Network of Women on a Mission

Women of Color in Community Development

Women of Color in Community Development, or WCCD, was organized in 2008 by founders, Lisa Hall, Susan Jones, Lessie Powell Evans, and Oramenta Newsome to offer a forum where women of color in fields related to community and economic development could be highlighted and celebrated for their professional achievements. Since 2008, WCCD has grown from an informal network to a membership organization and has continued to strengthen its mission of supporting the personal, educational and professional development of women of color engaged in fields related to community and economic development. WCCD members enjoy this supportive professional network through regularly scheduled professional development events, panel discussions, mentoring, networking sessions and social gatherings, which further promote the personal and professional advancement of women of color in the field.

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WCCD members enjoy a supportive professional network that promotes personal and professional advancement through regularly scheduled professional development events, panel discussions, mentoring, networking sessions and social gatherings.

Attend an Upcoming WCCD Event

Attend a professional development seminar, networking event or social gathering to cultivate and expand relationships with women who represent various sectors in the community development industry.

WCCD and Community Development Events

Webcast | Entrust Black Women

October 20, 2020 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm Join us as we celebrate our network and hear from Tamika D. Mallory on the power of Black women to make positive change. Moderated by WCCD’s own Kia Weatherspoon, you won’t want...
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Leading with Finance for Women: Financial Analysis to Level Up Your Career

September 20 | 1:00 PM Can you relate? Or Maybe A Woman You Know?   “I’m a new leader. I’m solid when it comes to my field but the finance side…the business side of things could use some work. I need...
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Community Development in the News

WCCD Women on the Move

A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE PANDEMIC It is no accident that the Covid-19 pandemic is coinciding with global unrest. The pandemic has exposed how deeply-entrenched social, political and economic inequities have literally and metaphorically infected the world. Resolving these inequities...
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Enterprise Women’s Mentoring Program is excited to host its first fully-virtual program held from October 2020 to June 2021! WHAT YOU’LL GIVE: Your time – One hour, twice a month. Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. WHAT YOU’LL GET: The...
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By Karin Wulf SMITHSONIANMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 The traditional narrative of American voting rights and of American women’s history, taught in schools for generations, emphasizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 as the pinnacle of achievement for suffragists. A...
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Many of our members have expressed an interest in community service opportunities, and we heard you loud and clear! We are looking forward to embarking on a number of activities over the coming months, and welcome the membership to join...
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Heather Hart
When the Washington Business Journal announced its HR Impact Award honorees, WCCD member Heather Hart was on the list! For the past seven years Heather has served as the the Director of Human Resources at the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA). Among...
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Meet Doni Crawford, the co-author of the “The Black Burden of COVID-19” and “What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Survival of Black-Owned Businesses?“, both featured in a DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) blog series on COVID-19’s impact on the District’s Black...
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