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A Summit on Hispanic Wealth: Emerging Perspectives on Homeownership, Entrepreneurship, Savings and Investments

Join the Urban Institute and the Hispanic Wealth Project for an interactive dialogue on the policy issues impacting wealth creation and economic mobility within the Latino community.

US demographics are changing, and projections suggest that Hispanics will make up more than half of all net new households formed between now and 2030. For decades, there has been a close relationship between homeownership and economic wealth. But the Great Recession made it clear that homeownership, though the largest wealth-building engine for minority families, should not be the only driver of economic prosperity. Solutions that diversify options for economic well-being are critical and multifaceted, including business ownership, income, credit, savings, and diversified investments.

The summit presented data and research in three expert panels that discussed challenges and solutions for Hispanic Americans facing struggling to access homeownership, building savings and investments, and pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities. 



  • Gary Acosta, Cofounder and CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Marisa Calderon, Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Lisa Dettling, Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Armando Falcon, CEO, Falcon Capital Advisors
  • Daniel Gardner, Vice President, Affordable Lending and Access to Credit, Freddie Mac
  • Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director, Latinos and Society Program, Aspen Institute
  • Laurie Goodman, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute
  • Raghu Kakumanu, Senior Vice President, Housing Policy and Capital Markets, Wells Fargo
  • Jonathan Lawless, Vice President, Product Development and Affordable Housing, Fannie Mae
  • Noerena Limón, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Relations, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Liz Lopez, Managing Director, Nexus Consulting LLC
  • Gary Mottola, Research Director, Investor Education, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
  • Leo Pareja, CEO, Remine
  • Stephanie Román, Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
  • Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement

For questions regarding this event, please contact [email protected].

Support for this event is provided by the Hispanic Wealth Project. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

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Date & Time Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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