Inclusive growth is a moral and economic imperative. Customers and citizens are demanding that organizations and governments commit to advancing racial and social justice. Companies and regions that do not meaningfully invest in all sectors of the population risk losing competitiveness and talent.

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Source: McKinsey & Company

By investing to promote economic opportunity and pathways to mobility, the Capital Region can build upon the region’s rich diversity and assets and foster competitiveness. Cities that prioritize inclusivity achieve longer-term growth by becoming a magnet for talent, business, and investment in the region, and failing to do so can lead to negative outcomes. It is estimated that closing the racial wealth gap in the Capital Region has the potential to unlock $35-50B in GDP by 2028.

The Partnership is committed to promoting sustainable, shared prosperity, and long-term growth. The companies that comprise the Partnership’s Board have reaffirmed and greatly enhanced their organizational commitments for racial justice and support for historically marginalized communities. The Partnership is making Inclusive Growth a core pillar of work, and embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into all that we do.

Moving forward, the Inclusive Growth initiative will focus on:

  1. Support Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  2. Support Diverse Innovation Ecosystems
  3. In Partnership with our Skills & Talent Initiative, Foster Better Employment Outcomes for Black & LatinX workforce
  4. Address Long-term Systemic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Organizational Barriers

In particular, the Partnership will support areas with identified regional needs, high potential for impact, and alignment with the organization’s capabilities.

Inclusive Growth Committee Members

Tony Pierce

Chairman of Committee
Partner at Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP

Jay Carney

Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at Amazon

Ron Daniels

President of the John Hopkins University

Carmine Di Sibio

Global Chairman and CEO of EY

Matt Kelly


Ted Leonsis

CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Robert Moser

CEO of Clark Construction Group

Scott Rutherford

Partner in Charge of McKinsey & Company’s Washington, DC Office

Peter Scher

Vice Chair of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Committee has recruited community advisors to share their insights and perspectives on regional challenges and opportunities, representing the Partnership’s core regions – Maryland, D.C. , and Virginia – and come from across the nonprofit and private sectors. The advisors are:

Rosie Allen-Herring

CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area

Wes Moore

CEO of Robin Hood Foundation

Ellis Carr

CEO of Capital Impact Partners