Last month, DC Greens’ leadership team took part in the launch of “Put Your Money Where Your Values Are: Equitable Compensation in Practice” series, a full-day seminar by Vega Mala Consulting.

In the workplace, one of the most glaring places where white supremacy culture plays a role is in compensation practices. So, as a component of DC Greens’ strategic plan, our organization is working to implement new and innovative practices that work against that culture.

DC Greens’ own pay equity process (PEP), which we implemented in 2019, is one of these strategies. Our PEP centers our organizational principles and culture by turning away from a traditional, market-based salary model and instead turning toward an anti-racist reparations model. This model works to reverse racist pay policies and structures and center those who are directly impacted by the work of our organization. In our PEP, we put a greater focus on types of labor that are often undervalued, such as physical labor, emotional labor, and language ability. And in order to preserve equity across the organization, all DC Greens salaries are non-negotiable.

“Put Your Money Where Your Values Are” gave our leadership team an opportunity to dig more deeply into this work and to learn from others across the country who are also using pay equity processes of their own. We are grateful to be part of such a committed community of practice.


To learn more about the ways DC Greens actively promotes equity practices in our workplace, visit

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