Executive Director, Southeast Raleigh Promise
Kia Baker is a native of Southeast Raleigh, North Carolina and currently serves as Executive Director for Southeast Raleigh Promise, Inc. After graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, Kia returned to the Triangle and began working as a Community Organizer in Hillsborough, NC, where her passion to work for social change began to grow. She has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Public Allies, and most recently, served as the Chief of Food Recovery & Distribution at a Feeding America food bank, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
Kia currently serves on the boards of the Raleigh Area Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity-Wake County and Carolina Common Enterprise. She is also a RaceForward Equity Ambassador. In her spare time, Kia enjoys gardening and creating culinary masterpieces for her family.
CEO, Barnet Development
Bill Barnet is the CEO of Barnet Development, as well as the former mayor of Spartanburg, SC. Mr. Barnet received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1964 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1965. Prior to being elected President and CEO of William Barnet & Son, Inc. in 1976, Mr. Barnet served as 1st Lieutenant, US Army and Adjutant General’s Corps.
Mr. Barnet has served on civic boards such as the Education Oversight Committee (Chairman), Leadership Spartanburg (Chairman), South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association (President) and The Spartanburg County Foundation (Trustee). His current civic board involvement includes the Palmetto Business Forum, ETV Communications Endowment, Palmetto Institute and The Duke Endowment. Mr. Barnet’s current board membership also includes Duke Energy, a public entity.
He has received numerous honors in business development, leadership, education and civic involvement. Mr. Barnet is married to Valerie Manatis Barnet and has three children: Mary Rebecca, Will and John.
Richard E. Besser
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Richard Besser, MD, is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position he assumed in April 2017. Besser is the former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor.
At RWJF, Besser leads the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to improving the nation’s health. RWJF’s work is focused on building a comprehensive Culture of Health that provides everyone in America with a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Access to healthy food, clean air and water, safe housing, secure employment at a living wage, transportation, education, and the elimination of barriers from discrimination are all important contributors to health and well-being.
In Besser’s role at ABC News, he provided medical analysis and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms. His weekly health chats on social media reached millions.
While at ABC News, Besser traveled all over the United States and around the globe to cover major medical news stories. He walked the Ebola wards in Liberia in 2014, reporting from the center of the deadly epidemic, and continued to provide extensive coverage for months. In 2011, he led ABC’s global health coverage, “Be the Change: Save a Life,” reporting on critical global health issues from seven different nations.
Before joining ABC News in 2009, Besser worked as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the CDC. In that role he was responsible for all the CDC’s public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. He also served as acting director of the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Besser’s tenure at the CDC began in 1991 working on the epidemiology of food-borne illness. He then served for five years on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego as the pediatric residency director, while also conducting research and working for the county health department on the control of pediatric tuberculosis. He returned to the CDC in 1998 as an infectious disease epidemiologist working on pneumonia, antibiotic resistance, and the control of antibiotic overuse.
The author or co-author of hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials and publications, Besser has earned many awards for his work in public health and for his volunteer service. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He received the Surgeon General’s Medallion for his leadership during the H1N1 response, and in 2011 he accepted the Dean’s Medal for his contributions to public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His investigative reporting into umbilical cord blood banking was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. In 2012, he received an Overseas Press Club award as part of ABC’s coverage of global maternal health issues, and two Peabody Awards as part of ABC News’ coverage of Hurricane Sandy and Robin Roberts’ health journey. In 2017 and 2018, he received an Emmy award for “Outstanding Morning Program” as part of the Good Morning America team. His book, “Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions,” was published by Hyperion in 2013.
Besser received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Williams College and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.
He continues to practice as a volunteer pediatrician at the Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, N.J. He and his wife Jeanne, a food writer, have two sons, Alex and Jack.
Dr. Russell W. Booker
Spartanburg School District Seven, Superintendent
Dr. Booker is described as a values-based leader and a champion for children and has quickly propelled District 7 into the national spotlight as a model district in the Southeast. In 2015, Dr. Booker was invited to join the nation’s elite League of Innovative Schools which was created by Congress in 2008. The League is a national network of education leaders who are seen as pioneers in innovative learning and leadership. In 2015, the experts at Apple applauded the District as an Apple Distinguished Program – one of only 300 educational institutions in the world to honored at that time.
Dr. Booker is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow and is a graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute and of the Spartanburg Regional Fellows program. He is a member of the Spartanburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The Southside Lions Club, and The Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club. Dr. Booker is Vice-Chair of the Liberty Fellows Board of Directors; past Chair of the United Way of the Piedmont; and a board member of the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM), StriveTogether, Wingate University, the Piedmont Club and the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.
In 2013, the Urban League of the Upstate presented Dr. Booker with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award. He was honored by the Epsilon Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as their 2013 Citizen of the Year; and in the same year, he was named the Mount Moriah Man of the Year by the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg. In 2015, he was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumnus and in 2016, he received the Heritage Committee Award from the Spartanburg African-American Heritage Committee. Dr. Booker, known for his warm smile and ready humor, is a frequent speaker throughout the country.
Dr. Booker and his wife, Sheryl, have been married 25 years and are the proud parents of two sons. They are members of Mount Moriah Baptist Church and reside on the Eastside of Spartanburg County.
