The Greenlining Institute
Building a nation where communities of color thrive and race is never a barrier to opportunity
Greenlining is the solution to redlining. We advance economic opportunity and empowerment for people of color through advocacy, community and coalition building, research, and leadership development.
We envision a nation where communities of color thrive and race is never a barrier to economic opportunity.
Founded in 1993, The Greenlining Institute is a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. We work on a variety of major policy issues, from the economy to environmental policy, civic engagement and many others, because we recognize that economic opportunity doesn’t operate in a vacuum. We don’t see these issues as being in separate silos, but as interconnected threads in a web of opportunity.
Headquartered in California, Greenlining’s approach focuses on bringing grassroots community leaders face to face with leading public and private sector leaders. We design and support policies designed to open doors to opportunity. We don’t see these interactions as a zero-sum game in which one side must win and the other must lose. Instead, we reach for win-win solutions that expand the size of the pie for all Americans.
Our Leadership Academy trains the leaders of the future to be effective advocates for justice and fairness. Through its programs, the Academy has trained and empowered over 800 young leaders since 1996.
Driving everything we do is a vision of equity in which the American Dream is truly within reach of all. The majority of babies born in the U.S. today are of color. The number of new businesses owned by people of color is growing at three times the rate of white-owned businesses. For our nation to succeed, communities of color will have to succeed, and we are determined to make it happen.