Current Leader

Bobby Boone

Bobby Boone
Location: Washington, District of Columbia Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Business/Private Sector, Economic Stability, Food Systems and Nutrition, Immigrants and Refugees, Public Policy Populations Served: African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities, Southwest Asian and/or North African (SWANA), Urban Communities
Founder + Chief Strategist
&Access

FOCUS
Bobby celebrates the diversity of people and places, recognizing that culture and a framework for increased healthful behaviors already exist in each neighborhood across the world. He seeks to perpetuate this diversity by enhancing the capacity of minority-owned retailers and restaurants (collectively defined as retail), especially in underserved, low-income neighborhoods, which are already home to 43 percent of all small businesses. These businesses have significant potential to serve as the dominant image of a neighborhood’s culture, its brand, serving nearby residents and attracting visitors.

In this world, he imagines business owners inspiring the self-actualization of youth to achieve their dreams, no matter how big. This is a world where adequate access to essential goods and services promotes walking/biking, social networks, and an improved quality of life. Bobby seeks to accomplish this goal by challenging the traditional real estate system, which awards affluent communities with needed retail. In contrast, low-income and communities of color remain underinvested until an opportunity arises to exploit the land for profits. He works daily to create policies/programs and strategize for developers and small businesses to expand opportunities for minority entrepreneurs and the underserved communities they often serve.

 

MORE ABOUT BOBBY
Bobby has a passion for Black communities, having grown up in Atlanta, attended an HBCU (Florida A&M University), and lived and worked in Washington, D.C.; and Detroit. This passion is compounded by his love for physical communities, primarily commercial environments, where he sees his educational background in architecture and urban planning come to life. These commercial corridors, developments, and businesses are where the community intersects and integrates diverse people, perspectives, and products. When others witness common humanity, Bobby believes it drives compassion and thinks small businesses are best equipped to provide for these illuminating opportunities. He launched &Access to build upon this perspective, offering consulting services to key players in the real estate system to increase opportunities for racial and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs and underserved communities with strong community networks already ingrained.

 

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