Hill Diversity


Joint Center and NALEO Partner on Staff Up Congress

On November 1, the Joint Center and NALEO Educational Fund publicly announced their new partnership on Hill staff diversity by unveiling Staff Up Congress. Speakers included Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, NALEO President Arturo Vargas, Spencer, Democracy Fund Governance Director Betsy Hawkings, and Democracy Fund Constructive Politics Associate Director Laura Maristany. Staff Up Congress will work to expand our capacity to grow the pool of candidates for Congressional staff positions, develop individual candidates’ skills and networks, and persuade hiring managers to actively consider and recruit candidates in an inclusive manner. Special thanks to the Joint Center’s Don Bell and Keith Rogers for their work on this partnership!


About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.