Three ways Austin & Philadelphia are Integrating Equity into the Budget Process

Insights from participants in WWC’s City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program

Marisa Waxman (left), Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia, and Ed Van Eenoo (right), Chief Financial Officer from the City of Austin.

1: Pursue Formal Structural Changes to Advance Equity

2: Be Deliberate in Finding Opportunities to Prioritize Equity

Philadelphia’s leadership staff from the Budget Office sorting out high-level priorities for the upcoming budget through sticker voting to see where the team was aligned. Image courtesy of the City of Philadelphia. [Note: This photograph was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.]
Community members participate in conversations about the City of Austin budget priorities at the LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Advisory Commission’s community budget forum. Image courtesy of the City of Austin. [Note: This photograph was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

3: Redefine Collaboration — The How and the Why

Members of Philadelphia’s Re-Imagining Philadelphia Steering Committee meet in their Kick-off Zoom meeting. The committee’s first project is to co-design Participatory Budgeting. Image courtesy of the city of Philadelphia.
Community members discuss budget priorities for the City of Austin at the Asian American Quality of Life Advisory Commission’s community budget forum. Image courtesy of the City of Austin. [Note: This photograph was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

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