West Side United Program Staff

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Meet our dedicated program staff members working to build community health and economic wellness on Chicago’s West Side.

Program Staff

Jennifer Norsworthy, Healthy Food Program Manager

Jennifer Norsworthy, WSU Healthy Food Program Manager

Jennifer Norsworthy, MPH, RDN, LDN, is a nutrition expert and leader in the community and healthcare sectors. She is an advocate of regenerative agricultural and food sovereignty. As the Healthy Food Program Manager for West Side United (WSU), she manages equitable food access strategies and provides grant management support. Prior to joining the WSU team, Jennifer worked as a clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) where she managed dietetic technicians and food service employees in long-term and acute care facilities. 

She serves on Slow Food Chicago’s Executive Board as a Food Justice and Policy Co-Chair and on the Associate Board for Advocates for Urban Agriculture. Jennifer is a Past Chair of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group under the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, she spent three years volunteering for the Green City Farmers Market and completed the Chicago Conservation Corps program through the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Jennifer earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she concentrated on community health outcomes. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kentucky and Frankfort Regional Medical Center, where she was presented the Outstanding Coordinated Dietetic Intern Award. She represented the University of Kentucky Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association at the 2012 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit in Honduras and studied abroad in 10 countries on four continents through the Semester at Sea program. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree from the University of Kentucky.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys home cooking, watching documentaries, and traveling to new places.

Chanel Smith, Economic Vitality Program Manager

Chanel Smith, WSU Economic Vitality Program Manager

Chanel Smith is a dedicated DE&I advocate and self-proclaimed conduit, who is passionate about workforce training & development, and advocating for underserved populations. Her drive is to connect individuals to resources that change the trajectory of their lives. She is a proud Chicagoan, with roots on the south side, but a move to West Garfield Park, changed her forever. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago in Management with a focus on Organizational Development and Leadership. Chanel has held positions in scrap metal recycling as an operations coordinator, and multiple roles in the nonprofit sector with youth is state care, workforce development, education coaching & mentoring, and leadership and professional development. While working at UCAN, Chanel became a trauma informed professional, and understands the impact trauma has on human development and the barriers individuals face living in marginalized communities. She is currently pursuing the Certified Workforce Development Professional certificate and membership with the National Association for Workforce Development Professionals.

Prior to joining West Side United, she worked as a Talent Acquisition Consultant with Rush University Medical Center’s Human Resources Recruitment department and focused her efforts on diversity recruitment strategies including Rush’s Anchor Mission local inclusive hiring initiative, veteran, and university recruitment. Chanel values teamwork, creativity & innovation, and integrity. In her spare time, Chanel enjoys traveling, attending live music concerts and theater, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Administrative Staff

Desiree’ D. Lloyd, Administrative Assistant, Community Engagement

Desiree' D. Lloyd, WSU Administrative Assistant, Community Engagement

Desiree’ D. Lloyd is an administrative professional with 25+ years of experience. Desiree’ has a proven track record of being goal focused, achievement oriented with office administration, special project management and computer system operations. She has been known to perform challenging tasks under a wide range of circumstances which involve precision and close attention to detail. Desiree’ believes in thinking “outside of the box” which allows her to achieve positive results.

Prior to her venture into the nonprofit sector, Desiree’ worked several large corporations including KPMG and Citibank. Desiree’ believes that if she could reach one person and make a difference, and that one person tells another, she has already surpassed her goal.

Desiree’ is a graduate of Robert Morris University and currently pursuing a degree in Psychology/Criminal Psychology from Liberty University. In her spare time, Desiree’ enjoys spending time with her husband, son and church family.


Minyoung Do, Applied Data Fellow

Minyoung joins West Side United as an Applied Data Fellow from the University of Chicago. Applied data fellowship is designed by International Innovation Corps to bridge the gap between innovation and social impact, launched by the collective efforts of Harris School of Public Policy and the Law School. Applied Data Fellows work to help translate data-driven insights into actionable policy recommendations, new programs, and operational changes at partner organizations in public and private sectors. At West Side United, Minyoung will work on the data and evaluation team to assist directors and program managers with data-related tasks, as well as creating, developing and updating logic models and evaluation plans in collaboration with different stakeholders. With her background in graphic design, she aims to deliver in-depth data analysis with impactful visuals.

She has rigorous training in both qualitative and quantitative research. At the University of Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor’s degree, she studied political science and gender studies with minors in comparative race & ethnicity studies and Asian American studies. While most of her work in college utilized qualitative research methods, such as case study and interviews, she expanded her horizon by learning how to apply computational/quantitative methods to social science research at the University of Chicago. She is highly skilled in machine learning techniques, statistical analysis, geo-spatial analysis, predictive modeling, as well as qualitative data analysis. Becoming a researcher who dedicates her time, voice, knowledge and skills to fighting injustice stands as her most pressing mission.

Outside of work, Minyoung enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing piano, reading books, writing poems and novels, stargazing, trying out new restaurants, and travelling around the world. Recently, she is interested in learning how to make cocktails and collecting artwork.

Hanzi (Maria) Jiang, Data Fellow

Hanzi (Maria) Jiang, Data Fellow

Hanzi is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago with a master’s in public policy, focusing on data analysis and environmental economics. She is motivated to utilize publicly available data to investigate quantifiable consequences and relationships in the various steps of the policy-making process, aiming to provide practical policy actions and solutions. Her interest in public health stems from her research experience studying the relationship between COVID- 19 viral concentration in wastewater and the local infected population at the Argonne National Laboratory. She was fascinated by how fast data analysis can potentially impact policy measurements. She would like to dedicate her training in data science to promote public health and the environment itself.

Before moving to Chicago, Hanzi earned her dual bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Hospitality Administration from Boston University.