Racial Equity and Multisolving: A Conversation With Nathaniel Smith of Partnership for Southern Equity

Join Multisolving Institute Founder and Director Beth Sawin on Wed., May 4th at 12pm ET for a conversation with Nathaniel Smith, who serves as Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). PSE advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Nathaniel is also a member of the Multisolving Institute Advisory Board.

In the webinar we will explore Nathaniel’s definition of racial equity, why racial equity must be a central focus of multisolving, and learn more about PSE’s approach to advancing racial equity in health, energy, economic opportunity, and land use. This webinar is the first in Multisolving Institute’s series of conversations about multisolving with leaders in the US and internationally.


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Read below to learn more about Nathaniel Smith and the work of PSE.

Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity, Founder and Chief Equity Officer

Nathaniel Smith serves as Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, which advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. PSE does this through the lenses of energy equity, economic inclusion, equitable development, health equity, youth leadership, and fee-for-service contracts. Under Smith’s leadership, PSE created the South’s first equity-mapping tool, the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, and led a coalition of diverse stakeholders to support a $13 million transit referendum that expanded MARTA into a new county for the first time in 45 years.

PSE continues to support the racial equity ecosystem through the COVID- 19 pandemic through its COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund, which distributed more than $200,000 to more than 30 organizations because of the initial investment of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. The fund has now grown to more than $400,000 and additional rounds of funding. Smith’s endeavors through PSE and as a racial equity champion throughout the American South has earned him numerous distinctions including being named to the Grist 50 by Grist Magazine in 2018 and the Atlanta 500 by Atlanta Magazine 2019-2021 and designated one of the 100 “Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine 2018-2021. His work was also featured in the U.S. News and World Report, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, The Hill, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta Voice and others.


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