The Maven Collaborative was birthed out of an unwavering commitment to ensure gender and racial equity in the world and in our organization. Our efforts hinge on improving the economic well-being of Black women as a way to improve economic equity for all.
Our work began under the leadership of Anne Price, during her tenure as the Insight Center for Economic Development’s first Black woman president for over 6.5 years.
Anne resurrected the organization from the brink of financial collapse into a programmatic powerhouse that was well respected and highly regarded for its efforts to ensure economic equity for women and people of color. This work astronomically increased the Insight Center’s visibility and financial stability.
Despite her success in establishing Insight as a leader in the economic justice space and navigating the organization to its best fiscal health in its more than half-century history, Anne was paid significantly less than her male predecessor and routinely received an onslaught of racist pushback from the Board.
In late 2022, Anne Price resigned as president. Immediately after, the entire program staff and Vice President Jhumpa Bhattacharya resigned in solidarity.
Upon the mass exodus, Anne and Jhumpa began envisioning the creation of an organization led by a vision of equity for all, centering on the needs of Black women. While the prospect of creating an entirely new organization was daunting, they knew that this was their moment to take a leap of faith to embark on the dream work they have always wanted to do— a rare opportunity in the nonprofit world.
In the beginning of 2023, Anne and Jhumpa unveiled the Maven Collaborative: a new nonprofit built on their previous work, to create a just and fair economy for everyone by focusing on Black women. Maven quickly raised enough to hire back all their former Insight Center colleagues.
Today, the Maven Collaborative centers the experience and lives of Black women in building an economy that works for everyone. We believe that anti-blackness and the patriarchy are at the root of all forms of oppression. As such, we are committed to centering Black women in our work and inside our organization as we see that as the true pathway to liberation for all people. We are committed to trusting Black women and lifting up their voices, experiences, and expertise because we know by doing so, we create the space to lift up all communities.
We are Unwavering in our commitment to ensuring gender and racial equity in the world and in our organization.
We Trust the lived experiences and innate wisdom of women and communities of color.
We are Not Separate from the communities we work with.
We Recognize the intersecting ways oppression shows up in systems, policies, and communities.
We Embrace and Express joy in doing our work, through the wins and losses.
We Uplift each other, our partners, communities, and other leaders, refusing to buy into a narrative of false scarcity for resources or acclaim.
We Speak with Candor, saying the hard things when others may hesitate.
The thing that I was signaling, along with my colleagues at PolicyLink, is that this is a leader who has proven her work,” he says. “She’s [Price] proven her intellectual capability in the field, and she deserves to continue that work with her colleagues.— MICHAEL MCAFEE | CEO OF POLICYLINK
We have been positively impacted as an institution as a result of their work,” Bell says. “We have relied on them as thought partners along the way as we’ve been seeking to move towards our North Star of racial equity and economic inclusion.— JUDITH BELL | CIO OF SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION