Zo Amani

CRA Coordinator

zamani@ncrc.org 202.464.2726

Zo Amani is the CRA Coordinator at NCRC. Prior to joining NCRC, Zo worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he supported the Board’s HR analytics and workforce planning functions. Additionally, he provided policy support for the Board’s Community Reinvestment Act modernization efforts and volunteered with the FedEd program,  a program that promotes financial literacy and careers in economics at local high schools.

He plans to finish his Doctoral degree in public administration and public affairs at Virginia Tech with a concentration in economic development by 2021. His research focuses on federal and state financial services policies that drive community development. He holds a Master’s degree in higher and post-secondary education from Arizona State University and two Bachelor’s degrees in sociology and consumer studies from Virginia Tech.

Zo is passionate about economic justice and financial inclusion, and he enjoys spending time with his family.

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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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