Center for Working Families

2012 Policy Conference




8:30-9:00    Registration

9:00-9:10    Welcome (Rosenthal)

Dave Palmer, Executive Director, Center for Working Families

9:10-9:45   Keynote

Introduction: Nick Turner, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation and Board Member, Center for Working Families

Keynote: Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos and former New York Times columnist

9:45-10:50   Plenary (Rosenthal)

New York: Progressive Capital?

  • MODERATOR: Dan Cantor, Executive Director, Working Families Organization & Party
  • Hon. Hakeem Jeffries, Assembly Member & Congress Member‐elect
  • Hon. Liz Krueger, New York State Senator
  • Suman Raghunathan, Former Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Progressive States Network
  • Gloria Totten, President, Progressive Majority

11:00-12:10  Morning Panels

CITY TRACK 13 Bold Ideas: A Progressive Platform for New York City (Rosenthal)

  • MODERATOR: Brad Lander, New York City Council Member & Co‐Chair of the
    Council’s Progressive Caucus

Power into Policy: Building a Movement for Economic Justice (Room 405)

  • MODERATOR: Steve Schnapp, Senior Education Coordinator, United for a Fair Economy

Rethinking Affordable Housing: Community Land Trusts in New York (Room 905)

  • MODERATOR: Moderator Sarah Ludwig, Co‐Director, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
  • Kendall Jackman, Member and Leader, Picture the Homeless
  • Valerio Orselli, Executive Director, Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association

Taking Back Power: Community‐based Energy Projects (Room 406)

  • MODERATOR: Anthony Ng, Green & Equitable Economies Strategist, Center for Working Families
  • Hon. Michael Gianaris, New York State Senator
  • Jackson Morris, Director of Strategic Engagement, Pace Energy and Climate Center
  • Mark Tajima, Board Chair, Co‐op Power
  • Eric Walker, Program Director and Co‐Founder, PUSH Green

12:15-1:05 Lunch and Short Presentations (Rosenthal)

New York is Home: Building the Immigrant Rights Movement
Nisha Agarwal, Deputy Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Robin Hood Can Turn It Around
Carl Ginsburg, Communications Specialist, National Nurses United

Neighborhood Speeds for Neighborhood Streets
Juan Martinez, General Counsel & Legislative Director, Transportation Alternatives

Roadmap to Economic Fairness: Policies to Reduce Income Inequality and Broaden Prosperity
Michael Kink, Executive Director, Strong Economy for All Coalition

1:15-2:30   Afternoon Panels

Democratizing Dollars: Public Funding of Elections, Green Public Bank, Participatory Budgeting and Cooperative Green Businesses (Room 405)

  • MODERATOR: John Siceloff, CEO, Jumpstart Global Media, and Executive Producer, Fixing the Future
  • Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and Co‐Founder, The Democracy Collaborative
  • Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/NY
  • Sunshine Ludder, Senior Economic Policy Strategist, Center for Working Families
  • Hon. Melissa Mark‐Viverito, New York City Council Member & Co‐Chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus

Beyond Stop and Frisk: A Public Health Approach to Public Safety (Rosenthal)

  • MODERATOR: Christopher Malone, Policy Director, Office of State Senator Gustavo Rivera; Chair, Department of Political Science, Pace University
  • Liz Gaynes, Executive Director, Osborne Association
  • Robin L. Holmes Myers, Project Director, Operation S.N.U.G.
  • Hon. Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member

Upstate, Downstate: The Never‐ending Drama over Transportation Funding (Room 905)

  • MODERATORS: Joan Byron, Director of Policy, and Elena Conte, Organizer for Public Policy Campaigns, Pratt Center
  • Cecil Corbin‐Mark, Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Marvin Holland, TWU Local 100
  • Ya‐Ting Liu, Director of Transit Advocacy, Transportation Alternatives
  • Timothy Mathews, TWU Local 100
  • John Raskin, Executive Director, Riders Alliance
  • Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign

CITY TRACK Real Success for All NYC Students: Building a 2013 Education Justice Agenda (Room 406)

  • MODERATOR: Oona Chatterjee, Associate Director of New York City Organizing, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
  • Tsedey Betru, Deputy Coordinator, A+ NYC Coalition
  • Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President, 32BJ SEIU

2:15-3:00     Plenary (Rosenthal)

Climate Change, Equity and New York’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

  • MODERATOR: Larry Shapiro, Associate Director for Program Development, Rockefeller Family Fund
  • Luis Garden Acosta, Latino Climate Action Network (LCAN); Founder and President, El Puente
  • Jaron Benjamin, Senior Organizer, VOCAL‐NY
  • Dr. Reginald Blake, Member, New York City Panel on Climate Change; Associate Professor of Physical and Biological Sciences, CUNY
  • Dr. James Melius, Director of Laborers’ Tri‐Funds, Laborers International Union of North America
  • Susan Scheer, President, Disabilities Network of New York City


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