Leland Clegg II
Board Member

Retired city attorney for Compton, now in private practice has been a noted authority in the fields of African and American history and culture for well over 35 years. After attending Compton Community College, UCLA and then Law School at Howard University, Clegg began working as a private sector attorney at the firm of Edelen, Meshack, Clegg and Calhoun in 1974. In addition, he served as co-counsel to the Compton Unified School District from 1976 to 1977. He was appointed to the position of Deputy City Attorney for the City of Compton in 1977 and served as Chief Deputy City Attorney from 1981 through 1993, when he was appointed City Attorney. Clegg was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Wesley Sanderson Jr., who won the election in April 1993 and died the next month. He would go on to win on his own several years later and would spend 15 years in the position before retiring.

LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. 
Dr. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups. She is currently involved in addressing racial disparities cardiovascular disease and diabetes through the Community Health Councils, Inc., African American Building a Legacy of Health Project. The project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a community based project that explores individual, organizational, and community support for (and barriers to) healthy living.  Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other health management and policy journals. Moreover, all of the work to date has employed a community based participatory research framework that partners with the relevant stakeholder groups in developing the research questions.  She is member of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; and the Standards Council for the Commission on Accreditation in Health Management Education. She is also a member of several associations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Community Campus Partnerships for Health. 

Attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with a B.S. in English. Upon receiving her commission as an Ensign, she reported to Newport, RI training to become a Surface Warfare Officer.   Nikki served in a multitude of different billets with several commands including everything from being a Weapons Officer, Operation Officer, Maritime Exercise and Operations Planning Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Force Protection/Security Officer, a Joint logistic Planning Officer and a U.S. Naval Academy Candidate Guidance Officer.Holds a Master of Science Degree in Global Leadership from University of San Diego, a Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (Gainesville, FL).  She is a member of the U.S. Australian Rules Football Women’s National Team, where she has represented the U.S. in Canada and Australia.

Clarence McDonald
Board Treasurer

Clarence "Mac" McDonald is a Los Angeles based pianist, composer, arranger, producer and Vietnam veteran. McDonald is known for his musical diversity, enduring melodies and signature groove. His most famous composition is Silly sung by Deniece Williams in 1981 and Taral Hicks in 1997. In 2010 the song instrumental intro and bridge were sampled in Monica's seven weeklong Billboard #1 RB Grammy nominated song "Everything To Me". He has worked with a long list of entertainment icons including Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Carole King, Taral Hicks, Freddy Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Seals & Crofts, Bill Withers, and The Jackson 5. Clarence McDonald’s artistry has graced us with some of the most memorable songs of our time. 

Experienced educator, athletic coach and mentor/role model to many inner city youth. Air Force Academy graduate and trained military pilot.

Owner at William E. Woodring, CPA, providing Business Coaching, Management Advisory, and Change Management Services. Auditing financial and program compliance for HUD since 2008. He has used the above skills the working with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist their Grantees to become more effective and compliant. Recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in finance, policies, procedures, Indirect Cost Allocations, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HOME certified regulations, One CPD, monitoring, compliance, and Con Plans. Provided operation and program manuals for Grantees. Trained and Instructed classes on Indirect Cost Allocations for HUD reimbursements. Assisted Grantees and subrecipients with needs assessment, program design, program implementation, financial systems, program evaluation, process changes, staff development, form design and spreadsheet development, policies and procedures, process flow charts, and environmental reviews, program income, regulations, NSP Program Design and Process Tracking tools. Conducted two (2) NSP webinars related to Procurement, Accounting, Record-keeping, and Retention.

Janet Welch
Board Secretary

Past Director of Workforce Development at West Angelus CDC and other mega, Faith-based Community Development Corporations in the Los Angeles area where she provided leadership and direction in a skills training and job placement program for individuals who were skills challenged, lacking education, and with a history in the criminal justice system. Administered grants of $1.5 million using workforce development funding from the State of California. Determined core needs of clients and established a network of providers. Designed and implemented training modules and timelines for accomplishing program goals. Developed internal policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state Welfare to Work and Workforce Investment Act guidelines. Planned and facilitated meetings with community-based organizations, various municipalities, and schools to market program. Coordinated and collaborated with programs in leveraging resources providing clients with greater opportunities for training and employment. Collaborated with employers in establishing guidelines and procedures for job placement. Directed and trained staff in providing a high level of service to effectively manage clients, resulting in over 250 individuals receiving training and/or job placement. Coached and performed evaluations of staff. Responsible for providing fiscal oversight of grant to include monthly and quarterly reports to State of California. Audited all case files for completion and accuracy. Conducted "how to" workshops on networking and collaborating at conferences. Negotiated and reviewed requests of vendor contracts.

