Founded in 1969, the Insight Center is a national research and economic justice organization working to ensure that all people become and remain economically secure. Race- and gender-based wealth inequities are two of the greatest failures of the American economy. We expose hidden truths to unearth and address the root causes of economic exclusion and racial inequity.

We are committed to amplifying the perspectives and economic experiences of people of color, and believe it is essential to designing meaningful policy interventions that will help build a just and inclusive society. We are one of the few national, economic-focused organizations led by people of color that centers its work on race, gender and place. 


Those in power have long overlooked and undervalued the real life needs of people of color in creating economic policy. Harmful yet persistent narratives about people of color, especially Black Americans, have led to disproportionately high levels of incarceration, joblessness and poverty; and prevent us from enacting transformative policies that help all Americans thrive. We must embrace solutions to address the intentional disinvestment, dehumanization and exclusion of people of color from economic policy and opportunity.


The Insight Center’s work is driven by and for leaders and communities of color. Insight sparks innovative ideas and amplifies community voices and solutions. At the center of our work is a focus on racial equity.

The Insight Center:

  • Conducts groundbreaking research to ignite systemic change
  • Produces powerful tools and resources to shift narratives that build political and public will
  • Advocates for policies that address economic exclusion and racial inequities 
  • Bridges the gap between academia and activism


Our policy work, tools and thought leadership improve public and private investments in marginalized communities, and lead to an uptake of solutions to economic and racial inequity. We have been increasingly sought after by foundations and grassroots efforts to provide our research, policy and advocacy expertise, framing and thought partnership in their work around racial and economic equity.

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