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Center for Assessment and Policy Development
CAPD's mission is to help foundations, community collaborations and organizations and governments and public systems craft and execute thoughtful responses to pressing social issues. The central theme of our work is positive social change. One of our goals is to help those we work with strengthen their ability to make important and lasting change.

Founded in 1988, our work is national in scope and includes research and evaluation, strategic planning, and policy analysis. Our work is characterized by a "theory of change" approach, focus on results and outcomes, and a racialized perspective.

Major areas of CAPD's work include:

  • Leadership and community building
  • Social justice and anti-racism initiatives
  • Systems change
  • Children and families

MP Associates
MP Associates is dedicated to building the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to effectively address racism and better understand privilege issues for building a just and inclusive society. We work to identify systemic issues, to increase individuals' knowledge and skills, and to support processes for people to work together across and within racial and ethnic groups.

We work in partnership with individuals, communities, and organizations to:

  • Provide consultation and assessment services for community initiatives to promote racial equity
  • Build capacity of organizations working on racial equity and provide technical assistance
  • Develop and plan programs
  • Design and facilitate meetings and training workshops
  • Conduct research, literature searches, and identify best practices
  • Develop curriculum and train-the-trainer programs
  • Evaluate and assess programs


The first step* in creating this website, was to survey practitioners and activists who work on community change and racial justice, to ask their advice about the kinds of materials that are most helpful in their everyday work; gaps that a website might help to fill; and how to organize a website to be most useful to them. We thank the following people for sharing their insights, ideas and information:

  • Brigette Rouson, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Washington, DC
  • Gaye Evans, Appalachian Community Fund, Knoxville, TN
  • Loudi Rivamonte, Center for Cross-Cultural Health, St. Paul, MN
  • Craig White, Center for Participatory Change, Asheville, NC
  • Jeff Stone, City-Wide Dialogues, Roxbury, MA
  • Janet Gillespie, Community Change, Inc, Boston, MA
  • Hedy Tripp, Create CommUNITY, St. Cloud, MN
  • Lauren Kucera, co-Action, Burlingame, CA
  • Yoke Sim Gunaratne, Cultural Diversity Resources, Fargo, ND
  • RaShonne Davis, DemocracyWorks, Hartford, CT
  • Elaine Gross, ERASE Racism, Syosset, NY
  • Shenandoah Gale, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Chicago, IL
  • Carolyne Abdullah, Everyday Democracy, Hartford, CT
  • Laurie Bezold, Fusions Partnership, Baltimore, MD
  • Sharon Streater, HOPE, Tampa, FL
  • Beth A. Broadway, InterReligious Council of Central New York, Syracuse, NY
  • Jarrod Schwartz, Just Communities Central Coast, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Cathy Rion, Justice Matters, Oakland, CA
  • Adrienne Henderson, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Louisville, KY
  • TCC, Minnesota Collaborative Anti-racism Initiative Minneapolis, MN
  • Elizabeth Williams-Riley, National Conference for Community and Justice, New York, NY
  • Mariama White-Hammond, Project Hip-Hop, Dorchester, MA
  • Kohei Ishihara, Providence Youth Student Movement, Providence, RI
  • Julie Nelson, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle WA
  • Walter Davis, Southern Empowerment Project, Maryville, Tennessee
  • Beverley Keefe, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Woullard Lett, Ujima Collective Manchester, NH
  • Taquiena Boston, Unitarian Universalist Association, Washington, DC
  • Gwendolyn Grant, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
  • Joe Szakos, Virginia Organizing Project, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Jeff Hitchcock, White Anti-Racist Community Action Network, Roselle, NJ
  • April Grayson, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Oxford, MS
  • Valerie Ohle, Wisdom Keepers, Inc., Knoxville TN
  • Donna Bivens, Women's Theological Center, Boston, MA
  • Caressa Hamby, YWCA, Kalamazoo, MI

*The survey was sent out in late 2006, so the individuals listed above may not be currently affiliated with the organization.

As we gathered the resources for the website content, we asked the people listed below to review and comment on resources in their particular areas of expertise. They were exceedingly generous with their time and wisdom. Many suggested additional resources which are now part of this site. We thank:

  • Donna Bivens, Women's Theological Center
  • Linda Bowen, Institute for Community Peace
  • Jacquelyn Brown, Consumer Health Foundation
  • Gita Gulati-Partee, OpenSource Leadership Strategies
  • Amy Malick, Everyday Democracy
  • Paul Marcus, Community Change Inc.
  • Ilana Shapiro, Alliance for Conflict Transformation
  • Makani Themba Nixon, The Praxis Project
  • Mike Wenger, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Peter Wilson, Educational Equity Consultants

We also are grateful to Gretchen Susi, Blake Emerson and Anne Kubisch of the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change. They provided much intellectual support and labor in the development of this website. They helped shape our thinking, shared resources and contributed to the text. Their work on structural racism continues to move the field. Thanks.

We are deeply indebted to Matthew Leiderman, whose thinking and hard work undergirds every aspect of this Web site. He challenged us to rethink what we took for granted, and to make sure the site pushed racial equity forward at every step. His contributions go beyond his assignments. Thanks.

Gary Garb of The Training Help Desk designed the site and made it better at every stage. He was exceedingly patient and helpful. If you can read this page, thank Gary (as we do).

The site was funded primarily by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Project Change Anti-racism Initiative and Everyday Democracy (formerly Study Circles) also provided important support to develop tools and resources (either for our initial site: or this one. We thank all of our colleagues at these organizations for giving us the resources to see this through. We particularly wish to thank Kimberly Roberson from the Mott Foundation for her ideas, encouragement and support, without which this website (and could not have been created.

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