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State Policy

Asset Building Strategies offers research, planning and technical assistance services to support foundations, advocates and practitioners to understand emerging trends and advance state asset-building initiatives.


  • Faculty—National Conference of State Legislatures

    Heather McCulloch has presented and served as faculty for numerous national retreats for state legislators as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)/Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) Partnership on Family Economic Success, In 2012, Heather was featured on an NCSL webcast developed for state legislators interested in advancing state policies to build the financial security of working families. She has also presented at the NCSL annual meeting and NCSL-sponsored events in individual state capitols. 

  • Expanding Sustainable Homeownership for Communities of Color in California—The Greenlining Institute

    In 2011, the Greenlining Institute published a report co-authored by Heather McCulloch of Asset Building Strategies and Preeti Vissa of the Greenlining Institute that focused on challenges, opportunities and options to expand sustainable homeownership opportunities for communities of color in California.

  • State Policy Options for Shared Ownership—CFED

    As part of the 2009-1010 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, published by the national nonprofit CFED, Heather McCulloch authored a brief highlighting state policy options to expand opportunities for workers to build wealth through shared ownership.

  • State Policy Options for Building Assets—New America Foundation

    Heather McCulloch co-authored the report, “State Policy Options for Building Assets,” published by the New America Foundation, which offers a menu of state policies to support asset-building for low- and moderate-income households.  The report aims to inform the work of state legislators and their staff, state and national policy advocates, and asset-building funders.

  • State Asset Policy Initiatives—California and Hawaii

    Heather McCulloch played a key role in establishing state asset policy initiatives in California, with the nonprofit EARN, and in Hawaii, with the Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development (HACBED). She has helped state asset policy initiatives share promising practices and has shared their work with foundations and state legislators.