But What Does It Mean?


“But What Does It Mean?” Webinar Series

How CEOs Can Help Power an Inclusive Recovery


Join GCP’s Equity & Inclusion division for our “But What Does It Mean?” webinar series as our guests, Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director and Reniya Dinkins, senior research assistant at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, shares findings from recent reports that include key economic performance data for the Cleveland metro area.

This session will cover a March 11 Brookings essay, From commitments to action: How CEOs can advance racial equity in their regional economies, which offers CEOs and CEO groups a three-part framework for action to make meaningful progress toward a more equitable economy, starting in their home regions.

In addition, the report, How family-sustaining jobs can power an inclusive recovery in America’s regional economies, provides localized data on how many families in the Cleveland metro area did not earn high enough wages in 2019 to make ends meet and the number of “family-sustaining wage” jobs Cleveland needs to move half of those struggling families into self-sufficiency. Lastly, the 2021 edition of Metro Monitor also provides localized data on the Cleveland metro area’s performance on inclusive economic growth and prosperity from 2009-2019, a ten-year period stretching from the trough of the Great Recession to the near-peak of the pre-pandemic economy.


Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Alan Berube is senior fellow and deputy director at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. In this role he coordinates and amplifies research from across Brookings Metro on how to strengthen economic opportunity in regions, cities, and communities. Alan has also authored dozens of Brookings publications on economic and demographic trends in metropolitan areas, social policies affecting families and communities, and the role of cities in a globalizing economy. He is co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013). Prior to joining Brookings in 2001, Alan was a policy advisor in the Office of Community Development Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. In 2004 Alan served as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the UK Treasury, focusing on mixed-income housing policy.

Reniya Dinkins, Senior Research Assistant, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Reniya Dinkins is a Senior Research Assistant in the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. In partnership with program vice president and director Amy Liu, Dinkins conducts research and analysis on inclusive local economic growth and the intersection of economic, workforce, and community development policies. Dinkins previously worked as a development coordinator and program facilitator training young women to run for elected office at Running Start. Dinkins also interned at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Thurgood Marshall Institute, the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, and the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights. Dinkins holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Columbia University, where she was a John W. Kluge scholar.