Economic Mobility Action Network

Economic Mobility Action Network
The Economic Mobility Action Network came together for its capstone meeting in June 2022.
The Economic Mobility Action Network started as a two-year pilot made up of six community foundation teams coming together to further an economic mobility agenda for their communities.  

Launched in Spring 2020, the Network specifically focused on improving the economic circumstances of low-income families and addressing racial disparities. This work was critically important as people from coast to coast experience reduced incomes, job loss and financial anxiety as the result of COVID-19. 

About the Economic Mobility Action Network 

The first cohort of the Economic Mobility Action Network was managed by CFLeads and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with additional support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


The Network, comprised of six community foundation teams that include board members, CEOs, senior staff and community partners, worked together over two years to better understand the key elements of economic mobility, build their community leadership capacity, identify and implement solutions, and support learning and action of the other participants and the community foundation field. 

Desired Outcomes 

The Network was designed for participants to: 

  • Apply the five community leadership competencies in their economic mobility work. 
  • Employ and further develop key tactics to advance their economic mobility agenda through the five competencies. 
  • Identify the benefits of a strong local-national funder relationship in tackling a complex issue. 
  • Develop peer connections with others in the cohort that can be leveraged as they work toward greater economic mobility in their communities. 


The participants in the Economic Mobility Action Network were selected based on a number of factors, including their existing economic mobility work, a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, strong community leadership experience, as well as demographic and geographic diversity.  

The community foundations that made up this pilot Network are: 

Click below to watch lessons learned, key takeaways, and more from the community foundations that participated in the two-year Economic Mobility Action Network pilot:


If you have any questions about the Economic Mobility Action Network or if you are interested in participating in a future cohort, please contact Leonard Brock at or 617-854-3549. 

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