De'Zhon Grace
He/ Him/His
2019 Economic Equity Fellow, The Greenlining Institute

De'Zhon Grace was born and raised in Oakland, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as a first-generation college student, with a major in Sociology & minor in African American Studies.

Growing up in a single-parent household, he witnessed the persistent challenges Black mothers face while raising a family in today's America. This experience sparked a passion for love in all forms (mentally, physically, and spiritually), problem-solving, and a desire to strengthen the Black household. He believes that Black and Brown communities have a shared struggle that encompasses both economics and spirituality. Furthermore, he perceives this struggle to be the greatest obstacle in mastering self-sufficiency, prosperity, and love of self. De'Zhon has dedicated his life to searching for a solution to this struggle, which will allow for a collective shift of focus away from basic survival towards a household that thrives.

In the future, De'Zhon intends to pursue a dual J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy in his quest to establish large-scale solutions to provide economically sustainable practices, services, and policies that ensure the mental and physical well-being for historically marginalized and oppressed communities. Currently, he is the 2019 Economic Equity Fellow at the Greenlining Institute where he works with financial institutions to provide communities of color with access to capital, avenues to homeownership, and promote both leadership and supplier diversity. Additional work will include research pertaining to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and identifying and engaging POC-led organizations to assess community needs, in order to build a stronger base for Economic Equity advocacy.