February Newsletter 
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Interview: Henry A.J. Ramos, Author of the Month

Our very own Henry A.J. Ramos was named Arte Público Press Author of the Month! Houston Public Media interviewed Henry about Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice: Testimonies assembled in partnership with Frank de Jesús Acosta.

To listen and download the full interview, please click here

NNSP Update

NNSP Staff Selected for National Workforce Development Leadership and Capacity-Building Network

Insight Center Associate Director for Workforce Innovation and the National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP), Jim Torrens, was trained in December as part of a new cohort of workforce leaders from 10 regions in the U.S. and Toronto, Canada.

The Sector Skills Academy Training Network, an initiative of the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative, provides training and resources to launch local or specialized versions of the Sector Skills Academy, which the Insight Center and NNSP helped to create and of which Jim is an alumnus.

For more information about the Sector Skills Academy Training Network or about NNSP’s extensive experience providing capacity-building support to sector partnerships, please contact Jim Torrens at

Midwest Regional Fair Hiring Summit

Earlier this month, Insight Center's Chief Workforce Strategy Officer and Director of the National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP)Jack Mills moderated Panel 4: Innovative Partnerships and Strategies that Strengthen Business and the Workforce at the Midwest Regional Fair Hiring Summit. 

For more information and to watch the panel, click the video below.

Panel 4: Innovative Partnerships and Strategies that Strengthen Business and the Workforce

Redefining the Retirement Crisis

As part of our recently announced featured content on retirement, supported by Prudential, we are thrilled to offer exclusive early previews of a series of short videos focused on providing information to help multicultural households better plan for retirement security in these difficult times.

As part of this national outreach effort the Moneywise with Kelvin Boston public television series has featured experts who are members of the Insight Center's Experts of Color Network.

Moneywise - Topic 3: Employment Situation for People of Color

Moneywise - Topic 4: Employment Public Policies

Insight in the News

Communication is an integral part of Insight's work. We believe that changing the conversation and informing our communities is an essential part of driving real, lasting change. 

The Times featured our report, Bootstraps Are For Black Kids, written in partnership with University at BuffaloThe New School and Duke University. The article, titled "Racial opportunity gap significant in Beaver County," explores the racial wealth gap in eight different counties in Pennsylvania. 

February News 

Spring is a busy time! As we prepare to send this update, Insight's staff is spread across the country, participating in events and important conversations related to economic security and social justice.

We are proud this month to have released the second in our three part series on retirement security with generous support from the Prudential Foundation. Please read on for more on that.

In the sidebar, you'll find two meaty updates from our workforce innovation team, including recently released extended video content from our own Jack Mills' participation in the Midwest Regional Fair Hiring Summit.

Stay tuned for another major release coming in early March as we share stunning insights derived from new NASCC data, analyzed with our partners at the Federal Reserve, Duke, The New School and UCLA. If you will be in Southern California next week, we hope you'll consider attending the launch event in-person (see below).  

Please read on for further updates about our newest research initiatives, opportunities to engage, and free tools and resources that we hope you will use in service to your communities.

With gratitude.

Henry A. J. Ramos
President & CEO


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Don't miss The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles, a free event hosted by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on March 10th. Join us for the official release of the new "Color of Wealth in Los Angeles" special report, a joint publication of Duke University, The New School, UCLA, and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development

The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles report utilizes new data from the National Asset Scorecard and Communities of Color (NASCC) Survey to better understand the economic well-being of people of color in several cities across the United States. 

Come hear high-level findings from the authors of the report, as well as reflections from local leaders and opportunities for building wealth among communities of color in Los Angeles.

Date: Thursday, March 10
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM PST
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 
                 950 S Grand Avenue
                 Los Angeles, CA 90015

There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required by March 3rd. A government issued ID is additionally required for entrance into the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Click here to RSVP

Reimagining Retirement

Plan for tomorrow, so our families can live for today. 

Last week, we released the second in a three-part series on retirement security, produced with generous support from the Prudential Foundation

The second issue brief, "Retirement Security: We must plan for tomorrow, so our families can live for today," is available now alongside video content, online resources, and planning tools in a dedicated Retirement Security section of the Insight Center's website. 

Authored by Gabriela Sandoval, the Insight Center's Director of Research and Chief Economic Security Officer, this second installment brings several opportunities together to examine the significance of identifying and promoting safe, accessible and portable retirement savings platforms, programs, and products. Now is the time to make retirement security a reality for all Americans.

Over the course of the next two months we will advance new narratives about the intersection of student debt and retirement security, explore retirement issues in hidden communities (like among mature adults), and also focus on retirement security issues facing entrepreneurs of color. 

Issue I: Special Report on Minority Retirement Issues
Issue II: Report on Minority Retirement Opportunities
Issue III: Report on Next Stage Field Imperatives
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