Video/Audio: Advancing Regional Equity  --  2005 Conference Recordings


Angela Glover
Angela Glover Blackwell,
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink

8:45 to 10:30 am:

Opening Plenary -- Monday, May 23, 2005
Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges in Advancing Regional Equity 

Welcoming Remarks

  • Mayor John Street
  • Carl Anthony, Acting Director, Community and Resource Development Unit, Ford Foundation
  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink
  • Michael A. Nutter, Councilman, 4th District, Philadelphia City Council
  • L. Benjamin Starrett, Executive Director, Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

The opening session explored the power of the regional equity framework for achieving economic and social justice in the United States. It featured diverse leaders from the labor, faith, community development, and civil rights arenas who are advancing regional equity. The panelists defined what regional equity means in practice and shared promising efforts to achieve it. They also discussed strategies for confronting challenges and articulated their visions for the movement.



  • Francisco Estrada, Director of Public Policy— Sacramento Office, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Gerald Hudson, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union/1199 (SEIU)
  • Jeremy Nowak, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Reverend Cheryl Rivera, Lead Organizer, Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations West, and Founder and Director, Gamaliel African American Leadership Commission

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