Dr. Raphael W. Bostic
CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Dr. Raphael W. Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the Bank’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. He is a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve System.
From 2012 to 2017, Bostic was the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC).
He arrived at USC in 2001 and served as a professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. His research has spanned many fields, including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. He was director of USC’s master of real estate development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.
Bostic also served USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate as the interim associate director from 2007 to 2009 and as the interim director from 2015 to 2016. From 2016 to 2017, he was the chair of the center’s Governance, Management, and Policy Process department.
From 2009 to 2012, Bostic was the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In that role, he was a principal adviser to the secretary on policy and research, helping the secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as on budget and legislative proposals.
Bostic worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1995 to 2001, first as an economist and then a senior economist in the monetary and financial studies section, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a special achievement award. He served as special assistant to HUD’s assistant secretary of policy development and research in 1999. He was also a professional lecturer at American University in 1998.
Bostic was born in New York City in 1966 and grew up in Delran, New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with a combined major in economics and psychology. He earned his doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 1995.
He has previously served on many boards and advisory committees, including the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Abode Communities, NeighborWorks, the National Community Stabilization Trust, the Urban Land Institute, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the National Economic Association, and Freddie Mac.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.
Director, The Franklin School
Shawna has a BA in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of South Carolina Upstate and an AA in Early Childhood from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC. She has been employed with Spartanburg County First Steps Early Head Start since 2013 and was promoted to Center Quality Specialist in 2015. Ms. Bynum has more than 14 years of experience as a center director, and is trained in the Environment Rating Scales, Program for Infant and Toddler Care, Practice-Based Coaching and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
She is a native of Asheville, NC and has lived in the Spartanburg area for the past 14 years with her husband and two children.
Executive Director, Focused Community Strategies
Katie Delp has committed her career to developing under-resourced communities into thriving socially, economically and racially diverse neighborhoods. As Executive Director of Focused Community Strategies (FCS) Katie leads multiple initiatives providing mixed-income housing, economic development, job creation, youth development and food security in neighborhoods on Atlanta’s south side. Katie consults with multiple non-profit organizations to strengthen their organizational capacity and impact.
Katie earned a degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, is recognized as an Emerging Leader in the Christian Community Development Association, a Fellow in the New Leaders Council of Atlanta, and is a board member for Tapestry Development Group and Board Chair for Wesley International Academy, an Atlanta Public Schools charter school.
Thère du Pont
President, Longwood Foundation
Thère du Pont is President of the Longwood Foundation – a private grant making foundation that supports non-profits in Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. He is Chairman of the Board of the Community Education Building, and is past Chair of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the DuPont Company, where he serves on the HR and Compensation and Corporate Governance committees. He serves on the Board of WSFS Bank, is Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee and serves on the Executive and Corporate Development committees. He is also on the Board of Burris Logistics.
Previously, du Pont served in several key positions including President and Chief Financial Officer of Wawa, Inc., a retailer operating more than 550 convenience stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. During his 13 years with the company annual revenues grew from $800 million to more than $5 billion. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer for drugstore.com, inc. — responsible for distribution and pharmacy operations, purchasing, and finance. du Pont received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation
Debra is the Executive Director and Board Member of the Grove Park Foundation. She was previously a Senior Program Director for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) where she managed the Georgia Office’s greenspace and conservation programs, including the Proctor Creek Greenway and Chattahoochee River protection work, and assembled some of the Beltline parks. Prior to that, she directed the Real Estate program for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.
Debra resided in NYC for many years where she launched the iconic NYC High Line park while employed by CSX Corporation. Previous to that she held a post in the New York City Mayor’s Office, and spent two years with the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation. Debra serves on the Board of Directors of the South Fork Conservancy, and completed six years of service as a Planning Commissioner in Dekalb County, GA. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.
CEO, Purpose Built Communities
David Edwards has a deep and diverse background in the public, private and nonprofit sectors working on innovative initiatives addressing some of the greatest challenges facing cities around the world. AS CEO, he is responsible for expanding the number of Purpose Built Communities across the country and ensuring that they deliver transformative outcomes for families and children.
Prior to joining Purpose Built Communities, David was the Global Offerings Manager for IBM’s Smarter Cities program. In that role, he was responsible for developing innovative solutions to the critical issues facing municipal and regional governments around the world. For example, David led city management improvement initiatives for the cities of Charlotte and San Jose in the United States as well as Beijing and Johannesburg internationally. He also authored or co-authored several reports and articles, including “The Neighborhood Centric City” published by IBM in 2011, and the chapter titled “It Takes a Neighborhood: Purpose Built Communities and Neighborhood Transformation” in the bookInvesting in What Works for America’s Communities, published in 2012 by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which he co-wrote with former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Before joining IBM, David served for eight years as the Senior Policy Advisor to Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing the Mayor’s reform agenda. He also led the development of the original business case and implementation plan for Atlanta BeltLine, the largest comprehensive citywide redevelopment initiative in Atlanta’s history, and the redevelopment of City Hall East, another major economic development initiative of the Franklin Administration. Additionally, David designed the City’s first performance management system – ATLStat. As a result of these and other initiatives, the City improved service quality, while reducing operating expenses by over 20%.
