April 2021 | Solidarity with the AAPI Community, Karp Strategies in Massachusetts, and Events


In the wake of the horrific shootings in Atlanta on March 16 that claimed the lives of eight, including six women who identified as Asian, and escalated anti-Asian racism all around the country, the Karp Strategies team would like to express our solidarity with the AAPI community and denounce racism and xenophobia in all forms.

Our team would like to share some resources to advance learning and action to help better support the AAPI community:

Communities across the country face unprecedented economic challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rural communities downtown have been particularly hard hit. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Karp Strategies is creating Rapid Recovery Plans for three communities in Massachusetts, Grafton, Mendon, and Upton, as part of a statewide program where 125 communities will receive Rapid Recovery Plans.


Working with senior leadership in each community to develop a series of project proposals that responds to the unique needs of each community, our team led the communities through a phase involving data analysis, site surveys, and stakeholder interviews to surface each communities’ challenges, opportunities, and capacity to implement change. Karp Strategies is currently developing project proposals that build on existing community assets and incorporate best practices. The project will culminate in each community receiving a detailed and vetted set of project plans for implementation, and the State will receive a detailed inventory of community priorities from across the state.

Join us as we stay up-to-date on the issues impacting our region.


Today, April 6, 10AM: Mott MacDonald MBE/WBE/SDVOB Firm Outreach & Capacity Building | Join Mott MacDonald and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for information about Mott MacDonald, the PANYNJ, and potential opportunities for collaboration with certified MBE/WBE/SDVOB firms in the region for current and upcoming projects and task orders. Register here.


Today, April 6, 12-1PM: Redlining and the Climate Crisis | Join Rebecca Karp and attend the EPA Office of Environmental Justice’s Justice and Systemic Racism Speaker Series featuring redlining and the climate crisis. Register here.


Thursday, April 8, 12-1:30PM: Power After the Pandemic: Greening Growth | Join the Urban Design Forum for a conversation with U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman and Julian Brave NoiseCat to explore how cities can tie racial justice to climate action. Register here.


Thursday, April 8, 12PM: The Future of New York Hosted by Capalino | Join Melva M. Miller, CEO, Association for a Better New York, Jose Ortiz, CEO, NYC Employment and Training Coalition, and Gregg Bishop, Interim Executive Director of Coro New York and Former Commissioner of NYC SBS for a conversation about what New York can do to speed the City’s recovery and inclusive growth. Register here. Thursday, April 13, 11AM-12PM: The Future of New York Hosted by Capalino | Join Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli for a conversation about reinventing and modernizing social services through business, government, and nonprofit partnerships. Register here.


Wednesday, April 14, 3:30-5:30PM: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academia | The Geospatial Graduate Student Organization (GGSO) at North Carolina State University is hosting a Race and Place seminar series intended to highlight research that contextualizes race by speaking to environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the geographical and geospatial sciences. Participate here.

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Reach out to us at info@karpstrategies.com.