Wednesday, October 19

8:30am EDT

Arrivals, Registration, Breakfast
Wednesday October 19, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:00am EDT

Welcome & Opening Remarks
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Jason Bram

Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Jason Bram is a Research Officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Regional Analysis Function.  He monitors and analyzes economic trends in the Second District, comprising New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands... Read More →
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Ron Kim

Assembly Member, New York State
As the first and only Korean-American elected official in New York, Ron has broken boundaries and bridged neighborhoods. His ability to cross over and communicate with different communities encompassing all generations is something that Flushing, one of the most diverse areas of our state, desperately needs.  With his knack for thinking... Read More →
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Chris Kui

Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality
Mr. Kui has headed Asian Americans for Equality since 1992. During his tenure, AAFE has raised over $50 million to build more than 500 housing units for low-income and homeless individuals and families and over $200 million in mortgage financing on behalf of immigrant and low-income... Read More →
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Wendy Takahisa

Executive Director, CRA, Morgan Stanley

Wednesday October 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:30am EDT

Morning Keynote
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Shekar Narasimhan

Managing Partner, Beekman Advisors
Shekar Narasimhan is Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors which provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors. He serves as Chairman of Papillon Capital, focused on sustainable infrastructure... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 9:30am - 9:45am EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:45am EDT

Breakfast Plenary: Community Wealth Building Through Neighborhood Transformation
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

10:45am EDT

Morning Break
Wednesday October 19, 2016 10:45am - 11:00am EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

11:00am EDT

Growing the Affordable Housing Pie: It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All
The session will explore the topic of affordable housing starting with a broad snapshot of the unique affordable housing challenges facing different populations in New York City, and introduce unique solutions that are forming to address these needs. The moderated conversation will invite audience members to probe deeper and strategize what is needed to achieve a better balance of policies and financing for people at all income ranges and needs.

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Sam Marks

Executive Director, LISC NYC
Sam Marks, Executive Director, LISC NYC – Sam is responsible for overseeing technical and management assistance to community development corporations, creating partnerships with nonprofits, government and the private sector, and setting the strategic direction for LISC NYC’s financing... Read More →


Emilio Dorcely

Bridge Street Development Corporation
Emilio Dorcely is the President & CEO of Bridge Street Development Corporation an nonprofit organization that provides economic, civic and cultural opportunities to residents of Brooklyn through affordable housing development, community organizing, youth programs, senior services... Read More →
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Sally Greenspan

Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
Sally Greenspan is a Senior Program Director for Vulnerable Populations at Enterprise Community Partners, where she leads the New York programs on homelessness and senior housing. Her work involves coordinating with the field to identify challenges and support best practices, advocating... Read More →
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Caroline Nagy

Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Caroline Nagy is the Deputy Director for Policy and Research at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods. Her research--on topics ranging from predatory scams targeted at homeowners in foreclosure to the impact of climate change on coastal communities--has been cited in the New York Times... Read More →
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Greg Schefelbein

Senior Vice President, Citi Community Development
In his current role at Citi Community Development, Greg leads Citi’s partnerships with innovative nonprofit partners in New York City, with a focus on affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. He also leads a Strategy Planning team that helps to drive the New York Market’s... Read More →
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Alaster Williams

Housing Campaign Member, Picture the Homeless
Alaster (Al) Williams is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. A civil engineer by trade, Mr. Williams has been an active member of Picture the Homeless since 2015, and is engaged in both the Housing Not Warehousing campaign and the campaign for the civil rights of the... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

11:00am EDT

Scaling Worker-Owner Innovations
The session will introduce the landscape of current innovations and discuss strategies in advancing opportunities for greater ownership and asset-building that benefit low-income, immigrant, and marginalized local workers and communities including worker coops, social enterprise, employee-stock options, incubators for manufacturing.

