council to the Landscape Architecture Program at Auburn and running a Crowdfunding Campaign for her company's launch initiative, "Plug-In-Pods."

Having worked with Wanona on several different task force initiatives and committees, including Dementia Friendly Durham, Aging Well in Durham, Social Isolation and Bull City Play Streets for Seniors, it is obvious that she is committed as a member of our community support those in our population who are underserved.
— Cathy Stallcup, Executive Director, Durham Center for Senior Life

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