Walking the walk
Matt and Don are passionate about building a team that reflects the demographics of their clients and the communities they serve. In addition to hiring more team members of color into their group, they have engaged interns through Open Access, a program designed to grow the numbers of people of color in leadership positions within the community development industry. An intern on their team participated in this program and worked for Baker Tilly part time while also interning at the New York Housing Agency, giving them experience from multiple industry perspectives.
They have also hired interns through Chicago’s Section 3 program that connects residents of public housing in the city with internships, and the team is pursuing several other similar programs for the future. Through this philosophy, they have created a model for the social component of how to “do” ESG. The team is looking forward to DevelUP 2023, with annual DevelUP events to follow. “It is exciting to be part of the energy in this space, and inspiring to work with community leaders across the country,” said Don. “With our talented, growing team, we are making a difference and promoting equity through this important work.”