October 10, 2022

New AI Job-Matching Platform Aims To Diversify Public Policy Recruitment

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBCI) is launching a new AI tech platform that matches public policy corporations with CBCI-vetted job seekers. 

Founded in 2000, the CBCI is a nonprofit social welfare organization that aims to educate and empower the African American community around issues that impact it the most.

The CBCI’s latest initiative, the Career Placement Initiative (CPI), aims to diversify hiring in the public policy space.

The Career Placement Initiative

So how does it work?

Employers bulk upload communications, legal, public policy, and government relations job openings to the platform. The platform then matches job descriptions with CBCI-vetted job seekers’ profiles.

The platform also includes customizable variables like years of experience and certifications. But unlike other matching platforms, the CPI excludes race, gender, and zip code information as employers have historically used these details to discriminate against applicants. 

Job seekers can also make their profiles anonymous, so companies can only view them after they match.

Leading the way in demanding change

“The Congressional Black Caucus Institute has a storied history of educating the next generation of political leaders,” Vanessa Griddine, Executive Director of CBCI, said in a press release

“We are now going beyond training and research and responding with a tangible, tech-enabled solution that solves the pervasive diversity issues in public policy. As we implore citizens to demand change in their communities, we are leading the charge.”

Doubling down on its commitment to diversity, the CBCI worked with two Black-woman-owned businesses to make the CPI happen. AI tech company Matchplicity created the software that powers CPI, while communications strategy firm Spero Studio helped to develop a pipeline of companies and talent for the platform.

Whether these efforts will have tangible effects on the US public policy space – only time will tell.

Samara Linton

Community Manager at POCIT | Co-editor of The Colour of Madness: Mental Health and Race in Technicolour (2022), and co-author of Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography (2020)