“Rebuilding the American Dream”

April 9, 2010 • Los Angeles, CA

Summit 2010 Insignia
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The American Dream is perceived as a promise of prosperity for all citizens. The American Dream is the opportunity to raise one’s standard of living without the restrictions of class, religion, race, or ethnic group. According to the dream, this includes the opportunity for one’s children to grow up and receive an adequate education, own a home, and live a healthy life. And though that promise still rings true today, we know that the American Dream for communities of color has been and continues to be elusive. Given the current crisis, it is time to rethink what once had a greater meaning; we need to rebuild the American Dream.

Keynote Speakers

  • Michael Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Ivan Seidenberg, CEO, Verizon
  • Barbara Desoer, President, Bank of America Home Loans
  • Mike Eng, Chair, California Assembly Banking Committee


  • Big Brain Award: Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman, Congressional Financial Services Committee
  • Big Heart Award: Len Canty, Chairman, Black Economic Council
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Jordan, President and Chairman, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Torchbearer Award: Alfred Fraijo, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

2010 Summit Panels

Leadership for a New American Dream: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders for Today’s Challenges
Now more than ever, new leadership is needed to address the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on low-income and communities of color. It has been documented that supporting people of color to take on advocacy and leadership roles within their communities is a prerequisite for reducing poverty and disparities. This year’s alumni panel will focus on passing the mantle of social justice leadership to the next generation.

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


  • Lateefah Simon, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • NTanya Lee, Executive Director, Coleman Advocates
  • Jane Kim, Board Member, San Francisco Board of Education
  • Anthony Solana, Founder, For People of Color
  • Sarah Apsel, Office of Domestic Finance, United States Department of Treasury

Creating Opportunities to Achieve the American Dream
Having a good job is essential to achieving the American Dream. This panel explores what our leaders in a variety of sectors: regulatory, community, and corporate, are doing to emphasize this ideal and promote employment opportunities for a diverse citizenry.

Stephanie Chen, Legal Counsel, The Greenlining Institute
Preeti Vissa, Program Director, The Greenlining Institute


  • Allen Miller, President and CEO, COPE Health Solutions
  • Tim Simon, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Claudia Viek, CEO, California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
  • Abel Guillen, President, Peralta Community College Board
  • Laura Chick, Inspector General, State of California

Rebuilding California through Meaningful Government Reform
California’s annual budget crisis is a yearly reminder of the need for comprehensive government reform. Join us for a discussion on reform measures California must enact to ensure a successful future as well as the impediments those reforms will likely face.

Tunua Thrash, Director of Innovation, The Greenlining Institute

• Assemblymember Paul Fong, Chair, Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee
• Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause
• Antonio Gonzalez, President, William C. Velasquez Institute
• Fred Keeley, Board Member, California Forward
• Paul Turner, Commissioner, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission

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