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Housing + Equitable Communities: Building with Purpose – SUMMIT AGENDA

Housing + Equitable Communities: Building with Purpose will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel, Austin, TX. Early bird registration is now open on Eventbrite.  Sponsorship opportunities are currently available.  If you are interested, please email Nora Linares-Moeller at 

2019 Summit Agenda

(please note all speakers are confirmed unless otherwise noted)

Welcome – Michael Gerber, Chair of Board of Directors, HousingWorks Austin

Welcome – Roy Lopez, Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Intro to Keynote Presentation 

Keynote PresentationDream Hoarders: Tackling Inequality and Class in America.

Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow of Brookings Institute and author of Dream Hoarders

Keynote Texas Conversation

  • Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow of Brookings Institute and author of Dream Hoarders
  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin

Networking Break

Introduction of General Session – A Look at Texas Credit and Debt

Emily Perlmeter, Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 General Session PanelReviving the American Middle Class: Building Wealth Initiatives in our Communities

In 2015 the Pew Research Center reported that the American middle class no longer made up a majority of the country’s population. In addition to income inequality, other forces have exacerbated this trend, including systemic patterns of inter-generational wealth transfer, the foreclosure crisis and the uneven recovery from the Great Recession. This panel will address the policies that have created or worsened these inequities and the impact these trends have on the nation as a whole. The panel will also focus on the tools that communities can use to build wealth   and    address    income    disparities, particularly    for    low-income residents and communities of color.

  • Moderator – Mechele Dickerson, Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice University Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas School of Law
  • Woody Widrow, Executive Director, RAISE, TX
  • Ann Beeson, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Lourdes Zuniga, Executive Director, Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

Introduction of Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Yvette Ruiz, Vice President for Non-Profit Engagement, Presenting Sponsor JP Morgan Chase

Lunch SpeakerEnsuring Access for All and Why Equity is Better for the Bottom Line

Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, PolicyLink

Afternoon Presentation Speaker (to be invited) – Federal Housing Policy –

Department of Housing and Urban Development Representative

General Session Panel – Building Inclusive Communities: Innovative Solutions and Best Practices

Research from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition has shown that no state or metropolitan area in the country has adequate affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Beyond the concerns of renter households, low and moderate- income homeowners around the country are also struggling to cover housing costs without being cost burdened. Faced with the growing housing affordability crisis in the United States, it is important that cities coordinate efforts with other partners to build inclusive and integrated communities. This panel will focus on a number of innovative solutions that can address these challenges, including providing access to greater homeownership opportunities, partnering with local employers and local government entities, and working to build communities with purpose.

  • Presenting Moderator – Henry Cisneros, Chairman of City View, Chairman and Principal at Siebert Cisneros Shank and Co, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, Executive Board Chair, Purpose Built Communities
  • Derrick Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs, University of Chicago
  • Mary O’Hara, Director, ROC USA Network
  • Nick Bergfeld, City of Lubbock

Closing Session/ Call to Action

Diane Yentel, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Low-Income Housing Coalition

Wrap Up

Closing Reception