Kenya James

 Kenya James is the Finance and Operations Manager at the Insight Center. In this role, Kenya ensures that the organization runs smoothly and that staff members have the support they need in order to be effective in their positions and the community. Prior to joining the Insight Center, Kenya served as the Facilities Manager at the Greenlining Institute in Oakland, CA. She also was an Administrative Assistant at Charles River Associates, a leading global consulting firm. Kenya is a veteran of the U.S. Army and obtained her degree in Business Administration with options in Accounting and IT Management from Cal State University, East Bay.

Aisa Villarosa

Aisa Villarosa is the Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. She applies her law and policy expertise to Insight’s workforce development and economic security initiatives. Through policy advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and data analysis, she supports Insight’s Family Needs Calculator (formerly the Self-Sufficiency Standard), a tool that quantifies the costs of basic needs for California’s working families. Her cross-program work includes legal research, technical assistance, capacity building, and content development.

Drawing from over a decade of experience in addressing racial and gender inequity, Aisa is passionate about identifying opportunities to help people thrive. As a children’s rights and legal aid attorney in Detroit, Michigan, she co-founded The 313 Project, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting underserved communities to legal, educational, and job training resources. A former Skadden Fellow, she received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State University.

Aisa’s interdisciplinary expertise includes health, employment, immigration, and criminal justice advocacy. She is currently a board member of Aspire Education Project, a Bay Area nonprofit working to build educational equity. Aisa is a former instructor of Filipinx American civil rights history, as well as an avid painter and photographer.

Jacob Denney

Jacob is the Director of Policy and Research at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Jacob’s work includes leading Jobs that Lift, an initiative which helps advance the well-being of Mississippians who are disconnected from employment and education. Jacob also works to expose the effects of criminal justice debt on individuals and families, as well as producing original research on the structural forces that have limited wealth building in communities of color.

With a particular focus on the intersection of race and wealth, Jacob has contributed original research, policy analysis, and strategy on a variety of national, regional, and local projects. Prior to joining Insight, Jacob worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he conducted original research on criminal justice reform. Jacob also co-founded the Economic Justice Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fought back against policies and practices that exploited or punished people because of their economic status. Jacob has worked across the United States as a researcher, organizer, advocate, and strategist.

Jacob was born into a multiethnic Puerto Rican and white household in Springfield, Massachusetts, a working class city of color. Raised by a family of organizers and in a community of activists, he was taught early on the importance of community empowerment in creating policy change. Jacob received his master of public policy from the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, and his BA in political philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Jacob is an avid cook, baker, and Boston Celtics fan.

Brad Caftel

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Brad Caftel has been a lawyer on the staff of the Insight Center since 1976. Brad is responsible for ensuring that Insight’s internal operations comply with legal requirements, conform to best practices, and minimize exposure to adverse risk.  He also directs the Insight Center’s community economic development focused legal assistance offerings for legal services programs, law schools, pro bono attorneys, and eligible nonprofit corporations.

Brad has broad experience in providing legal, tax, organizational, and strategic planning advice and training to community and faith-based organizations on their internal development and operations, business and real-estate development, and community-development finance strategies. He has published extensively in the area of community economic development and nonprofit management.

In addition to his work at the Insight Center, Brad also teaches courses for law students and nonprofit managers on nonprofit corporate and tax law. He has taught at the University of Michigan, George Washington University, Hastings School of Law, San Jose State, and University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Brad received his JD in 1976 from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and his BA in economics from Michigan State University with high honors. He has been an active member of the California Bar and the Federal District Court of Northern California since 1976.

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Jhumpa Bhattacharya

Vice President of Programs and Strategy

Jhumpa is the Vice President of Programs and Strategy at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. In this role, Jhumpa is a key contributor to the thought leadership of the Insight Center, provides cross-program content support and strategic guidance, and oversees the racial and economic equity portfolio. She directly leads work identifying policy and narrative solutions to racial wealth inequities.
Grounded with a deep equity lens, Jhumpa has provided her leadership, racial justice analysis and thinking on various national and local research and capacity building projects focused on creating systems that address and meet the needs of communities of color, low-income communities and immigrants. Her expertise includes developing equity-based policies; practices tools and frameworks; conducting best practice research; technical assistance and capacity building; incorporating community and student voice into policy and programming; and facilitating complex dialogues on race, culture, and immigration.
A former Director at California Tomorrow, Jhumpa has roots in youth organizing and youth development, and brings over 18 years of experience advocating for and creating policy and system changes towards racial and economic equity. She is a board member of the Pacifica Family Fund, which works to provide quality prenatal and birth midwifery care to low-income families, families of color, teenagers, trans and non-gender conforming people. She is a lover of music, the Lakers and fluent in Bengali.

Anne Price

President

Anne has spent over 20 years working in the public sector on issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development, and higher education. Since 2011, Anne has led the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap initiative at the Insight Center, elevating the voices and opinions of experts of color in national economic debates and policy making. Her tireless work has brought the issue of the racial wealth gap into mainstream consciousness and vernacular with an explosion of media coverage of the data and research quantifying racial differences in wealth accumulation.

Anne possesses a deep understanding of the relationship between data analysis, program development, and public policy, enabling her to effectively communicate complex social issues, data findings, and programmatic trends across a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.

Prior to joining the Insight Center, Anne was the Project Director for California Tomorrow’s Community College Access and Equity Initiative, where she worked to introduce community college equity issues into a wide range of existing state, system, and campus-level conversations to garner increasing support for equity based reforms aimed at improving success for marginalized students.

Anne has worked as a Senior Associate at the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, where she distributed new data and fresh thinking on the city’s undereducated labor market as part of a larger strategy to build public and political will around workforce development issues.

Anne spent several years at Seattle’s Human Services Department, where she served as the Community Development Block Grant Administrator and Strategic Advisor to the Director. In her role she was responsible for the overall grant administration and day-to-day operations of the City of Seattle’s highly visible and politically charged $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $19 million in federal loans. During her tenure, she designed and implemented the first results-based request for proposal process for the $1.4 million HUD funded Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant.

Her dedication to work supporting social change has taken her throughout the country, and has required that she improve systems, practices, and policies for struggling families and neglected communities of color. She has led groups and individuals through effective, transformative processes of learning and growth, developed fundraising strategies, and managed and led complex projects in the non-profit and government sectors on issues related to education reform, workforce development, community development, and social, economic and racial justice issues.

Anne holds a BA in Economics from Hampton University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy in New York City.

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