Vice President of Economic Growth for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Justin Kang is the Vice President of Economic Growth for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce where he oversees strategic initiatives focused on talent attraction and retention, industry growth and racial equity in the private sector. In addition, he is the Executive Director of City Awake – a program of the Boston Chamber – which serves as the regional platform to empower and mobilize the next generation of talent. He serves on the board of directors and advisory boards for several nonprofits including the Asian Community Development Corporation, Institute for Nonprofit Practice, MassCreative, Food for Free and the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective. He is a former Big Brother and an alumnus of Brandeis University.
Improving the Future Prospects of Our Region and Its Young Adults
A Special Report from Boston Indicators in Partnership with City Awake and The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
This report looks at the experience of millennials in Boston. Some of the key findings show that young people across the board do not think there is enough opportunity for people of all backgrounds in the city of Boston, showing an awareness for the racial wealth disparities that exist in Boston among young people. Additionally, the report revealed a divergence in the confidence for their current income to meet their needs based on race.
- What factors contribute to the gap in financial comfort between black and Latino millennials when compared to white and Asian millennials?
- The report shows that black and Latino millennials were more likely to have struggled to pay their mortgage or rent in the past 12 months than other white millennials. What are the institutional factors that play a role in creating this disparity?
- Boston is often anecdotally viewed as an unwelcoming space for young people of color when it is portrayed in pop culture. Given the data in this report, as well as your personal experience in Boston, what are the factors that perpetuate this feeling and continue to make Boston unwelcoming?
- The report shows a large disparity between black millennials and other millennial groups when asked if they feel there is economic opportunity for everyone in Boston. Is there opportunity for everyone in Boston? If not, what needs to change in order to create opportunities for everyone in Boston?