Dr. Malcolm Adams, Chairman
Desiree Rideaux, Co-Chair
Committee Members:
  • Demitrus Evans
  • John Deckter
  • Carl Beene
  • Antonio Baxton
  • John Ruffin
  • Marseil Jackson
  • Robin Spencer
  • Lester Blair
2021 Business Funding Available


Works to overcome the lingering effects of redlining, help communities of color build wealth, and ensure that our financial system works for all.

Money! Getting it, saving it, managing it, and sometimes borrowing it—is key to nearly everything we do in life: buying a home, going to college, starting a business, retiring with dignity, and passing something along to the next generation.

Everyone should have access to the tools they need to earn, save, manage, and grow their wealth.

Banks and other financial institutions are mandated to invest in African American communities, also to treat all customers fairly—regardless of factors like race, income, or language.

Sadly, our financial system has long worked better for some than others, with people of color all too often getting the shortest end of that stick. One of the most extreme examples is what was a practice called “redlining.” Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions drew red lines on the map to mark off low-income or minority neighborhoods where they intentionally would not lend or invest.

  • Redlining is now very illegal, but it’s substantial effects still linger.
  • For every $1 of wealth, a white family has, the median Asian family has about 81 cents, the median Latino family has 7 cents

…and, the median Black family has less than 6 cents.

Black Americans are far less likely than their white counterparts to own their own homes. They have been hurt disproportionately more by the foreclosure crisis – often because predatory lenders victimize them. The latter saddled them with high-cost loans that were most likely to lead to foreclosure.

Too many people of color are fundamentally locked out of the traditional banking system & thus resort to costly alternatives like payday lenders & check-cashing stores… or worse!

We must bring the voices of the Black businesses & communities directly into corporate boardrooms & halls of government. Our Economic Equity program focuses on the following areas:

  • Homeownership
    Because homeownership is crucial for family wealth-building and neighborhood stability, we will work with government officials and financial institutions to remove structural barriers to homeownership and stem the recent tide of foreclosures &
  • Black-Owned Businesses & Supplier Diversity
    We will work to ensure that minority small businesses have opportunities to grow, flourish, and create jobs. We will focus on access to capital and contracts (supplier diversity) by employing the following methods:

-Economic Inclusion Databases

-Partnering with the Offices of Minority & Women Inclusion

-Working with Banks/State Departments & Small Businesses

-Financial/Government Sector Diversity

-Financial Industry Accountability

-Regulatory Accountability


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