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Promoting Economic Mobility: Putting Evidence to Action for Communities

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The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Citi Foundation, hosted a discussion on innovative strategies and practices that promote upward mobility. We focused on the need to identify and address barriers that prevent individuals and families from moving up the economic ladder. We also explored emerging research and place-conscious practices for cities, neighborhoods, and workplaces. Sessions included the following:

  • Making Cities More Inclusive
    What does the evidence say are proven local strategies to ensure that prosperity and opportunity is more widely shared?
  • Housing Families in High-Opportunity Communities, and Creating Opportunity in Place
    What does the evidence say about policies and programs that make desirable places more affordable as well as putting families in better places to succeed? 
  • Changing Nature of Work and Employment: The Implications for Economic Mobility
    What does the evidence say about the nature and pace of change in the labor market? And what is the effect on economic mobility?

The opening keynote speaker OMB director Shaun Donovan spoke with Urban Institute president, Sarah Rosen Wartell on housing, income, and wealth.

US attorney general Loretta E. Lynch delivered the keynote address on the role criminal justice plays in economic mobility and the collaborative efforts of the Department of Justice and the Administration to improve communities.  


Featured speakers includeD

  • Jacqueline Alexander, director of development, mid-Atlantic region, The Community Builders Inc. 
  • Shaun Donovan, director, White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Carol Galante, I. Donald Terner distinguished professor of affordable housing and urban policy, University of California, Berkley
  • Ben Hecht, president and CEO, Living Cities
  • Brandee McHale, president, Citi Foundation
  • Loretta E. Lynch, US attorney general, US Department of Justice
  • Conor McKay, director, Future of Work Initiative, Aspen Institute
  • Erika Poethig, Institute fellow, director of urban policy initiatives, Urban Institute
  • Teo Reyes, national research director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United
  • Courtney Snowden, deputy mayor for greater economic opportunity, Washington, DC
  • Palak Shah, social innovations director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Margery Austin Turner, senior vice president for program planning and management, Urban Institute
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, president, Urban Institute
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Date & Time Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The Westin City Center 1400 M Street NW
Washington , DC , 20005
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