Leading Together for Systems Change

By Sida Ly-Xiong


Take the Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonprofit committed to reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunity. Starting in 2010, the CEO authorized and worked closely with the organization’s COO to prioritize racial equity, both internally and in its public policy work. A racial equity committee composed of staff members from across the entire organization did much of the ensuing work. Crucially, the CEO and board empowered the committee to recommend bold changes. Leadership also ensured that staff members dedicated time during the workday to racial equity work. In the years since, the organization has significantly diversified its staff, and transformed its external work to center racial justice and its internal organizational culture and structures to support that work.

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