The Women of Color Policy Network of the Roundtable of Institutions of People of Color was established in 2000 to incorporate the needs, narratives and insights of women of color in the formulation of social, economic and welfare policy.
The Women of Color Policy Network conducts research and collects data on policies impacting women of color in the areas of employment, poverty, welfare, incarceration and health; uses the data and information to help educate community-based groups to hold policy-makers more accountable; works with policy-makers to help provide them with data to improve their decision-making; and mentors future generations of young women of color to enter the public policy and advocacy arena.
Principal StaffC. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director and Research Assistant Professor, Wagner, NYU
Ph. (212) 998-7511
Carly Highsmith, Assistant Research Scientist-Programs
Ph. (212) 998-7561
Diana Salas, Research Fellow
Ph. (212) 998-7530
Areas of Expertise:Awareness & Education , Disparities & Access , Employment & Unemployment , Disparities , Poverty , Safety Nets , Economic Development & Security , Equality, Diversity & Inclusion , Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality 
Projects & Campaigns
The Network conducts original research and collects data on women and communities of color. Research generated at the Network is used to help create informed public policies at the local,state, and national levels. We also analyze public policies to determine the impact they will have on individuals, families, and communities. Our research and policy priority areas include economic security , health disparities , leadership  and human rights .The goal of our research and policy analysis is to increase access and relieve disparities for women and communities of color.
Lead the Way is a unique capacity building and leadership initiative for women of color mid-level managers and emerging Executive Directors working in non-profit and community-based organizations.
Lead the Way 2010: Application 
Lead the Way 2010: Frequently Asked Questions 
Hearings and Testimonies
Reports & Resources
Women of Color Policy Network. 2009. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and its impact on Women of Color, their families and communities.
Mason, C. Nicole, and Diana Salas. 2009. Making Ends Meet: Women and Poverty in New York City.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships