How to Get Involved
Application deadline extended to Wednesday, December 16 at 6 pm.
At the core of the NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative will be a steering committee of 15 emerging leaders in New York City responsible for:
- Creating recommendations for inclusive and equitable systems of economic growth using the framework of our interconnected system of workforce and economic development, and housing and neighborhood affordability; and
- Advocating for their implementation to government and civic stakeholders.
Apply here to be one of 15 emerging leaders on our Inclusive Growth project between now and December 16th! More details below.
The steering committee will consist of emerging leaders with policy and subject matter expertise and experience in one or more issue areas, working to create an intersecting framework for community growth that unifies these issue areas and their solutions rather than continuing their siloing into individual social challenges to be dealt with separately.
This steering committee will be representative of the diversity of New York City in three core facets:
- Identity and lived experience, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration history and status, disability, education, occupation, professional experience, and income status
- Access (or lack thereof) to networks of civic influence
- Priority issue areas, including racial and social justice, education, infrastructure and transportation, poverty, gender and sexuality, immigration, climate and sustainability, and disabilities and accessibilities.
Please note that if selected, you will be representing one (or multiple) of the outlined priority issue areas. If your role/job is connected to this issue area, you are expected to have approval from your employer that you can publicly develop and advocate for the final set of recommendations that the group produces.
Who Should Apply
- 5 or more years of experience: We value a wide variety of policy and subject matter expertise and knowledge, whether it comes from academic, professional and/or lived experience. We are looking for people who can speak with clarity, imagination and understanding about the issues that are important to them and their community, and the role these issues must play in inclusive growth and development. Examples of experience include community organizing, civic associations, business development and entrepreneurship, internships, journalism, social work, advocacy and activism, teaching, volunteer work, program development, and more.
- Knowledge, passion and connection to one or more of the priority issue areas, including racial and social justice, education (K-12 and higher ed), housing, infrastructure and transportation, poverty, gender and sexuality, immigration, climate and sustainability, disabilities and accessibilities, economic development, workforce development, food security, criminal justice, aging, health and safety, small business, and large business.
- Interest in local politics and systemic change in NYC: From BLM peaceful protests and demands for racial, economic and social justice to the wide slate of upcoming elections, our city is swirling with potential. We are looking for individuals who will drive this potential into collaborative power that tackles rooted issues through interconnected solutions that reflect the multifaceted needs and interests of our local communities.
- NYC resident/worker: Live or work in the five boroughs of New York City for the duration of the initiative
- Monday, November 16: NYCIGI announced & application open for Steering Committee
- Friday, December 11: Application deadline
- Tuesday, December 22: Selected applicants notified for interviews
- January 4 - 8: Interviews with selected applicants
- Monday, January 18: Steering Committee members notified
What is the expected time commitment for steering committee members?
See below for committee meeting schedule and expected time commitment.
What outcomes are expected of the steering committee?
Each committee member will be responsible for representing one or more of the issue areas outlined as necessary to understanding and developing community-centric economic development. Committee members are expected to develop and present a 30 minute presentation to the group on the priorities and challenges of their particular issue area; gather feedback from the committee and their own external partners on how this issue area's priorities and challenges connect to housing, economic and workforce development, and other priority issue areas; and help the committee synthesize this information into a broad agenda/blueprint.
What are the NYCIGI priority issue areas?
Racial and social justice, education (K-12 and higher education), housing, infrastructure and transportation, poverty, gender and sexuality, immigration, climate and sustainability, disabilities and accessibilities, economic development, workforce development, food security, criminal justice, aging, health and safety, small business, and large business.
How will ANHD, NYCETC and RPA support the steering committee?
The three lead organizations will provide ongoing research, facilitation and project management support throughout the process, as well act as the lead organizers with external partners, media, the business community, elected officials and candidates for office. The three organizations have deep experience and expertise in the three core areas for the project - housing, workforce and economic development - and will infuse these throughout the process.
How will meetings be held?
All work and meetings will take place virtually over Zoom. Support to make participation accessible will be provided as requested.
Schedule & Time Commitment for Steering Committee
Phase I: Collective Learning, Presentation & Feedback on Issue Areas (5 hour bi-weekly time commitment)
- Tuesday, February 9: Half day retreat (includes presentations on workforce development, economic development, and housing to set the stage for creation of agenda)
- Tuesday, February 23 - May 4: 3 hour bi-weekly meetings where 3 committee members present on priorities and challenges within their priority issue areas + 2 hours of prep/feedback collection
- Tuesday, May 18: Synthesize learnings into collective blueprint/agenda]
Phase II: Advocacy & Outreach (5 hour monthly commitment)
During the primary and election period (June 2021 - January 2021) NYCETC, ANHD, RPA, and the steering committee will actively promote the NYCIGI agenda and blueprint to candidates for the office of Mayor, Comptroller, City Council, Borough Presidents etc, as well as New Yorkers and community partners. This includes media engagements, public events and forums, meetings with candidates, and social media engagement.
Follow us on Social Media
Join the conversation and watch the process by following us on social media:
See Us in the News
- Press Release (February announcement of the NYCIGI Steering Committee)
- BronxTalk interview on January 11, 2021
- Press Release (November launch)
- New York Business Journal: New York nonprofits launch 'inclusive growth' business initiative
Support the Project
If you are interested in supporting this project, email Jose Ortiz for more information