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Wednesday, October 19 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Breakfast Plenary: Community Wealth Building Through Neighborhood Transformation

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In the face of unprecedented income inequality, community economic development has been evolving to include mechanisms innovative “Community Wealth Building” strategies that change the nature of asset and ownership, while providing resources for community services. Through cooperatives, employee-owned companies, social enterprise, land trusts, municipal enterprise, community development financial institutions, and community banks, a movement of place-based initiatives are creating an ecosystem that improves the ability of communities and individuals to draw and keep dollars within the community.

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Facilitator: Michelle Chen, Belabored

Contributing Writer, The Nation
Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times and Dissent magazine, and associate editor at CultureStrike. She is also a co-producer of “Asia Pacific Forum” on Pacifica’s WBAI and Dissent‘s “Belabored” podcast, and studies history at the City University... Read More →

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Steven Cohen

President, Excelsior Growth Fund
Steven Cohen is president of Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF), a prominent Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing small business financing and advisory services. Prior to joining EGF, Mr. Cohen was executive vice president and deputy commissioner at Empire State Development... Read More →
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Debra-Ellen Glickstein

Executive Director, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Debra-Ellen Glickstein currently serves as the Executive Director of New York City’s Office of Financial Empowerment - the first municipal Office in the country focused on creating innovative financial products, programs and services to enable asset building and wealth creation... Read More →
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Emily Kawano

Coordinator, USSEN / Wellspring Cooperative
Emily Kawano is an economist and the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, a non-profit working to build a network of worker co-operatives in low income communities of Springfield, MA. She is also the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a Board member of RIPESS... Read More →
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Gowri Krishna

Supervising Attorney, Community Development Project, UJC
Gowri is a supervising attorney in the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center. She oversees the Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building practice group, which supports community-based nonprofits and worker cooperatives in transactional and land use matters. Gowri... Read More →
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Brendan Martin

Executive Director, The Working World
Brendan Martin is founder and director of The Working World, a cooperative financial institution and business incubator based in Argentina, Nicaragua and the United States. Brendan moved to Argentina in 2004 to work with Argentines looking to support the “recovered factory” phenomenon... Read More →
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Ernesto Vigoreaux

Vice President, Hardesty Renaissance EDC
Ernesto J. Vigoreaux is the Chief Development Officer of Asian Americans For Equality (AAFE), overseeing the development of AAFE's Hardesty Renaissance project in Kansas City, MO, a 20-acre formerly vacant, GSA military site now slated for adaptive re-use as a regional food hub, culinary... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY