This is a simple tagline. It’s elegant. It’s inviting. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. This tagline sets a vision. With many critical dimensions, it offers a powerful redirection for our community. In a few short words, it realigns our future. It says, “We can do better. We must do better.” It acknowledges our inequities and failings and stands them alongside tremendous hope. It says we will no longer tolerate the historical racial wealth divide between Whites and African Americans in Polk County. It says African immigrants are welcome to rebuild their lives here – lives of safety, stability, and deep connection. It says this is our table. We have built it together. We always pull up an extra seat. There is room for everyone.

Work Groups

Financial Inclusion

Co-Chairs:

Marta Codina, Wells Fargo
Deidre DeJear, Caleo Enterpises

Members:

To Be Announced

 

Employment

Co-Chairs:

Jackie Norris, Goodwill Industries
Lonnie Dafney, Federal Home Loan  Bank

Members:

To Be Announced

 

Business Ownership

Co-Chairs:

Jayne Armstrong, Small Business Administration
Kameron Middlebrooks, Financial Capability Network

Members:

To Be Announced

 

Housing

Co-Chairs:

To Be Announced

Members:

To Be Announced

 

Education

Co-Chairs:

Dionna Langford, Des Moines School Board
To Be Announced

Members:

To Be Announced

 

Health

Co-Chairs:

Erin Drinnin, United Way of Central Iowa
To Be Announced

Members:

To Be Announced