Vice President, Prosperity Now
Lillian Singh has spent her career coaching teams, organizations, and communities to build and own their power in their work for economic justice. As Prosperity Now’s Vice President of Programs and Racial Wealth Equity, Lillian provides vision, leadership, and management accountability to a $7M annual portfolio of grants and contracts focusing on racial wealth equity and financial security. Under her leadership, Prosperity Now has grown into an influential voice that drives policy solutions to tackling racial economic inequality at the national, state, and local levels.
Lillian was recruited to Prosperity Now as an Associate Director to co-launch the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative in 2015. In five years, she has built the initiative from a small pilot to a multi-million-dollar, organization-wide effort which also secured her place in Prosperity Now’s leadership team. In that capacity, she has been instrumental in charting the future of the organization under the leadership of its new President, Gary L. Cunningham.
Lillian joined Prosperity Now from the NAACP, where she helped to reestablish the Economic Department, under Ben Jealous’ leadership, launched the Financial Freedom Center in DC, and then managed the Financial Freedom Campaign, which organized with over 15 state conferences to stabilize communities impacted by predatory lending practices. At the height of the Great Recession, she also challenged corporations through constructive dialogue to modify mortgage lending and savings products to better serve African American communities hard-hit by the recession and partnered with financial institutions to co-create culturally appropriate financial education and financial capability products.
Lillian began her career as a researcher for Child Trends, a leading nonprofit research firm in the District of Columbia, focused on improving the well-being of children, youth, and families. She received training as a consultant in working with nonprofit executives during her tenure at Symphonic Strategies. Also, Lillian is a licensed securities and investment representative and uses these lessons to inform the project development and implementation work at Prosperity Now.
In 2018, Lillian was named a Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine. She has also served as a board member of the Avalan Institute, an Independent Sector NGen Advisory Committee member, and a National Fellow for America’s Leaders of Change. Her commentary on issues of racial wealth equity has appeared in Ebony and the Huffington Post, among others.
Lillian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, both from Stanford University, where she remains an active alumni leader.