2019 Conference Schedule of Events

The theme of the 10th Anniversary Conference will be sharing the lessons of the last decade from the Purpose Built Network and highlighting the research and thinkers that have influenced this growing nationwide movement.

Monday, October 14, 2019

12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Conference Registration

Registration location:
Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

10th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference Kickoff and Meet the Network

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.

      • Carol R. Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities
      • Kia Baker, Executive Director, Southeast Raleigh Promise, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Raleigh, NC
      • Bill Barnet, Chairman, Northside Development Group, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Spartanburg, SC
      • Eddy Moratin, Executive Director, LIFT Orlando, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Orlando, FL
      • Presenting Sponsor: Noel Khalil, Chairman and CEO, Columbia Residential
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Building a Culture of Health in our Communities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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.

  • Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Neighborhoods and Economic Mobility: What the Data Says and How Better Policies Can Help
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.

    • David Williams, Policy Director, Opportunity Insights, Harvard University
    • Catalyst for Change Sponsor: Richard Sciortino, Principle, Brinshore

Purpose Built Communities Equity Ambassadors
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 will share their reflections along this journey.


  • Michelle Mathews, Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
  • Kia Baker, Executive Director, Southeast Raleigh Promise, Raleigh, NC
  • Tammie Hoy Hawkins, Project Manager, Northside Development Group, Spartanburg, SC
  • Othello Meadows, President and CEO, Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp., Omaha, NE
  • Danny Shoy, Jr., President and CEO, East Lake Foundation, Atlanta, GA
  • Kirk Wester, Executive Director, Growing Together Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Anne Whitlock, Founding Executive Director, Connect Community, Houston, TX
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Network with friends, colleagues and guests at the conference hotel.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Color of Law – Why our Cities Are Still Segregated
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.

  • Richard Rothstein, Author, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Registration

Registration location:
Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast Opens

8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Purpose Built Communities Model in Atlanta

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.

  • Danny Shoy, Jr. President and CEO, East Lake Foundation
  • Debra Edelson, Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation
  • Jim Wehner, President, Focused Community Strategies


  • David Edwards, CEO, Purpose Built Communities
9:00 am - 10:00 am

“Lean on Me,” the Ecosystem of Community Development in the Southeast – A View from the Fed: Dr. Raphael Bostic in Conversation with Egbert Perry

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. Bostic and Mr. Perry will 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. Raphael Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Egbert Perry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Integral; former Chairman, Fannie Mae
10:15 am - 1:00 pm

Neighborhood Tours

Take a guided tour of the South Atlanta, Grove Park, or East Lake neighborhoods to see the work of these initiatives up close

Buses will load from 10:15 – 10:45 and will return to the hotel by 1 p.m.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

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.

    • Lillian Singh, Vice President, Racial Wealth Equity, Prosperity Now
    • Thère du Pont, President at Longwood Foundation
    • Logan Herring, CEO at REACH Riverside, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Wilmington, DE
    • Mary Horstmann, Vice President, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Drawdown Rising: Solutions, Leadership, and a Path Forward for the Climate Crisis
Humanity has faced urgent threats in the past, but never one as all-encompassing as the climate crisis. What’s required is nothing short of societal transformation. The scale and speed of the task is daunting, yet there is a path away from crisis and toward a life-giving future for all. In this session, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson will speak to both what we can do and who we can be, to effect the change required. She will share highlights from Project Drawdown’s pioneering assessment of climate solutions, as well as insights about catalytic climate leadership from people, organizations, and movements. Our collective wisdom is vast; now is the time for collective will to match it.

  • Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, Author, Vice President of Communication & Engagement, Drawdown
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A History of Racial Injustice: Memory, Identity and Transformation for a Nation Injured by Racial Terror

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018, The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching and racial segregation and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias.

  • Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

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 will provide 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 will be 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.

  • Cat Goughnour, Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity at Prosperity Now
  • Lillian Singh, Vice President, Racial Wealth Equity at Prosperity Now

The Ins and Outs of 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 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.

    • Dr. Russell Booker, Superintendent at Spartanburg School District Seven
    • Shawna Bynum, Director at The Franklin School
    • Angie Garling, National Director for Early Care and Education Programs at Low Income Investment Fund
    • Molly Talbot-Metz, President/CEO at Mary Black Foundation


  • Evan Smith, Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
5:45 pm


Dinner will be on your own.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:15 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast Opens

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Philanthropy and Community Development

Philanthropy is a key ingredient in place-based, holistic revitalization efforts. This session will explore 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.

  • Eric M. Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Kristin Williams, Director of Community Initiatives, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha, NE
9:01 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:15 am

How Community Development Reduced Crime in America

How Community Development Reduced Crime in America
Over the past two decades, American cities have experienced an astonishing drop in violent crime, dramatically changing urban life. Patrick Sharkey reveals the striking consequences: improved school test scores, since children are better able to learn when not traumatized by nearby violence; better chances that poor children will rise into the middle class; and a striking increase in the life expectancy of African American men. Many places once characterized by decay and abandonment are now thriving, yet pervasive inequality threatens these gains.

  • Patrick Sharkey, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, New York University
10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:30 am

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.

  • Autumn Glover, Interim President, Partners Achieving Community Transformation, Columbus, OH, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Columbus, OH
  • Todd Lieberman, Executive Vice President, Brinshore Development, LLC
  • Mindy Turbov, Director, Choice Neighborhoods, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


  • Carol R. Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Break and Check Out

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Closing Luncheon: Empowering Communities: Increasing Opportunities through Financial Services and Direct Investment

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.

  • Tommy Espinoza, President and CEO, Raza Development Fund


2:00 pm

Conference Adjourns