JCHS Symposium: “What Works in Community Investing: A Community Development Summit”

Free & open to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (please register by November 6)

Can’t join us in person?  Tune into the JCHS website on November 8 to watch the LIVE WEBCAST, and follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #whatworks.

One in six Americans now lives in poverty — the highest level in half a century. Poverty has spread beyond cities to suburbs and communities and is being transferred from one generation to the next. At the same time, we know more about what it takes to build vibrant communities and to help people lead healthy, productive lives. We also know that expanding access to affordable housing, good schools, transportation, jobs, and even supermarkets and parks, can mean better health and life outcomes for people and revitalize whole communities. Investing in What Works for America’s Communities is a recently published book that calls on leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build on what we know is working to move the needle on poverty. The book’s impressive list of authors represents a broad range of sectors including federal agencies, philanthropy, housing academia, health, and the private sector. Our half-day summit will look at the innovative ideas that can bring new opportunities to America’s struggling communities, and will call on leaders, from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to recognize that they can work smarter and achieve more by working together.


AGENDA For detailed information about the speakers & panels, visit the JCHS website.

1:00 pm – WELCOME  Eric S. Belsky, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

1:15 pm -KEYNOTE  Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

2:00 pm – PANEL 1: WHAT WORKS  Prabal Chakrabarti, VP Community Development, Regional and Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (moderator) Tom Bledsoe, President and CEO, Housing Partnership Network Elyse Cherry, President and CEO, Boston Community Capital Shirley Franklin, Chairman and CEO, Purpose Built Communities; President, Clarke-Franklin and Associates, Inc.;  Former Mayor of Atlanta Chrystal Kornegay, President and CEO, Urban Edge Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

3:30 pm – BREAK

3:45 pm – PANEL 2: SCALING WHAT WORKS Nancy O. Andrews, President & CEO, Low Income Investment Fund (moderator) Stephen Fitzgerald, Philanthropy Director, Global Corporate Responsibility, Bank of America Pam Flaherty, President and CEO, Citi Foundation Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Paul Grogan, President and CEO, Boston Foundation Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities5:15 pm – WRAP-UPNancy O. Andrews, President & CEO, Low Income Investment FundDavid Erickson, Director, Center for Community Development Initiatives, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco       

5:30 pm –  ADJOURN

Free & open to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (please register by November 6)

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