A discussion on how economic development can play a key role in racial equity and promoting economic well-being for communities of color.
August 3, 2022
The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Equitable Economic Development Playbook offers concrete steps and recommendations on how economic development can play a key role in racial equity and promoting economic well-being for communities of color. To help detail the actionable steps within the playbook, Gregory Johnson, Managing Director of U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity at The Rockefeller Foundation, will have a candid discussion with IEDC’s Vice President of Knowledge Management and Development, Frankie Clogston, Ph.D., about centering equity in economic development practices and leveraging incentives and tools to build inclusive local economies.
Frankie Clogston serves as the Vice President of Knowledge Management and Development at the International Economic Development Council. In her role, she provides management, conducts research, and implements technical assistance for IEDC’s grants and grant proposals. She spearheads IEDC's equity initiatives, including the Equitable Economic Development Playbook, a project funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and The PNC Foundation on equitable economic development.
She has a Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University in Economics and Urban Studies and a Masters Degree and PhD. from Johns Hopkins University in Economics and Political Science. She also has a certificate from Johns Hopkins Racism, Immigration and Citizenship program, which she earned in 2010. Additionally, Dr. Clogston spent several years as a journalist for U.S. television networks and international news agencies.
Gregory Johnson is the Managing Director of U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation.
Gregory’s career began as a community organizer and lawyer. He worked for the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington, D.C., before transitioning to liaise between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education in support of youth programs during the Obama Administration. Before his current position at The Rockefeller Foundation, Gregory worked for several prominent nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
In addition, Gregory is an expert and passionate speaker on increasing economic stability for low-wage workers, shrinking the racial wealth gap, innovative financing strategies as pathways to economic mobility, and access to capital for Black and Latino/a businesses. Some of his past speaking engagements include speaking at the International Economic Development Council Conference and Afro Future Summit. He is also the recipient of the 2020 Young, Gifted, and Talented Award for Philanthropist of the Year and named to CSQ’s 2021 NextGen 10: Philanthropy, Art & Culture List.
Gregory holds a JD from George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English summa cum laude from Tougaloo College.
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