Giving Compass' Take:

• Charisse Conanan Johnson, managing partner and head of Next Street’s Advisory Practice, shares findings from a report titled: "The Equity Gap for Entrepreneurs of Color: Chicago and Beyond." 

• How can donors contribute to solutions that respond to the racial equity capital gap? 

• Learn more about addressing the racial wealth gap.

Based in Chicago, Charisse is a Managing Partner and Head of Next Street’s Advisory Practice. In her role, Charisse is responsible for overseeing all elements of the firm’s Advisory Practice, including driving business development, managing profitability and operations, and delivering client solutions. Prior to serving at Head of the Advisory Practice, Charisse was Head of the firm’s Chicago market, a position she assumed upon her arrival at the firm in December of 2015.

Over her tenure, Charisse has delivered small business and community investment ecosystem assessments and strategies in Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, and Houston as well as offered tailored financial and investment solutions to clients nationwide. Finally, Charisse has expertise in developing client solutions through a racial equity and inclusive lens.

Prior to Next Street, Charisse was CEO of Smarteys, Inc., a small business that provided financial planning tools for college grads. Prior to Smarteys, Charisse was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Management, where she made investment decisions for a $10 billion mid cap equity portfolio. Charisse is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Charisse is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charter holder.

Read the full article about racial equity capital gap at Social Capital Markets.