Janis Bowdler Will Tackle Systemic Racism and Structural Inequality

Media 10.26,21

Contact: Stephen Peters, [email protected], 202.466.1887

WASHINGTONWade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s appointment of Janis Bowdler as the department’s first counselor for racial equity:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that our economy doesn’t work for everyone. Poverty and economic insecurity continue to harm low-income families, especially those in communities of color. We commend the Biden administration and Secretary Yellen for appointing Janis Bowdler to this new and important role. Janis is no stranger to this work — she has a long career taking on systemic racism and structural inequality. Under her leadership, the department will keep racial equity at the forefront of its work, and ensure that as our economy continues to recover, fewer people are left behind.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.