Who We Are


The Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative is a network of 250 individuals, representing more than 150 organizations, who are working together to advance policies and practical strategies that build wealth for low-income women and women of color.


Heather McCulloch is the founder and director of the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative.  Founding partners include Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink; Mariko Chang, author of Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It; Elena Chavez Quezada, senior program officer of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates; Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California; and Kilolo Kijakazi, institute fellow with The Urban Institute. The Mission Economic Development Agency serves as fiscal sponsor for the Initiative.


We are grateful to AARP, Bank of the West, the Friedman Family Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund for their generous support of the Initiative, and to JPMorgan Chase and Co. for supporting our national meetings.

Network Members

Hilary Abell, Project Equity
Nell Abernathy, Roosevelt Institute
Mimi Abramovitz, City University of New York
Fenaba R. Addo, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wendy Ake, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Nicole J. Agbayani, City and County of San Francisco
Geraldine Sanchez Aglipay, Small Business Majority
Seema Agnani, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Rhea Aguinaldo, Small Business Majority
Shira Albagli, The Representation Project
Ramsey Alwin, AARP
Bridget Ansel, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Lucy Arellano, Mission Economic Development Agency
Kristy Arnold, LIFT-DC
Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Prosperity Now
Rosa Cabrera Aqueel, PolicyLink
Martine Aurelien, Duke University
Lee Badgett, Amherst and Williams Institute/UCLA School of Law
Amy Castro Baker, University of Pennsylvania
Christi Baker, Asset Funders Network
Kate Bahn, Center for American Progress
Taylor Barnes, United State of Women
Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Barbara Bartle, Lincoln Community Foundation
Alexandra Bastien, PolicyLink
Catherine Baxter, OpEd Project
Zoe Beck, Inequality Media
Judith Bell, The San Francisco Foundation
Valerie Bellande, Kiva
Katie Bethell, Paid Family Leave U.S.
Suparna Bhaskaran, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Jhumpa Bhattachary, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Evan Bissell, Artist/Activist
Jody Blaylock, Heartland Alliance
Janet Boguslaw, Institute on Assets and Social Policy
Ray Boshara, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Colleen Briggs, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Ruby Bright, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
Jennifer Brooks, Children’s Council of San Francisco
Jordan Brooks, United State of Women
Ashley Brown, Center for Global Policy Solutions
Christa Brown, City and County of San Francisco
Lewis Brown, PolicyLink
Kate Brumage, Butler Koshland Fellowships
Haidee Cabusora, The Financial Clinic
Olivia Calderon, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
CJ Callan, Consultant
Angelyque Campbell, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Lindsy Carpenter, YWCA San Francisco and Marin
Jenya Cassidy, California Work and Family Coalition
Rosamaria Carillo, PolicyLink
Callan Carvey, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Marco Chavarin, Citi Community Development
Anna Maria Chávez, Esq., National Council on Aging
Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Anna Chu, National Women’s Law Center
Jenny Chung-Mejia, Individual
Margaret Clancy, Center for Social Development
Marcia Cone, Women’s Funding Network
Lucia Coral-Pena, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Orli Cotel, Paid Family Leave U.S.
Crystal Crawford, California Wellness Foundation
Erin Currier, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Lindsay Daniels, UnidosUS
William (Sandy) Darity, Duke University
Saundra Davis, Sage Financial Solutions
Wendy Davis, Deeds Not Words
Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Ximena A. Delgado, Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Alexandra Desautels, The California Endowment
Paola Diaz, FDIC
Zoraima Diaz-Pineda, Brownsville Community Development Corporation
Lisa Donner, Americans for Financial Reform
Melissa Duncan, mpowered
Aimee Durfee, Y&H Soda Foundation
Laura Durso, Center for American Progress
Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
Maddy Dychtwald, Age Wave
Laura Eberly, YWCA San Francisco and Marin
Keisha Bentley Edwards, Duke University
Brandi Parrish Ellison, Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network
Camille Abrahams Emeagwali, The New York Women’s Foundation
Rosalyn Epstein, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Cristina Escobar, The Representation Project
Jeannine Esposito, Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Cory Ervin-Stewart, YWCA San Francisco and Marin
Amanda Feinstein, Office of the Mayor/City of Oakland
Morgan Finlay, Mission Economic Development Agency
Kathryn Finney, digitalundivided
Christy Finsel, Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc.
Janine Firpo, Next Wave Impact Fund
Jenny C. Flores, Bank of the West
Rebecca Flournoy, Pathline Consulting
Andrea Flynn, The Roosevelt Institute
Seyron Foo, Southern California Grantmakers
Cynthia Foster, Women’s Foundation of California
Amanda Fried, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector/City of San Francisco
Robert Friedman, Friedman Family Foundation
Jose Garcia, Ford Foundation
Darlene Gillard, digitalundivided
Naomi Goldberg, Movement Advancement Project
Alexis Goldstein, Americans for Financial Reform
Paulina Gonzalez, California Reinvestment Coalition
Anna Beth Gorman, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
Reverend Dr. Cassandra Gould, Missouri Faith Voices
Luis Granados, Mission Economic Development Agency
Kali Grant, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
Kara Greenblott, Independent
Fiona Greig, JP Morgan Chase Institute
Rosazlia Grillier, Community Organizing and Family Issues
Stephanie Gripne, Impact Finance Center
Tracey Thomas Gronniger, Justice in Aging
Mae Watson Grote, The Financial Clinic
Marissa Guananja, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Sabrina Hamm, California Asset Building Coalition
