Re+Vitalize, a Place-Based Initiative (PBI) Symposium, is bringing practitioners, civic and government leaders and funding partners together to focus on neighborhood revitalization efforts, collective impact in neighborhood investments and PBI strategies.
The Symposium will feature a national line up of speakers and panels to address latest national trends in: neighborhood rebuilding efforts, the importance of government and policy in successful Place-Based Initiatives and how to build sustainable change and cultivate great leaders.
Sarita Turner, Associate Director, 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.
Bill Crim is the Senior Vice President of Collective Impact and Public Policy for United Way of Salt Lake. He has worked for over 23 years on issues related to economic opportunity, health care, education and poverty – first as a research fellow for the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C. and then as a researcher, policy analyst, community organizer, lobbyist, and executive director for Utah Issues.
Bill has been with United Way of Salt Lake since 2004 and currently leads United Way of Salt Lake’s community transformation initiatives – developing and supporting collective impact cradle-to-career collaborations in six communities along with statewide public policy advocacy efforts. In 2013, Bill helped facilitate the first “pay for success” transaction for early childhood education, helping make high-quality preschool available to 600 additional low-income children in several communities in Utah.
He has been appointed by Utah’s Governor to serve on the Utah State Health Data Committee, the Utah State Homeless Coordinating Committee, and the Utah Commission on Volunteers, and previously served on the Utah State Workforce Investment Board.
Bill graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Political Science, and is married with two sons.
Connie Evans is the President and CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) with a strong track record of innovative leadership and a background as a social entrepreneur.
Prior to AEO, Connie was the founding president of the Women’s Self-Employment Project in Chicago, the first and largest urban microenterprise development organization in the U. S. and the first adaptation of the Grameen Bank model to a U. S. urban setting.
She founded WSEP Ventures, a social enterprise nonprofit that catalyzed new ventures by nonprofit community-based leaders serving disenfranchised communities; and she founded CSolutions, a consulting boutique focused on solutions for social change in the U.S and internationally.
She has served on numerous and diverse boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Social Venture Network, Ms. Foundation for Women, Global Fund for Women and the CDFI Advisory Board at the U.S. Treasury Department.
Larry James has provided executive leadership since joining CitySquare in 1994. Known in the Dallas faith, business and media communities as a social entrepreneur and committed servant to the people of East and South Dallas, Larry came to CitySquare after serving 14 years as senior minister with the Richardson East Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas.
He is a graduate of Harding University (BA 1972), Harding University Graduate School of Religion (MA 1973), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv 1977) and Tulane University (MA—American History 1986). His first full-length book, The Wealth of the Poor, was published by Leafwood Publishers in 2013.
Larry spent eight months in 1998 as executive director for the Greater Dallas Community of Churches but returned to CitySquare with a renewed clarity that his place was with the people of Dallas’ inner-city community. Since 1999, Larry and wife, Brenda, have made their home in the inner city and have been active members of First United Methodist Church-Dallas.
He currently serves the church in a dual appointment to CitySquare and Highland Park United Methodist Church.
Peggy Hutchison serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Primavera Foundation, a chartered NeighborWorks® America community development organization whose mission is to provide pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. Primavera serves about 7,500 people annually in Tucson and Pima County, Arizona through a variety of programs including: emergency shelters, homeless intervention and prevention services, affordable rental housing, job training and placement, homeownership services, neighborhood revitalization, and community engagement and advocacy.
The Primavera Foundation has 80 staff, 1,400 volunteers, and a budget of $7.8 million. Primavera’s vision is to promote social and economic justice while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human rights, a livable income, and safe, affordable housing.
Hutchison has worked in the community development and economic justice field in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for more than 25 years. Her work experience includes: community organizing, public education and advocacy, publishing, program development and evaluation, leadership development, human rights, restorative justice, grant making, fund raising, and executive administration and management.
Hutchision serves on the following boards and commissions/task forces: City of Tucson Transit Task Force; JP Morgan Chase Community Advisory Board; Board of Directors and Treasurer of the National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) and Chair of the NNA Organizational Development/Membership Committee; Chair of the NNA Fund Board of Directors; member of the Board of Directors Home Matters; and, Community Building and Engagement and Community Stabilization National Steering Committees of NeighborWorks® America.
Hutchison is one of 50 leaders recently selected for the NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence Program, conducted in collaboration with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The Program, which begins in October 2014, is an 18-month educational program for senior leaders in organizations working to benefit their communities. She is married to Dr. Michael Elsner, a professor of sociology and criminology.
Patrick Costigan has nearly 35 years of experience in affordable housing and community development policy, program design, implementation and administrative management. In 2014, he returned to The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), after taking a three-year leave of absence to serve as a senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. While at HUD, Costigan led the effort to establish and build-out the Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD, which enables public housing authorities and private owners to preserve critical affordable housing across the country.
Costigan also worked to maintain support for Choice Neighborhoods and other HUD priorities on Capitol Hill, and helped internally integrate an array of public and assisted housing recapitalization programs. Additionally, he served as HUD’s point-person in helping the San Francisco Housing Authority and Mayor Edwin Lee begin to reposition over 4,500 units of public housing in the Bay Area.
Prior to his leave, Costigan was a senior vice president at TCB, for 11 years. During that time he directed TCB’s national and regional policy efforts in support of its business development activities. Earlier on, he also helped established the company’s community life division, which helps create pathways to opportunities for residents of TCB properties.
