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Green Dollars in Black Hands: An Equitable Approach to Wealth & Community Building

Wilson Lester July 13, 2022

Diverse-owned businesses represent a sizeable pool of undervalued, undercapitalized, growth-ready ventures. Partners in Equity (a Social Impact Investment Fund) piloted, over the past two years, a game-changing solution investing equity into owner-occupied commercial real estate, including building, land purchase, renovation, FF&E, and soft costs for these underinvested community-based businesses. 

During a fireside chat our managing partners, and first money in investor, will unpack the triumph and trial of deploying “Green Dollars” into transactions that do not normally see private equity show up for black and brown business owners. This conversation will represent transparency, strategy and lessons learned on tapping an opportunity that promises both outsized returns and impact for communities across America.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Justice, Reimagine Systems

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We want to activate the consciousness of those managing social impact capital on the purposefulness of creating opportunities for business owners to place make in their communities. Where there is a gap, there is also opportunity. The core value here is building localized transferable wealth at scale in disparate markets that traditionally experienced extractive investment. Our model exposes a replicable pathway to parity in commercial real estate acquisitions for black and brown businesses.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameWilson Lester
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationPartners in Equity
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTalib Graves-Manns
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationPartners in Equity
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJim Casselberry
  • TitleCIO
  • Organization4S Bay Partners
  • StatusConfirmed
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