Welcome to the Summit. It’s an exciting time to be part of the NACEDA network. The organization has a re-focused vision, emphasizing our role in lifting the field as the whole – and elevating the critical role of community developers in advancing racial equity and local prosperity.
Stephen Glaude, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
Bambie Hayes-Brown, Georgia Advancing Communities Together
Yolanda Davila, PNC Bank
Frank Woodruff, NACEDA
Join stakeholders, funders, and allies as we reveal the results of the first national census of community economic development organizations in almost two decades. The results present a revealing landscape about the field’s future needs and strengths. We will explore human capital demands, leadership attributes, organizational challenges, as well as the field’s notable production. This isn’t just a report; it’s a glimpse into a future where community economic development sits at the nexus of people, place, investment, and equity.
Marla Bilonick, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
Monica Evans, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Kathy Flanagan Payton, Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation
Corianne Scally, Urban Institute
This workshop asks the question, “What would communities look like without community-based development organizations?" Groups of participants will move to different spaces, engaging in performative activities interspersed with lecture and discussion. Together, the groups will explore the past, present, and future of community development organizations. Topics will include the current state of the field, how racism shows up today, anti-racist community development practices, and the impact of policies and politics.
This workshop is based on ThirdSpace Action Lab’s “Storied Communities, Community Stories'' research, which is part of NACEDA’s Grounding Values in Research Project. Storied Communities engaged local residents as storytellers, including facilitator Donte Clark. The workshop will use Theater of the Oppressed techniques to engage summit participants as “spect-actors.” Resident storytellers will act out and hear your creative responses to a reality without community development organizations.
Speakers & Artists:
Anon The Griot, Emcee
Donté Clark, Poet/Griot
Freda Epum, ThirdSpace Action Lab
Dominique Miller, ThirdSpace Action Lab
Joe Stu, Emcee
Tone Fresh, DJ
Ixchel Tonāntzin Xōchitlzihuatl, Artist & Peace Strategist