Building from Strong Roots

Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the celebrated mission of the NUL is to, “enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.” NUL experienced tremendous growth in the 1960’s when its executive director, civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr., championed racial integration and African-American economic empowerment.  Over decades, the target population of the NUL has broadened beyond its historical mission as it strives to promote economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living for all in historically-underserved urban communities and close the equity gap which exists for African Americans and other ethnic communities.  The NUL’s commitment to organizational diversity is exemplified by its current leaders, president Marc Morial and board chair Michael Neidorff.  Morial is a nationally prominent political and civic leader who served as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1994 to 2002.  He grew up in the city’s Seventh Ward, the son of New Orleans’ first African-American mayor.  Neirdorff is a Fortune magazine ranked corporate chieftain who is chairman of the board, chief executive officer, president and chairman of the compliance committee of Centene Corporation, described as a “managed care behemoth” with headquarters in St. Louis.

ULGH was founded in 1964 with the mission to reduce economic disparities in our local communities through programs, services and educational opportunities. It provides programs and services to more than 3000 area residents annually in the areas of adult education, youth development, workforce development and training, economic enrichment, and health and wellness.

Paul Dworkin, MD, is the executive vice president for community child health at Connecticut Children’s, the director of the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health and the founding director of the Help Me Grow® National Center.