Premier Episode to Feature Nathaniel Ru, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Sweetgreen
WASHINGTON – The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), a leading nonprofit and the only economic development organization focused on the Latino community in the Washington region, announced today the September 8, 2021 launch of its new podcast/vodcast “Econo-Mía.”
“‘Econo-Mía’ is a play on the word ‘Economy’ that suggests ownership, a right of access, and particularly female ownership and access. The podcast is focused on showcasing the economic power of Latinos and other minority communities in the United States,” stated Marjorie Nemes-Galarza, LEDC interim executive director and CEO. “For far too long, our value and contributions have been minimized. Latina women are the least paid in the United States. Perceptions about who Latinos are and their history in this country are limited. This podcast is about making it clear that we are vital to this country’s economic growth and prosperity.”
The premier episode will feature Nathaniel Ru, co-founder and chief brand officer at Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the US with 130 locations nationwide. As one of LEDC’s most successful clients, Ru's experience as an entrepreneur demonstrates the economic power and contributions of Latinos in the US.
Econo-Mía promises honest conversations with LEDC clients who have strengthened their economic standing, independence, and power through starting their own business; purchasing their first home; fighting to preserve affordable housing; and advocating for sound housing policy in their community. Econo-Mía will also host experts who will help make sense of the economic forces that Latino and other underserved minority communities confront as they navigate mainstream US systems.
Episodes will be released twice monthly and will be available on the following platforms:
Econo-Mía is a podcast that aims to provide a window into the economic power of Latinos and other underserved communities in the United States by focusing on key economic themes revolving around housing, women, financial stability, and small business development and financing.
About the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses, but too many are unable to turn those dreams into a reality. The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) equips Latinos and other underserved communities in DC, MD, VA, and Puerto Rico with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, join with their neighbors to keep their rental housing affordable, and start or expand small businesses. Learn more at our website.