Dr. Michael Moody
Chairman of the Board

Michael Moody trained as a cultural sociologist and has been actively working to understand and improve philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for 20 years. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University, Dr. Moody was one of the first employees of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where he helped develop the Jane Addams Fellows program. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in sociology from Princeton University, with a research focus on philanthropic giving and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Moody was a university professor for nine years, first at Boston University and then the University of Southern California, where he was a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. From 2008-2010 he was President of Moody Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, based in Richmond, VA, providing research and writing, project development, advising, and related services. As the Frey Chair at the Johnson Center, Dr. Moody works with a network of national advisors and partners to pursue a comprehensive program of applied research, teaching, professional development, and public service, all designed to advance and promote the field of family philanthropy in the United States.

The foundation of the Community Building Plan is philosophically connected to the National Strategy for Homeland Security and Homeland Security Act of 2002. This strategic affiliation creates a culture that promotes a common mission from the residents of local commuinities. The strategic goals are as follows:

  • Awareness -- Identify and understand threats, assess vulnerabilities, determine potential impacts and disseminate timely information to our homeland security partners and the American public.
  • Prevention -- Detect, deter and mitigate threats to our homeland.
  • Protection -- Safeguard our people and their freedoms, critical infrastructure, property and the economy of our Nation from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
  • Response -- Lead, manage and coordinate the national response to acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
  • Recovery -- Lead national, state, local and private sector efforts to restore services and rebuild communities after acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
  • Service -- Serve the public effectively by facilitating lawful trade, travel and immigration.
  • Organizational Excellence -- Value our most important resource, our people. Create a culture that promotes a common identity, innovation, mutual respect, accountability and teamwork to achieve efficiencies, effectiveness, and operational synergies.

The N.I.C.E. community building plan  recognizes that a community’s greatest asset is its residents. 

Local Community Building

Vision & Values

NICE is a California 501 (c) (3) nonprofit formed in June, 2000 and located in Southern California. A Board of Directors, an executive management team, and an advisory board of directors manage the Organization. The organization’s principles and management team includes a group of distinguished and seasoned business and financial management professionals with a history of optimizing value for partners and investors.

NICE Corp’s vision is to help transform the mindset from being consumers to being producers and thereby creating economic sustainability using a holistic approach to both interpersonal, as well as, corporate global development.

NICE Corp forges strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships that promote sustainable economic and community development programs. The organization focuses on creating social entrepreneurial, housing, health care, homeland security initiatives, education, and training initiatives that add significant value to communities.

The vision is for NICE Corp to become a catalyst for leadership development programs that can bring about transformation, empower the communities, and foster economic sustainability. The cornerstone of the approach is to foster creative entrepreneurship activities that can serve as engines for local economic development and community sustainability. 

Charity Begins at Home

James Davis II
Founder, President

Chief Executive Officer

Board Member

Our Mission

At National Institute of Community Enlightenment, our mission is simple: to enhance economically underserved neighborhoods through tailored collaborations designed for their community needs. 

Our Pledge

We here at National Institute of Community Enlightenment pledge to is to serve our communities by assisting in providing community sustainability and rebuilding with socioeconomic

A “life long community planner” is a good term to describe James. Born, raised and educated in several cities within Los Angeles County, he has studied the interrelationship between neighborhood development and community safety. During his freshman year at University of Washington he decided that Participatory Planning and Urban Development would be his lifetime path, and he has consistently continued, stopping to help others during his travel. After graduate school, James worked both in the public and private sectors and served as a Planning Commissioner for 11 years. Starting his own business, he focused on designing models to training small business how to successfully contract with local government. These experiences, lead to his founding the National Institute of Community Enlightenment organization. His civic activities have included Community Based Learning Collaborative, University of Southern California Steering Committee Member, LA Public Works Integrated Waste Water Management Plan, Steering Committee Member, Alameda Corridor, Transportation Steering Committee Member and Unity and Diversity General Assembly, Education Committee Member.