Prior to his work with the City of Atlanta, David spent eight years as a management consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group. He also served as the Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at Columbia University in New York City where he directed the strategic planning efforts of the university.
He began his career in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President in Washington D.C., where he served as the lead White House analyst for telecommunications policy.
David’s experience also includes service as a Policy Analyst at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a legislative assistant in the House of Commons in London, England, and as an aide in the office of U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker.
David earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and history at Franklin & Marshall College, and he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University.
President & CEO, Raza Development Fund
Mr. Espinoza has dedicated his career to helping Latino families and individuals live in peace and dignity through the empowerment forces of educational opportunity and community business/business development. In 1999, Mr. Espinoza founded Raza Development Fund (RDF) and serves as RDF’s President and CEO. Under his leadership, RDF has become the largest Latino CDFI loan fund in the nation, with over $375 million in assets under management. Under Mr. Espinoza’s guidance, RDF has raised over $600M in capital and closed over $700M of community development financing, leveraging over $4B in private capital for projects serving low-income minority families nation-wide.
Prior to founding RDF, Mr. Espinoza served as VP at UnidosUS, where he led the Office of Technical Assistance and Constituency Support. He was integral in the restructuring of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) from an advocacy organization to a nationally recognized community development corporation serving Latino communities. As the President & Chief Executive Officer of CPLC, he provided capacity development during its early years, established funding strategies for various social, real estate community development projects, and advocated for the Latino community.
Over Mr. Espinoza’s extensive community development career, he held leadership positions of four different Southwestern firms specializing in community/business/real estate development; asset management; affordable housing growth and access; and consultation services to business, public-sector, and nonprofit groups in the U.S. and Mexico.
Mr. Espinoza is a founding member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Board. He is also a founding board member and past chair of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. Additionally, Mr. Espinoza serves the New American Alliance Board, the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders Board, and the National BBVA Compass Advisory Board.
National Director, Early Care & Education Programs
Angie joined the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) in April 2019 as the National Director, Early Care & Education (ECE) after more than 18 years as Alameda County’s ECE Program Administrator where she was responsible for the development and implementation of federal, state, and local ECE programs, as well as family support programs.
For nearly 25 years, she has served as an advocate, funder, policy analyst, researcher and program developer dedicated to quality care and education for all children. In 2018, her office developed and vetted the Child Care and Early Education Plan for a local measure designed to allocate $140 million annually to increase child care, preschool and early education scholarships for low-income families, while also improving quality and increasing wages of early educators.
At LIIF, Garling oversees the organization’s national ECE footprint, which currently includes robust programs in California, New York City and Washington, DC. Through national and state policy advocacy and forging public-private partnerships, she will continue to grow this sector at LIIF, which to date has invested more than $150 million to create and preserve 270,000 ECE slots nationwide.
Garling holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley in Educational Psychology and Human Development. She lives in Berkeley, California with her family.
Interim President, PACT
Autumn Glover, MCRP, MPA has worked at Ohio State for more than ten years in progressive leadership roles including strategic planning, community and local government partnerships. She is a founding staff member of PACT, currently serving as Interim President of the nearly ten year old “community quarterback.” She is responsible for the design and implementation of an award-winning community engagement process for the development of the PACT Blueprint for Community Investment. This work resulted in more than $220 million dollars of program and capital investments including $30 million in HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Implementation grants. Autumn serves the Columbus community as a board member and volunteer through a number of organizations. Originally from Toledo, OH, Autumn lives in Columbus with her husband and daughter.
Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity
Cat Goughnour is Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity. She has served as the lead technical assistance provider for the Northwest Area Foundation-funded African American Financial Capability Initiative (AAFCI), focused on strengthening Prosperity Now’s outreach and partnership with communities of color, as well as building nonprofit community economic development capacity. Ms. Goughnour is the lead strategist on Prosperity Now’s internal racial wealth equity work. In addition, Ms. Goughnour owns and operates a certified Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWESB) business specializing in human rights, racial equity and social justice consulting. She deploys a unique perspective, skillset and framework in her work. Ms. Goughnour is a certified Community Health Worker, racial just facilitator, and published researcher. Finally, she has been recognized for affordable housing and human rights advocacy for her work on the gentrification-mitigating Right 2 Root Campaign. Ms. Goughnour holds a Master of Science in Sociology from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Political Philosophy from Portland State University.
Logan S. Herring, Sr.
CEO, REACH Riverside
Wilmington, DE native, Logan S. Herring, Sr. began his work with youth at the age of fourteen as a camp counselor and mentor at the Fraim Boys & Girls Club, where he worked every summer until his departure for college in 2000 after graduating from Sanford School. Logan went on to graduate from Goucher College in Towson, MD in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, while working with inner-city Baltimore youth each summer through academic enrichment camps.
In 2005, Logan returned to Wilmington and co-founded Delaware Elite, a non-profit organization that mentored student athletes, of which he held the position as executive director for 10 years. Concurrently, Logan worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of DE from 2013-2016 as the statewide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Program Director.
