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Linking the Silos of Racial Equity Work  -   April 21, 2016 - Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington - Arlington, Virginia
Linking the Silos of Racial Equity Work  -   April 21, 2016 - Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington - Arlington, Virginia


Keynote Speaker

photo Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Administration and Policy and Executive Director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has published books, scholarly articles, book chapters and technical reports in the areas of social equity, welfare policy and post-secondary education. Gooden has conducted several research studies for MDRC, as well as other national research organizations. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered academy, and is President-elect of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. In 2013, Gooden was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She has previously served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Gooden is a faculty affiliate at Duke University's Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. In 2014, she received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to her current academic appointment, Dr. Gooden was an Associate Professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech, where she received early promotion and tenure and served as Founder and Director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center. A native of Martinsville & Henry County, Virginia, she received an A.S. in Natural Science from Patrick Henry Community College, a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech, and a M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Plenary Speakers

Nancy Lopez, University of New Mexico
Nancy López is associate professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico (B.A. Columbia College, Columbia University, 1991; Ph.D. Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York, GSUC-CUNY, 1999). Dr. López directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice, RWJF Center for Health Policy. Dr. López founded and coordinates the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium and co-chairs the UNM Diversity Council. Dr. López is a member of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee at UNM and chairs the Race, Gender, Class section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Dr. López's scholarship, teaching and service is guided by the insights of intersectionality or the value of examining race and gender among other systems of inequality as overlapping social constructions for interrogating inequalities across a variety of social outcomes, including education, health, employment, housing, etc. Her book, Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (Routledge, 2003) focuses on the race-gender experiences of Dominicans, West Indians, and Haitians to explain why girls are succeeding at higher rates than boys. Dr. López co-edited, Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (Rutgers, 2013), a multidisciplinary volume that was the byproduct of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded workshop. The book departs from the premise that "race" is a multidimensional and multilevel social construction that has profound methodological implications for research and policy

Rolf Pendall, Urban Institute
Rolf Pendall is director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In this role, he leads a team of over 40 experts on a broad array of housing, community development, and economic development topics, consistent with Urban's nonpartisan, evidence-based approach to economic and social policy. Pendall's research expertise includes metropolitan growth trends; land-use planning and regulation; demographic change; federal, state, and local affordable housing policy and programs; and racial residential segregation and the concentration of poverty. He directs the Urban Institute's Mapping America’s Futures project, a platform for exploring the local implications of future demographic change. Other recent projects include Urban’s evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods demonstration, a HUD-funded research study on the importance of cars to Housing Choice voucher users, and long-standing membership in the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. From 1998 until mid-2010, Pendall was a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, where he taught courses and conducted research on land-use planning, growth management, and affordable housing.

Debra Joy Perez, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Pérez has devoted her philanthropic career to helping to level the playing field for low-income and minority populations to receive quality education and services. Among her extensive list of honors and accomplishments as a leader who has established new areas of research as well as overseen millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits, Pérez's proudest endeavor is the "$25 Fund," which she launched at the Princeton Area Community Foundation to provide "whatever it takes" to help talented youth of color get to college and succeed. As vice president overseeing research and evaluation, Pérez also ensures that the Foundation has a thoughtful and consistent approach to the evaluation of the Foundation's program and policy initiatives. Part of her role is to foment learning and accountability within the Foundation by ensuring active engagement of staff in the development of evaluation designs, work plans and budgets, as well as the selection and management of third-party evaluators. She brings expertise in using tools such as social media and cost benefit analysis to "measure and demonstrate the impact of a philanthropy's collective work as opposed to just individual projects or programs." Pérez strives to measure how an organization can use its influence to create change, "not just through page views but things that are more actionable, such as changing public opinion, spurring a call to action and having one's ideas and interventions replicated by others."


Matthew Freeman, Founding Principal and Lead Consultant -TMI Consulting
Matthew’s passion for racial reconciliation and social justice has led him across the United States and overseas, helping people connect across difference and begin to address the challenges that divide them. Matthew believes the solutions to our most intractable problems, like social division and poverty, require bold leadership willing to try risky and innovative solutions. When given the opportunity, Matthew can help groups find the courage to tackle their most pernicious problems and move toward collaboration, mutual understanding, and action. As TMI’s Senior Executive Consultant, Matthew oversees our facilitation and training designs, leads our research teams, and keeps us all guessing what our resident philosopher is up to. Matthew, fun-loving as he is kind, is the sneakiest practical joker in the office. It’s no wonder that he and Tiffany chose April Fools’ Day to start TMI Consulting!

Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University
Maurice Jackson teaches in the History Department and African American Studies Program and is Affiliated Professor of Music (Jazz). Before coming to academe he worked as a longshoreman, shipyard rigger, construction worker and community organizer. His is author of Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, (1713-1784) Father of Atlantic Abolitionism and co-editor of African-Americans and the Haitian Revolution and Quakers and Their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808 (2015). Jackson has won many fellowships including at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and the Smithsonian Institution and is at work on Halfway to Freedom: African Americans and the Struggle for Social Progress in Washington, D.C. Author of many articles, he is co-editor of a special issue on Jazz in D.C. in Washington History (April 2014) and his Washington, D.C.: From the Founding of a Slaveholding Capital to a Center of Abolitionism, appeared last year. Jackson wrote the liner notes to the two jazz CD's by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, Steal Away: Spirituals, Folks Songs and Hymns and Come Sunday. He has recently lectured in France, Turkey, Italy, Puerto Rico and Qatar. A 2009 inductee into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame, a delegate to the original DC Statehood Constitutional Convention and a former ANC commissioner, he was appointed by the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia as the first chair of the DC Commission on African American Affairs. In the fall of 2015, he will serve as the Special Advisor to Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia on DC Affairs.

George Jones, Bread for the City
George A. Jones has been Chief Executive Officer of Bread of the City (BFC) since January 2, 1996. He is responsible for managing all administrative, financial, and programmatic aspects of the organization and its 100 full time staff. Mr. Jones has led Bread for the City's growth from a $1.2 million operation in 1996 to a $10.6 million operation in 2014. This growth included overseeing the development of a new center in Southeast DC in 2002, as well as the 11,000 sq. ft. expansion of BFC's Northwest Center, which opened for service in December 2010. While serving as CEO of Bread for the City, the organization has been recognized for excellence by Johnson & Johnson, the District of Columbia government, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (DC), DC Bar Pro Bono Program, and the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. The agency was also a two-time finalist and one-time winner for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

Marlon Murphy, Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center and Domestic Relations
Marlon Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, is a 20-year employee with Fairfax County, Virginia's Juvenile Court. He has worked primarily in the areas of secure detention, high risk youth, DMC, and race equity. Marlon is a PhD candidate in Public Administration at Virginia Tech's Center for Public Administration and Policy; holds a MS in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech, BS Human Development from Howard University and a Certification in Process Management from George Mason University.

Parisa B. Norouzi, Empower DC
Parisa Norouzi, Executive Director of Empower DC, has over 12 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and organizing communities. Parisa co-founded Empower DC in 2003, and previously served as the lead organizer of the Child Care for All Campaign and the People's Property Campaign, as well as led organizing efforts in the Ivy City community and created the Ivy City History Project. Under Parisa's leadership Empower DC quadrupled its staff from 2007 to 2011. Parisa graduated with honors from Marlboro College in Vermont with a degree in Environmental Policy and Interest Group Politics, and later completed a Masters in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked professionally as an organizer for her entire career, with her early work in the environmental and environmental justice movements. Parisa represents Empower DC on the Board of Directors of the DC Federation of Citizens Associations.

Karen Shaban, Fairfax County, Local Government Initiatives
Karen Shaban is a Strategic Project Manager focused on advancing racial equity across public sector systems. She was staff lead on the Institutional Analysis. During her career in Fairfax, Karen worked on systems improvement initiatives for children and families within the Office of the County Executive.

Sarah Morrison, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Sarah Morrison helps advance CSSP's child welfare system reform efforts. She is co-director of the Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center providing technical assistance to five federally funded demonstration sites around the country. Formerly, she was one of two federally appointed monitors of a class action consent decree in Georgia. Prior to joining CSSP, Morrison was a senior evaluator at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). While there, she was responsible for designing, managing and reporting on evaluations of programs authorized or expanded by the Family Support Act of 1988, including transitional benefits and child support enforcement. Morrison's additional experience includes management consulting in Ernst and Young's public sector practices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and public opinion research polling and teaching at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.

Sarita Turner, Associate Director - PolicyLink
She has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector raising awareness around, and supporting strategies to address institutionalized racism and the disinvestment of people and communities. Sarita has worked in various positions including: direct services, policy advocacy, community organizing, government, community development, and philanthropy. Under Sarita’s leadership, infrastructure investments, business improvement district pilots, community development, and crime and safety initiatives have been successfully implemented. Currently, Sarita serves as an associate director for PolicyLink where she works to further equity-focused federal, state, and local policies and place-based strategies. Sarita’a personality type is that of a spirited explorer. She loves the outdoors and since relocating to California has added hiking, golf, and white-water rafting to the list of things she loves doing.

Carlton Yearwood, True Blue Inclusion
Carlton Yearwood is a nationally recognized consultant and former senior executive at two Fortune 200 companies and a Big Four accounting/audit and consulting partnership. His primary areas of expertise and experience are in executive and frontline management coaching, change management, sustainable culture change, business-ethics and diversity inclusion as strategic corporate assets. Yearwood is currently Senior Partner at True Blue Inclusion, a membership-based diversity and inclusion organization transformation consulting practice. It supports senior diversity executives in the design, development and deployment of next practices for organizations committed to an engaged, high-performing global workforce. Today Yearwood skillfully coaches senior diversity executives in an array of industries, where clients have included Oracle, McKesson, Booz Allen, Johnson Controls, Mass Mutual, Fannie Mae, NetApp, Goodwill Industries International and others. His focus is wide-ranging: transition strategies, alignment processes, organization needs assessments, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) administration and assessment, department and workplace tool development and deployment, specific problem resolution and more.

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