About One Body Collaboratives

One Body Collaboratives is the managing organization for the community implementation of the Bridges to Prosperity Rockford Region initiative, including organizing meetings of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Team, implementing the Getting Ahead curriculum through strategic community partnerships, and providing educational community trainings. One Body Collaboratives also provides ongoing support and resources for graduates of the Getting Ahead program through the Staying Ahead Network.

For more about One Body Collaboratives, click here: www.onebodycollaboratives.org


About Mary Cacioppi

Executive Director, One Body Collaboratives
Founder, Bridges to Prosperity Rockford Region
National Consultant, Aha! Process

Mary has over 22 years of combined experience in community development, economic development, and poverty reduction. She currently serves as Executive Director of One Body Collaboratives and is the Founder of Bridges to Prosperity Rockford Region which works to reduce poverty and implement a poverty reduction strategy in her local community of Rockford, IL.

Mary is also a National Consultant with the Aha! Process working with communities across the nation to assist them with their poverty reduction goals. In this capacity Mary is creating a workshop on “Poverty Reduction as an Economic Development Strategy” that the Aha! Process will be offering at the national level.

Also at the national level, Mary serves on the board of Emerge Solutions. Emerge Solutions promotes lasting solutions to close the economic gap and build community sustainability at the local, regional and national levels by building a network of advocates to advance economic inclusion and opportunity across our communities.

Locally, Mary serves on the Workforce Connection Employer & Public Engagement Committee and the Community Action Agency Board in Rockford. She is a past board member of Next Rockford, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and Rockford Network of Professional Women.

Her past experience includes working for and running chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, as well as experience leading economic development for a municipality and working in commercial development. This vast experience equips Mary with a diverse view of how poverty reduction plays a role in community and economic development.

Mary holds a B.A. in business administration from Madison University and graduated with Honors Cum Laude. She is a past recipient of the Rockford Chambers 40 Leaders Under 40 and Woman Business Leader of Tomorrow awards, honoring her professional and volunteer achievements. She was also recently named one of the regions "25 Most Interesting People" by Northwest Quarterly magazine.