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Steven Lee

Managing Director, Income Security, Robin Hood Foundation
Steven Lee is the Managing Director, Income Security at Robin Hood, a non-profit foundation that targets poverty in New York City by applying sound investment principles to philanthropy.  In this role, Steven oversees $40 million in grants in the areas of micro-lending, legal counseling... Read More →

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Julia Jean-Francois

Co-Director, Center for Family Life
Julia Jean-François, LCSW, PhD, is Co-Director of Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, where she oversees family counseling and foster care, a community resource center, employment services and cooperative business development. Before joining CFL, she was Director of Operations... Read More →

Tanu Kumar

Senior Planner for Economic Development, Pratt Center
Tanu Kumar leads Pratt Center for Community Development’s economic development initiatives, working to create more equitable and resilient communities through research, planning, and policy. She is working on several initiatives focused on advancing equity in the innovation economy... Read More →
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Daniel Pike

Consultant, The Bridgespan Group
Daniel Pike is a Consultant in the New York Office, where he has focused on strategy and program development for global philanthropies and nonprofits. He co-authored “Giving Back to India” on SSIR.org, and was a contributor to “Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action... Read More →
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Isaac Roldan

Director, Small Business Services, CAMBA
Isaac Roldan is the Director of CAMBA Small Business Services responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of all SBS programs, including Mobilize Your Business, a program designed to teach small business owners and worker cooperatives how to leverage technology to increase... Read More →
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Sherry Wang

Vice President in Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs
Sherry Wang is a Vice President in the Urban Investment Group (UIG) within Goldman Sachs.  Established in 2001, UIG deploys the firm’s capital by making investments and loans that benefit underserved communities, serving as a catalyst in the revitalization of distressed... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

11:00am EDT

The Equitable Neighborhood: Ingredients for Inclusive Growth
This facilitated panel will introduce thought-provoking perspectives and developing policy and practice to ensure local neighborhoods are addressing deep-seated inequality while promoting equitable growth that leverages opportunity, capital, and increasingly diverse and growing communities. Panelists will share recent studies and assessments to paint the landscape, followed by facilitated conversation with audience members. All are encouraged to participate and connect for strategy and collaboration.

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Peter Gee

Director of New Business Development, The Door at University Settlement
Peter Gee is the Director of New Business Development at University Settlement and The Door, two organizations working to transform lives by connecting and empowering people. He helps to position both organizations for innovation, continuous improvement, and field leadership. Together... Read More →

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John Choe

Executive Director, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
John Choe is Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, which fosters economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of our community through advocacy, education, and networking. John previously served as Founding Director of One Flushing, Director... Read More →
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Moses Gates

Director of Community Planning and Design, RPA
"Moses Gates is director of community planning and design at the Regional Plan Association (RPA), leading the organization’s planning, research and advocacy efforts in affordable housing, jobs & economic development, and comprehensive community development & design. He works with... Read More →
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Victoria Lawson

Senior Research Associate, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance
Victoria Lawson is a Senior Research Associate at the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, where she leads the Equality Indicators project. Before joining ISLG, she conducted research on wrongful convictions at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Innocence Project... Read More →
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Amy Shen Tang

Hepatitis B Program Director, Charles B Wang Community Health Center
Amy Shen Tang, MD, is an internal medicine physician and director of the hepatitis B program at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City. As program director, Dr. Tang oversees hepatitis B clinical care, research, community outreach and education of underserved Asian... Read More →
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Thomas Yu

Strategic Development Officer, Asian Americans For Equality, Inc.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

11:00am EDT

Challenging Mainstream Narratives: Reclaiming & Amplifying Our Data & Stories
Fun Fact: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are among the fastest-growing groups in the country, projected to reach a population of 50 million by 2060. There are over 1 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders in NYC alone. Unfortunately, available data on the 19 Asian American and 5 Pacific Islander groups is often insubstantial, and the narratives that surround our AAPI communities are not always defined or claimed by us. We want to challenge existing stereotypes by creating and defining our own stories and shared values with our communities - particularly in the absence of solid disaggregated data representative of our communities. In this boardroom conversation, speakers will discuss empowered strategies and examples of using data and storytelling to describe AAPI communities that paints a robust picture of our diverse communities and that of other communities of color.

