Monica Grover

Special Assistant to the Chief, Race, Wealth and Community    202-464-2711

Monica Grover is the Special Assistant to the Chief of Race, Wealth and Community, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, at NCRC. She is passionate about the opportunity to support the work of tackling racial economic inequality and building wealth amongst low-income communities of color.

Prior to NCRC, Grover was a project manager at the Institute of International Education. She designed and implemented the content and program development for international visitors, which entailed creating programming with interlocutors in Washington, D.C., and nationwide. She communicated regularly with community-based members to identify and secure content provider relationships and liaised with U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and other key stakeholders on all aspects of program implementation, including troubleshooting sensitive grantee issues.

Monica also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur. For nearly six years, she co-owned and operated Bazaar Spices, Washington, D.C.’s first locally-owned and operated gourmet spice shop. She has several years of experience in business development, community-building, digital marketing and communications. Throughout her business career, Monica’s dynamic use of photography and video technology enhanced business brand awareness and expanded development efforts.

In addition, Monica has a great deal of experience working with international communities, building programs and relationships and managing teams of individuals. While at The Global Fund for Children, she managed over 30 sites and nearly 100 educators for the Adobe Youth Voices and Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative programs. She worked to support youth around the world in using creative technology to share their stories of social change.

Monica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Italian from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of Arts degree in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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