Jhumpa Bhattacharya is the vice president of programs and strategy at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, where she leads work identifying policy and narrative solutions to racial and gender wealth inequities. Her expertise includes developing equity-based policies, practices, tools, and frameworks; conducting best practice research; providing technical assistance and capacity building; incorporating community and student voice into policy and programming; and facilitating complex dialogues on race, culture, and immigration.
A former director at California Tomorrow, Bhattacharya has roots in youth organizing and youth development, and she brings over 18 years of experience advocating and creating policy and system changes towards racial and economic equity. She is also a board member of the Pacifica Family Fund, which works to provide quality prenatal and birth midwifery care to low-income families, families of color, teenagers, trans, and non-gender conforming people.
Without bold, visionary action to address race- and gender-based wealth inequities, the chasm between those who are economically secure and those who are not—mainly Black, brown, and Native American communities and women—will continue to grow. In the end, these issues threaten our nation’s ability to finally achieve our promise of freedom, dignity, and security for