Across the country, racial justice has moved front and center in the national consciousness. From the recent election to the gentrifying streets of Oakland and Los Angeles to growing rural poverty and the endless killings of black people, these issues demand attention. Our communities demand fulfillment of the promises of equality written into our laws decades ago — in the economy, politics, criminal justice, and beyond. Join us as we lift up the voices of our communities at our 2017 Economic Summit, exploring innovations created by frontline communities that can make the dream of opportunity real for all.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. A Continental Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Orson Aguilar, President of the Greenlining Institute
Nationally, communities of color are under attack, threatening our vision for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive America. Panelists will discuss how advocates for different frontline communities can come together to defend against these attacks and continue to make racial justice a reality.
Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director & Co-Founder, United We Dream
Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Michael McAfee, President, Policylink
Race – Front and Center of the Climate Justice Movement
Race is on the frontlines of climate change, pollution, and economy. People of color across the country feel the most intense impacts from the hottest average temperatures in recorded history, extreme weather events and pollution from fossil fuel extraction and use. Lack of meaningful economic opportunity exacerbates these injustices. In this panel we will discuss successes and challenges from racial justice fights across the U.S. What does it look like to address race explicitly while advancing community-driven solutions to the climate crisis? How do you stand up to bad corporations and pressure local, state, and federal governments to act in the interest of racial justice? How do we ensure the emerging clean energy economy is equitable?
#UberOakland: Threat or Opportunity?
Uber will open its new Oakland headquarters in late 2017 or early 2018, becoming the city’s biggest employer. In a city struggling with gentrification and displacement, will Uber’s arrival make all these challenges worse? How can we get Uber to partner with the community to help keep Oakland diverse and affordable for residents, small businesses and community nonprofits?
Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO, Policylink
Anyka Barber, Founder & Curator, Betti Ono Center
George Galvis, Executive Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
Guillermo Mayor, President & CEO, Public Advocates
Ellen Wu, Executive Director, Urban Habitat
Defending Health Equity: (Re)Building Health for Communities of Color Post-Obama(Care)
The potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would jeopardize the health of millions of Americans who gained coverage under the law, especially communities of color. Now more than ever, California must reject the federal government’s recklessness, and (re)build upon the progress of the ACA. This interactive session will explore the path ahead for advancing health equity in California and across the country, and will seek to identify innovative ideas to ensure that health care is more responsive to communities of color.
Anthony Galace, Bridges to Health Director, The Greenlining Institute
Genoveva Islas, Board Member, Covered California
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA
Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Innovative Strategies to Build Wealth in Communities of Color
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse, yet inequality continues to skyrocket. In order to ensure the successes of the next generations of color, we must find ways to address the racial wealth gap. This panel will highlight innovative strategies community-based organizations, policy organizations, and financial institutions employ to increase wealth among communities of color. Panelists will also discuss how they plan to advance their work under the new administration.
Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Jose Quinonez, CEO, Mission Asset Fund
Gerron Levi, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Seema Agnani, Director of Policy and Civic Engagement, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Steve Zuckerman, Managing Director, Self-Help California
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.
Matt Haney, President, San Francisco Board of Education
Disruptive Advocate Award
Kim Carter, Founder & Executive Director, Time for Change
Dr. David C. Lizarraga, Chairman & Founder, TELACU Education Foundation
“Disruptive” technologies from Silicon Valley have altered the very fabric of society, government and the economy, bringing unprecedented opportunity and challenges. While tech advances have produced many benefits, this rapid advancement has come with a hefty price. Locally, the Bay Area has experienced a tech boom that concentrates wealth, displaces historic communities of color, and further empowers government-led surveillance of social change efforts.
Still, technology can transform our world. The Idea Lab seeks to bring technologists, corporate leaders, advocates and community members into a solution-oriented discussion of how technology can be used to further economic and racial equity. Through interactive panels, discussions, and facilitated activities, participants will explore how technology can disrupt legacies of social, economic, and environmental injustice. Can we disrupt the disrupters?
Freada Kapor, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact
More Panelists TBA
Orson Aguilar, President of the Greenlining Institute
An hour of music and hors d’oeuvres to continue networking and exchanging ideas.
*For members of the Greenlining Academy Alumni Association
You may register online for the 24th Annual Economic Summit here. Early Bird Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration ends April 4th at 11:30 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does registration include?
Economic Summit registration includes access to the following conference sessions: Opening Plenary, Breakout Sessions, Idea Lab, and the Networking Reception.
All tickets include a continental breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Networking Reception.
Does registration include lunch?
Space is limited for the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony. To keep this session open to a wide range of income levels, we’re offering lunch tickets as an Early Bird Special. Early Bird tickets are offered on a sliding scale and include the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony add-on. We expect these tickets to sell out quickly!
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 three ticket levels: Ally, Community, and Supporter.
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.
What is your refund policy?
If you are no longer able to attend the 2017 Economic Summit, follow these steps to request a refund. Our staff can only respond to refund requests made directly through eventbrite.
Cancellations received before March 20, 2017 will receive a refund for their registration fee as follows:
80% refund until February 20, 2017
50% refund until March 20, 2017
Please note: no refunds will be processed after March 20, 2017. 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 4 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 Monday, April 3rd
Greenlining’s 24th Annual Economic Summit will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center. All panels and sessions will be held in the East Hall, West Hall, and Grand Ballroom on the first 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.
The Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel has a wonderful list of onsite and nearby restaurants. You can find the detailed list here.
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 Hotel and Travel page.
We love our volunteers! Prospective attendees are invited to sign up for a volunteer shift in exchange for free registration. You’ll be onboarded with a crew of volunteers and work side-by-side with Greenlining staff (who will be super appreciative to have you there).
Volunteer shifts are 2.5 hours in duration and allow for an all-access pass to the remainder of the day. Please complete the volunteer form to apply.
No need to register for your Summit ticket in advance of completing the volunteer form, we will send you a comp code for a complimentary Volunteer ticket once we’ve confirmed your shift.
Spots are likely to fill up! Shifts are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.