This year’s Economic Summit features a stellar lineup, including U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, acclaimed rapper, activist, producer, screenwriter and film director Boots Riley, She the People founder Aimee Allison, and Ian Madrigal (aka the Monopoly Man) exploring how to move America toward true justice and equity.
Each year Greenlining brings together powerful voices for change—grassroots community leaders, nationally known advocates, artists, elected officials and more—for a unique event that focuses like a laser on how to build a more equitable, just society. This is more than a conference; it’s a one-of-a-kind event where innovation, art and activism meet.
In 2018, we saw that people of color will no longer just play defense against attacks on our rights; we will lead America toward a vision of equity and justice. Taking inspiration from the words of Representative Maxine Waters, this year’s Economic Summit will highlight the leaders — especially here in California — who refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice.
We invite you to join us for what promises to be an exciting, informative and inspiring gathering.
Greenlining’s 26th Annual Economic Summit
Reclaiming Our Time
April 26, 2019
Registration opens at 8 a.m. A Continental Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
With organizers and leaders across the country rising to act in response to attacks on communities of color, now is our time to take power into our own hands — not just to react to threats, but to make real forward progress toward a just, equitable society. This session will feature leaders who are pushing forward a bold vision for our future — one that centers racial and gender equity. Speakers will discuss how communities are reclaiming their time — through environmental advocacy, the #MeToo movement, labor protections and beyond.
Aimee Allison, Founder, She the People
Vien Truong, President, Dream Corps
Haleema Bharoocha, Tech Equity Fellow, The Greenlining Institute
Legendary rapper, activist, producer, screenwriter and film director Boots Riley and powerhouse poet and playwright Chinaka Hodge sit down as Oakland natives for a conversation on the arts in movement-building and Oakland’s local and global legacy within the larger racial justice movement.
Boots Riley, Director and Screenwriter, Sorry to Bother You; Co-Creator, Young Comrades
Chinaka Hodge, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Educator; Author of Dated Emcees
Transportation for All: Community-Led Transportation Solutions to Drive Economic Prosperity
The longer a person’s commute time the less chance they have to escape poverty. Historically, transportation planning has not only ignored the needs of low-income communities of color, but in too many cases, transportation decisions have actually made things worse for these communities. This has caused displacement, increased costs, and subjected people of color to longer and more unreliable commutes.
It’s time for our communities to lead the way on transportation that connects everyone to a more prosperous future. This session will unpack the past to understand the root causes of transportation inequities, highlight present mobility equity efforts, and discuss a vision for a community-driven transportation future that works for all.
Hana Creger, Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute
Warren Logan, Senior Planner, San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Joy Massey, GreenTRIP Project Manager, TransForm
Rey León, Mayor of Huron, California
Anisha Hingorani, Policy and Research Analyst, The Advancement Project
Bringing Equity to the Tech Industry
The applications and technology developed by the tech industry were intended to solve issues of historical discrimination and community disinvestment. However, these solutions have not materialized. The tech industry continues to struggle with issues of diversity, algorithmic inequity (an important issue that too few understand), and community disinvestment. Our panelists will discuss how to hold the tech industry accountable and make tech companies respond to the needs of communities of color.
Paul Goodman, Telecommunications and Technology Director, The Greenlining Institute
Hannah Poteat, Senior Privacy Counsel, Twilio
Cayden Mak, Executive Director, 18 Million Rising
Tiffany Shumate, Director of University Partnerships, AI4ALL
Miranda Bogen, Senior Policy Analyst, Upturn
Community Reinvestment Act “Reform” — Reason for Hope or Fear?
The Trump Administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is currently leading the charge to “reform” the Community Reinvestment Act — a landmark 1977 law passed to end redlining. This law requires banks to meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income communities–communities that still face the consequences of decades of disinvestment as well as more subtle forms of modern redlining. This diverse panel of bankers, regulators, consumer advocates, and community organizers will consider the OCC’s proposals to reform the CRA and discuss the ways they may undercut the laws purpose of promoting investment in underserved communities and communities of color. Panelists will also examine ways we should fight to update and improve the CRA so that it can better meet the needs of communities facing inequality, displacement, and a lack of financial opportunity.
