CREED

Coalition for Racial & Ethnic Equity in Development
Equal Space for Every Creed & Race

About Us

Leaders representing a range of international development and humanitarian assistance formed the Coalition for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Development (CREED) for the purpose of creating the REE pledge and learning community.

We recognize that accomplishing our vision for REE requires that we build awareness of systemic racism, institutional discrimination, western white centeredness and white privilege in the international development and humanitarian assistance industry. Our objectives are to:

  • build commitment and accountability for REE within our own organizations' policies, systems, and culture starting initially with our U.S.-based workplaces;
  • create a learning community (Learning Hub) to share approaches and lessons learned, celebrate achievements, and support mutual accountability; and
  • work to instill REE as a core principle in the sector.

The REE pledge documents our commitment, action, and accountability for achieving REE in the international development and humanitarian sector, and specifically within our own organizations.

We are dedicated to building our learning by sharing our experiences, and supporting one another in this journey. Our Learning Hub provides one such platform.

Structure

CREED has attained 501(c)(3) status via a fiscal sponsor agreement with Global Impact (TIN (52-1273585). Our 501(c)(3) status enables CREED to solicit and receive tax-deductible donations from foundations, corporations, public sector entities, and individuals in support of our mission to strengthen racial and ethnic equity in the international development and humanitarian assistance sector.

Global Impact works on charitable ventures to inspire greater giving. They serve as a trusted advisor, intermediary and implementing partner across the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Through these partnerships, they have raised nearly $2 billion for causes such as disaster relief and global development.

Governance

Founded and chaired by Indira Kaur Ahluwalia, CREED is led by leaders of U.S. registered and based organizations from the international development and humanitarian assistance sector.

The CREED Board's Executive Committee is composed of seven organizations who were amongst CREED's founding organizations and served as the original CREED core team.

Led by Board members, four additional Board Committees lead core CREED activities:

  • Communications and Outreach
  • Signatory Engagement
  • Learning
  • Finance and Fundraising

Please reach out if you are interested in working on any CREED activities.

Membership

Membership is by organization (not individual) and requires executive leadership's commitment to CREED and the organization becoming a signatory of the REE Pledge. Organizations join CREED on a rolling basis when they sign the REE Pledge.

CREED offers three signatory tiers with varying responsibilities including leading and participating in Board Committees and Task Teams; developing and participating in the CREED signatory and learning events; and supporting CREED initiatives and functions.

Signatories are invited to donate annually to support CREED's operations.

Board Executive Committee

The Board Executive Committee is composed of executive and senior leadership from seven member organizations. With responsibilities for governance, representation, liaison, and communications as well as for leading the development of the pledge and a learning community, the Executive Committee is committed to CREED's goals.

  • Bobby Jefferson

    Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Engagement, and Inclusion, DAI

  • Deirdre White

    CEO, PYXERA Global

  • Farley Cleghorn

    Global Head, Health Practice, Palladium

  • Indira Ahluwalia (CREED Founder/Chair)

    President, KAUR Strategies

  • Jenn Williamson

    Vice President, Gender and Social Inclusion, ACDI/VOCA

  • Maria Martinkov

    Managing Partner, Palladium

  • Paul Weisenfeld

    EVP, International Development, RTI

  • Sarah Helmstadter

    Senior Vice President, Global Workforce, DAI

  • Susan Riechle

    President and CEO, IYF

  • Sylvia J. Megret

    President and COO, ACDI/VOCA

Founding Organizations

Twenty organizations came together as CREED when it was being launched as an idea by CREED founder Indira Ahluwalia. Since then, the founders have worked together to create CREED and the REE Pledge.

Member Signatories

With the support of its founders, membership has continued to grow. Members actively support the functions and activities of CREED related to making the REE Pledge a reality.

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Abt Associates

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American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ ACCELS, Inc.

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Amideast

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Anera

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Atchue LLC

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Banyan Global

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Bixal

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Blumont

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BroadReach Group

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CARE, USA

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CNFA

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Chemonics

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Connexus Corporation

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DT Global

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Defined Impact

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Democracy International

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Dexis Consulting Group

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Engender Health

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Environmental Initiatives

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Equilo Foundation

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Equilo, Inc.

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FHI 360

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FHI Solutions

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FLUSH

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Federal Capture, LLC

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Food Enterprise Solutions

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Fòs Feminista, International Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

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Greenleaf Integrative

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ICRW

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IREX

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Institute for Development Impact - I4DI

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Intellectual Concepts, LLC

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International Advisory, Products and Systems Ltd.

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International Development Group

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Intrahealth

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JSI Research & Training '

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Jefferson Consulting Group

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KANAVA International LLC

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Keylime

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LG Consulting

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Making Cents International

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Management Sciences for Health

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Mercy Corps

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Moonshot Global LLC

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NCBA CLUSA

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Nathan Associates

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NoirUnited International

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PAI

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PM Consulting Group LLC

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Panagora Group

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Partners of the Americas

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PartnersGlobal

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Pathfinder International

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Population Media Center

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Population Reference Bureau (PRB)

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Population Services International

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Posner Center

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ProSocial Dynamics

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Save The Children

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Splash

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Tanager International

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TechnoServe

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Tetra Tech Global Development Services

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The Bloomsbury Group

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The Cloudburst Group

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The Hunger Project

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The QED Group, LLC

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Triangle Environmental Health Initiative

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URC

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Untold Research

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WBD

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Water for Life Solutions

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Water for People

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Well Aware

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Winrock International

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World Education, Inc

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Zinc Network