Women of Color in Community Development, or WCCD, was organized in 2008 by founders, Lisa Hall, Susan Jones, Lessie Powell Evans, and Oramenta Newsome to offer a forum where women of color in fields related to community and economic development could be highlighted and celebrated for their professional achievements. Since 2008, WCCD has grown from an informal network to a membership organization and has continued to strengthen its mission of supporting the personal, educational and professional development of women of color engaged in fields related to community and economic development. WCCD members enjoy this supportive professional network through regularly scheduled professional development events, panel discussions, mentoring, networking sessions and social gatherings, which further promote the personal and professional advancement of women of color in the field.

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WCCD members enjoy a supportive professional network that promotes personal and professional advancement through regularly scheduled professional development events, panel discussions, mentoring, networking sessions and social gatherings.

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Attend a professional development seminar, networking event or social gathering to cultivate and expand relationships with women who represent various sectors in the community development industry.

WCCD and Community Development Events

WCCD| Sustaining Member Brunch 

September 25, 2022 | 1:00 - 3:00PM EDT | District Winery,  Yards Park 385 Water St. SE. Washington DC

The Women of Color in Community Development cordially invites you to our 2022 Sustaining Member Brunch. The Brunch will be held on Sunday September 25th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the District Winery, the premier Washington, DC winery, and restaurant in the heart of Navy Yard overlooking the DC waterfront. Join your fellow WCCD Sustaining Members was we fellowship over chef prepared delicacies, sip on an assortment of wines and indulge on savory deserts.

Gloria Nauden, Chief Marketing and Impact Officer at Partners for Common Good will speak about her new role and the launch of DCCDC, a new initiative to create structural economic equity in Washington D.C. This event is only open to Sustaining Members. If you have not renewed your Sustaining Membership or wish to become a Sustaining Member, we encourage you to do so now.


Virtual Webcast | Boards - How to Become a Board Member or How to Recruit Board Members

September 8, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT |  Virtual Webcast   The Women of Color in Community Development invites you to a workshop on Seeking a Board Position or Seeking a Member for a Board Position.

So You Want to Join a Nonprofit Board or you want to recruit a new board member for your organization? This presentation will focus on the "who, what, why, when and hows" of nonprofit board membership. It will explore the questions potential board members should ask before joining a board, such as 1) what should potential board members look for to make sure they would be successful and have a positive experience, and 2) what are the expectations of board members? And it will focus on how potential board members can use LinkedIn to gather information to find the right organizations to join and how to be better candidates.


Book Discussion and Book Signing | The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women

June 14, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. |  IN PERSON, 609 H St. NE Washington D. C. 20002.  Join the Women of Color in Community Development for a conversation with the award-winning author Marita Golden as we discuss her new book, The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women. In her new book, author Marita Golden writes about her own journey from Strong Black Woman to the New Age Strong Black Woman who prioritizes self-care. Colorism, mental health, rape culture, how and why Black women fail to grieve and the stories that Black women rely on to heal are among the topics covered in this book, which adds to the evolving public discourse about Black women’s health. Register today to reserve your space for this dynamic discussion and our return to in-person events!


Entrust Black Women | Elevate Your Brand Using LinkedIn

April 21, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Virtual Webcast What is your branding? Some people say it’s what other people say about you when you leave the room. Ultimately, your personal brand is what sets you apart: What...R


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Women’s History Month Celebration

March 24, 2022 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Virtual Webcast Join Women of Color in Community Development as we celebrate Women’s History Month! We are pleased to host a conversation with HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, moderated by FHFA Acting...

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March 9 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am JOIN US! CNHED is partnering with the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) for an informational briefing about the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund (NPF). Participating on the panel are Alexander Justice...

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