Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Demond Drummer

Managing Director, Equitable Economy | PolicyLink
Pronouns: he/him
Demond Drummer leads PolicyLink's work to redesign our economy to work for all—especially the more than 100 million people who are shut out of our country’s prosperity. A proven strategist and innovator with a track record of delivering results, Demond’s local leadership has been recognized by the City of Chicago, the Obama White House, Code for America, and the Aspen Institute. Demond lives with his family in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. He is a co-founder and board member of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) and serves on the board of South Shore Works.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

How to Build an Equitable Economy: Center the 100 Million in Policy and Practice

Our economy can be an equitable economy–that is, an economy organized around the principle of equity: fair and just inclusion into a society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Achieving an equitable economy requires redirecting the full powers of our federal government to redesign our economic systems to truly work for all–especially the 100 million people living in America who are systematically shut out of our country’s prosperity, the majority of whom are people of color. This interactive breakout session presents an actionable framework for centering the 100 million in our economic policy and practice.

The dominant economic narrative serves to both confound our understanding of the problems we collectively face and conceal the practical means for addressing them. What this moment requires is a more practical economic worldview, grounded in fact and premised on equity–a worldview that rekindles our economic imagination and serves as a guide for action, both public and private. Our aim is to break through the deliberate abstractions and obfuscating jargon of economic discourse by providing concrete, actionable analysis that recasts the purpose of our economy as providing for the needs of all, especially the 100 million.

Speakers: Demond Drummer, Abigail Langston