Race Wealth Community



NCRC’s Race, Wealth & Community division seeks to grow and transform wealth building opportunities to end historical economic inequality.

We’re aiming for a society where wealth and its growth advance the nation as a whole, including historically disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups.

We investigate fair housing and fair lending practices, provide education, training, counseling and coaching to entrepreneurs, legal and community advocacy and direct services to promote economic security and a more holistic understanding of wealth creation focused on the public good.

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Our team


Dedrick Asante-Muhammad

Chief of Race, Wealth and Community


Heidi Sheppard

Project Director, DC Women’s Business Center


Ibijoke Akinbowale

Director, Housing Counseling Network


Jamie Buell

Jamie Buell​

Racial Economic Equality Coordinator


Joshua Biehler roc

Joshua Biehler

Training Coordinator



Joshua Devine

Director of Racial Economic Equity


Luis Ortiz

Regional Coordinator, Housing Counseling Network


Monica Grover

Special Assistant to the Chief of Race, Wealth and Community


Monti Taylor

Monti Taylor

Resource Coordinator, DCWBC



Nsonye Anarado

Training Manager, National Training Academy


Sade McKoy

Sade McKoy

Communication Specialist, Women’s Business Center




A Trillion in Prevention

We are living in an intense time, a time where public policy failures and social inequality are revealing themselves at a level that was hidden by a relatively strong economy.

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Community Participation in Fair Housing Planning Process Under Threat

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new proposed rule to change the affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) rule of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This new proposal aims to set back years of progress by no longer enforcing meaningful community participation in the AFFH process. Without the crucial input of local community members who face housing inequalities, the new rule eliminates the main elements of accountability meant to address discrimination and inequality. 

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Racial Wealth Snapshot: African Americans and the Racial Wealth Divide

Defining African American Though a term that has personal meanings and different connotations for many, “African American” is defined by the U.S. Census as “a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa,” and used synonymously with the simple term “Black.” These African roots can be found in an array of origins and

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Racial Wealth Snapshot: American Indians/ Native Americans

Native Americans and the Racial Wealth Divide The United States has too often hindered Native American advancement, not advanced it.  Through years of intentional governmental policies that removed lands and resources, American Indians have been separated from the wealth and assets that was rightfully theirs. Thus Native Americans, which refers to people from any of the

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Latinos, the Racial Wealth Divide and Rebuilding the American Middle Class

As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) developed a Latino Racial Wealth Snapshot to reflect on the diversity, culture and socioeconomic challenges facing the nation’s largest ethnic group of color. With a total of 58.8 million (foreign-born: 36%; native-born: 62%), the Latino community ranks at 18.1% of the U.S.

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Racial Wealth Snapshot: Latino Americans

Defining Hispanic and Latino  In census data, Hispanic is the term most often used to describe the ethnicity of the people in the United States from Spanish speaking countries. However, it is most often thought of as a person from or has ancestry in Latin America, excluding people from Spain. The term Latino, shorthand for

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Small business lending and the racial wealth divide

There is growing recognition that wealth is a central indicator of the economic well-being and stability of households and that such low levels of wealth among blacks and Hispanics are a significant indicator of continuing deep racial economic inequality.  

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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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