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In the aftermath of the 2015 riots, a Baltimore-based solar developer, a Real Estate Executive, and an iconic NFL star found themselves on the phone together talking about how to re-inject hope and pride in their community. From their deeply rooted faith, the three shared a vision of strengthening communities from the inside and the pride that comes when one builds his future with his own hands. Over the next year, they laid the foundation with three unique and impactful entities. With the vision of Cherie Brooks, they forged Power52 Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to training and employing at-risk individuals in the Clean Energy Industry. Their timing is fortuitous. The underlying effort is the fundamental belief that our calling is to empower communities to build their own hope-filled future.

“Our mission is not about Power, it’s about Empowerment”


Break the cycle of poverty, unemployment, under employment, and incarceration in our urban communities across the nation through economic empowerment and clean energy access.


To promote an inclusive clean energy economy that drives economic empowerment.


  • Integrity
  • Trustworthiness
  • Equal opportunity and inclusiveness
  • A measurable impact

Cherie Brooks

President, CEO & Co-founder

Cherie Brooks is Visionary Co-Founder, President & CEO of Power52 Foundation (Power52, Inc). Under Cherie’s guidance and vision, Power52 Foundation launched its first Private Career School in 2017, Power52 Energy Institute Baltimore City. The Institute’s curriculum is accredited by the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research (NCCER). Power52 Energy Institute is the first clean energy private career school in the State of Maryland to be approved by The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Power52 Foundation is one of two non-profits to ever receive approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to own and operate a private career school in the State of Maryland. Mrs. Brooks has obtained her Master Trainer credentials from NCCER as well. Training programs are currently offered in both Howard and Baltimore Counties with future programs being developed in the British Virgin Island, Florida, and Arizona. Prior to Power52, Cherie served as the Executive Director of Prosperity Pail Ministry Works. Under Cherie’s leadership, Prosperity Pail worked to provided STEM centers for local schools to introduce youth to renewable and clean technologies.

Before launching into the 501(c)3 world, Cherie worked in the wireless industry with direct negotiation of contracts, project management, and site acquisition services for fortune 500 companies, including Verizon and AT&T. She has sited and managed over 200 telecom sites and negotiated and oversaw each site through leasing to construction milestones. Cherie managed subcontractors/site acquisition specialists on all project phases (leasing, zoning, compliance, A&E, and Regulatory) on AT&T’s LTE Project as well as Verizon’s New Site /Raw Land Builds.

Mrs. Brooks attended Bowie State University for undergrad and is an active member of Alpha Nu Omega Sorority, Inc. as well as a member of Jack & Jill of America, Columbia, MD Chapter where she has held various chair positions during her seven year tenure.

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Ray Lewis

Co-founder, Power52 Inc

Co-Founder, Ray Lewis was born in Bartow, Florida, in 1975. The oldest of five children, Lewis became a football star at Kathleen High School and was recruited to play at the University of Miami. In 1996, Lewis was a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens. He led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and was named Defensive Player of the Year that same season. In 2013, Lewis led the Ravens to another Super Bowl victory. He retired in 2013. Today, Lewis is a New York Times best-selling author for his breakout memoir I Feel Like Going On, a frequent guest on Fox Sports shows Undisputed and The Herd, as well as an in-demand motivational speaker. He devotes his time to being a father, speaker, businessman and community activist.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Power52 Foundation is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all board members, staff, participants, community members and volunteers feel respected and valued. We empower people regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, class or any other biases.

Power52 believes that educational equity and clean energy access is crucial for economic development and empowerment. As Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is in the fabric our DNA, we advocate for an inclusive workforce and foundational culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our trainees. For us, this fuels organizational innovation and connects us closer to the communities we serve.

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