Rawan Elhalaby, Senior Economic Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute
Nikki Beasley, Executive Director, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services
Aaron Glantz, Senior Reporter, Reveal
Kirk Emerson, VP, CRA Lending Program Manager, BBVA Compass
Jun Zhu, Principal Research Associate, The Urban Institute
Building Health, Wealth, and Power: Advancing Health Equity Through Community Development
Across the nation, health care leaders, city governments, and other key stakeholders are working together to combat poverty, displacement, and injustice. Spurred by the mounting evidence identifying our profit-driven economic system as the driving force behind racial and ethnic health inequities, we now see community leaders, local agencies, and hospitals exploring new and innovative strategies to advance health equity through community development. This approach, which centers the needs of disadvantaged communities, rejects a system the prioritizes profit over people in favor of health equity investments towards affordable housing, sustainable jobs, and safe neighborhoods. This panel discussion will highlight specific examples and tangible opportunities to align community development, health equity, and wealth-building to empower communities of color.
Anthony Galace, Director of Health Equity, The Greenlining Institute
Aysha Pamukcu, JD, Health Equity Lead, ChangeLab Solutions
Sonja Diaz, JD, MPP, Founding Executive Director, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative
Pablo Bravo Vial, Vice President of Community Health, Dignity Health
Tonya Love, District Director, Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Leadership with Equity in the Center
For more than 25 years the Greenlining Leadership Academy has been building a network of leaders in every sector to advance racial equity in policy and improve outcomes for communities of color. The network of over 1,000 alumni creates a national community of advocates that moves Greenlining’s mission forward every day. In this powerful panel, we’ll explore who the alumni are and how they continue to do Greenlining’s work. We’ll discuss tools of resilience when utilizing inside/outside strategies, examine the intersections of identity in creating change and make explicit why racial equity skill development is foundational to any leadership development work.
Patrick Brown, Leadership Academy Director, The Greenlining Institute
Claudia Paredes, Multicultural Fellowship Program Officer, The San Francisco Foundation
Milicent Johnson, Planning Commissioner, City of San Francisco
Ian Madrigal, Strategy Director, Revolution Messaging
Hibba Meraay, Communication Manager, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Building Clean Energy Communities
California leads the nation not only in clean energy advancements, but also in doing so equitably. As we push toward 100 percent clean energy, several key programs and policies ensure that communities of color have a place in this critical movement. This panel will highlight the many wins equitable clean energy investments are creating, including financial security, healthier homes, community empowerment, and wealth-building opportunities.
Jessica Iñiguez, Energy Equity Fellow, The Greenlining Institute
Abigail Solis, Senior Community Development Specialist, Self-Help Enterprises
Angela Islas, Policy Advocate, Central California Asthma Collaborative
Additional panelists TBA.
This Awards Ceremony will highlight the work of individuals and organizations that have exhibited exceptional leadership by stepping forward and pioneering solutions that empower the most underserved members of our communities.
Unfortunately, the Lunch Program is sold out. We invite those with a ‘Lunch Overflow Ticket’ to join us in the Overflow Room in the Ballroom South for a livestream of the Lunch Program.
Lifetime Achievement Award Keynote Address
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, District 13
Michelle Romero, National Director, Green For All
Disruptive Advocate Award
Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Shawn Escoffery, Executive Director, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Join us for coffee and and print sale featuring the work of Dignidad Rebelde and Francis Mead.
The Equity Lab is a skills-based, interactive session that will allow attendees to begin engaging with the practice of race equity in a practical and applied way. Many conferences and summits keep participants thinking at a 30,000 foot view. As a result, many participants walk away with soundbites from panelists and speakers instead of deepening their understanding of the concepts through hands-on, experiential learning. The Equity Lab aims to move away from this trend. We will create a space for racial equity advocates to try out and take home practical tools that they can use to actualize race equity in the real world. The session will have three tracks: Operationalizing Equity, Development Without Displacement, Narrative Strategies.
Melissa Jones, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
The creation and perpetuation of racial inequities has been baked into most systems that sustain our daily lives, our economy, and our government. Focusing on racial equity provides the opportunity to introduce a framework, tools, and resources that can also be applied to other areas of marginalization.
But moving from acknowledging racial equity to operationalizing it is a more difficult proposition. This session focuses on moving beyond simply embracing racial equity and towards specific, explicit strategies that embed racial equity in all phases of our work.
Dahir Nasser, MPH, California Community Reinvestment Grants Program Lead, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Melissa Uhl, Chief of Staff & Managing Director, California at Elemental Excelerator
Reclaiming Community Development: Development without Displacement
Our neighborhoods have been shaped by decades of disinvestment and exclusionary policy decisions such as racial zoning, racially restrictive covenants, redlining and blockbusting, coupled with suburbanization, urban renewal and highway construction. Today, these same communities yearn for community-controlled development so all can prosper.
Still, even in the context of community control, the fear and reality of displacement remain. How do we invest in our own neighborhoods under a capitalist market economy without pushing out existing residents and businesses? In this skills-based session, we will grapple with these complexities and discuss how — as community members, practitioners and advocates — we can advance community visions and develop tangible approaches to development without displacement.
