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Our very own, Henry A. J. Ramos is a featured commentator in the forthcoming book from Praeger Press, Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving. It brings together information about cultures and diverse populations instead of being a country-by-country volume, it's already listed on Amazon.

Video Insights: Calvin Williams

Inspiring Al Jazeera video, "Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?" featuring our brilliant consultant, Calvin Williams

HuffPo Highlight

We need “All Hands On Deck” to Activate a National Inclusive Competitiveness Movement 

The Insight Center's latest article is the third in a series of collaborations between our President and CEO, Henry A.J. Ramos and the brilliant Jonathan M. Holifield, Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness, calling on presidential hopefuls to champion policy change that will support broad and enduring prosperity. Read more here...

Boys and Men of Color

Last month, the Advisory Committee of Insight's Workforce Development Initiative Boys and Men of Color met to discuss ways to improve economic prospects and connecting these individuals with employers. 

This project was conceived as an effort to garner voluntary commitments from employers. To read the full notes from the Advisory Committee meeting, please click here

Racial Wealth Inequality | Connecting Communities

At the Metropolitan Area and National Levels: Findings and Implications

As the wide racial wealth gap continues to increase over time, millions of families nationwide lack enough assets to offer better opportunities for future generations. What is the extent and what are the implications of racial wealth inequality? Learn what several recent studies reveal in the Connecting Communities® webinar that we hosted last month. 

NEW Data Preview

In mid-September we will release a new study in collaboration with Duke University and The New School that shows, among other revelations, that Black families with less give more to higher education. Click on the image below for a data preview.


Legal Services Report

The Unmet Legal Needs of America's Small Business Community

This report, by Chris Pierce-Wright, a law student under the supervision of our Chief Legal Officer, Brad Caftel, examines how the legal profession faces fundamental issues. Scholars and professionals voice concerns that a huge portion of existing legal need goes unstated while recent graduates continue to suffer through an unforgiving job market. An odd problem: too much demand, not enough supply. Read the full report here


We are excited to announce the launch of our new and updated Insight Center Website coming next month! This new, more robust web presence will provide better access to the tools you are already familiar with, and an array of new features to better engage our community.

Summer News 

Progress Toward Prosperity

Summer for many signifies longer days and a slower pace. Our Insight Center team this year has done an incredible job balancing summer adventures with family and friends, and continued progress in our areas of focus. There is no time to rest in the pursuit of equity!

These warmer months for us have been a time to reflect and gear up for a busy Fall. This month, our core team went off the grid for a two day strategic retreat, mapping our progress and priorities for the further development of Insight 3.0 -- the next stage expansion of our work toward promoting economic security through research, thought leadership and community action. You will see these priorities and work areas reflected in the array of updates that follow.

Stay tuned in the coming months for new Insight Center tools and publications, including a brand new website, the release of a new report with Duke University and The New School, expansion of our BIG Initiative, and the publication of a book featuring yours truly.

As always, I am grateful for your continued support of our mission and work. Enjoy these final days of summer, there is much work ahead!

Henry A. J. Ramos
President & CEO


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Economic Security Is...

We recently launched the Metrics Matter initiative "Economic Security is... " to learn and share real descriptions of economic security from experts, advocates, and passionate members of our communities. 

This past month we hosted "Toward Economic Security: Understanding the power of the stigma of poverty in efforts to promote opportunity and equity" webinar. Listen to a recording of the webinar featuring Annette Case, Crystal Hall, and Anika Fassia here

We would love to hear from you! Share your "Economic Security is... " definition on our Tumblr page. Write a post, upload a photo or submit a 15-30 second video. Spread the word on social media by using #metricsmatter and #economicsecurity.

Also be sure to read Annette Case' recent publication "Celebrating 80 years of the the Social Security Act - The cornerstone of our economic security" on Medium. Please share widely using #metricsmatter and #economicsecurity.

Let's change the conversation and change our communities for the better.

For more information, please contact Insight Center Senior Consultants Don Baylor ( and Annette Case (

NNSP Update: Advancing Public Policy and Funding to Support Sector Partnerships

The National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) is the national association for sector partnerships and their supporters. We support the development and effective implementation of sector partnerships by:

  • Informing the field about the latest research, success stories, and industry-specific information
  • Providing training, technical assistance, tools, and resources, in person, virtually, and via
  • Conducting sector research using a rigorous methodology, design, and implementation
  • Investigating strategies to reduce employment disparities, especially by race, ethnicity, and gender
  • Advancing public policy and funding to support sector partnerships

In the last year, NNSP has championed sector partnerships and influenced policies that support them. 

NNSP Director and Insight Center Chief Workforce Strategy Officer Jack Mills speaks at Bringing Sector Approaches to Scale, a convening organized by the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity.

Richmond Business Breakfast

Jim Torrens and Sharon Cornu survey the progress of small group discussions at the Richmond Business Breakfast, hosted by Healthy Richmond and the Richmond Main Street Initiative in August. More than 75 small and local business participated in learning sessions about the proposed UC Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, and the potential to increase local employment, procurement, investment and philanthropy as part of the Insight Center's BIG Initiative. Business owners completed a survey about procurement policies that would open opportunity in historically disinvested communities. You can read more here in the Richmond Pulse

Insight Center in the News

Our team here at the Insight Center has been working hard to publicize and create buzz around our work. The Contra Costa Times ran a piece written by Christina Arrostuto and our very own Gabriela Sandoval, discussing Rise Together Bay Area event that took place in June. 

The New York Times ran an article that featured our work to close the racial wealth gap (CRWG). William A. Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, who was a coauthor on Umbrellas Don't Make It Rain is quoted in the Times article. 

Last month, Vishnu Sridharan wrote a piece for the Weekly Wonk to capitalize the issues of the racial wealth gap and possible solutions for a better life. 
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