March 30, 2020

2:00 pm–2:30 pm

2:30 pm–3:45 pm


Opening Plenary: Philanthropy & The City

Public problem-solving is becoming ever more localized, necessitated by the withdrawal of the federal government; the devolution of power to metropolitan areas and municipalities; and the redistribution of responsibilities across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. A new generation of regional and local structures, coalitions, and partnership configurations is emerging to help govern. What do we know about these new cross-sector structures? What do they suggest about the recalibration of roles across sectors in our neighborhoods and communities, and in our cities and counties? A conversation: Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman, City View and Former Secretary, HUD and Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

A conversation:

Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman,
City View and Former Secretary, HUD

Rip Rapson, President and CEO,
The Kresge Foundation

3:45 pm–4:15 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm


Concurrent Thematic Sessions

Opportunity Zones I: Leveraging Local Coalitions
To ensure that Opportunity Zones result in equity outcomes for low-income communities, new cross-sector alliances and governance structures are coalescing to guide investments.

Aaron Thomas, Director of Economic Development,
Accelerator for America

Tammy Buckner, Opportunity Zone Project Manager,
We Grow KC (Kansas City)

Bradford Davy, Director of Regional Engagement,
The Fund for Our Economic Future (Northeast Ohio)

Effie Turnbull Sanders, Executive Director,
SLATE-Z (Los Angeles)

Place-Based Initiatives

Economic Inclusion through Private Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Cities and communities are attempting to create catalytic neighborhood development funds or mechanisms for integrating the various capital streams for community development.

Marla Blow, Senior Vice President,
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth,

John W. Haines, Executive Trust,
Community Investment Trust (Portland)

James Johnson Piett, Founding Principal and CEO,
Urbane Development

Tosha Tabron, Senior Vice President, Lending,
The Detroit Strategic Neighborhood Fund

Local Journalism

What Difference Does a Newspaper Make
Communities without quality local journalism experience lower voter turnout, weaker civil engagement, and less social cohesion, as newspaper layoffs and shutdowns have become increasing frequent. Can a renewed investment in local reporting reverse those negative effects?

Jennifer Preston, Vice President,
Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Kristen Cambell, Executive Director,
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Fraser Nelson, Vice President of Business Innovation,
Salt Lake Tribune

Charles Sennott, Founder,
CEO, and Editor, GroundTruth

5:30 pm–5:45 pm

5:45 pm–8:15 pm



Dinner Plenary:
How Local Journalism Can Strengthen Communities

Over the last two decades, social media, search engines, talk radio, cable news, and podcasts have radically changed the way people get their news. Newspapers and magazines were hit hard as declining circulation, and advertisement dollars led to layoffs and shutdowns. At the same time, the consolidation of broadcast companies due to FCC deregulation left many towns with pared-down television newsrooms and a shortage of local reporting. Some communities have become “news deserts” without a common baseline of facts about what happened. The demise of local journalism has opened the door to misinformation and disinformation. Can supporting local journalism rebuild trust and strengthen communities?

Cinny Kennard, Executive Director,
Annenberg Foundation

In conversation with

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Executive Chairman,
Los Angeles Times

and commentary with

Sam Gill, Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer,
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Peter Lattman, Managing Director of Media,
Emerson Collective

March 31, 2020

7:45 am–8:30 am

8:30 am–8:45 am

8:45 am–10:00 am


Welcome Back

Morning Plenary:
How Place-Based Strategies Can Transform Neighborhoods and Communities

Work around place-based philanthropy continues to drive creative problem-solving today, elevated by the growing number of opportunity and equity indexes that reveal with precision the inherent advantages and disadvantages of where a person lives. Philanthropic efforts to strengthen city government or leverage market forces are growing in number – as are efforts to vertically integrate strategies at the neighborhood, city, and state levels. What strategies are gaining traction in place-based philanthropy?

Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO,
The California Endowment

In conversation with

Wendy Lewis Jackson, Detroit Program Director,
The Kresge Foundation

Terri Ludwig, President of Philanthropy,
Ballmer Group

10:00 am–10:20 am

10:20 am–11:35 am


Concurrent Thematic Sessions

Cross-Sector Problem Solving

How Local Foundations are Anchoring Communities
Regional, local, and community foundations are at the frontlines of supporting the emergence of the new organizational structures that are expressions of new governance models.


Grant Oliphant, President,
The Heinz Endowments

Fred Blackwell, CEO,
The San Francisco Foundation

Antonia Hernández, President and CEO,
The California Community Foundation

Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation

Place-Based Initiatives

Opportunity Zones II: The Promise and Perils of Opportunity Zones
Foundations and Social Impact Investors are playing a variety of roles intended to optimize the place-based benefits of Opportunity Zones.


Daniel Letendre, CDFI Lending and Investing Executive, Bank of America

Margaret Anadu, Director, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs

James Head, President and CEO, East Bay Community Foundation

Aaron Seybert, Director, Social Investment, The Kresge Foundation

Local Journalism

How the Local News Landscape is Changing
Numerous organizations operating under different business models have sought to fill the void left by newspapers and broadcast stations that have folded or scaled-down, forming content-sharing networks, converting to nonprofit status, other models for informing the public.


Kathy Im, Director, Journalism and Media,
MacArthur Foundation

Jesse Holcomb, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication,
Calvin College

Mukhtar Ibraham, Editor,
Sahan Journal (Minnesota)

Marcia Parker, Publisher and Chief Operating Officer,

11:35 am–12:45 pm

12:45pm–2:00 pm


Concurrent Thematic Sessions

Cross-Sector Problem Solving

The New Brand of Inclusive Growth Coalitions
As the economic divide becomes more pronounced, new coalitions and partnership configurations are forming around the goal of inclusive growth.


Amy Liu, Vice President and Director,
Metropolitan Program, Brookings Institution

Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO,
The Center for Economic Inclusion (Minneapolis-St. Paul)

Bethia Burke, Vice President,
Fund for Our Economic Future (Northeast Ohio)

Mark Cafferty, President and CEO,
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Place-Based Initiatives

Collective Action for Community Solutions
Philanthropy is increasingly engaged with its partners in multiple sectors to meet the challenge of mounting large-scale initiatives aimed at systems change.


Mary Lee, Los Angeles 2028 Bold Vision

Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO,
The Chicago Community Trust

Nina Revoyr, Executive Director,
Los Angeles, Ballmer Group

Sondra Samuels, President and CEO,
Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis)

Local Journalism

How Philanthropy Is Supporting Local Journalism
In recent years, funders have stepped up their support of journalism, from helping newsrooms hire new reporters and making them more financially sustainable or investing in brand new startups, to broader efforts seeking to fight fake news and restore trust in journalism.


Sue Cross, Executive Director and CEO,
Institute for Nonprofit News

Teresa Gorman, Senior Program Associate for Local News,
Democracy Fund

Julie Sandorf, President,
The Revson Foundation

Roxann Stafford, Managing Director,
Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund

John Thornton, Founder, Texas Tribune and Co-founder,
American Journalism Project

2:00 pm-2:15 pm

2:15 pm–3:30 pm


Closing Plenary:

Bold Philanthropic Leadership: How Can Philanthropy Step Up?
After the rich discussions of the two days, we ask a leader foundation executive and his former board chair and current board member to reflect on what it takes to act boldly, beyond strategies and tactics, to develop the will to leverage their dollars, knowledge, and reputations for greater impact, including a focus on equity in their community.

A conversation:

Fred Ali, President and CEO,
Weingart Foundation


Monica Lozano, Board Member (Former Chair),
Weingart Foundation and President and CEO, College Futures Foundation

3:30 pm–4:00 pm