Rodney Foxworth

Rodney Foxworth believes that an economy that works for everybody is possible. A native of Baltimore, where he led a wide variety of entrepreneurial projects focused on racial equity and social innovation, he now leads Common Future, a network of leaders (re)building an economy that includes everyone. Their work unites wealth-holders and wealth-builders across the U.S. and Canada to advance a more equitable economy.

Rodney has spoken at Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), Social Finance Forum, the Brookings Institution, and numerous other conferences. He is also a gifted writer, penning widely-read essays and op-eds about philanthropy, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and economic development. He is such a sought-after source because his expertise is at the beating heart of what this country is so urgently struggling with: how do we work across urban/rural and racial divides to increase prosperity for everyone? He is a master at finding common ground, whether he’s speaking to progressive people of color fighting gentrification and food deserts, or small town business owners who are fed up with massive corporate conglomerates extracting local resources. Or both at the same time! He’s a visionary with two feet firmly planted on the ground–whether that’s gritty city streets or palatial farmland.

By localism, we don’t mean parochialism. We mean creating direct relationships within the context of capital.
--Rodney Foxworth, The New York Times

The people and communities most adversely impacted by economic extraction and wealth inequality are resilient and have long innovated solutions to enduring systemic challenges...They’re doing the hard work. Now it’s time for policymakers, philanthropists and investors to follow their lead.
--Rodney Foxworth, The New York Times

Copyright, 2024 | All rights reserved.

reFRESH Newsletter

Get FRESH perspectives on current events from leading thought leaders in our bi-weekly newsletter.

FRESH Speakers, Inc. is a next-generation speakers bureau, uniquely representing women and people of color--two groups historically left off the public stage. Our speakers range from business leaders to artists, scientists to athletes. They have given ground-breaking TED talks and written best-selling books, but, more importantly, their wisdom comes from real world, lived experiences. FRESH speakers routinely grace the world's biggest thought leadership stages, host nonprofit benefits, and keynote Fortune 100 corporate retreats, university lecture series, leading tech conferences, grassroots organizing convenings, and countless other venues, the world over.
Go top