America knows what needs to be done to close the racial wealth gap. So why don’t we? Alexandra Bastien is a Senior Program Associate at PolicyLink – a national research and action institute dedicated to
advancing social and economic equity. In her role, she works to lift up policy solutions pertaining to wealth inequality
across the nation. She conducts research, provides technical assistance and helps to lead program strategy related to
asset building and equitable economic development. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Bastien was a 2012-2013 cohort member of
the Proteus Fund Fellowship for Diversity in Philanthropy, and served as the Co-Executive Director of the National Black
Women’s Society, Inc.
Alexandra earned a B.A. in Communications from Boston College and a Master of Public Policy from the Heller School for
Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx