In this blog series, we will sit down with members of the Betamore Advisory Board and ask them 5 questions. This week, we caught up with Rodney Foxworth, CEO & Founder at Invested Impact.
What’s your background?
I’ve had a variety of experiences in my professional career–ranging from journalism to workforce development to grant-making. Over the past few years I’ve been particularly focused on advising and cultivating resources for undercapitalized social entrepreneurs–especially those of color.
What are you working on currently?
Several projects that support economic inclusion and social entrepreneurship throughout the city. For example, I’m helping Calvert Foundation launch their Ours To Own campaign in Baltimore, which is a great opportunity to raise and mobilize local capital to invest in communities and businesses that are typically excluded or overlooked–like minority and women owned small businesses and affordable housing.
I also spend a lot of my time as Vice Chair of Thread, an exemplary organization doing nationally recognized work. Thread is more than a mentoring or youth development organization–though it does both of those things incredibly well.
Why did you choose Baltimore to live/work?
Baltimore is my hometown and so it has a special place in my heart–my family resides here as well as many of my childhood friends. Beyond that, Baltimore is full of tirelessly committed and talented leaders and entrepreneurs from all walks of life. We’ve done a poor job of making opportunity equitable and accessible–life outcomes and professional trajectories are markedly different if you grow up in Sandtown-Winchester rather than Roland Park–and I think we all have a moral obligation and self-interest to dig in and disrupt that dichotomy.
What professional advice would you give to your 25-year old self?
Be proactive about reaching across generations–to the Baby Boomers, to the Silent Generation–to locate mentors and advisors that are values-aligned.
What’s a quote that you think sums up yourself?
Anything James Baldwin ever wrote or said.