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2020 Housing + Access: Rethinking the Built Environment Agenda


7:00-8:30 AM – Breakfast

7:00 AM – Registration opens

8:15 AM – Summit begins

Welcome – Emily Chenevert, Chair-Elect, Board of Directors, HousingWorks Austin

Welcome – Emily Ryder Perlmeter, Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Welcome – Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge

Welcome – Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin

8:45 AM – Introduction of Keynote Presentation by Yvette E. Ruiz, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

8:50 AM – Keynote Presentation by Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, and Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley).

9:30 AM – Conversation between Richard Rothstein and Claudio SanchezFormer National Education Correspondent, NPR, includes moderated Q & A

9:50 AM – Network Break

10:10 AM Introduction of General Session Conversation by Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, National Head of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact at Google Fiber

10:15am – General Session Conversation – Building Equitable Educational Opportunities

Historically, segregation of neighborhoods and education has limited equitable access to opportunities and economic mobility. Today, the growing housing affordability crisis in the United States is affecting school closures and disrupting the quality of education. This panel will address unique policies and place-based initiatives that improve housing and educational opportunities, explore community programs that seek to close the academic achievement gap, and discuss housing and education partnerships that build more equitable outcomes. 

Moderator: Claudio Sanchez, Former Education Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)

Panelist: Megan Gallagher, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute

Panelist: Sondra Samuels, President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone, North Minneapolis

11:45 AM – Lunch

12:30 PM – Introduction of Lunch Keynote Speaker by Brian Cumby, Founder and CEO of Mid-City Development

12:35 PM – Lunch Speaker – Calvin Gladney, LEED AP, President and CEO, Smart Growth America

1:20 PM – Networking Break

1:35 PM – Introduction to General Session by Rosie Truelove, Director — Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, City of Austin

1:40 PM – General Session Conversation – Moving Towards Healthy Communities

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is shaped by a variety of factors, including the built environment, access to job opportunities, education, and more.* From the zoning of harmful land uses to the racial divides of congested highways and access to basic needs, the physical design of communities impacts health conditions and life expectancy. This panel will focus on solutions to move towards healthy communities, including collaborative community investment, policies to improve the social determinants of health, and innovative strategies that reshape the way we connect health to the built environment. 

Moderator: Michael Hole M.D., MBA Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School

Panelist: Robin Hacke, Executive Director, Center for Community Investment

Panelist: Ruth Thomas-Squance PhD, MPHDirector of Field Building, Build Healthy Places Network

3:00 PM – Call to Action – Claudio Sanchez, Former Education Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)

3:30 PM – Reception

 *World Health Organization definition