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.

Join the Network

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

Becoming a Better You

March 3, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm Edgewood Commons (Crawford Hall) 601 Edgewood St NE Washington, DC 20017 You are your most valuable asset. With a new year comes new goals and aspirations but also new stressors. The event...
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Community Development in the News

WCCD Women on the Move

Via press release on Friday, January 31, 2020: (Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser officially launched the application period for the 2020 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). The application for MBSYEP opened at noon, allowing...
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The Where Will We Live? Resident Storytelling Tool Kit is officially available for download! When Where Will We Live? launched in 2017, National Housing Trust wanted to highlight the importance of affordable housing by elevating resident voices. The campaign traveled across the...
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By Shelly Bell, DC Policy Center The District of Columbia is ranked as the top city globally for entrepreneurial talent by the 2019 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, but this ranking masks deep inequities in access to the financial resources necessary to...
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Congrats are in order! WCCD Member L. Tia Blount is featured in the February 2020 issue of Old Town Crier. The feature titled, “Tap Your Assets,” chronicles Blount’s journey of overcoming obstacles and pursuing her passion. Blount is the Founder...
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Jodie Harris was recently appointed Director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Harris joined Treasury in 2007 as an associate program manager with the CDFI Fund and later served as senior...
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