Economic progress shouldn’t directly correlate to the zip code you’re born into. We strive to ensure all individuals and families have the support they need to reclaim their agency, choices, and purchasing power. Whether related to the cost of childcare, access to transportation, or housing scarcity, we choose companies that seek the economic stability of all Americans.
Lyn Johnson and Sara Sparhawk are on a mission to encourage women to turn their talents into businesses while giving other families access to their skills. They founded West Tenth: a marketplace app that connects people to the countless home-based businesses women start in their communities––ultimately lowering the barriers to entrepreneurship and economic creativity.
As a veteran himself, Mike Slagh founded Shift to advance veterans’ careers by delivering cross-industry upskilling programs for active duty and high-impact military talent. Shift’s community platform helps members transition to civilian life by helping them translate their experiences and expertise into marketable skills and competitive careers.
Matt Strauss knows underserved communities encounter significant employment barriers. He founded RiseKit to equip jobseekers with the guidance, application support, and coaching they need to be most successful in their careers.
Atticus LeBlanc recognizes that affordable housing is in crisis. He founded PadSplit to help solve the housing supply shortage by creating a network of affordable, fast housing aimed at strengthening financial independence for low-income workers.
Maleka Momand and Lilli Oetting saw the need to help policymakers integrate quality analysis into actionable insights for more transparent and data-driven decision-making. They founded Esper to shape a policy development and collaboration platform for government customers to more effectively evaluate and manage public policy.