Valuing Who We Are at Work


CABC Racial Economic Justice Fellow, Melody Ng, is leading our research about how personal experiences help economic justice and asset building advocates and service providers develop valuable professional skills and strengths that we bring to our work. We aim to make these skills and strengths visible and valuable to all of us, including decision makers and funders that hire staff, design grants, and set policy priorities.

Do you help low-income people earn more money, save money, reduce their debt, afford housing, or start a business in California? Do you help Californians develop health and community assets? Do you work to make California equitable for communities that have been excluded from economic security? 

If you do, then we consider you an asset builder, and WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Everyone has lived experience that matters. Each of us brings more than just technical expertise to the communities we work with. No matter what field you work in –from housing to public health — we want to reach everyone who works to support asset building or economic justice for California’s communities.

Please complete the CA Asset Building Community Survey (below) and share it with other asset builders in your professional network.

For this project, we are also interviewing some of you and turning the interviews into profiles of you, for you. With your permission, we are sharing them through our “Inside Look: Meet Our Members” Series to be featured in CABC newsletters, and amplified through our social media.

We aim to use the information from this project to help funders and decision makers understand how our experiences impact the way we work and the collective needs and challenges of the individuals and organizations in California’s asset building community. We also intend for this research to help us more effectively tell the story of who we are to the world, the kind of world we’re building together for our communities, and create actionable plans to make it happen.

Help us make your story count. Please participate in this survey , and share it with others who you think should be counted. Help us amplify the weight of what we find to decision makers.