Isela Gracian, President, East LA Community Corporation
Toody Maher, Executive Director, Pogo Park
Alfred Twu, Artist, Designer and Political Activist
Reclaiming Our Voices: Narrative Strategies for Justice
Our stories are powerful. The way that we strategically frame our issues can change the story of the status quo. How do we use these narratives as building blocks to inform policy advocacy and shape policymaking? In this skills-based workshop, narrative strategists will provide participants with a framework to mobilize public will for change by strategically shaping stories about social and political issues.
Natasha Huey, Artist Mentor, Performing Arts Workshop
Khilacz Foster, Oakland Military Institute, 10th grade
Amina Nicole Johnson, Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Public School, 8th grade
Jordan Roque, Roosevelt Middle School, 8th grade
Join us for dessert, refreshments, and live music to close out the day.
You may register online for the 26th Annual Economic Summit here. You may register online for the 26th Annual Economic Summit here. Online registration ends April 24, 2019 at 11:59 p.m or until tickets sell out.
What does registration include?
Economic Summit registration includes access to the following conference sessions: Opening Plenary, Breakout Sessions, Equity Lab, and the Networking Reception. For those purchasing an Early Bird ticket, the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony is included as well.
All tickets include a continental breakfast and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Networking Reception.
Does registration include lunch?
Space is limited for the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony. In order to make this session accessible to a range of income-levels, lunch spots are included in all Early Bird tickets and on a first come, first served basis with General Admission tickets.
Unfortunately, the Lunch Program is sold out. We invite those with a ‘Lunch Overflow Ticket’ to join us in the Overflow Room for a livestream of the Lunch Program. Although Lunch Overflow Tickets do not include lunch, there are a variety of restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the Oakland Marriott. Look here for options.
How do I choose which ‘ticket level’ to purchase?
In an effort to keep this event as affordable and accessible as we can, we offer four ticket levels: Community, Ally, Supporter and Sustainer.
We’ve provided ticket descriptions to help attendees decide which level to choose. However, it is entirely up to you to decide. We do not ask for any documentation or application for subsidized tickets.
Make sure to get your tickets early, as your preferred ticket level may sell out.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes! We offer discounts for groups of 5 or more. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
What is your refund policy?
If you are no longer able to attend the 2019 Economic Summit, please follow these steps to request a refund. Our staff can only respond to refund requests made directly through Eventbrite.
Cancellations received before March 26, 2019 will receive a refund for their registration fee as follows:
80% refund until February 26, 2019
50% refund until March 26, 2019
Please note: no refunds will be processed after March 26, 2019. Refunds will be issued in the form of original method of payment to the person or organization that made the payment. Please allow up to four weeks for the refund to be processed.
Can I transfer my ticket to another person?
You may also transfer your registration to someone in your organization or network. To transfer your registration, follow these steps. Attendee information must be updated to reflect the new attendee’s information. Transfers must be made before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.
Are scholarships available?
Yes! Greenlining is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent people from attending this event. A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. In addition to scholarships, we offer tiered ticket pricing.
If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please fill out this form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.
Greenlining’s 26th Annual Economic Summit will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center. All panels and sessions will be held in the East Hall, Grand Ballroom, and breakout rooms on the 2nd floor of the hotel. Refer to the Agenda for details on where each panel and session will be held.
Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA 94607
There is no designated hotel block for Greenlining’s Economic Summit. However, we invite Summit guests to consider staying close to the conference either by booking rooms at the Oakland Marriott City Center or the nearby Marriott Courtyard Oakland Downtown.
Are There Restaurants Nearby?
The Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel has a wonderful list of onsite and nearby restaurants. You can find the detailed list here.
How Do I Get There?
The Oakland Airport (OAK) is the closest airport to the event venue. The subway (BART) station is located on 12th Street, just two blocks from the Oakland Marriott. We encourage use of public transportation, bikes, carpooling, and other modes of sustainable transportation.
More information, including parking information, is available on the Marriott’s Maps & Transportation page.
You may register online for the 26th Annual Economic Summit here. Early Bird Tickets are available now through February 22, 2019. Online registration ends April 24, 2019 at 11:59 p.m or until tickets sell out.
Become a Volunteer
Our volunteers are a treasured part of the Summit Team and play a critical role in the success of the day. Volunteer shifts are typically 2.5 hours long and include a complimentary meal for those working through lunch.
As a volunteer, you’ll get to:
- Develop connections with and work alongside Greenlining staff
- Attend Summit activities at no charge for the rest of the day
- Connect with others who are passionate about economic equity and racial justice
To become a volunteer, please complete this form and we’ll get back to you ASAP with details.