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Lateefah Durant
Vice President of Innovation at CityWorks DC

Lateefah Durant is an innovative and strategic leader with over 20 years in the education, workforce and government sectors with extensive experience leading systems change, designing and implementing new initiatives focused on career and workforce development, and strengthening community and stakeholder relationships.  

Lateefah serves as the Vice President of Innovation at CityWorks DC ensuring that young people have the work experience, social capital, and credentials needed to compete for family-sustaining jobs in our region. Their programs are providing young adults with apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand, high-wage industries such as, IT and finance and transformative career coaching. Lateefah previously held several leadership roles in College and Career Readiness for Prince George’s County Public Schools including the management of over 30 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs serving 8,000 students and launching its Registered Apprenticeship Program. 

Lateefah holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Lateefah was appointed by the Governor in Maryland to serve on the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council. She also serves as Board President for Legacy Company, a workforce development nonprofit and as an Executive Advisory Board member for the District of Columbia’s CTE Programs. All of Lateefah’s endeavors reflect her commitment to help youth and young adults discover their purpose and provide them with access to educational and employment opportunities.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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