Ben Harris, Northwestern University
Meena Harris, Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign
Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Catherine Harvey, AARP
Mark Herbert, Small Business Majority
Saanii Hernandez, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
Lara Hinz, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
Deborah Holmes, Women’s Funding Network
Ruth Holton-Hodson, Office of California State Treasurer John Chiang
Melissa Hoover, Democracy at Work Institute
Cindy Hounsell, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement 
Sally Hubbard, Women Killing It! Podcast
Rebecca Huber, The Heller School at Brandeis University
Amanda Jackson, Americans for Financial Reform
Dena Jackson, The Dallas Women’s Foundation
Alicia Jay, Make it Work Campaign
Melissa Johnson, Independent
Avis Jones-DeWeever, Author/How Exceptional Black Women Lead
Margarida Jorge, Health Care for America Now (HCAN)
Vicki Joseph, Citi Community Development
Sabrina Kansara, My Path
Julie Kashen, Make it Work Campaign
Lisa Kawahara, Friedman Family Foundation
Shawnee Keck, Citi Community Development
Dalia Kijakazi, Student
Sophia Kittler, Office of San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen
Joyce Klein, The Aspen Institute
Conan Knoll, EMC Strategies
Julia Kortrey, National Partnership for Women and Families
Elizabeth Kristen, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Teddy Ky-Lam Miller, The Greenlining Institute
Maria Lajewski, Center for Financial Services Innovation
Sheryl Lane, EARN
Tolu Lawrence, The Representation Project
Sunaena Lehil, Independent
Andrea Levere, Prosperity Now
Carly Levin, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Ashley Lidow, Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network
Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Heather Kinlaw Lofthouse, Blum Center for Developing Economies
Messellech Looby, First Focus
Alejandra Lopez-Fernandini, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Kelly Lou, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Meg Lovejoy, Brandeis University
Ricki Lowitz, Working Credit
Rebecca Loya, Institute on Assets and Social Policy
Meizhu Lui, Independent
Tanea Lunsford, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector/City of San Francisco
Andrea Luquetta, California Reinvestment Coalition
Taryn MacFarlane, MacFarlane Foundation
Kellie Magnuson, Community Organizing & Family Issues
Cathie Mahon, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions
Lily Mandlin, Essie Justice Group
Leah Mayor, Consultant
Carolina Martinez, CAMEO-California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
Mona Masri, Asset Funders Network
Anna Mahathey, Brandeis University
Amy K. Matsui, National Women’s Law Center
Martha Matsuoka, Occidental College
Katherine McKay, The Aspen Institute
Heather McLaughlin, Oklahoma State University
Patrice McMahon, University of Nebraska
Megan McTiernan, Consultant
Karla Mercado, Southern California Grantmakers
Lulete Mola, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
Rafael Morales, The James Irvine Foundation
Mercedeh Mortazani, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lucy Mullany, Midwest Children’s Savings Account (CSA) Consortium
Erin Musgrave, EMC Strategies
Ami Nagle, EITC Funders Network
Cynthia Nimmo, Women’s Funding Network
Lauren Nolan, The Woodstock Institute
Lori Nolen, mpowered
Tracy Occomy Crowder, Community Organizing and Family Issues, Chicago
Laura Olivas, Individual Participant
Ana Oliveira, New York Women’s Foundation
Beatriz Olvera Stotzer, New Economics for Women
Kate Hess Pace, ISAIAH
Brenda Palms-Barber, North Lawndale Employment Network
Aracely Panameno, Center for Responsible Lending
Pamini Parthasarathy, California Wellness Foundation
Sonya Passi, FreeFrom
Monica Paulson, Community Organizing and Family Issues
Xiomara Pena, Small Business Majority
Leigh Phillips, EARN
Joyce Pisnanont, National CAPACD
Anne Price, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Kevin Prindiville, Justice in Aging
Ida Rademacher, The Aspen Institute
Rebeca Rangel, Independent
Carolina Reid, U.C. Berkeley
Michelle Rhone-Collins, LIFT-LA
Solana Rice, CFED
Maya Rockeymoore, Center for Global Policy Solutions
Anne Romatowski, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 
Lee Roper-Batker, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
Amanda Rossie, National Women’s Law Center
Laurie Rowley, NARPP
Erin Ryan, Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network 
Merlin Salamanca, FreeFrom
Mark L. Sanders II, North Lawndale Employment Network
Kristin Schumacher, California Budget & Policy Center
Ellen Schumer, Community Organizing and Family Issues
Stephanie Seguino, University of Vermont
Katie Selenski, Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program of California
Lisa Servon, University of Pennsylvania
Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women and Families
Carmen Shorter, Prosperity Now
Lillian Singh, Prosperity Now
Joanna Smith-Ramani, The Aspen Institute
Sarah Spunt, LIFT/Chicago
Jessica Stender, Equal Rights Advocates
Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, Children’s Defense Fund
Anne Stuhldreher, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector/City and County of San Francisco
K. Sujata, Chicago Foundation for Women
Sharon Terman, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Wesley Tharpe, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Rosalyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation
Cindy Thornton, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
Marisabel Torres, UnidosUS
Lori A. Trawinski, AARP Public Policy Institute
Arden Trewartha, The Colorado Trust
Stephanie Upp, Consultant
Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation
Sharon Velasquez, The Greenlining Institute
Claudia Viek, Former CEO of CAMEO
Ann Warner, Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network
Stacia West, University of Tennessee
Debra Whitman, AARP
Rebecca Wiggens, Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
Jai Lee Wong, Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative
Beadsie Woo, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Ellen Wu, Urban Habitat
Katie Wutchiett, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Lora York, Chicago Foundation for Women
Tiffany N. Younger, Social Change Innovator 
Shaune Zunzanyika, Tides