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Leveraging Opportunity Zones for Affordability in Hot Markets

Join the Urban Institute, in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase & Co., for a discussion exploring how some projects, including examples in Seattle and King County, Washington, are leveraging Opportunity Zones for community benefit. Panel discussions will highlight mission-driven Opportunity Zone models and explore practical lessons for how the incentive can increase access to affordable space. The first panel will examine Opportunity Zones’ role in advancing affordable housing, and the second panel will focus on how the incentive can support small businesses with affordable commercial spaces.



  • Jim Casselberry, Chief Investment Officer, 4S Bay Partners LLC
  • Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor, City of Seattle​
  • Jaebadiah Gardner, Founder and CEO, GardnerGlobal Inc.
  • Kris Hermanns, Chief Impact Officer, Seattle Foundation
  • Robert Jenkins, Senior Managing Director, Renaissance Equity Partners LLC
  • Sarah Lee, Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector Lead, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Cat Martin, Vice President, Pacific Northwest, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Erika C. Poethig, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Urban Institute
  • Brett Theodos, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Tony To, Director Emeritus and Othello Square Project Director, HomeSight
  • Jeremy Wilkening, Vice President of Real Estate Development, Capitol Hill Housing

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Registration will be available at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. A networking opportunity with light refreshments will follow the program. Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event.

Support for this event is provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

JPMorgan Chase & Co. seeks to comply with applicable rules concerning meals, gifts and entertainment offered to public officials and employees, including related disclosure requirements. We estimate the cost of hospitality to be provided at the Urban Institute’s Leveraging Opportunity Zones for Affordability in Hot Markets event to be $37.00 per person. To the extent you wish to pay the cost of, or to decline the hospitality to be provided at this event please contact Cat Martin, [email protected], 206-500-3824 to make the necessary arrangements.

Photo by Washington State Department of Transportation/Flickr


Date & Time Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Seattle Public Library 1000 4th Avenue
Microsoft Auditorium
Seattle , WA , 98104
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