The African American Financial Capability Initiative (AAFCI) Brief Release

Prosperity Now
1200 G Street
Washington, DC 20005
United States

UPDATED (Feb. 21, 2019) - Watch the complete footage from this event below!


Prosperity Now’s Racial Wealth Divide Initiative (RWDI) will host an event to reveal the insights of the three year-long African American Financial Capability Initiative (AAFCI), an initiative funded by the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF). RWDI helped 30+ partnering organizations to build and implement community-centered financial stability pilot projects to improve and protect the economic security of African Americans in six cities: Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. The AAFCI Communities of Practice were each tasked with designing and implementing pilot projects to strengthen asset-building services; sharpening policy advocacy strategies; and growing leadership capacity to benefit local communities. Prosperity Now’s RWDI team will also showcase their unique approach to technical assistance for local organizations working to innovate economic systems through a racial equity lens.

Featured speakers (Read full bios here.)

  • Andrea Levere - President, Prosperity Now
  • Lillian Singh - Director of Racial Wealth Divide Initiative, Prosperity Now
  • Kevin Walker - President and CEO, Northwest Area Foundation
  • Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi - Urban Institute Fellow and Director, Integrated Financial Coaching Project
  • Dr. Darrick Hamilton - Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity 
  • Pierre Joseph - Program Officer, Solidago Foundation
  • Gary Cunningham - President and CEO, Metropolitan Economic Development Association
  • Leon Garnett - Chief Operations Officer, Byrd Barr Place
  • Deidre DeJear - Owner, Caleo Enterprises 
  • Ambreasha Frazier - Project Manager, Minneapolis Urban League