Greenville Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission

What is the Greenville Racial Equity and Economic Mobility (REEM) Commission?

The REEM Commission is a collaboration of Greenville County leaders to identify and address systemic racial barriers and social injustices in Greenville County by understanding the data revealing stark disparities and key gaps indicated as focus areas of the Black community.

 

Why was the REEM Commission formed?

A joint effort by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greenville County, and the Urban League of the Upstate, the REEM Commission grew from ongoing conversations to continue the challenging work of studying and reflecting on racial inequities in Greenville County’s Black community, and the community partnerships needed to create meaningful solutions.

 

Who is on the REEM Commission?

The inaugural members of the Greenville Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission include:

  • Merl F. Code, Ogletree Deakins, REEM Commission Co-Chair

  • David Lominack, TD Bank, REEM Commission Co-Chair

  • Meghan Barp, United Way of Greenville County

  • Peggy Baxter, Community Advocate

  • Karen Baynes-Dunning, Community Advocate

  • Kennedy Brown, Youth Advocate

  • Matt Caldwell, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

  • Elizabeth Davis, Furman University

  • Pastor Sean Dogan, Long Branch Baptist Church

  • Jessica Donan, EY

  • Joe Erwin, Endeavor

  • Traci Fant, Freedom Fighter’s Upstate Foundation

  • Reverend J. M. Flemming, NAACP

  • Rich Hagins, US&S

  • Robert Hughes, Hughes Development

  • Butch Kirven, Greenville County Council

  • Sheriff Hobart Lewis, Greenville County Sheriff’s Department

  • Amy Linsin, Prisma Health

  • Stacey Mills, USC Upstate

  • Bob Morris, Community Foundation of Greenville

  • S.T. Peden, Minority Economic Development Institute

  • Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber of Commerce

  • Jason Richards, NAI Earle Furman

  • Dr. Burke Royster, Greenville County Schools

  • Liz Seman, Furman University, Greenville County Council

  • Minor Shaw, Micco LLC

  • Katy Smith, Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy

  • Deputy Chief Howie Thompson, Greenville Police Department

  • Gage Weekes, Hollingsworth Funds

  • Mayor Knox White, City of Greenville

  • Dr. Nika White, Nika White Consulting

  • Will Whitley, Michelin North America

  • Baxter Wynn, Community Advocate

 

What are the REEM Commission’s goals?

The mission of the REEM Commission is to convene Greenville County leaders around matters of racial inequities, social justice, and disparities in six identified focus areas of the Black community. The Commission is committed to:

  • grounding their work in anti-racist transformation;

  • gathering ideas to improve equity and economic mobility strategies in Greenville;

  • mobilizing around identified top priorities; and

  • establishing following-through and accountability metrics for all focus areas

 

What are the REEM Commission’s focus areas?
  • Educational Attainment and Workforce Development

  • Health and Wellness

  • Income, Wealth and Economic Mobility

  • Senior Population (Aging and Poverty)

  • Justice System and Policing

  • Community-wide Racial Equity Education

 

What research and data is the REEM Commission using to base solutions?

All REEM Commission members have studied and analyzed information, data and resources, curated and created to accompany this project, such as:

  • REI Groundwater Training

  • Racial and Economic Mobility Index (read the full report here).

  • NSEM Historical Timeline Project

  • United Way Community Conversations data

 

What are next steps for the REEM Commission?

Following the REEM Commission’s launch in late August, the group plans to participate actively in topical discussions as part of six community work groups (one group per focus area). The Commission will develop recommendations and strategies with key metrics that lead to systemic and programmatic change. A final report will be prepared and shared with the community.

 

Who should I contact with questions?

Media Inquiries: Greg Van De Voorde | gvandevoorde@unitedwaygc.org

General Questions: Meghan Barp | mbarp@unitedwaygc.org