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NCAP - Using ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds to Advance Racial Equity

Thursday, April 6, 2023
10:00 am11:00 am

The 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided cities and counties with an unprecedented $130 billion in flexible resources to address the immediate health and economic impacts of the pandemic and rebuild stronger, more equitable economies. Building off the "10 Priorities for Advancing Racial Equity Through the American Rescue Plan Act" report, PolicyLink and the Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy at The New School have been engaged in a multiyear research project aimed at tracking equity-focused ARPA investments and documenting promising approaches. Our latest research includes four case studies describing how Boston, St. Louis, Savannah, and Los Angeles County are operationalizing equity in their ARPA investment processes and strategies.

Please join this virtual event for a deep dive into Los Angeles County’s ARPA strategy, which illustrates how community advocacy, countywide equity infrastructure, bold political leadership, and equity data tools came together to power a $1.9 billion investment strategy with great promise to deliver on equity outcomes.

• Masih Fouladi, Deputy Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA)
• Jacky Guerrero, Director of Equity in Community Investments, Catalyst California
• Jed Herrmann, Senior Advisor for Policy Outreach, Office of Recovery Programs, U.S. Treasury Department
• D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D., Executive Director of Racial Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative, County of Los Angeles
• Sarah Treuhaft, Senior Director of Policy and Partnerships, Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy (moderator)