Series: Building a local and multi-racial talent pipeline

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The Federal City Council and CityWorks DC are partnering with the D.C. Policy Center on a series of papers about a central question facing our city that spans multiple sectors:

How do we ensure that D.C. residents secure the “good jobs” in our region,[1] especially as we consider how to build an inclusive economic recovery in our post-COVID economy?

Publications in this series

About this series

Despite the considerable number of unfilled jobs coming to the Washington region every year, young D.C. residents, particularly young people of color, do not have access to career pathways designed to support them from education to secure employment. We believe that employers have uniquely powerful levers to influence racial equity through talent development, starting with how they engage with the education and workforce systems and including their own talent acquisition and development practices. Our vision is that provided with the right infrastructure and support, employers will be able to hire more DC residents into the region’s many good jobs as a business decision advanced by their Human Resources departments—not only out of a sense of corporate social responsibility.

The briefs in this series will explore the business case for why employers should participate in the creation of a local and multi-racial talent pipeline in Washington, D.C., including the economic and social cost of inaction. With clear talent shortages and a stated commitment from companies to hire more diverse workforces, the desire for change clearly exists. Most strikingly, as the first paper points out,

“Every young adult who is excluded from the regional labor market each year adds to a pool of residents who are further pushed into poverty or pushed out of the city. By predictably preparing youth for more lucrative careers, a local talent pipeline will increase their economic mobility and wages.”

Executing this vision will require engaging young people, employers, and other city leaders in the creation of a new pipeline. By doing so, we will confront historical inequities, accelerate the healthy development of our youth, benefit talent-hungry local businesses, and help rebuild DC’s vibrant local economy.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennie Niles at or Kevin Clinton at

About the Federal City Council

The Federal City Council (FC2) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization dedicated to the advancement of civic life in the nation’s capital. Established in 1954, the FC2 recognizes that improvements in the District of Columbia’s social, economic and physical infrastructure require innovative, tireless work. ​We seek long-term solutions to complex, community-based problems that produce lasting change and a stronger D.C..

About CityWorks

CityWorks DC is a leading collaborator devoted to reshaping the landscape of education and career development opportunities for D.C. youth of color. CityWorks believes we must all work together to break down the racial, economic, and social barriers that keep D.C. youth of color from building professional careers. Every day, we mobilize local employers, educators, and city leaders to forge a shared vision of the future and create a local and equitable talent pipeline for high-wage, high- demand jobs.


[1] We define a “good job” as a full-time role which 1) provides career stability and/or path for advancement, 2) has a living wage that provides family-sustaining income and benefits (~$63K in the DC region) 3) has a low automation risk, and 4) is accessible within ~5 years of high school graduation.