Carol Naughton Welcomes Everyone to 10th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference

Carol R. Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities welcomes attendees of the 10th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference to Atlanta.


Network Member Leaders Kickoff 10th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference

Since 2009, Purpose Built Communities has grown from just a handful of place-based holistic initiatives to more than 20 across the country. This network is now home to valuable innovations in community building, tackling racial and health inequities, creating strong cross-sectoral partnerships, and delivering better outcomes for children and families. Hear from some of the leaders who have been living and breathing this work with their community partners and neighbors and the lessons they have learned along the way.


“Lean on Me,” the Ecosystem of Community Development in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development department supports the central bank’s mandate of stable prices and maximum employment by working to improve the economic mobility and resilience of people and places. Dr. Raphael Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Mr. Egbert Perry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Integral; former Chairman, Fannie Mae, explore the ecosystem of organizations and the unique assets and opportunities of each – the Federal Reserve System, Fannie Mae, community developers, housing developers, educators, everyone at the Purpose Built Communities conference – and offer perspective on a call to action about how collectively we help communities develop.


Dr. Richard Besser on Building a Culture of Health

Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation speaks about “Building a Culture of Health in Our Communities.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to a working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that ensures everyone in America has a fair and just opportunity to thrive. This work focuses on creating the conditions in communities that allow all residents to reach their best possible health and well-being. To achieve this, RWJF is supporting efforts to shift how planners, builders, investors, policymakers, community residents, and health professionals can work together to improve health, and opportunity across the nation.


David Williams on “Neighborhoods & Economic Mobility”

Previously the Equality of Opportunity Project, Opportunity Insights uses big data to empower policymakers and civic leaders to create targeted local policy solutions that revive the American Dream. In this session, David Williams, Policy Director, Opportunity Insights, Harvard University discusses “Neighborhoods and Economic Mobility: What the Data Says and How Better Policies Can Help.”


A Discussion on Choice Neighborhoods

Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature place-based initiative. Choice Neighborhoods is designed to assist struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. In addition to financing the redevelopment of housing, Choice Neighborhoods gives communities the tools and resources to address crime, create connections to job opportunities, and improve schools in order to change the trajectories of families living in those neighborhoods.


Community Revitalization Through A Racial Equity Lens

Racial wealth disparities continue to persist, and racial economic inequality is growing.  REACH Riverside, the Purpose Built Communities network member in Wilmington, DE, is working with a range of partners to advance the Riverside neighborhood revitalization effort with specific focus on improving racial wealth equity outcomes.  Learn why a range of stakeholders, including public and private sector leadership, is engaging on this issue and how they are working together to develop a shared understanding and craft strategies.


The Purpose Built Communities Model

Three holistic place-based efforts to improve neighborhood health and equity are underway in Atlanta that are part of the Purpose Built Communities network. Hear their stories and learn about the similarities and differences in their journeys as they work to empower communities and break the cycles of intergenerational poverty.

Philanthropy and Community Development

Philanthropy is a key ingredient in place-based, holistic revitalization efforts. This session with Eric M. Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation, West Palm Beach, FL and Kristin Williams, Director of Community Initiatives, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha, NE, explores how two foundations in different parts of the country are engaging in holistic, place-based efforts and how community development can build partnerships that will create sustainable solutions for neighborhoods and families.

Tommy Espinoza Discusses “Empowering Communities”

Raza Development Fund invests capital and creates financing solutions to increase opportunities for the Latino community and low income families. Tommy Espinoza, President & Chief Executive Officer, is a prominent architect of Latino community and business development policy and programs, with over 45 years of experience that span the breadth of the public, private sector, and nonprofit spectrum. In 1998, he co-founded RDF; and is responsible for the overall strategy, performance, and management of the fund, which has grown into the largest Latino CDFI with over $375 million in assets under management.

Building a High-Quality Early Learning Center
Early learning is one of the key pieces of a holistic revitalization to break the cycle of poverty. Learn about “The Ins and Outs of Building a High-Quality Early Learning Center” from practitioners and experts in education, community development, health, and finance how to build a high-quality early learning center that prepares children to learn and develop successfully starting from birth.

Equitable Development and the Racial Wealth Divide
The Racial Wealth Divide Initiative (RWDI) at Prosperity Now has worked with organizations and teams nationally to help them work through how to integrate racial economic and wealth equity into program design, development and implementation. This workshop with speakers Cat Goughnour, Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity at Prosperity Now and Lillian Singh, Vice President, Racial Wealth Equity at Prosperity Now provides participants an interactive opportunity to collaboratively ideate solutions to complex, long-standing socioeconomic issues by building off of the foundation laid during the Community Revitalization Through a Racial Equity Lens session. The focus of this equitable development workshop is to turn racial economic and wealth equity theory into practice using field tested approaches and tools designed with, for and by those who feel the issues most acutely by integrating a combination of Right 2 Root System and RWDI methodologies and strategies into asset based community development.

Richard Rothstein Discusses “The Color of Law”
Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems – it corrupts our criminal justice system, exacerbates economic inequality, and produces large academic gaps between White and African American schoolchildren. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized Whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.

Equity Ambassadors Share Their Journey

Building racial, social, and health equity is one of the primary goals of the community quarterbacks in the Purpose Built network. Several of the Executive Directors of these organizations are forming the first cohort of Equity Ambassadors to deepen their knowledge – and the network’s – of the impact their work is having on issues of equity. In this conversation, they share their reflections along this journey.