Get To Know Damali Wilson

Director Of Operations for World Won Development

Making A Difference

Tulsa Born & Raised

Damali Wilson, CLA, is an entrepreneur and started her own consulting business in 2014.  She is the Executive Director of Operations for World Won Development and oversees the day-to-day operations of its community development projects.  Those projects include EduRec Youth & Family Fun Center (a 53,000 square foot facility on 15-acres of land), 36th Street North Event Center (a 25,000 square foot facility on 5-acres of land), and the Fitting Back In Prison Reintegration Program, which has and continues to change thousands of lives.

Partnerships have been the key to the successful programs implemented and operated by World Won Development.

Those programs include the Expungement Expo, an event in partnership with the District 1 City Councilor, local, state, and federal agencies. Hundreds of citizens have had criminal records expunged at no cost.  The Back to School Bash is an event where thousands of backpacks, school supplies, and resources are provided annually to the community by the community and feeding thousands through partnerships like Lawyers Fighting Hunger, and other food distribution initiatives.

Relationships

She has created and cultivated many relationships with top officials on the City, State, and Federal levels and developed relationships with a diverse group of people that provide a voice for the voiceless.  Her love for people and her desire to change the narrative in underserved communities has made her an influential advocate for the community she serves.  The Fitting Back In Prison Reintegration Program has graduated approximately 1,500 ex-offenders, who they like to refer to as “returning citizens.” They have been reacclimated back into society, with an 80% recidivism rate.  This program helps ex-offenders with housing, jobs, training, mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and social skills to survive outside the prison walls.  Ms. Wilson has also worked with Wells Fargo to help local citizens become homeowners by providing a first-time homebuyers program and homeownership to successful candidates.   Lately, she has been instrumental in leading the community in the COVID-19 response, i.e., food distribution, testing, voter registration, census completion, and a virtual cooking competition for kids, “EduRec Eats,” with over three million viewers across the globe.  In addition, she recently helped secure a contract with The City of Tulsa to oversee the community engagement piece of the the re-development of Evans-Fintube and Kirkpatrick Heights/Greenwood Heights Master Plan.  This is a first for a “grassroots” organization in The City of Tulsa.  She was also instrumental in the marketing, community awareness and staffing of the new grocery store, Oasis Fresh Market, in North Tulsa.

Experience

Before starting her own business, she was employed as a certified legal assistant and has worked with many prominent law firms in the City of Tulsa.  Firms such as Rhodes, Hieronymus, Jones, Tucker & Gable; Corbitt & Johnson; Bodenhamer & Levinson; Eagleton, Eagleton & Harrison; and N. Scott Johnson & Associates have all helped mold her business savvy and legal knowledge.   Ms. Wilson has been a paralegal since 2001 and has worked in various areas of law. She earned her associate degree in Applied Science, Legal Assistant in 2002, and an associate degree in Liberal Arts in 2003, both from Tulsa Community College.  Ms. Wilson earned the designation of Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University in 2006.  She was named the Eastern Oklahoma Rookie Paralegal of the Year in 2003 by the Tulsa Association of Legal Assistants and served on the Tulsa Association of Legal Assistant’s Board of Directors in 2003 and 2004, directing the Certified Legal Assistant Study Group.  She also received the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Trailblazer Award from the Terence Crutcher Foundation, the 2021 Lacy Park “Unsung SHero” award and the 2022 Impact Woman of the Year award from the Women of Color Expo Committee and Perry Publishing & Broadcasting.  Ms. Wilson is currently an independent business consultant for community development projects in the City of Tulsa and serves as a Board Member on the World Won for Christ, and 36th Street North Event Center Boards.  Adding Radio Personality to her resume in 2020, Ms. Wilson and her business partner have a weekly radio show on KBOB 89.9 FM, and www.nycu.fm, called World Won Development’s “News You Can Use,” and has hosted several events around the City including the birthday party for Oklahoma Senator, Kevin Matthews and the one year anniversary celebration for Oasis Fresh Market.  In addition, she was a panelist for Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, Celebrating Resilience in Women.  She is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1986.