WELCOME to CEMIResources.org

Our goal is to help strengthen the ability of underserved and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led community organizations to leverage public investments to address economic disparities.

That’s why CEMI Resources is an online hub with training, technical assistance, and resources for community organizations. This website includes easily accessible resource lists, custom-designed training materials, and inspiring video recordings. The materials will be accessible on their own as an ongoing resource and will also be used as a basis for in-person and virtual training and workshops that foster collaboration and knowledge sharing.


Our goal is to provide community organizations with the understanding and tools they need to shape a new economic framework that is inclusive, equitable, and just by providing a deeper understanding of how the economy is structured, the role of mutuality and movements in shaping a new economic framework, community economic development theory, goals, process, strategies, organization, and issues. It will also help in developing skills and tools for community economic analysis and planning, analyzing specific opportunities to leverage public funding sources for economic recovery and development in California, and identifying information sources and resources to support further research and practice of community economic development.

CEMIResources.org is made possible with the help of the following partners

CEMI is funded by a collaborative of philanthropic partners including Sierra Health Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation, and it is managed by The Center.


The Center has partnered with experts from the Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz, the Equity Research Institute at USC and PolicyLink to launch CEMIResources.org.


Renowned inclusive economic development leaders Dr. Chris Benner and Dr. Manuel Pastor and national research and action institute PolicyLink offer a training curriculum through this site that includes resources on race equity in the current economy, understanding economic development decision-making, commercial district revitalization, organizing social and economic movements and more.

Dr. Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Institute for Social Transformation, and Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at UCSC. His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and structures of economic opportunity, including regional labor markets and restructuring of work and employment. Visit his site here.

Dr. Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Equity Research Institute at USC and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. Visit his site here.

Jerry Maldonado is Vice President of Programs and leads the PolicyLink team, which advocates for groundbreaking policy changes that enable everyone, especially people of color, to be economically secure, live in healthy communities of opportunity and benefit from a just society. PolicyLink is guided by the belief that the solutions to the nation’s challenges lie with those closest to these challenges: when the wisdom, voice and experience of those traditionally absent from policymaking drive the process, profound policy transformations emerge. Visit his site here.

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