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ADVISORY: Briefing on African Americans, Jobs & Workforce Development in DC

October 10, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Briefing on African Americans, Jobs & Workforce Development in DC - OCT. 12, 9 A.M. ET


In D.C., Growing Job Opportunities -- But for Whom?

For many African Americans in Washington, new jobs increasingly out of reach


On Thursday, October 12, local and city leaders will discuss a report - released that day by Georgetown University - that shows many African Americans in Washington, D.C., are being left out of sectors of the city’s job market that are forecast to grow in the coming years.

"The State of African Americans in DC: Trends in Employment & Workforce Development" includes recommendations and identifies opportunities to promote education and employment among African Americans in the District and addresses issues of gentrification and a growing wealth gap in the city. According to the report, while more than half of all new jobs in Washington, D.C. between 2010 and 2020 required or will require at least a bachelor’s degree, only 12.3 percent of the African American population in 2014 were college graduates; in addition, white households have a net worth 81 times greater than black households with $284,000 versus $3,500 per household.

The analysis, which was requested by the mayor’s Commission on African American Affairs, follows a 2016 report on health disparities in the District authored by Christopher King, an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies.

The “Are We Ready?” policy briefing to launch the report is hosted by the Georgetown University DC Public Policy Initiative.


  • Opening Remarks by:
    • The Honorable Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
    • The Honorable Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember
    • The Honorable Vincent C. Gray, Ward 7 Councilmember
  • Presentation by:
    • Maurice Jackson, Ph.D., Georgetown University Department of History professor, and Inaugural Chair of the D.C. Commission on African American Affairs
  • Panel discussion including:
    • Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University 
    • Lecester Johnson, Academy of Hope
    • Kermit Kaleba, National Skills Coalition
    • Ed Lazere, DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    • Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity
    • Moderator: Christopher Murphy, Vice President for Government Relations, Georgetown University


Thursday, October 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


The John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20004


Media who are interested in covering the event should RSVP to Andrew Debraggio in the Georgetown University Office of Strategic Communications at (202) 687-4328 or at gucomm@georgetown.edu by Wednesday, October 11 at 3 p.m.