Racial Wealth Equity expert joins ROC USA® Board

CONCORD, N.H. — Lillian Singh of Prosperity Now has joined the ROC USA® Board of Directors. Lillian Singh Headshot

Singh, Vice President of Programs & Racial Wealth Equity for Prosperity Now, has spent her career coaching teams, organizations, and communities on building and owning their power in their work for economic justice. At Prosperity Now, Singh provides vision, leadership, and management accountability to a $7 million annual portfolio of grants and contracts focusing on racial wealth equity and financial security.

She joined Prosperity Now in 2015 to co-launch the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative. In five years, she has built the initiative from a small pilot program to a multi-million-dollar, organization-wide effort.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lillian Singh to ROC USA’s Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Andrea Levere. “She brings knowledge and experience in how to support local communities in their efforts to build wealth and security, paired with an invaluable lens of how to invest in communities of color to reduce the racial wealth divide. Her leadership will ensure that ROC USA can build equitable communities in the future.”

Singh also brings personal experience with manufactured housing and home ownership to the ROC USA Board. She has four generations of family members in Mississippi who own manufactured homes on land her grandparents purchased in the 1960s. Her parents divorced when she was six years old, and she moved with her mother from Mississippi to South Central Los Angeles, where they rented.

As she described to fellow ROC USA Directors, “I have seen firsthand the vast difference between ownership and renting and what that means to family stability and wealth-building. I bring that experience to this mission and my work generally, and am firmly committed to land ownership and security, especially in low-income communities and communities of color.”

ROC USA President Paul Bradley said, “Singh’s addition to the Board is win for the entire social venture.”

“I am so excited to work more closely with Lillian,” Bradley said. “Her expertise, experience, and perspective is perfect for a national organization that serves a wide array of diverse local communities through a Network of regional organizations.”

Before joining Prosperity Now, Singh worked at the NAACP, where she helped to reestablish the Economic Department during the height of the Great Recession and help launch the Financial Freedom Center in Washington, D.C.

Lillian is a 2020 Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellow.  In 2018, she was named a Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine. She is on the board of the Avalan Institute, and is a National Fellow for America’s Leaders of Change. Her commentary on issues of racial wealth equity has appeared in Ebony, Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, among others.