2000 Scholar

Walk A Mile in Your Co-Worker’s Shoes? Cultivate Empathy Practices to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Lillian was raised by an exceptional working-class single mother in South Central, Los Angeles, and her life goal of tackling racial economic inequality is rooted in her experience of living in and surviving poverty. Her life outcomes are a direct byproduct of a public-private partnership between the University of Southern California and her high school. This strategic venture proved that low-income, low-wealth students with adequate preparation, access to equitable educational services, and the ability to reimagine their futures could defy generational cycles of poverty.

Lillian has dedicated her career to challenging systemic inequality with the north star of racial wealth equity. Lillian serves as Senior Vice President of Family Economic Mobility for Share Our Strength. In this role, Lillian leads the organization’s initiative to address structural inequities that create, sustain, and perpetuate food insecurity and persistent poverty for families and their kids.

Lillian is also the Founder and CEO of Enterprising Ventures of Color. In this role, Lillian builds the individual, organizational, and collective resilience of nonprofit leaders of color to confront inequities, and we are partnering with funders to leverage the social, financial, and economic resources needed for long-term sustainable impact.

Lillian earned her undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Masters of Arts in Sociology, both from Stanford University. She has received numerous fellowships and honors, including the Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellowship. Lillian lives in Bowie, Maryland, with her husband. Lillian is a Fellow of the third class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and an Aspen Global Leadership Network member. She is a 2000 Coca-Cola Scholar.