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Washington, D.C., April 27, 2015—Four leaders who have championed the cause of economic security for low-income Americans and communities of color will be honored at the 2015 Asset Builder Champion Awards Reception on April 29.

The Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative will recognize the contributions of Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.); john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD; and Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of the Four Bands Community Fund.

The Initiative will present the awards as it prepares to host a policy summit on solutions for addressing economic inequality in ways that address the struggles of communities of color, which have been historically underserved. The event’s agenda is available at

“The leaders we are recognizing with these awards are an example for us all of tireless work for the less privileged among us,” said Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions. “It is inspiring to see such dedication and we hope to honor many more such asset-builder champions in the future.”

Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez

Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) has advocated for closing the gender pay gap, increasing the minimum wage, expanding vital safety-net programs (Medicaid, SNAP, TANF), protecting workers, and for immigration reform. These can help working families be more financially secure which, in turn, can help our economy.

john a. powell

john a. powell is the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society as well as a Professor of Law and a Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is an internationally renowned expert on civil rights and structural racism. He proposed an opportunity-based housing model that rethinks “racialized space” and his work has been instrumental in connecting housing influences to education, health, and employment.

Tanya Fiddler

Tanya Fiddler has been working to improve the economic development and financial literacy of Native American communities. Under her leadership, the Four Bands Community Fund became an indispensable leader as a community development financial institution, focusing on entrepreneurship and economic stability among the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation population. Fiddler has been working to improve economic conditions while simultaneously celebrating the people’s art and culture.

Lisa Hasegawa

Lisa Hasegawa is being recognized for her work to improve the economic development and civic engagement in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. As the Executive Director of National CAPACD, she strengthened the capacity of community-based organizations that serve the AAPI community. Hasegawa believes that advocacy and the civic engagement of AAPI communities are key to strengthening the racial- and social-justice movement.


The Center for Global Policy Solutions manages the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative in collaboration with the Insight Center on Community Economic Development and with generous support from the Ford Foundation. The program seeks to build awareness and support for efforts to address racial and ethnic wealth inequalities based on structural factors. To achieve this goal, more than 200 scholars, advocates, practitioners, and other experts of color have come together to inform the national economic debate with diverse perspectives and to provide policy solutions to create an inclusive and equitable future for all Americans.