Wealth Solutions: Creating Wealth Equity for Communities of Color - 2:00 pm
David Harrington is President and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure, the Chamber has had a 50 percent increase in revenue and membership and played a central role influencing state and local policy. Also, David is Senior Policy Advisor for CommonHealth ACTION – a leading nonprofit for improving community health.
Prior to joining the Chamber, David completed fifteen years of public life commencing as Mayor of Bladensburg, Prince George’s County Council Member and Maryland State Senator. During this extensive period of public service, David was President of the Maryland Municipal League, National Chair of Economic Development with the National Association of Counties and Chaired the Maryland State Task Force on Physical Education. He has been awarded the Phyllis Newman Award for nonprofit advocacy, Human Services Coalition Legislative Award, Hurston/Wright Ella Baker award, and Legislator of the Year from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.
David is a graduate from Howard University and completed graduate work at Miami University of Ohio. He also served on Harvard University’s Summer Institute on Reading, Writing and Civic Education, and was Associate Director and Faculty at the University Of Maryland James MacGregor Burns Academy Of Leadership.
He is a resident of Prince George’s County for over 30 years and is married to Cheryl, business owner of Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville, Maryland. They have two sons, Stephen a graduate from Morehouse College and Brown University and Christopher a graduate from University of Maryland Smith Business School.
William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University. He is the founding director of the Samuel DuBois
Cook Center on Social Equity, and he has served as chair of Duke’s Department of African and African American Studies. Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the
Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.
He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2015-2016), a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2011-2012) at Stanford University, a fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90) and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (1984). He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the
organization's highest honor. In 2017, he was named to the Politico 50 list of the most influential policy thinkers over the course of the past year, and he also was honored by the Center for Global Policy Solutions with an award recognizing his work in the development of the movement to study and reverse racial wealth disparities in the United States.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published or edited 13 books and more than 220 articles in professional journals. His most recent book is the 2017 publication, For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Education, co-edited with
Tressie McMillan Cottom.
Tyson Brown is an assistant professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research. His research examines how and why racial/ethnic stratification and other axes of inequality combine to shape health and wealth across the life course. This research
interest is expressed in three foci: 1) using intersectional approaches to stratification to investigate the joint consequences of social factors on health and wealth, 2) examining whether inequality increases or decreases over the life course, and 3) determining the extent to which various structural and psychosocial mechanisms underlie within- and between-group inequalities.
Darrick Hamilton is the director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy, and jointly appointed as a professor of economics and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research at The New School in New York. He is a co-associate director of the Cook Center on Social Equity; a faculty research fellow at the Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis; a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute; a national advisory committee (NAC) member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Policies for Action, Policy and Law Research Program to Build a Culture of Health; and a member of the board of directors and advisory board of the National Jobs for All Coalition (NJFAC).
Professor Hamilton is a stratification economist, whose work fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. This includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes. His scholarly contributions are evidenced by numerous peer reviewed publications, book chapters in edited volumes; opinion-editorial and popular press articles, funded research, public lectures, presentations and symposiums, service to professional organizations, and regular appearance in print and broadcast media.