About our practice

We work with our clients and partners across the social sector to build a more equitable and just society for all people in the United States. Learn more about what we believe and our commitment to gender equity and anti-racism.

Key Insights

Our work focuses on a range of topics, from strengthening equity in early childhood education, to shifting power in the philanthropic sector, to improving economic mobility through quality employment

The rising tide of health technology: Design for equity to ensure access for the underserved

Dalberg recently hosted a webinar with four medical practitioners who are helping to redefine the intersection of health tech and equity. This is what we learned.

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None until all are free: LGBTQ+ rights through an intersectional lens

While there has been major progress in certain areas of the LGBTQ+ movement, the same Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) communities that paved the way for Pride and LGBTQ+ rights continue to face systemic oppression and violence at an alarming rate today.

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Low-wage work, low quality jobs: Understanding and addressing barriers to job quality for low-wage workers

There are an estimated 53 million low wage workers in the US, a workforce that is disproportionately composed of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) workers. In addition to financial insecurity, these workers are also less likely to have access to higher quality jobs. A new Dalberg report examines the barriers to job quality for low-wage workers in small and medium businesses and opportunities to address these challenges and support economic mobility.

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It's about time: Private investment in U.S. care infrastructure

The Covid pandemic spotlighted the longstanding need for stronger care infrastructure in the United States. Without sufficient investment in safe and affordable care services and products, the economy cannot build back after the pandemic. Current federal and state efforts to invest in care are critical but private investment in care infrastructure will also be essential to not only build back – but build back better.

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Why supporting minority-led businesses is key to New York City’s recovery

Dalberg conducted an analysis to demonstrate the critical need for support of minority-led small and medium-sized businesses to drive economic recovery in New York City.

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U.S. care economy in crisis

Caregivers are some of the most economically-exposed workers of the Covid-19 pandemic. This article outlines what is being done in the U.S. today – and how we can recognize the vital role workers play in the economy, both now and in the future.

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Shifting practices, sharing power? How the U.S. philanthropic sector is responding to the 2020 crises

A new survey and report from Dalberg Advisors, Philanthropy California, and the Council on Foundations outlines the critical next steps and fundamental shifts respondents raised as necessary to build an equitable future.

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Shifting power to communities in grant funding

For all the attention paid to diversity in board and executive leadership, and who receives grants, another fundamental area of racial justice in the funding world is ripe for exploration: Who has decision-making power over where capital flows?

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Dalberg’s 2020 Shaping an Equitable Future series was developed to explore issues of justice in the United States

  • May 28, 2020

    Shaping an equitable future for care workers in the US.

    “Our economy cannot function without care work, and in that sense it is a public good and we should invest in it that way… if we don’t, we end up paying for it in so many inefficient ways.”
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  • July 23, 2020

    What do funders need to give up to achieve racial justice?

    “The history of accumulation of wealth is a trail of trauma. We have the opportunity to flip that paradigm and use money as medicine. Put money where the hurt is the worst.”
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  • August 13, 2020

    How can funders shift power to achieve racial justice?

    “It's still possible for community engagement to be extractive… [we must] shift capital deployment to communities to make their own funding decisions.”
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What we believe

  • Dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy
  • Advancing equity both internally and externally
  • Shifting power to the communities most impacted by injustice and inequity
  • Taking a gender and race explicit intersectional approach
  • Analyzing root causes and designing systemic, expansive solutions
  • Challenging patriarchal structures to create systems that work for people of all genders


  • Marcus Haymon

    Marcus is a Partner and the Regional Director for the Americas at Dalberg Advisors based in New York City. He is the co-lead of Dalberg’s Justice, Equity, and Economic Mobility practice and advises clients on strategies to advance racial equity and build and shift power.

  • Rachna Saxena

    Rachna is a Partner based in New York City. She is the co-lead of Dalberg’s Justice, Equity, and Economic Mobility practice. She also is part of the leadership team of Dalberg’s Finance and Investment practice, focusing on taking a gender and equity lens to investment strategies and products.

  • Shruthi Jayaram

    Shruthi Jayaram is an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors and directs Dalberg’s San Francisco office. Shruthi focuses on advancing gender equality and social justice in the U.S. and beyond, with a particular focus on increasing women’s power in the economy and addressing gendered violence.

  • Joe Dougherty

    Joe Dougherty is a Partner based in San Francisco, a former Managing Director of Dalberg Americas, and a professional faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Joe has worked with leading foundations, nonprofits, corporations and government agencies for more than 25 years and focuses on strategy as well as workforce development, education, and financial well-being.


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