Redirecting Capital to Accelerate Racial Equity: Leveraging Fixed Income

February 8, 2022, 2:00-3:15pm

This is the third webinar in our Redirecting Capital to Accelerate Racial Equity series, highlighting opportunities to pursue racial and economic justice in America with foundational examples in each asset class. At this moment, many asset owners and managers are intensely focused on systemic and institutional racism and are seeking opportunities to tackle racial inequities by leveraging their portfolio allocations. Simultaneously, fixed income investments in both public debt capital markets and private lending vehicles provide additional opportunities for investing with a racial equity lens.

In this session, fixed income practitioners will:

  • explain the key differences in fixed income opportunities offered through public debt and private debt options;
  • address the history of limited access small business owners and entrepreneurs of color have accessing non-extractive forms of finance; and
  • highlight private-fixed income strategies incorporating explicit racial equity considerations.


  • Sharlene Brown, Director of REEFS, Senior Fellow of Croatan Institute (Moderator)
  • Homero Radway, Senior Analyst, Activest
  • David Sand, Chief Impact Strategist, Community Capital Management
  • Justin Conway, Vice President of Investment Partnerships, Calvert Impact Capital
  • Danielle Burns, Vice President & Head of Business Development, CNote

About the Series:

This conversation is part of a larger series organized by Croatan Institute’s Racial Equity, Economics, Finance, and Sustainability (REEFS) program, Redirecting Capital to Accelerate Racial Equity, a Total Portfolio Activation Approach.

Our nation is at a crossroads. The continued onslaught of racial inequities and injustices has led to a moment of keen reflection and should lead to sustained action. As impact and other conscientious investors consider how to tackle racial equity, we must acknowledge that the intensity of resources invested in White communities throughout this country’s history has led to today’s income and wealth gaps. Many decades of affirmative actions mainly benefiting White Americans — investments in education, homeownership, and job access — have created disparate outcomes for communities of color.

Today, the investment community must be collaborators willing to invest transformative capital in communities of color — both to address historical wrongs and seize future opportunities — that bank on the full potential of all citizens in this nation. This educational series Redirecting Capital to Accelerate Racial Equity, a Total Portfolio Activation Approach, showcases investable opportunities across asset classes.