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Joyce Choi Li

Manager of Digital Projects and External Partnerships, NYC Speakers' Office
Joyce Choi Li currently serves as the Manager of Digital Projects and External Partnerships in the Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. She joined the Council in 2014 to work on immigration, transportation, and technology issues, including the implementation... Read More →

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Kate Hamaji

Research Analyst, Center for Popular Democracy
Kate Hamaji is a Research Analyst at the Center for Popular Democracy, where she contributes to research efforts pertaining to CPD's racial and economic justice agenda. Previously, she worked with the New York City Office of Financial Empowerment, where she coordinated programmatic... Read More →
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Ryan Letada

CEO, NextDayBetter
Ryan Letada is the Co-Founder and CEO of NextDayBetter - a storytelling platform for diaspora communities. While the rate of international migration is at an all-time high, the stories of migrants are unfortunately not being told. Through their global event series and digital stories... Read More →
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Gautam Srikishan

National Facilitator, StoryCorps
Gautam Srikishan is a first generation Indian-American and Chicagoan working in New York as a National Facilitator for StoryCorps. He has spent the last two years traveling across the country collecting stories, archiving recordings, and sampling the local vegan food along the way... Read More →
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Diane Wong

Social Media Wizard, 18MillionRising.org
Diane Wong is 18MillionRising.org’s Social Media Wizard and is currently a doctoral student at Cornell University where she writes on race, gender and the gentrification of Chinatowns. As a scholar activist and educator, her research stems from a place of revolutionary praxis and... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

12:30pm EDT

Lunch Break
Wednesday October 19, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:00pm EDT

Building Our Power, Investing in Multi-ethnic, Multi-racial, Multi-cultural Leadership
Investing in individual, community and sector-based leadership is critical for multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-cultural power. During this lunchtime session, we will hear the various ways in which our keynote speakers are playing this critical role, including funding, coaching and creating programs to empower, resource and sustain leadership.

Keynote Remarks:
Nelson Louis, Ong Family Foundation
Gloria S. Chan, CoachDiversity Insitute
Roy Swan, Morgan Stanley

2016 EqualiTalks — Visions for Equality followed by Q&A with speakers

In 2015, Equality Fund launched its inaugural “EqualiTalks,” which brought together five featured speakers to share their personal stories and vision for equality in our city. Now in its second year, EqualiTalks will feature four thoughtful and inspiring speakers who will share their visions for equality through social movements, social enterprise, sustainability, community empowerment, and leadership in communities of color.

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Richard Lui

News Anchor, MSNBC
Richard Lui is a thought leader in media and digital-social storytelling with 30 years at the intersection of television, technology, and business. Currently, he is a news anchor for MSNBC. In 2007 while at CNN Worldwide he became the first Asian American male in U.S. history to... Read More →

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Gloria S. Chan

Senior Vice President, CoachDiversity Institute
Gloria S. Chan, JD, PCC is a leadership and diversity expert and award-winning author of Colorful Leadership: How Women of Color Transform Our World. She is passionate about inspiring social visionaries and change-makers whose personal, family, and community histories drive them to... Read More →
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Nelson Louis

Executive Officer, Ong Family Foundation
Nelson Louis is Executive Officer of The Ong Family Foundation, a private family foundation that awards grants to not-for-profit agencies located in the northeast region of the United States. Established in 1997, The Ong Family Foundation has a broad range of philanthropic interests... Read More →
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Cris Mercado

Cris is an undocumented entrepreneur who has helped hundreds of students ascend to top colleges and earn +$1 million in scholarships & grants, most recently through his company, GrantAnswers. He was a Founding Board Member of The Knowledge House, an award-winning technology education... Read More →
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Alexandra Ruiz

Founder, Immigrant Advancement Matters
Alexandra Ruiz joined Leadership for Educational Equity in June 2015 as Manager & Coach of early stage ventures. In her capacity, she supports venture leaders across the U.S. as they establish social ventures that are filling ecosystem gaps and tackling education issues. She comes... Read More →
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Roy Swan

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Roy Swan is a Managing Director and member of Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance team, where he is Community Reinvestment Act Officer of the Firm’s national bank subsidiaries. Roy also serves as Head of the Morgan Stanley Impact SBIC and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan... Read More →
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Emma Yang

An 8th grader, 12 year old Emma is passionate about computer science and technology innovation. In 2015, Emma won second place in Technovation Challenge, a global technology entrepreneurship competition for girls, out of 400 teams from more than 60 countries. Emma believes that technology... Read More →
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Clara Yoon

Founder, API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
CLARA YOON is a proud Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son. She is the founder of the API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC chapter, a group providing support for LGBTQ individuals and families of Asian heritage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the PFLAG NYC chapter... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

