Many Black and Brown communities across the region disproportionally comprise the low-wage workforce. Systemic barriers include unstable hours, underemployment, limited benefits, predatory lending, and limited access to capital. COVID-19 has exacerbated these pre-existing disparities and has pushed communities deeper into vulnerability. Advancing a more just and inclusive economy requires economic stability and access to opportunity in part through wealth distribution.
This panel will explore how the region can remove racial barriers to economic opportunity—including redistribution of wealth, equitable labor markets, bolstering growth sectors, and workforce development. We'll also discuss how philanthropy can lead in creating a racially inclusive ecosystem of fair economic growth.
- MODERATOR | Kimberly Brown, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- PANELIST | Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
- PANELIST | Monica Grover, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
- PANELIST | Marjorie Nemes, Latino Economic Development Corporation
- PANELIST | Tonia Wellons, Greater Washington Community Foundation