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 | Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 22, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm WCCD was created to not only ensure that our members had the essential tools necessary for successful careers and entrepreneurial endeavors, but to also be a safe space for women to discuss...
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Community Development in the News

WCCD Women on the Move

D.C. Policy Center By Chelsea Coffin & Tanaz Meghjani Everyday life in Washington D.C. metropolitan area and beyond is on hold, including for students, educators, and their families and caregivers. Many are sharing guidance on how we can best adjust...
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D.C. Policy Center By Yesim Sayin Taylor The Washington metropolitan area is one of the top regions in the country for entrepreneurship, but within the metropolitan area, jurisdictions experience different outcomes. The decisions they make affect the flow of businesses, workers,...
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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 new year brought new opportunities for one of our WCCD members this year. Halley Henry, previously Communications and Fundraising Manager at the National Housing Trust, started a new role at the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development in...
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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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