2:00pm EDT

Coffee Break
Wednesday October 19, 2016 2:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

2:30pm EDT

Bridging the Generational Divide: Asian American Bridge Builders
Community organizing in, with and for inter-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-cultural communities requires nuanced leadership skills that are not always seen and recognized. Formal and informal leaders who play this so-called “bridge builder” role often find themselves in positions where they must straddle their organizational function and their individual values when it comes to navigating conflicting narratives that might emerge in their day to day work. This session aims to lift up the leadership of “bridge builders,” shine a light on challenging dialogues and share the tools, resources and spaces being created to support these leaders. This session is geared towards official and unofficial community organizers, direct service providers and supporters and funders of community organizing efforts.

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Ryan Wong

Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute
Ryan Lee Wong is a writer and cultural organizer based in Brooklyn. He is a Visiting Scholar at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, and has served as Managing Director of Kundiman, visiting critic at RISD, Assistant Curator at Museum of Chinese in America, and an exhibitions administrator... Read More →

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Flora Ferng

Deputy Managing Director of Programs, Asian Americans for Equality
Flora Ferng is the Deputy Managing Director of Programs at AAFE. She joined the organization as Homeownership Program Counselor and Trainer in 1997. As a former client of AAFE’s homebuying services, Ms. Ferng is passionate about using her experience to provide homeownership education... Read More →

Nayim Islam

Community Organizer, DRUM
Nayim Islam leads DRUM’s immigrant rights representation on local and national levels, including in the United We Dream Network and supporting local worker centers. He works to bridge DRUM youth and adult memberships for immigrant rights organizing. Nayim came out publicly as an... Read More →
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Julie Kim

Community Organizer, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Julie Kim is a Community Organizer at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs where she focuses on making NYC a more immigrant inclusive city. She organizes primarily in Flushing and other areas that have concentrated populations of Korean and Chinese communities. Previously, she... Read More →
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Mei Lum

Executive Director, The W.O.W Project
Mei Lum is the 5th generation owner-in-training of her family's porcelain shop, Wing on Wo & Co (W.O.W) and founder and director of W.O.W's community initiative, The W.O.W Project. Inspired by her family's pivotal moment in deciding whether or not to fold their 91-year-old porcelain... Read More →
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Clara Yoon

Founder, API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
CLARA YOON is a proud Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son. She is the founder of the API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC chapter, a group providing support for LGBTQ individuals and families of Asian heritage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the PFLAG NYC chapter... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

2:30pm EDT

Training Grounds for Building Power: Sharing Best Practices

Part of building multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-cultural power requires that those who are most invisible be seen, heard, understood, trained, resourced and in positions to make decisions and drive change. There are many formal and informal ways in which individuals, families and communities are recognized, empowered and activated to participate in civic life. This session will create space for representatives from various training and leadership development programs to discuss different values, approaches and outcomes of their particular programs and will invite participants to share reflections and present opportunities for future collaborative action.

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Cynthia Wong

Youth Leadership Academy Director, Coro NY Leadership Center
Cynthia Wong is a committed public service professional who has spent several years building community leadership and strengthening resources in diverse neighborhoods across New York City. She currently serves as Director of the Youth Leadership Academy at Coro NY Leadership Center... Read More →

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Jennifer Arieta

Program Officer, North Star Fund
Jennifer Arieta is a Program Officer at North STar Fund and a young philanthropic leader and Salvadoran-American activist that is passionate about moving resources to grassroots movements for social change.  As the program officer for North Star Fund, Jennifer brings her experiences... Read More →
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Marian Guerra

Program Associate, New American Leaders Project
Marian Guerra is a first-generation Filipina American who is committed to building the political power of immigrants and women of color. Marian is the Program Associate at the New American Leaders Project, the only national nonpartisan organization that is focused on bringing immigrants... Read More →
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Ivy Li

Program Manager, Asian Americans for Equality
Ivy Li was born in China and immigrated to the Unites States with her family at age 14. Ivy graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and Psychology and received her MSW from Colombia University. During her academic education, she proposed and implemented... Read More →
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Jenny Low

