Apr 20, 2020
We are all uncertain about life in the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic. We know that what unfolds is most consequential for those who have lost family members, jobs, and housing. For those whose work is to improve the quality of life in lower income and immigrant families, the question looms large. Nonprofits and think tanks that develop solutions with and for these communities, are seeing the issues they work on exposed to a world stage. There is a heightened focus on the economic fragility of low-income workers and on racial and gender disparities in pay, health care, and housing. This is the work that Indivar (Indi) Dutta-Gupta leads as Co-Executive Director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University. He is motivated to find solutions to what are often considered intractable problems. His tools include socio-economic research, legislative strategies and advocacy with policy makers. In his policy shop, racial and gender equity is more than a lens added on to the work. Equity is core to the Center’s values, policy priorities and solutions. We talk about the realities ahead, from nonprofits being overwhelmed and under resourced to the role of funders and government on the road forward. It is a sobering and a hopeful conversation. Change is possible when leaders like Indi pave the way.