Justin Beene is the visionary and founder of an innovative partnership called the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, a collective between nonprofits and for-profits working together for a flourishing city. He is well known as a global leader and practitioner with extensive knowledge and skills in starting and scaling collaborative ventures, creating win/win/win solutions across sectors and connecting resources to real problems in innovative and sustainable ways.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and family studies from Western Michigan University, a master’s in social work in management of human services from the University of Michigan, a master's of arts in ministry leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in transformational leadership with a focus in entrepreneurial transformation from Bakke Graduate University.
Justin is a serial entrepreneur, having started Building Bridges Professional Services and Rising Grinds Café, and the principle of Impact Partners and Transformational Executive Coaching in which he provides consulting, executive coaching, corporate trainings, and strategy to both local and global corporate clients.
He is also a senior fellow of Street Psalms and a board member of Fifth Third Bank West MI.