SPARCC: A National Conversation

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Today, more than ever, the solutions we need to improve the places we live, particularly for people of color and low-income communities, have to be driven locally and regionally. The Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is propelling innovative local groups who are bringing together community residents, the public and private sectors and local government to make sure that new infrastructure investments help make their communities places where everyone thrives.

Tune in live for a conversation with thought leaders, communities, and stakeholders about investing in our nation’s communities.


9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 

  • Shelley Poticha, Director of Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Brian Prater, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Development & Public Affairs, Low Income Investment Fund

9:40 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

9:50 a.m. Site Spotlights

  • Chicago
  • Denver

10:10 a.m. Locally Driven, Community-Powered: Racial Equity at the Center of Building Thriving Communities

  • Juan Carlos Linares, Executive Director, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA)
  • Terri Ludwig, President and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Deborah Scott, Executive Director, Georgia Stand-Up
  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
  • Glenn Harris, President, Center for Social Inclusion (moderator)

10:50 a.m. Site Spotlights

  • San Francisco
  • Atlanta

11:10 a.m. Break

11:25 a.m. Health, Mobility & Opportunity: Strengthening Our Nation’s Economic & Physical Wellbeing

  • Nancy O. Andrews, President and CEO, Low Income Investment Fund
  • Donald F. Schwarz, Vice President of Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Marion Standish, Vice President of Enterprise, The California Endowment
  • John C. Williams, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Melissa Jones, Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (moderator)

12:05 p.m. Site Spotlights

  • Memphis
  • Los Angeles

12:25 p.m. Prosperous, Vibrant Places: Creating Equity & Opportunity by Building Resilient Cities & Regions

  • Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Dana Bourland, Vice President of Environment, The JPB Foundation (moderator)

1:05 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • John Moon, District Manager of Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Melinda Pollack, Vice President of Transit-Oriented Development, Enterprise Community Parnters

Start Date: March 30, 2017
Start Time: 9:30am
End Date: May 30, 2017
End Time: 2:30pm
Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY