MEET THE FOUNDERS

Curtis Reaves

Co-Founder

Curtis is an accomplished serial entrepreneur. For over thirty years, Curtis has been a multi-disciplined artist working primarily as a photographer, producing video documentaries, and traveling museum exhibits.

Born and raised in Braddock, PA, his exposure to photography was as a teenager working as a photojournalist for the Braddock Free Press. That experience launched his career into diverse aspects of photography including portraiture, fine art, and transforming repurposed materials for public art as well as a signature Home Decor line. Curtis’ photography has won prominent awards and has been exhibited in esteemed venues including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

His first video documentary project and museum installation, “John & Sarah, A Family’s Journey to Freedom,” is the story ofCurtis’ great-grandparents who were enslaved in North Carolina. The instillation premiered in 1998 at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, then traveled to museums around the country, including the Historical Society in Chicago.

In combination, Curtis also enjoys his true passion, working as an arts educator in local middle and high schools throughout Allegheny County.Curtis utilizes photography, video, technology and printmaking to inspire youth in celebration of creativity, heritage, entrepreneurship, and social change.More than ever, Curtis is thrilled to be working with his wife to advance their vision for C-clear.

 

Tracey Reaves

Co-Founder

Tracey spent the first fifteen years of her adult career working in local and national sales, marketing and management at Sheridan Broadcasting and ABC Radio. She felt a strong pull to fulfill what she believes is her life’s true calling. Without a second thought, she left the corporate world to pursue her passion; grass roots community and economic development.

During the next fifteen years, Tracey worked in the human services field with a diverse group of organizations (AIU3, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and the SRS Group, providing family support, parenting, early childhood education, and employment assistance.

Tracey also had the pleasure of working in a dual role at the Mon Valley Initiative, as the Director of Workforce & Business Development and Coordinator of the Southwestern PA Re-entry Coalition (SPARC). Under her leadership, hundreds of individuals and families with significant barriers obtained life sustaining employment opportunities, financial coaching, and other supportive services that address critical needs.

Now, Tracey relishes working full-time in partnership alongside her husband to advance their long-cherished vision for C-clear.

“Reinventing Lives, Changing Communities and Impacting a Generation”