Mayor Bowser established the Office of Racial Equity (ORE) in 2021 to develop an infrastructure to ensure policy decisions and District programs are evaluated through a racial equity lens and to collaborate with District agencies, residents, and external stakeholders to make meaningful progress toward a more racially equitable city. To advance this work, ORE released a draft of the District’s first Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP) for public comment in November 2022.  


The DC Office of Planning (DC OP) is one of 12 District agencies participating in ORE’s inaugural REAP pilot cohort. As part of this program, ORE supported OP in its development of the OP REAP through guidance, fellowship, and technical assistance. OP's REAP provides a space for the agency to set short- and mid-term goals and priorities to advance racial equity in the agency's work and internal processes. OP's REAP is a roadmap to chart a path for the agency to further embed racial equity into its work and internal processes over the next three years.

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Interested in receiving updates on OP's Racial Equity Action Plan? Please provide your contact information.

Four Goals of the OP’s Racial Equity Action Plan 

The District Racial Equity Action Plan establishes four overarching goals and provides concrete actions as a roadmap towards implementation. OP’s REAP includes the same overarching goals and sets forth supporting actions that are specific to the agency:   

  • OP staff understand and are committed to achieving racial equity.  
  • OP is committed to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities.  
  • OP is committed to meaningfully engaging community in government decision-making processes and strengthening community partnerships. 
  • OP is an equitable employer and engages in racially equitable hiring, promotion, and retention practices.