In DC for Natural Investment’s annual retreat, with the Capitol Building in the disance.

An introduction to our partnership from Kate’s perspective:

I met Tiffany Brown in 2013. She was supporting wealthy young people in navigating race, class and power. I spent the next five years organizing other inheritors to invest in wealth redistribution and reparations loan funds. By the time our paths crossed again, when we were both selected as fellows in the inaugural year of RSF Social Finance’s Integrated Capital Fellowship, Tiffany was working in finance.  As we worked together, our eyes were opened to the power of our partnership. I was especially interested in being in partnership with someone from a different race and class background.

As a wealthy white person in this country, I was quickly pulled into the “gifted and talented” classes in school. I attended Princeton, where I was told that poverty and climate change were problems that we as intelligent individuals could solve with technical innovation and social entrepreneurship. But I learned from social justice movements that poor people are experts on poverty, black activists are experts on anti-black racism, and any attempt to solve a social problem must be shaped and guided by those affected by it. I knew that privileged people in isolation could never end wealth inequality or the racial wealth divide.

Tiffany, a Black (mixed-race) woman raised working-class, has worked for years with Be Present, an organization that does internal and interpersonal work across race, gender, power and class for systemic change.  As Tiffany wrote in our founding documents:

We have a shared commitment to multiracial, cross-class leadership. The racial wealth divide, racism and classism have created a chasm in our country. As we fracture along these lines of identity we disconnect from the reality that it will take a diversity of perspectives to restore balance. We need each other and are stronger together.

I believe the strategies and transformation that emerge from relationships across class and across race are the strongest and most viable ways to begin to repair our economy. Moving out of isolation and into community is essential for transforming financial practices.

To read more about our commitment to our partnership, you can read about our backbone.

Kate Poole and Tiffany Brown, the principals of Chordata Capital, are investment advisory representatives of Natural Investments LLCNatural Investments is an independent Registered Investment Advisor firm. Chordata Capital is not a registered entity and is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Natural Investments.

Kate Poole and Tiffany Brown, the principals of Chordata Capital, are investment advisory representatives of Natural Investments LLCNatural Investments is an independent Registered Investment Advisor firm. Chordata Capital is not a registered entity and is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Natural Investments.

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