Women of Color in Community Development

Women of Color in Community Development (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 enjoy 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.

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.