Board Member, Eleanor's Legacy
Jenny Lam Low is a strategic philanthropy and community relations management executive. She has extensive experience in corporate philanthropic grant making, operational processes, and legal and regulatory compliance. As the chair of the Board of Directors of the Chinese-American... Read More →
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Garrett Lucien

Program Director, Coro New York Leadership Center
Garrett J. Lucien is the Program Director of both the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Neighborhood Leadership. Garrett is a Neighborhood Leadership 2012 Alumni who joined the Coro team in 2013 with more than 16 years of community and economic development experience. Before... Read More →

Ericka Stallings

Director of Organizing and Advocacy, ANHD
Ericka Stallings is the Director of Organizing and Advocacy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), supporting organizing and advocacy and leading ANHD’s community organizing capacity building work. Ericka is the director of ANHD’s Center for Neighborhood... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

2:30pm EDT

Value Creation: Investing in Communities of Color
This session will invite philanthropists and investors of color to share their stories of personal philanthropy, investing and community change. The facilitated panel will address issues of community wealth, impact of social enterprise and entrepreneurs in driving community change, as well as the opportunities they see in building leadership and visibility for philanthropy. Panelists will share their personal stories, followed by facilitated conversation with audience members. All are encouraged to participate and connect for future resource-sharing and collaboration.

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Patricia (Pat) Kozu

Chief Operating Officer, The Century Foundation
Pat Kozu is chief operating officer at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank which undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, educational, governmental, privacy, and social inequality issues. She is responsible for finance, investments, operations, HR, technology... Read More →

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Amanda Fuller

Financial Strategist, Northeast Farm Access
Amanda Fuller, CFA is a social investor and entrepreneur in sustainable food and farming. She currently serves as the Financial Strategist at Northeast Farm Access, which develops sustainable agricultural centers to provide growing farmers with long-term access to land. Amanda began... Read More →
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Ken Inadomi

Co-Chair, Project Redwood
Ken is Co-Chair of Project Redwood, a social philanthropy fund financed and managed by alumni from the Stanford Business School that supports social entrepreneurs addressing extreme global poverty.  Since inception in 2005, Project Redwood has allocated unrestricted grants to... Read More →
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D.K. Smith

Managing Director, Brooklyn Innovation Center
D.K. Smith is managing director of the Brooklyn Innovation Center entrepreneurship accelerator and incubator. Brooklyn Innovation mentors, advises, and provides access to funding to brick-and-mortar companies and tech startups. D.K. works with founders to develop sustainable growth... Read More →

Marquise Stillwell

Principal, Openbox
Marquise Stillwell is the Founder and Principal of Openbox. As a business designer and developer for more than two decades, he grounds the Openbox vision in strategic planning from the fields of investing, product development, and technology. Marquise also works in creative leadership... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

2:30pm EDT

Financing and Building Affordable Housing -- A How To Session for Local Developers New to the Game
New York City’s booming population and economy must include quality affordable multi-family rental housing, particularly at below-market rents for families and individuals across income bands, to ensure the City’s continued success. This need is easier said than done. Join affordable housing developers, private and public financing institutions to learn what insights, best practices, and tools are available for real estate developers interested in learning how to integrate affordable housing into their portfolios. This session is targeted for local private and nonprofit developers, but all are welcome to join the conversation.


Frank Dubinsky

Monadnock Construction


Jon Beuttler

NYC Housing Preservation Department
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Matt Bissonette

Director, Citi Community Capital
Matthew Bissonette is the Northeast Regional Director for Citi Community Capital (CCC), based in the New York office.  He has extensive experience in affordable housing finance, having been involved in over 300 financings throughout the country, totaling over $3 billion.  He has... Read More →
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Thomas Yu

Strategic Development Officer, Asian Americans For Equality, Inc.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY

6:00pm EDT

Reception -- Pioneer Spirit Awards
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Harvey Epstein

Project Director, Urban Justice Center
Harvey Epstein is the Associate Director of the Urban Justice Center. In addition, he is the Project Director of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center which supports dozens of community-based organizations to win legal cases, publish community driven research... Read More →
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Diana Mao

Nomi Network
Diana Mao is an abolitionist. As the President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network, she has dedicated her life to socially and economically empowering survivors of human trafficking and ensuring that the world will see the complete and final end of slavery in our lifetime. Her faith drove... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
The Torch Club 18 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10003
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