Transitions within the community wealth building sector! Emily Sladek has joined the team at Transform Finance as Lead Project Researcher for Capital and Equitable Communities.
Emily has been the Manager for Higher Education Engagement, leading the national Anchor Learning Network of higher education anchor institutions at The Democracy Collaborative. Over the last three and half years, Emily has been an invaluable thought leader on community wealth building and provided critical expertise to increase the capacity of higher education institutions to equitably align their assets with local communities.
“Emily’s previous background in anchor strategies and community-led economic development will strengthen the systemic connections between finance and community-designed investments. We are thrilled to welcome her!” Andrea Armeni, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Transform Finance.
“Through her work with other social justice advocates, Emily eagerly collaborates with field leaders to build a collective voice and vision for advancing equity centered social change. We wish her the best of luck as she advances into this new role!” Ronnie Galvin, Vice President of Engaged Practice, The Democracy Collaborative.
At Transform Finance, Emily will oversee the research and content creation for the Role of Community-Centered Capital in Supporting Equitable Communities project with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Emily’s responsibilities at The Democracy Collaborative during this interim period will be covered by Katie Parker, Senior Associate, who has several years of experience previously working with both higher education and healthcare anchor networks.
You can read Emily’s latest publication, which she guest edited, here.
About: Transform Finance envisions a world where capital is a tool for the advancement of real, transformative social change. Through thought leadership, trainings, convenings, and the Transform Finance Investor Network, we support all stakeholders, from community leaders and activists to investors and entrepreneurs, who are exploring that vision.
About: The Democracy Collaborative is a national leader in equitable, inclusive and sustainable development through its Community Wealth Building Initiative. This initiative sustains a wide range of Advisory, Research and Field Building activities designed to transform the practice of community/economic development in the United States. We also host the Next System Project, ongoing intellectual work designed to connect Community Wealth Building to the larger context of systemic economic transformation.