By Lisa Camner McKay

October 5, 2022

The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute was founded in 2017 to conduct and share research that works toward expanding economic opportunity and inclusive growth for all Americans. Five years in, how has the opportunity and inclusion research agenda evolved?

Anniversaries offer a moment to pause and reflect: Where have we come from, and where are we going? So for this issue, For All gathered four individuals who have been instrumental to the work of the Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute over the last five years and asked their perspective.

Mark Wright served as research director of the Minneapolis Fed from the Institute’s early days until July 2022, when he assumed a new role at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He steered the effort to bring together a diverse and distinguished group of social scientists to serve on the Institute’s founding advisory board. Those advisors include Greg Kaplan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook distinguished professor of public policy, African and African American studies, and economics at Duke University. They were joined by Abigail Wozniak, who has led the Institute as its first director since her arrival in early 2019.