Logan is currently the CEO for REACH Riverside, Kingswood Community Center, and the Warehouse. Logan started his work in the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington in 2016 as the Executive Director for Kingswood, which serves the young and old alike, including an early learning center, before and after care, teen programming, and senior center.
REACH (Redevelopment Education & Community Health) Riverside, is a non-profit community development corporation created to lead the $150 Million revitalization of the Riverside neighborhood, to include at least 600 units of mixed-income housing and a new state of the art Kingswood Community Center.
REACH and Kingswood are working in partnership with the Warehouse, a co-working facility and network for teen-serving organizations designed to address violence, academic performance, and workforce readiness amongst Wilmington’s youth by providing them with access to more than 130 teen-focused program and service providers. Capital One donated the former 43,000 ft2 Prestige Academy building (in the southern end of the Riverside neighborhood) to the Warehouse, which will be launching in January of 2020.
Logan has many professional associations including: Vice president of the McLaughlin Educational Fund; Board of directors for Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County; Board of directors for the Community Education Building; Board of directors for Delaware State University College of Agriculture, Science and Technology; member of the Delaware Afterschool Leadership Council; and member of the Vision Coalition Team.
Logan has also been recognized in the Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 class of 2018. DBT40 pays tribute to ambitious professionals who are making a name for themselves through professional excellence and community involvement. The honorees represent the best in a wide range of fields such as finance, law, non-profit, hospitality, education and technology.
In his “spare” time, Logan also coaches varsity soccer and basketball at his alma mater, Sanford School. All of the work he does in the community is not only to create the ideal environment to raise his 2-year-old son, LJ, but also an environment where all children and families thrive, regardless of the Zipcode into which they are born.
Vice President, Program Officer - Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Mary Horstmann is the Program Officer for Global Philanthropy in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In that role, she supports neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, financial health, and small business growth.
Horstmann has spent her career working to connect underserved residents and communities to broader economic opportunities. In more than a decade of service with the City government of Philadelphia, she launched new policies and programs to help communities thrive, most recently as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Health and Human Services. This work included developing collaborative approaches to increase access to housing, reduce evictions, expand early childhood education, and combat hunger and homelessness. Before entering local government, Horstmann served as the Pennsylvania Program Director for the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national training organization dedicated to supporting emerging community leaders to increase their capacity and expand their impact. She has also worked as a fundraiser and community organizer.
Horstmann received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
President & CEO, CommunityWorks
Tammie Hoy-Hawkins will be the President & CEO of CommunityWorks beginning in January 2020. As President of Together Consulting, Hoy-Hawkins has worked in community economic development for over 20 years, providing leadership and guidance to non-profit, for profit and government entities. Most recently, she served as the Project Manager for the Northside Development Group’s Northside Initiative in Spartanburg. Additionally, she has been working as the Project Coordinator for the Greenville Housing Fund (GHF), a wholly-owned LLC under CommunityWorks that supports the production and preservation of quality affordable and workforce housing. Prior to founding Together Consulting, Hoy-Hawkins worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where she was responsible for community economic development outreach and education for North and South Carolina. Before working for the Federal Reserve Bank, she spent six years as the Director of the SC Lowcountry Housing Trust where she led the organization to over $10M in assets.
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a
national organization that catalyzes and supports collaboration across the sectors of
community development and health with the goal of increasing investment in
low-income neighborhoods, maximizing the health benefits of these investments, and
improving outcomes measurement.
Dr. Jutte sits on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Housing, a national non-profit
affordable housing developer, and the Board of Directors for Mercy Loan Fund, a
national CDFI. He is a member of the Enterprise Community Partners health advisory
committee and the Dignity Health community economic initiatives Board subcommittee.
He has also been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy
Communities Initiative, which has convened over 35 cross-sector gatherings throughout
the country since 2010.
Prior to founding the Network, Dr. Jutte worked as a pediatrician for nearly 20 years in low-income community clinics and as a neonatal hospitalist. He is an associate professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where he teaches in the Joint Medical Program. His research focuses on the impact of the social determinants of health on children’s wellbeing and the policies and financial tools that can intervene to protect the health of vulnerable families and communities. He has published in a number of prominent scientific journals including Pediatrics, Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs.
Dr. Jutte received his BA from Cornell University, MD from Harvard Medical School, and MPH from UC Berkeley. He trained in pediatrics at Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in population health at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program.
Eric M. Kelly
President, Quantum Foundation
Eric Kelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University.
He is the President of Quantum Foundation—a West Palm Beach-based health corporation—and is responsible for directing a multi-million dollar community investment fund and overseeing all administrative duties of the organization. Eric is a community leader who works across the business, not-for-profit, and public sectors to ensure community improvement initiatives are sustainable and offer systemic solutions. Eric often challenges the historical philanthropic assumption of “doing charity” in an effort to create effective drivers for change. He has led efforts in partnership with state, regional, and local stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Palm Beach County.
Prior to his current role, Eric served as Executive Vice President for Quantum Foundation. His career also includes roles as Director of Agency Relations at the United Way of Palm Beach County and the Regional Vice President of Allegany Franciscan Foundation.
