Shared Equity in Economic Development (SEED)

The Shared Equity in Economic Development (SEED) Fellowship is a partnership between the National League of Cities and the Democracy at Work Institute that convenes and equips city leaders with tools, resources, and expertise to build equitable economies using democratic business ownership through a year-long program of leadership development, peer-to-peer learning, and strategy design support.

Income and wealth inequality, exploitative working conditions and displacement are critical issues faced by communities across the country. These challenges require strategies that create both stable employment and access to opportunities for building assets. The SEED Fellowship convenes and equips city leaders with tools, resources, and expertise to develop strategies that create broad-based business ownership opportunities for low-wage workers, women, immigrants, people locked out of the job market, and communities of color.

For more information, please download our program packet.


The inaugural Fellowship cohort for the 2018-2019 program includes:

ATLANTA, GA

Christina Cummings, Assistant Director, Economic Development, Department of City Planning

Randi Mason, Director, Economic Development, Invest Atlanta

Reese McCranie, Deputy Chief Equity Officer, The Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

DURHAM, NC

Chris Dickey, Economic Development Coordinator, Office of Economic Development & Workforce Development

Deborah Giles, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity Assurance

Andre Pettigrew, Director, Office of Economic Development & Workforce Development

MIAMI, FL

Sandy Lila, Contract Compliance Analyst, Department of Community and Economic Development

George Mensah, Director, Department of Community and Economic Development

Roberto Tazoe, Assistant Director, Department of Community and Economic Development

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Yvonne Boye, Director, Office of Neighborhood Economic Development, Department of Commerce

Frank Iannuzzi, Legislative Director, Councilman At-Large Derek Green

Natalie Jackson, Director, Business Technical Assistance, Office of Neighborhood Economic Development, Department of Commerce

The opening retreat of the fellowship was held in Boston, MA where representatives from each city convened to build a shared understanding of democratic employee ownership and to hear from local city leaders and guest experts on how to build a pathway for employees to own their businesses.

PROGRAM STAFF

Carlos Delgado, Senior Associate, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, National League of Cities

Shevanthi Daniel-Rabkin, Conversions Co-Director, Democracy at Work Institute

Zen Trenholm, Program Coordinator, Democracy at Work Institute

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The SEED Fellowship is made possible with support of:

The SEED Fellowship training program is made possible with support from:

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please contact Zen Trenholm at ztrenholm [at] institute.coop (subject: SEED%20Inquiry) .