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

Dwayne Marsh

Vice-President of Institutional and Sectoral Change | Race Forward
Dwayne S. Marsh is Vice-President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at the new Race Forward. He also serves as Co-Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. Prior to GARE, Marsh was a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Marsh brings considerable experience in coalition building for equity and leadership development for policy change. He provides technical assistance and capacity building knowledge to equitable development initiatives that address continuing disparities in affordable housing, transportation investment, and environmental justice. Before HUD, Marsh spent a decade at PolicyLink.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Building Authentic Community Government Partnerships

GARE's focus is on normalizing conversations about race, operationalizing new behaviors and policies, and organizing to achieve racial equity. GARE is seeing more and more jurisdictions that are making a commitment to achieving racial equity, focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and working in partnership across sectors and with the community to maximize impact.

When government prioritizes racial equity, relationships with community shift to authentic engagement and the sharing of power. This workshop will highlight the experiences of jurisdictions that have been recipients of the Innovation and Implementation fund, working with community to eliminate structural racism.

There is an increasingly strong field of practice. We are organizing in government with the belief that the transformation of government is essential for us to advance racial equity and is critical to our success as a nation.

Speakers: Dwayne Marsh, Julie Nelson, Renee Kenyon, Kris Miller, Kellee Coleman

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Building Community and Civic Power for Equitable Development

This workshop will focus on strategies for addressing racial equity in community development to address issues such as displacement and gentrification in communities of color with an emphasis on building power for systemic influence. Presenters include Dawn Phillips, Program Co-Director at Causa Justa :: Just Cause in Oakland, and Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer at the Partnership for Southern Equity. The moderator is Dwayne S. Marsh of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

Speakers: Dawn Phillips, Nathaniel Smith, Dwayne Marsh