As a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, Eric has also honed his business acumen as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, ensuring that business thrives in the County and that entrepreneurship is encouraged. He is also a strong proponent of harnessing technology & innovation in the advancement of community wellness and has a particular interest in creating opportunities for young people from traditionally under-represented groups in healthcare.
Eric’s work demonstrates his deeply-held belief that only the symbiotic partnership between healthcare and health education can produce effective and sustainable outcomes for individuals and communities.
Eric Kelly lives in West Palm Beach with his wife and four children.
Executive Vice President, Brinshore Development, LLC
Mr. Lieberman is the head of the Kansas City office of Brinshore Development, LLC. He manages several major initiatives around the country including the Kansas City CHOICE Neighborhoods Initiative and the Highlander development. Since joining Brinshore, Mr. Lieberman has closed and developed 677 residential units and 65,000 sf of commercial space in ten developments and spearheaded a successful $30 million CHOICE application.
Prior to joining Brinshore, Mr. Lieberman was a Development Manager for CityInterests, a Washington, DC based real estate development company focused on the revitalization of underutilized commercial and transit-oriented urban properties. Mr. Lieberman sourced several development projects for CityInterests including a non-profit primary care facility and an early childhood education center. In addition, Mr. Lieberman managed predevelopment activities for the mixed-use redevelopment of two aging strip shopping centers, a 112 unit townhouse project and the Parkside master development, a three million square foot LEED for Neighborhoods, gold-certified, mixed-use, mixed-income transit-oriented development on the northern Anacostia Waterfront.
Before joining CityInterests, Mr. Lieberman was a Vice President with Bank of America Community Development Banking’s Real Estate Development Group, where he managed the Centerpoint development in Baltimore, an $85 million mixed-use development that featured both historic adaptive re-use and new construction.
Mr. Lieberman is a member of the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute and the Mattie Rhodes Center. A past Fellow at the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Lieberman also received a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lieberman was honored as one of the “Top 35: Tomorrow’s Newsmakers Under 35 Years Old” by Real Estate Forum in 2007.
Michelle L. Matthews
Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
Michelle Matthews joined Purpose Built Communities in 2016 as Senior Vice President after leading her own consulting company, Matthews Consulting Group (MCG), for more than a decade. She is a trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, change management and consulting. She is a recognized expert when it comes to developing strategies to improve business processes, maximize human capital and increase revenues.
Michelle’s guidance has enabled nonprofit organizations, such as Families First, the Task Force for Global Health, and Communities in Schools of Atlanta; educational institutions, such as Spelman College and Atlanta Public Schools; and numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as Delta Air Lines, Kimberly Clark and Georgia Pacific to implement strategic change and improve individual, team and organizational performance.
Before founding MCG, Michelle was a senior manager for IBM, KPMG Consulting and Accenture. In these positions, Michelle effectively led teams through engagements requiring strategic planning, group facilitation, organizational change management, executive coaching and business process redesign.
Michelle brings passion, experience and integrity to her work. These traits are the foundation of her ability to quickly grasp the internal and external dynamics of an organization or institution, and successfully facilitate strategic planning retreats and team-building sessions. Believing that change is always possible, Michelle is deeply committed to collaborating with organizations to create customized strategies that are easy to understand and designed to put clients on the path to achieving results that are both remarkable and measurable.
Michelle is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning. She is also a board member for the Quality Care for Children.
An authority on adapting to changing environments, Michelle has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise and Smart Money. She has also appeared as a CNN guest on the program “Your Money,” where she shared her experiences in leadership and change. In 2011, Michelle received the Atlanta Business League’s Business Achievement Award, and she was featured in the 2012 November/December issue of Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine. In 2013-2014 Michelle was host of “Growth Matters”, a weekly radio show where she dialogued with executives and entrepreneurs about their insights into growing an organization in today’s competitive environment.
Michelle graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College, with an economics degree.
Othello H. Meadows III
Executive Director, Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp.
Othello H. Meadows III is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and currently serves as Executive Director of Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp., a community revitalization and development organization. Prior to this position, Mr. Meadows was Executive Director of the Omaha Workforce Collaborative, a non-profit housed at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, designed to restructure the workforce development efforts of the Omaha metropolitan area. Meadows returned home after nearly 15 years in order to run a non-partisan voter registration drive that registered over 10,000 new voters in eastern Omaha prior to the 2008 presidential election.
Before returning to Omaha, Meadows operated his own law firm, Othello H. Meadows, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia where his practice focused on criminal defense, family law, and general civil litigation. Mr. Meadows attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina on a basketball scholarship and earned his BA in Psychology in 19997. He later received his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2004. Meadows is a board member at Creighton Preparatory School, The Jesuit Academy and Nebraska Appleseed. He also currently chairs the Omaha Community Foundation’s African-American Unity Fund Grants Committee.
Executive Director, LIFT Orlando
Eddy Moratin is the Executive Director of LIFT Orlando, a non-profit organization founded by business leaders to partner with neighborhood residents and accelerate community transformation. Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization mixed-income housing, cradle to career education, wellness and economic opportunity.
