Community Development Week 2020

Our annual Community Development Week begins on October 5th!

This year, the community economic development field faced unprecedented challenges with the emergence of COVID-19. With new regulations and ordinances surrounding social distancing, face coverings and gathering limits also came drastic consequences such as job loss, homelessness, limited access to healthcare and public transportation challenges.

Despite COVID’s quick and unexpected spread, the DC community economic development sector worker quicker. Nonprofits, community groups, small businesses, philanthropy, anchor institutions, the DC Government and others immediately rose to the challenge and worked to not only pivot programs and services, but to also provide solutions to the District’s newest challenges.

Recognizing A Community of Resilient Leaders

We are still in the midst of dealing with COVID-19, new challenges are arising and there is much more work to be done. However, this year, we’d like to leverage our annual Community Development Week to uplift and celebrate all the local leaders, organizations and small businesses who have worked tirelessly throughout the past several months to persevere and continue to serve DC’s communities and residents.


Here’s how the week is shaping up:

Monday, October 5

Welcome  & Kick-Off




Tuesday, October 6

Affordable Housing

Stable and affordable housing is essential to protecting DC residents’ health. Join us for an expert panel on how local housing assistance during COVID-19 can help mitigate displacement and lasting instability for DC residents. Anticipated topics include:

> Eviction Prevention
> Homelessness
> Rental Assistance




Wednesday, October 7

As part of  Digital Inclusion week, we are partnering with Byte Back for a virtual event: Digital Inclusion Now: A Pathway to Economic Mobility for Black and Brown DC Residents.  The virtual event aims to  address the digital divide in DC related to internet access, & technology support programs.

Learn More & Register

Thursday, October 8

Small Businesses

The fourth day of Community Development Week will focus on the resiliency and recovery of Small Businesses in DC. Specifics and more information will be coming soon.

Stay Tuned!




Friday, October 9

A Community of Resilient Leaders Closing Plenary

Join us on Friday, Oct. 9th at 12 noon for Community Development Week 2020’s closing plenary! We’ve lined up some exciting guests for our panel: The Corporate Philanthropy Landscape Post-COVID.

Joining us will be Monica Mitchell, Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank; Dekonti Mendscole, Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic at JP Morgan Chase; and Robert Burns, Senior Vice President from Citi Community Development. Moderated by Steve Glaude, discussion topics will include:

  • How philanthropy has and is evolving
  • How philanthropy has been listening and learning
  • How philanthropy is anticipating role shifts going forward
  • How philanthropy is interpreting market needs
  • How can Non Profits can remain relevant and competitive

We hope to see you there!

Click here to register!

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