People and Places

Washington, District of Columbia
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

What Was Showcased

People & Places 2015 saw presentations from more than 100 people working to advance prosperity in communities across the nation. They showcased local solutions that have the potential to inspire, adapt and transform communities and the lives of people who face adversity head on. 

The conference included four tracks:
  • Community Control
  • Capital Flow
  • Neighborhood Level Economies
  • Thriving People
Click here to view the final agenda.  Listed below are some of the presentations given at the conference:

Exploring Popular Models for Improving the Financial Health of Families
Char Ocasio-Siese, The City of Grand Haven, Michigan

Hot Market Perspectives
Danny LeBlanc, Somerville Community Corporation

Update on Federal Affordable Housing Policy
Ed Gramlich, National low Income Housing Coalition

Lending Circles and Crowd Funding
Esther Wong, Chinese American Service League

Age-Friendly Communities
Greg Finch, National Center for Creative Aging

Engaging the Health Sector
Dr. James Plumb, Jefferson University & Hospital
Serena Unrein, Arizona Housing Alliance

Nonprofit Resource Development Strategies
Jeremy Carter, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

Capital Innovation at the State Level
Joe Kriesberg, Massachusetts Association of CDCs
Ruby Lee, Communidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio
Bernie Mazyck, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development

The MEMFix Model - A Practical Guide for Reimagining Your Neighborhood
John Paul Shaffer, Livable Memphis

New Resources & Partnership Opportunities Connecting Health, Housing and Community
Josh Simon, East Bay Asian LDC

Financial Capability and Asset Building
Joyce Pisnanont, National CAPACD
Jeremie Greer, Corporation for Enterprise Development

Microlending as a Community Economic Development Strategy
Luis Mora, FINANTA
Paul Quintero, Accion East
Dennis Lagueux, TD Bank
Richard Thal, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Remediate, Resolve, Reclaim - Leave No Neighborhood Behind
Racquel Reddie, National Community Stabilization Trust
Tim Bolding, United housing
Annie Carvalho, National Community Stabilization Trust
Joe Ferguson, Housing Partnership Network
Jennifer Murphy, New Jersey Community Capital

Public Non-profit Partnerships for Economic Recovery

Ralph Lippman, California CEDC

Learning From the Field - Supporting Small Businesses in Immigrant Communities
Rossana Espinoza, Latino Economic Development Center DC

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