Prior to joining LIFT Orlando, Eddy spent seven years as the Executive Director of Lifework Leadership Orlando, a premier leadership development organization. During this time he also served as Senior Fellow at PathNorth in Washington D.C. helping senior leaders around the country broaden their definition of success. As a social-entrepreneur who believes in the power of creating jobs to transform lives and entire communities, he became a co-founder of BAM, LLC a holding company for shared officing and remote receptionist franchises. Additionally, he founded a minority certified joint-venture that helped launch Laurus, a multi-functional, call center outsourcing company employing hundreds domestically and abroad.
Eddy’s early career included serving as a Client Services Consultant with Right Management Consultants, the leading global provider of integrated consulting solutions, helping 80% of Fortune 500 companies to “manage the human side of change”. He served in multiple leadership positions over a six year career at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest and most influential chambers in Florida with over 5,000 members. During his time there he became a founding team member for Workforce 2020, one of the most innovative, business-led welfare and workforce reform initiatives in the country. He worked with the Jobs Partnership of Florida, a job training program designed to help the under and unemployed break the cycle of poverty through employment. There he designed, launched and delivered their first corporate training curriculum for developing better leaders, managers and employees.
Eddy has a passion for encouraging others to realize their full potential and to use their individual gifts and influence for the betterment of the whole community. Eddy serves on the board of Summit Church in Orlando, Florida, where he lives with his wife, Giselle and their two children, Isabella and Kristopher.
Carol Redmond Naughton
President, Purpose Built Communities
Carol Redmond Naughton is the President of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving racial equity, economic mobility and health outcomes in communities across the country. Purpose Built works to improve neighborhoods so that they become platforms that support families working to improve their lives. Building on the framework developed during the revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, Purpose Built Communities works with local leaders to help them plan, implement and sustain holistic neighborhood revitalization initiatives that create healthy neighborhoods that include broad, deep and permanent pathways to prosperity for low income families.
For seven years leading up to the creation of Purpose Built Communities, she served as the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, the innovative nonprofit organization that serves as the “community quarterback organization” for the East Lake neighborhood. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, Carol was the General Counsel for Atlanta Housing Authority where she played an instrumental role in the revitalization of traditional public housing communities into economically viable, self-sustaining, mixed-income communities and was a key member of the leadership team that transformed AHA from a failing bureaucracy to a national leader in community development. Prior to joining AHA, Ms. Naughton was engaged in the private practice of law with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan’s real estate group, where she primarily represented real estate developers, lenders and asset managers.
She is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and Colgate University. Ms. Naughton serves as the Chair of the Board of the Directors of the Low Income Investment Fund, a national community development financial institution with over a billion dollars invested in low income communities across the country. She is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew Charter School and currently serves as its Vice Chair. She serves on the national advisory board of the Build Healthy Places Network and is currently serving as an expert advisor to the Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Challenge.
Egbert L. J. Perry
Chairman and CEO, The Integral Group LLC
Egbert L. J. Perry, a native of Antigua and Barbuda, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Integral, a company he co-founded in 1993 with a mission to “create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities.” Since then, Integral has become a premier provider of sustainable real estate and community solutions in mature and emerging markets across the United States and, more recently, internationally. The Company is vertically integrated with subsidiaries in the community development, commercial real estate, investment management, property management, and program management fields.
A community development, commercial real estate and construction professional since 1979, Egbert has developed and/or built most project types, including residential, office, retail, institutional and mixed-use projects. For 13 years from early 1980 to late 1992, he helped to grow an Atlanta-based real estate and construction company into the nation’s 3rd largest African-American owned business, with annual revenues of about $200 million.
Integral’s mission was first put on display in 1996 when Centennial Place, a collaboration that also involved another firm and the Atlanta Housing Authority, was created. This forward thinking project was the nation’s first urban mixed-use community, integrating mixed-income housing, early childhood development, K-12 education reform, recreation, health & wellness facilities, and human services. This holistic revitalization approach to community development has since been emulated in Atlanta and scores of cities across the country.
Over almost a quarter century, Integral has implemented scores of public-private partnerships that promote “responsible” community development and commercial real estate. It is well-respected for its expertise in affordable, workforce, luxury, and mixed-income housing solutions, often as components of master planned, mixed-use and Transit Oriented Developments (“TOD’s”).
Today, Integral is a diversified, 300-person organization with projects in the mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and Western regions of the United States. The Company is head-quartered in Atlanta, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and Denver.
Integral and Egbert have received numerous awards, and are regarded nationally as innovators in the field of urban development and revitalization. Egbert’s policy positions are often sought on issues of housing, community economic development, regional planning and development, public-private partnerships and K-12 education reform.
An honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Egbert received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University’s Towne School, and a Master of Business Administration degree with majors in Finance and Accounting from its Wharton School. In 1990, he was elected as the eleventh graduate in the University’s then 250-year history to be named to the “Gallery of Distinguished Engineering Alumni” of the University’s Engineering School.
Past Board assignments include Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta International School and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute
Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, forthcoming in 2017 and available now for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other booksellers. The book expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that has documented the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, The Making of Ferguson. He is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008) and Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004). He is also the author of The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (1998). Other recent books include The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement (co-authored in 2005); and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (co-authored in 2003).
