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Recognized as the largest community development and affordable housing coalition in the region, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) has worked for over 25 years to support member efforts in establishing housing equity and supportive services for in-need families and households throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Read more about HAND.

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If you are a member of the media, or simply someone who wants to know what’s going on in your area, HAND is a valuable resource to all who are interested in understanding community development dynamics in our region.

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HAND members are inspiring and informative. Read our Member Spotlights and keep up-to-date on vital issues impacting our region with Matters@HAND, our thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise & Bellwether Enterprise of Lisa Sturtevant & Associates, LLC.

As part of our ongoing commitment To provide the necessary tools to help create and sustain thriving communities in the Washington, DC region, we are pleased to present Matters@HAND, a 12-part thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise & Bellwether Enterprise and written by leading research and policy expert Dr. Lisa Sturtevant of Lisa Sturtevant & Associates, llc.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under an award with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of HUD.

Women of Color in Community Development (WCCD) is a membership organization and professional network of women of color in the Washington metropolitan region’s community and economic development industry. WCCD’s mission to support the personal, educational and professional development of women of color engaged in the community and economic development aligns with HAND’s commitment to center racial equity. WCCD and HAND’s similarities don’t end there! Heather Raspberry, HAND’s Executive Director, sat on WCCD’s first board because she believes that spaces centered around marginalized groups are necessary, healing and vital to creating an equitable workforce in the community development sector. Also presently, Courtney Battle, HAND’s Director of Strategic Partnerships & Membership, is the President of WCCD.

“INSERT A QUOTE” said Courtney Battle, HAND’s Director of Strategic Partnerships & Membership & President of WCCD 




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. In 2018 WCCD obtained its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and established itself officially as a membership association. Prior to 2018, HAND served as the fiscal agent for the organization, providing critical infrastructure in its early years. Since its inception, WCCD has grown from an informal network to a flourishing membership collective, with over 100 dues-paying members and 400+ women in the broader network, primarily located in the DC metropolitan area.



WCCD members regularly enjoy 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.

WCCD’s membership represents a wide variety of industry sectors including:

  • Affordable housing
  • Economic development
  • Real estate finance
  • Social services
  • Health care
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education

To learn more about WCCD and keep up with its activities, visit the website here.