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

Community Development in the News

WCCD Women on the Move

The nonprofit and advocacy sector in the District of Columbia employs over 70,000 employees.[1] While some of these organizations are focused on national policy, local nonprofits play an important role in service delivery—from out-of-school time programs, to community collectives providing services...
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Food advocate Anela Malik talks about food as politics and her directory of black-owned businesses Food writer and advocate Anela Malik. Photograph by Anela Malik. Soon after Covid-19 hit, DC food writer and advocate Anela Malik began compiling a list of black-owned restaurants and...
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WCCD Women – First and foremost, we hope that each of you are in good health and staying safe during these challenging times. We wish that we were writing to you under different circumstances, but we find ourselves in the...
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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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