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Patrick Sharkey received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard. Sharkey was formerly Chair of Sociology at New York University, served as Scientific Director at Crime Lab, New York, and is the founder of AmericanViolence.org. He is the author of Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence and Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality.
Daniel Shoy, Jr.
President & CEO, East Lake Foundation
Daniel Shoy, Jr. serves as President & CEO of the East Lake Foundation. He is responsible for strategic planning and goal setting, the Foundation’s ongoing work with its partners, and progress toward the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation’s mission is to provide tools for families in The Villages of East Lake and students in the Charles R. Drew Charter School pipeline to build better lives for themselves and future generations through a holistic approach to community revitalization that incorporates mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness. Since joining the Foundation as Program Director in 2010, he has also served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Daniel has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with organizations focused on youth and community development. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, Daniel worked for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for 10 years and was responsible for awarding $28M in grants.
Since 2002, Daniel has completed several leadership programs through the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Southeast Council of Foundations, Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Leadership Atlanta, and Columbia University Business School.
Nationally, Daniel has demonstrated leadership as a board member for Grantmakers for Education, from 2007-2010, serving as Chair-Elect in 2009-2010.
Regionally, Daniel served on Georgia’s 2008 Race to the Top Taskforce – a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement – helping to develop Georgia’s application for this competitive Federal Award.
Locally, Daniel currently serves on the boards of the East Lake Foundation, East Lake Housing Corporation, Charles R. Drew Charter School, and Hands on Atlanta. He previously served on Emory University’s Board of Governors, the University of Georgia Board of Visitors, and the Atlanta Public Schools’ Affordable Housing Taskforce. Daniel has been recognized by Atlanta Tribune as a Man of Distinction (2016) and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Notable Georgians (2018). He’s been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 1994.
Daniel is a first generation American from New York City, speaks two other languages and enjoys international travel. He earned a B.A. in History from Emory University in 1995 and in 2013 was named an Emory College Distinguished Alumni.
Vice President, Racial Wealth Equity
Lillian Singh is Vice President of Racial Wealth Equity. She provides strategic oversight to ongoing collaborative efforts to advance Prosperity Now’s programmatic agendas for racial wealth equity initiatives while ensuring alignment across discrete bodies of work and engendering buy-in around vision, strategy, and execution. Mrs. Singh also leads the team that’s has been focused on building the capacity of nonprofits of color in over a dozen metropolitan cities, as well as, strengthening the racial wealth divide analysis across both the program and operation teams at Prosperity Now. Her programmatic work focuses on finding solutions to the problem of growing economic inequality including income gaps, gentrification, unemployment, underemployment, and affordable housing. As Vice President, Mrs. Singh also advises other program teams through Prosperity now on program implementation efforts. In addition, Mrs. Singh provides financial planning, coaching and wealth management guidance to individual families as a licensed securities and investment representative and uses these lessons and practices to inform the project development and implementation work at Prosperity Now. Mrs. Singh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, both from Stanford University.
Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
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 and his staff have won reversals, relief or release from prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. Mr. Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He 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. Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards including 40 honorary doctorates, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and the author of the award winning New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.
President & CEO, Mary Black Foundation
Molly Talbot-Metz is the President/CEO for the Mary Black Foundation, a health legacy foundation working to improve health and wellness in Spartanburg County, SC. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, as its first program officer, Molly worked on local and statewide efforts to reduce teen pregnancy. Molly has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education from the State University of New York at Cortland. Molly and her husband are natives of Syracuse, New York and have lived in Spartanburg since 1999. They have two children.
Director, Choice Neighborhoods
Mindy Turbov is the Director of the Choice Neighborhoods program, overseeing 31 Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants totally over $800 million and leveraging nearly seven times that amount in housing and neighborhood revitalization activities. Choice Neighborhoods has a three-part focus, Housing, People and Neighborhood. The program is designed to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation.
Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Turbov was the principal of Turbov Associates, a community development consulting and development firm. Her firm worked with cities, public housing authorities, philanthropy and a number of large scale neighborhood redevelopers. Ms. Turbov brings unique perspective to neighborhood revitalization, having worked on virtually on all sides of the issue. She has held positions in local government including Deputy Commissioner for Development in Chicago, Vice President at McCormack Baron, Shorebank, The Federal Housing Finance Board and HUD where she was responsible for creating the mixed finance HOPE VI program. Mindy served as Chair the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. As both a policy maker and a redevelopment practitioner, she is adept at moving policy. Ms. Turbov was a founder of, and lecturer at, the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania and taught urban economic development at Roosevelt University in Chicago
Ms. Turbov holds a Masters Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois.
President, FCS Urban Ministries
Jim joined the FCS team in September 2008 as the Executive Director of Charis Community Housing, the housing arm of Focused Community Strategies (FCS). In January 2014, Jim accepted the role of President at FCS, as our founder, Bob Lupton step toward retirement.
With experience in for-profit and non-profit sectors, Jim brings a balance of ministry experience and business skills to this non-profit, community development organization. Prior to joining the FCS team, Jim spent nine years as the lead pastor of Common Ground Fellowship, a participating member of the Evangelical Free Church of America and approximately nine years in retail sales and management with Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI).
