Madison native Betty Banks is the Executive Director of Today Not Tomorrow, Inc., a 501c3, local non-profit, that she co-founded whose mission is to use the medium of television and technology to strengthen families and promote “Comm-Unity”. Her work as the Director of Community Engagement for TNT’s Project Babies includes providing information and support for young families so that they can become proactive in their children’s health and well-being.
Before retiring, Betty was the Director of the Family Enhancement Early Childhood Center, a family resource center that provided a safe and stimulating environment for parents and children and additionally, provided leadership training for parents who worked with staff in the on-going development, implementation and evaluation of its programming. The Center was a partner in the South Madison Health and Family Center-Harambee, a collaboration of seven public-private agencies who came together in a “one-stop” shopping health and family center located in the heart of Madison’s African American community. Since that time, Betty has helped create the second generation of this effort by supporting the launch of the Harambee Village Doulas and Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding Care Center now housed at the East Madison Community Center.
After retiring, she became active as a Board Member of Access Community Health Centers, providing leadership and guidance for the Board and Staff in addressing the health disparities that exist in this community. She continues her involvement although her term has ended. In 2014, after learning that there were members of the African American community who wanted to create a Dane County NAACP Branch, she worked with others to make this happen.