Insight November 2013 News | Fall Report
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Our Thanks

This fall has brought renewed commitments from some of the most respected foundations in the country. We are deeply grateful for the ongoing support of our major funders. Their faith and investment in Insight makes our work possible.


Metrics Matters

Through greater collaboration, peer learning, and shared frameworks, Metrics Matter is increasing the knowledge and impact of national and state organizations and coalitions focused on economic security. Click here to watch the first installment in the four-part Metrics Matters video series, Beyond Poverty: Why the Federal Poverty Line is Insufficient. Please share with hashtag #metricsmatter.

HuffPo Highlight
"The Poverty of America's New Prosperity"

The great irony of America's recent economic stagnation is its juxtaposition with growing prosperity among the nation's privileged classes.

Building Pathways to Prosperity

Last week in Memphis, Tennessee we successfully convened our National Network of Sector Partnerships (NNSP) annual conference on industry-focused strategies for building regional economic prosperity in the Mid-South. The Pathways to Prosperity conference was attended by over 150 national and regional leaders in sector workforce development strategy and best practice, including business principals and entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, government administrators, and applied scholars.

Leading speakers included Tennessee state senate speaker Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Christopher A. Masingill, Federal co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority, and Les Range, Region 3 director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration.

For more on the conference’s content and focus please click here.

Click here to read a related OpEd by Christopher A. Masingill and NNSP director Jack Mills that was published last week in the Memphis Business Journal.

Change In Sight

Henry A.J. Ramos, President and CEO

November has brought more exciting accomplishments and changes for the Insight Center. Our work continues to be recognized on both a national and local level. We appreciate the opportunity to share our latest news with you and to receive your continuing support as we undertake the important organizational and field advancement work ahead of us.

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap
Insight's Closing the Racial Wealth Gap (CRWG) team was recently featured in a two-part series broadcast on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. Listen to the series, entitled, "Why Many Black Men in Milwaukee Can't Get Out of Poverty," here Part 1 and Part 2. Read more about recent Insight press on the issues here.

Later this month, our CRWG team will be presenting to leading staff economists at the Federal Reserve Bank to explore ways that this important financial policy making institution can better support asset building in low income communities of color across the nation. This ground breaking work has recently been supported through important renewal project grants provided by the Ford and Levi Strauss Foundations.

Metrics Matter
In keeping with our commitment to advance solutions-oriented work, we are building on significant progress made at our landmark Beyond Poverty: Metrics Matter conference, co-convened over the summer with the Kresge Foundation. This gathering brought together an unprecedented national assembly of leading applied policy researchers and anti-poverty advocates to explore ways to better align alternative measures to the federal poverty thresholds as a means of improving public policy and family economic security.
Last month, we released the first segment in an allied, four-part video series intended to share the outcomes of the Beyond Poverty: Metrics Matter convening, to engage others in this important conversation. We hope you will follow our work in this area and the related video content. Read a full update and view the first video installment to share on social networks here.
Our Metrics Matter work was ably initiated by Alexandra Kent, who recently left Insight to pursue her passion for supporting senior Americans in encore careers. We are pleased and proud to announce here our decision to bring on a seasoned social policy advocate and consultant to replace Alexandra as our project lead in this space – Annette Case. Annette has been a successful social policy researcher and advocate, as well as a strategic advisor to important public agencies, nonprofits and private foundations in California, Washington, DC, and most recently the Pacific Northwest.  We are so grateful to Alexandra Kent for her incredible contributions to Insight and the field over the past couple of years; and we are thrilled to welcome Annette to the Insight family!

New Board Members
In addition, we are proud indeed to welcome a cadre of three fantastic new regional and national leaders to the Insight board of directors. These leaders will bring talents, perspectives and assets that further bolster our work in the months and years to come. They are:
  • Maria Blanco, Vice President for Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Susan E. (“Susie”) Smith, Project Manager, Performance Unit, City of San Francisco, Office of the Controller, San Francisco, CA
  • Wayne C. Winborne, Chairman, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
In my next communications, I expect to report still more exciting news about additional developments related to our governing board and the work of an exciting national advisory body we have recently assembled to enhance our forward strategy in the coming new year.

A Season of Thanks: Our Enduring Gratitude to You
November is the season of Thanksgiving—literally of giving thanks to our community of loved ones and colleagues for all the many gifts each day bestows upon us. Whatever the depth and the hardship of our struggles in life—and for too many Americans that burden remains still unduly heavy—there is always something for which we can give thanks.  And it is essential and fitting that we do so, lest we forget what makes us human and worthy of whatever good comes to us in the end.
At Insight, we have your partnership and support to count among our most significant blessings. Particularly in these continuing difficult political and economic times, we deeply value your enduring connection with us more than ever.  
Please accept our deepest gratitude for your continuing interest and engagement in Insight’s evolving work. Your vote of confidence and your shared commitment to the pursuit of economic justice and equality for all Americans drives us to achieve more and better progress each and every day.
Sincerely -

Henry A. J. Ramos
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