2020 Forward Equitable Development Conference Materials

This summer, PACDC’s Forward Equitable Development Conference is exploring healing, equity, and justice on July 8th, July 29th, August 12th, and September 2nd. Check out our Program Booklet to learn more about our presenters. 

Wednesday, September 2nd


Is this the moment to remake philanthropy?

Nigel Charles, Laura Otten, Ph.D., and Edgar Villanueva discuss radical changes for philanthropy with PACDC’s Pam Bridgeforth.


Partnerships between Artists and CDCs: Lessons Learned

Led by Calece Johnson (NeighborWorks America), Mark Lenn Johnson (Art Inc. Kentucky), Jake Norton (New Kensington CDC), and Paul Singh (NeighborWorks America)

Relationship is the Project: Decolonizing Community Engagement to Grow Community-Based Practice

Led by Lisa Jo Epstein, Ph.D (Just Act) and Micaela Robolino (Just Act)

Strengthening Connections: How Place-Based, Artistic Interventions Impact Safety and Accessibility in North Philadelphia

Led by Priscilla Bell Lamberty (Artist), Maya Curtis (Mural Arts Philadelphia), Mark Dodds (City of Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development), Cathy Harris (Mural Arts Philadelphia), and Tiffany White (Community Leader)

Wednesday, August 12th

Morning Plenary Discussion

How can community developers learn from and support the next generation of leaders?

Ricardo Calderon, Tamir Harper, and Stasia Monteiro (facilitator) discuss youth leadership and activism.

Breakout Discussions

Equity and the Development Process

Led by Charnelle Hicks, CHPlanning, Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, Steve Masters, JustLaws, and Jaime Phillips, CHPlanning.

Equity and the Development Process PowerPoint
Justice through Storytelling: How Practitioners Put the Humanities at the Center of Community Development

Led by Julie Donofrio, PennPraxis, Daniel Egusquiza, Barrio Alegría, Dawn Frisby Byers, PA Humanities Council, Ulysses Slaughter, Chester Made, Lindsay Varner, Cumberland Historical Society.

National Humanities Evaluation PowerPoint
Cumberland County Historical Society PowerPoint

Wednesday, July 29th

Morning Plenary Discussion

How can we stretch our thinking and work for deeper impact on racial and social equity?

Jamira Burley, Dr. Andre Perry, Anea Moore (Facilitator) join together to discuss the realities of race and equity in Philadelphia and around the country, and the role we all have to play in moving racial justice forward.


Breakout Discussions

Philadelphia’s OhSoWhite Development and Construction Industry

Led by: Blane F. Stoddart, BFW Group and J’nelle Lawrence, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

OhSoWhite Breakout PowerPoint

Real Estate Strategies for Neighborhood Preservation

Led by Arthur Gimenez, PIDC, David K. Simms, Eatible Delights, and Richard Olaya, O Z Collective

Commercial Mortgage PowerPoint

Community Impact Through Arts and Cultural Engagement

Led by: Cass Green and Jerry Adam Puryear, Mill Creek Community Partnerships

Community Impact Presentation

Wednesday, July 8th

Where are we now, and how can our communities heal through our work?

Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Jeremy Liu, and Joe McNeely participated in a frank discussion of this unique moment of our times and how neighborhood vitality is at the forefront of healing, action and social justice. Tempest Carter of ACHIEVEability facilitated the conversation.

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