Holly Davenport


Holly Davenport
Organizer / Americorps VISTA member

After 27 years as a cosmetology manager, Holly decided to step into action by applying to the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP). That journey has since taken her to Edwin's Leadership and Development Institute, a term as manager of Edwin's butcher shop, and a year of service with Americorps VISTA at CEOWorks, a national non-profit organization focused on employment and sustainable skills for individuals reentering the community while on supervision. She created a nonprofit called "Stirring the Pot" and a scratch kitchen catering business, Heavenly Delicious Heart and Soul Cuisine. In Collinwood, she's active with her church and the local youth sport league.

After 27 years as a cosmetology manager, Holly decided to step into action by applying to the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP). Holly credits NLDP for preparing her for effective leadership in the non-profit sector. While participating in NLDP, Holly was inspired to enroll and complete Edwin’s Leadership and Development Institute, a non-profit culinary school that focuses on reducing recidivism while creating social enterprises. After completing the program, Holly accepted a position with Edwin’s in fund development and community engagement, and then as General Manager of Edwin’s Butcher Shop when it opened in 2018. In 2019 Holly created “Stirring the Pot,” an intergenerational cooking program serving the Collinwood community. 

Holly just completed a full term as an Americorps VISTA working on fund development and grant writing with CEOWorks, a national non-profit organization focused on employment and sustainable skills for individuals reentering the community while on supervision. She also operates a scratch kitchen catering business, Heavenly Delicious Heart and Soul Cuisine. When not working, Holly is very active in her church in Collinwood and with the Collinwood Cobras of the Cleveland Muny Football League, where she cooks for and supports the youth and their families. Holly Davenport is a Glenville High School graduate. Holly has one daughter, Sydni, who attends Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.