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 | Advancing an Equitable Economy After COVID-19

June 19, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm We are living in unprecedented times…COVID-19 is not only a national public health pandemic, but is causing a myriad of challenges for the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. The collateral damage is...
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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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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

Center for American Progress The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe. It has upended the lives of hundreds of millions of people, decimated economies, and brought the hustle and bustle of daily life to a standstill. While much...
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Smithsonian Magazine One of the most prominent bonds in human portraiture is that of mother and child, one that returns again each spring in Mother’s Day cards. The Smithsonian museums have a wealth of such art. Search “mother” in the...
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D.C. Policy Center The D.C. Policy Center report, Appraising the District’s rentals, provides a comprehensive picture of the District’s rental housing to evaluate its capacity to create economically inclusive neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. The report combines multiple data sources to...
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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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In March, Kathy J. Guillaume-Delemar, joined the senior team at the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) as its new Director of National Partnerships. Kathy’s track record as a strategic advisor in the Washington region includes shaping the major gifts pipeline...
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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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