Kien Lee

Principal Associate/Vice President
Community Science
Kien provides private, public, and nonprofit organizations with strategy development, research, and evaluation services in the areas of health equity, food security, civic participation, and community change. She leads the evaluation of Racial Equity Here designed to build the capacity of city governments to apply a racial equity lens to their policies and operations, and oversees the evaluations of the Executive Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation’s Access to Health Care grant initiative, and the Bush Foundation’s Change Network to cultivate leaders who will promote equity and social justice.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Alignment, Alignment Alignment! Institutional Changes, Performance Measures, and Population Outcomes

Too often, institutional policies and programs ¬— no matter private, public, or nonprofit institutions — are developed and implemented without thoughtful consideration of how they could create or perpetuate disparities in health, education, economic, and other outcomes for communities of color. When racial equity is not explicitly brought into operations and decision-making, racial disparities are likely to be perpetuated and different groups of people will continue to have unequal access to resources and opportunities. Racial equity analysis must be explicitly conducted and integrated in decisions by nonprofits, foundations, and local governments, including in their policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. During this session, presenters from the Government Alliance for Racial Equity and Community Science will give an overview about a racial equity tool designed to help people interested in dismantling the structures, policies, and practices that create or perpetuate disparities, go through a systematic process of determining how to assess and identify the institutional changes required for the desired community outcomes. Participants will also learn how to distinguish and develop performance and outcome measures that will help them track and evaluate their progress and stay on course. This session will combine mini-lecture with experiential, small-group exercise using common scenarios of situations in different institutional settings. Following the exercise, presenters and participants will engage in a discussion about the usefulness of the tool and how it can be improved for use by decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Speakers: Kien Lee, Nora Liu, Marcella Hurtado Gomez