By: TFN Staff

The next webinar in The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s  Community Matters series will address how to embed equity into large-scale infrastructure projects.

The webinar will be moderated by Scot Spencer, associate director for advocacy and influence at foundation, as well as a TFN board member. Spencer is also a member of the advisory board for TFN’s PLACES Fellowship, which focuses on helping leaders in philanthropy embed an equity lens into their work.

Inclusive Procurement: Embedding Equity Into Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. ET.

Trillions of dollars will be spent over the next several years to fix our nation’s aging infrastructure – including our transportation, energy, power and water systems. These public and private investments offer a unique opportunity to advance equity and expand contracting opportunities for minority, women-owned and other disadvantaged businesses (MWDBEs). An intentional shift to inclusive procurement is key to growing America’s business pipeline and advancing wealth-building opportunities for entrepreneurs of color.

This webinar will explore strategies to expand the use of inclusive procurement programs in the infrastructure and construction industries. Experts from the Emerald Cities Collaborative, PolicyLink and the business community will share research from the field and offer best practices to better position MWDBEs to compete for large-scale development projects.


  • Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, The Annie E. Casey Foundation (moderator)
  • Denise Fairchild Ph.D., President and CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Rick Moore, Vice President and Director of Community Relations, Swinerton
  • Kalima Rose, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, PolicyLink
  • Bernida Reagan, Esq., Director of Community and Client Relations, Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services
  • Rodney K. Strong, Chairman, Griffin & Strong, P.C.-

To register here for the online event. Please note the registration password: communi

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

Casey’s Community Matters series explores the complex issues surrounding community change — and the lessons we and others have learned from our work in communities around the country.

Need help registering? Contact Alexandra Roose at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.