In his role with FCS, Jim serves as a lead trainer/speaker for FCS through the Lupton Center. He has led and participated in multiple seminars, workshops, and conferences speaking on the themes of Holistic Neighborhood Development, Responsible Charity, Affordable Housing, and Neighborhood Dynamics of Redevelopment. Jim supports multiple organizations at the board level assisting them as they develop thinking and best practices around organizational structure, board governance, team development, fundraising and strategic planning.
Jim and his wife, Jolyn, have four children. They have lived in the Atlanta area since 1995 and currently reside Historic South Atlanta. Jim is an avid runner and tennis player and loves all foods Mexican.
Executive Director, Growing Together
Kirk Wester is the Executive Director for Growing Together, a local neighborhood transformation initiative in Tulsa. Growing Together leads and plans collective actions from the resources provided by numerous organizations, residents, funders and stakeholders to change the trajectory of children in vulnerable neighborhoods. Growing Together focuses on the creation of three key components to their strategy: a strong education pipeline, mixed-income housing, and neighborhood vibrancy. Through their collective efforts in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and schools, they are beginning to see strong improvements in the outcomes of vulnerable children, demonstrating what it takes to expand this model throughout Tulsa’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
Founding Director, Connect Community
Anne Whitlock is Founding Director of Connect Community, a ‘community quarterback’ organization that uses the power of community to revitalize the Gulfton-Sharpstown neighborhood. Basing its efforts on the national Purpose Built Communities model, Connect, along with founding partners, KIPP Houston Public Schools, Legacy Community Health, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and the YMCA of Greater Houston, works with residents to bring wraparound wellness services, assemble a high quality cradle through college education pipeline and build mixed income housing in the Gulfton neighborhood. Her international experience includes the Peace Corps in Mali and consultancies in Chad, West Africa, Costa Rica and Mexico. She speaks fluent Spanish, some French and a smattering of Bambara which facilitates her work with newcomers from all over the globe who have landed in Houston to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families. Prior to Connect, Anne worked at the Harris County Healthcare Alliance as director of the Community Clinic Funders Collaborative which worked to improve the sustainability and collaborative practices in the Houston healthcare safety net system. She worked at the Baker Institute and led the America’s Project seminar for “Young Leaders” from throughout Latin America. She also rode the dot.com boom and bust wave in the mid-90’s and survived her husband’s congressional campaign in 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She serves on the boards of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the UT Children’s Learning Institute, Breakthrough Houston and Brazos Bookstore. She is married with three adult children and lives in a converted firestation in the East End of Houston.
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown and Senior Writer of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home. She is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown and Senior Writer of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, which presents 100 solutions to the climate crisis. Her first book, Between God & Green, was called “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe. Katharine speaks internationally, at National Geographic, Skoll World Forum, TED Women, the United Nations, and others, and publishes with outlets including BBC, CNN, and Time. Her TED Talk on gender equity and global warming has more than 1.5 million views. Katharine’s interdisciplinary background spans academia, business, and the social sector. In 2019, Planned Parenthood honored her as a “Legend in the Making.” Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a bachelor’s in Religion from Sewanee.
David A. Williams
Policy Director, Opportunity Insights
David A. Williams serves as the Policy Director at Opportunity Insights, a research and public policy lab based at Harvard University dedicated to using big data to improve upward mobility in America. He is tasked with supporting research and evidence-based policy change by creating and leading partnerships with communities across the country. Current projects include Creating Moves to Opportunity, a national housing mobility initiative, and the Charlotte Opportunity Initiative, a community-wide place-based initiative aimed at improving economic opportunity throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Before joining Opportunity Insights, David served as a senior advisor to the Mayor of Detroit. David was a member of the Mayor’s economic development team, managing large-scale real estate and community revitalization projects, neighborhood planning initiatives, and policies related to economic mobility, land use, and equitable development.
David received an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, focusing much of his energy on anti-foreclosure and anti-eviction law and policy. He has also served as an affordable housing and community development attorney and a non-profit management consultant.
Kristin Williams, MSW, MPA
Director of Community Initiatives, The Sherwood Foundation
Kristin Williams joined The Sherwood Foundation in September 2006. As the Director of Community Initiatives, she is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio focused on systems change around child welfare, holistic neighborhood revitalization, housing and homelessness, economic well-being, and civic engagement. To date, her foundational influence helped spearhead several initiatives including 75 North Revitalization Corp.
Kristin has spent the last 27 years of her career as a public servant and nonprofit manager. Her experience includes public relations for former Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson, legislative aide, and marketing director for the Nebraska Hospital Association. As an active community volunteer, Kristin is focused on leadership development, fundraising, and public policy. Currently, she is co-chair of the Youth in Transition Funders Group Foster Care Work Group, representing foundations across the country that work to address challenges in the foster care system.
Kristin is a 2017 WCA Tribute to Women honoree. She is a recipient of The Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service from the University of Nebraska Omaha. In 2014, Kristin was honored as an Outstanding Non-Profit Administrator by the American Society for Public Administration Nebraska Chapter. In 2013, she was named a State Afterschool Champion by the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, DC.