Washington, D.C. – The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) today announced that Rachel Reilly has joined the organization as director of impact strategy. In her new role, Rachel will take the lead on EIG’s efforts to support communities, policymakers and investors in their efforts to catalyze sustainable economic growth across the country through Opportunity Zones and other initiatives.

“Rachel brings deep experience in community development and an unwavering commitment to building more diverse, thriving, and connected places,” said John Lettieri, co-founder, President and CEO of the Economic Innovation Group. “Rachel will supercharge our work with public, private, and philanthropic partners to promote inclusive economic growth in communities at risk of being left behind.”

“The growing gap between prosperous and distressed communities represents one of the single greatest challenges threatening the well-being of people throughout our nation,” said Reilly. “That’s why it was so incredible that leaders on both sides of the aisle came together behind a policy that can address this disparity by spurring economic growth in communities that have been starved for private investment for so long.  Now that governors have designated Opportunity Zones across the nation, the challenge becomes making sure that investment reaches the communities that need it most.”

Rachel joins EIG from Enterprise Community Partners, where, as director of impact investing, she expanded opportunities for people and businesses to invest in their communities. Rachel was at the helm of Enterprise’s engagement with Opportunity Zones, and her portfolio of work included leading Enterprise’s $100 million debt offering – the Enterprise Community Impact Note – in addition to policy and advocacy activities related to impact investing.

The addition of Reilly builds on recent growth as the organization expands both capacity and capability.  EIG recently added Chris Slevin as the organization’s vice president, where he will develop the organization’s policy agenda and advance its bipartisan research and advocacy efforts, and August Benzow as research analyst, where he will expand the organization’s research and policy development efforts.

About the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is an ideas laboratory and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic American economy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., EIG convenes leading experts from the public and private sectors, develops original policy research, and works to advance creative legislative proposals that will bring new jobs, investment, and economic growth to communities across the nation.  For more information, visit eig.org.


Distressed Communities Index (DCI) Opportunity Zones 

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