Videos to all sessions are linked in the summit agenda below as resources for you to share with your colleagues and continue to use as we all work towards creating more equitable communities.
2019 Summit Agenda
7:00-8:30 AM – Breakfast
7:00 AM – Registration Opens
8:15 AM – Summit Begins – MCs – Nora Linares-Moeller, Executive Directors, Housing Works & Emily Ryder Perlmeter, Conference Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Welcome – Michael Gerber, Chair, Board of Directors, HousingWorks Austin
Welcome – Roy Lopez, Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Intro to Keynote Presentation
8:30 AM – Keynote Presentation – Dream Hoarders: Tackling Inequality and Class in America.
Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow of Brookings Institute and author of Dream Hoarders
9:20 AM – Keynote Texas Conversation
- Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow of Brookings Institute and author of Dream Hoarders
- Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
- Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief, Equity and Inclusion, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCR)
10:35 AM – Introduction of General Session – A Look at Texas Credit and Debt
Emily Perlmeter, Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
10:45 AM General Session Panel – Reviving 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 Texas
- Ann Beeson, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Public Policy Priorities
- Lourdes Zuniga, Executive Director, Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
11:45 AM – Lunch
Introduction of Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Yvette Ruiz, Vice President for Non-Profit Engagement, Presenting Sponsor JP Morgan Chase
12:35 PM – Lunch Speaker –Ensuring Access for All and Why Equity is Better for the Bottom Line
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, PolicyLink
1:40 PM – 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 organizations providing and supporting affordable housing, including the holistic community revitalization efforts of Purpose Built Communities, employer-assisted housing policies of the University of Chicago, resident ownership of manufactured homes supported by ROC USA, partnerships with community development financial institutions in planning Opportunity Zones in the City of Lubbock, and federal housing programs by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- 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
- Derek Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs, University of Chicago
- Mary O’Hara, Director, ROC USA Network
- Nick Bergfeld, City of Lubbock
- Neal J. Rackleff, Partner, Locke Lord, former Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development, HUD
Intro to Call to Action
2:55 PM – Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Head of Community Impact Strategy for Google Fiber.
3:00 PM – Diane Yentel, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Low-Income Housing Coalition Wrap Up
Closing Session Wrap Up – MCs – Nora Linares-Moeller, Executive Directors, Housing Works & Emily Ryder Perlmeter, Conference Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
3:45 PM – Closing Reception