Previously, Costigan served as vice president of The Enterprise Foundation of Columbia, Md., where he managed a number of housing development and financing programs and the foundation’s neighborhood transformation initiatives in Ohio, Maryland and Florida. Earlier in his career, he assisted community development corporations package and develop low-income housing in Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Costigan holds master’s degrees in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in community planning from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
Kevin Jordan is LISC’s Vice-President for National Programs and directs their Family Income and Wealth Building work. In his role he helps LISC implement their comprehensive community redevelopment strategy called Building Sustainable Communities.
He also assists LISC local offices in developing and implementing programs that support income and asset building for low-to-moderate income families, including leading their Financial Opportunity Center integrated service delivery initiative, which was recently recognized with the national Social Innovation Fund Award.
Prior to LISC, Kevin served at the Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation for over 10 years, where he ended his tenure as the Director for the Working Families Department. Kevin has his B.A, from Le Moyne College, and a MA in Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Mary Lawler has served as Executive Director of Avenue Community Development Corporation since 1996. She has a Master’s from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and a B.A. from Duke University. She currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Bauer College of Business Graduate Real Estate Program at the University of Houston, the Advisory Council for Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Houston Downtown, the Board of the Greater Northside Management District, and is a delegate to SuperNeighborhood Council 15.
Avenue CDC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building affordable homes and strengthening communities. Avenue CDC improves communities to enhance the quality of life of working families, and to promote healthy, vibrant, and economically diverse neighborhoods. Avenue CDC has helped revitalize the communities it serves by leveraging more than $70 million in investments, including the development of 133 single-family homes, 594 rental units, and 140,000 square feet of commercial space.
Between 2010-2015, Avenue coordinated 264 partner organizations and 14,000 volunteers implementing 200 projects and programs as part of an intensive, place-based revitalization effort, GO Neighborhoods, implemented in partnership with Houston LISC, and with the support of Capital One. Avenue CDC is a member of the nationwide NeighborWorks® Network.
The NeighborWorks America board of directors has named Paul Weech the new president and CEO for the organization. Weech brings to the position more than 25 years of leadership experience in housing, community development, and financial services.
“I am very excited to take on the stewardship of such a strong and historic organization that has been a major force for progress in housing and community for more than 35 years,” says Weech. “I believe my role is to support and continue to grow what is already a preeminent organization with the reach, resources and the commitment to truly make a difference.”
Weech comes to NeighborWorks America from the Housing Partnership Network, a business alliance of the nation’s top performing nonprofit development organizations. As the Housing Partnership Network’s executive vice president for policy and external affairs, Weech was responsible for policy development and advocacy leadership for the organization, including producing its policy treatise, “Toward a Housing Policy Reform Agenda.” In the two years before joining the organization full time, he provided policy leadership for both the Housing Partnership Network and the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future.
Weech has served as chief of staff at the United States Small Business Administration, staff director for the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and senior analyst for Housing and Credit for the U.S. Senate Committee on Budget. He also worked in various mission-related roles in the National Community Lending Center and the office of corporate strategy at Fannie Mae.
Whether in the public or private sector, Weech has made service to others the cornerstone of his career. “I believe that by working together we have the opportunity to lift people up, to increase their opportunities and outcomes and help them to provide a better life for their children,” says Weech. “I have been blessed to have a career where I wake up every day with meaning in my life.”
Weech serves on the boards of several organizations, including the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the National Housing Conference, the Bollinger Foundation, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and the Ford School of Public Policy's Alumni Board. He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Ford School for Public Policy Studies at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Duke University.
Shannon directs the operations of the agency. She chairs the State’s Council on Homelessness, is board president of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, board secretary for the Florida Community Loan Fund, a former gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Affordable Housing Study Commission and a former board member of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers.
She serves on the National Low Income Housing Coalition advisory committee; and was recently awarded “Advocate of the Year” by the Southeast Institute of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.
Mark is the President of Linton Strategies, LLC, a strategy and policy consulting practice based in Washington, DC.
Before founding Linton Strategies, LLC, Mark served President Barack Obama in a variety of capacities for over nine years, beginning in then-Senator Obama’s Washington office.
Most recently, Mark was appointed by the president as the first Executive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, a multi-sector, inter-agency initiative seeking to spark economic turnarounds and build capacity in some of America’s most iconic cities. Under Mark’s leadership, the initiative helped a handful of cities more effectively leverage private-public partnerships and invest over $360 million in existing federal resources, leading to dramatic improvements in transit, downtown redevelopment, business development, public safety and a range of related issues. Mark helped to scale this model of integrated technical assistance to many additional cities by partnering with a private-sector consortium, which launched the National Resource Network and the Nation’s first “311 for Cities.”
In addition to leading the Strong Cities Initiative, Mark served in a variety of leadership capacities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including as Acting Chief of Staff and General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional & Intergovernmental Relations. Prior to public service, Mark worked and consulted for a global humanitarian relief and development organization, Catholic Relief Services.
Mark earned his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and International Economics from the University of Kentucky. Mark lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.
Mark Dahlquist has been the Executive Director for NeighborWorks® Pocatello since 2007. Prior to this, he worked in various capacities at Farmers Insurance for 17 years, including underwriting, marketing and management.
He also has experience as a consultant/trainer at the Idaho Small Business Development Center where he assisted entrepreneurs with business planning who were interested in starting up or expanding their small businesses. He holds a BBA from Idaho State University with a degree in Management and Organization.
He is the past president of the Homeless & Housing Coalition of Southeast Idaho, a member of the Board of Directors for National NeighborWorks Association and is a board member for Portneuf Valley Pride. He has been a member of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Beautification Council for over 20 years and is a past Board member for the Chamber of Commerce.