Event

Book Celebration: “What’s Possible: Investing NOW for Prosperous, Sustainable Neighborhoods”

May 17, 2024

On Friday, May 17, 2024, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York hosted a hybrid book event, celebrating the launch of “What’s Possible: Investing NOW for Prosperous, Sustainable Neighborhoods.” The book, a collection of essays exploring the intersection of community development and climate resilience, is the result of a collaboration between Enterprise Community Partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the New York Fed.

“What’s Possible” focuses on practical solutions for clean energy, resilience, and equity.

The event was of interest to capital providers, community-based organizations, philanthropists, researchers, and policymakers.

Event Details

Date & Time
May 17, 2024
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Coffee and networking preceded event; reception followed.)

Location
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Auditorium
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045

Audience

This event was open to the public; all participants could attend in person or register to join the event virtually.

Media

This event was open to the media. All remarks were on the record, with the recording to be made available afterwards. For media inquiries, please contact Ellen Simon at Ellen.Simon@ny.frb.org.



Agenda

Agenda
1:00pm-1:15pm  Welcome

David J. Erickson, Head of Outreach and Education, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

John Moon, Senior Vice President Philanthropy, Wells Fargo
1:15pm-2:00pm  On the Cusp: A Generational Opportunity

Moderator: Claire Kramer Mills, Director of Community Development Analysis, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Shaun Donovan, President & CEO, Enterprise Community Partners

Michael T. Pugh, President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Amber Kuchar-Bell, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Opportunity Finance Network

Cathie Mahon, President & CEO, Inclusiv
2:00pm-2:55pm  Community Action, Community Voice

Fed Talk: Catherine Flowers, Founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice

Moderator: Madeline Fraser Cook, Senior Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Ruth Ann Norton, President & CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Donnel Baird, Founder, BlocPower
2:55pm-3:05pm  Break
3:05pm-4:00pm  Insurance, Risk, and Resilience

Moderator: Xavier de Souza Briggs, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro

Carlos Martín, Director, Remodeling Futures Program, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Jackie Higgins, Head of Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re

Lisa Richter, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Avivar Capital

Alisa Valderrama, Co-Founder & CEO, FutureProof (virtual)
4:00pm-4:55pm  Capital Markets Transformation

Moderator: Otho Kerr, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact Investing, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Sadie McKeown, President, The Community Preservation Corporation

Charles Imohiosen, SVP for Communications & External Affairs, New York Power Authority

Bob Simpson, President, Multifamily Impact Council

Richard Yancey, Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange

4:55pm-5:00pm  Closing Remarks

David J. Erickson, Head of Outreach and Education, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Speakers

Donnel Baird
Founder
BlocPower


Xavier de Souza Briggs
Senior Fellow
Brookings Metro


Shaun Donovan
President & CEO
Enterprise Community Partners


David Erickson
Head of Outreach and Education, Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Catherine Flowers
Founder
Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice


Madeline Fraser Cook
Senior Vice President
Local Initiatives Support Corporation


Jackie Higgins
Head of Public Sector Solutions
Swiss Re


Charles Imohiosen
SVP for Communications & External Affairs
New York Power Authority


Otho E. Kerr III
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact Investing
Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Claire Kramer Mills
Director of Community Development Analysis
Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Amber Kuchar-Bell
Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
Opportunity Finance Network


Cathie Mahon
President & CEO
Inclusiv


Carlos Martín
Director, Remodeling Futures Program, Joint Center for Housing Studies
Harvard University


Sadie McKeown
President
The Community Preservation Corporation


John Moon
Senior Vice President Philanthropy
Wells Fargo


Ruth Ann Norton
President & CEO
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative


Michael T. Pugh
President & CEO
Local Initiatives Support Corporation


Lisa Richter
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Avivar Capital


Bob Simpson
President
Multifamily Impact Council


Alisa Valderrama
Co-Founder & CEO
FutureProof


Richard Yancey
Executive Director
Building Energy Exchange


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What's Possible Book Published
Learn about What’s Possible, a collaboration of Enterprise, LISC, and the New York Fed. The book gathers the voices of leading climate and community development experts and offers practical solutions for clean energy, resilience, and equity and is intended as a playbook for taking collective action to build a stronger, more inclusive future.
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