LIVE from NALCAB'S National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, December 1, 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm (EST)
Keynote Speech: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (EST)
Tri-Caucus: Working Together to Re-Build Wealth in America
Building a Better Economy for all Americans
Desarrollando Destinos Economicos
November 30-December 2
NALCAB hosted its 7th annual national conference, “Building a Better Economy for all Americans” in Washington, DC. The conference brought together over 190 executive level asset building practitioners, funders and public policy makers from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The conference provided the opportunity to highlight the invaluable work of member organizations across the country.
The conference officially kicked off on the evening of Wednesday, November 30th. The reception gathered over 125 leaders from various member organizations, as well as federal and private partners. The theme of the reception was “Celebrating Achievements” and provided the opportunity for the membership to celebrate NALCAB members’ accomplishments across the country.
A few highlights included:
- HUD Assistant Secretary, Mercedes Marquez who delivered pride filled comments of the accomplishments by the NSP2 Consortium.
- Banda Paso Nuevo provided the musical entertainment and band members are former clients of Latino Economic Development Corporations’ asset building programs and based in Washington DC.
On Thursday, December 1, the national conference began with various data presentations to assist in contextualizing the environment in which the work of NALCAB and its member are operating. The day progressed with various breakout sessions to include sessions on the following topics: Economic Development in an Anti-Immigrant Environment, Competing with Predatory Practices in the Market Place and Understanding Trends in Federal Funding and Connecting with Federal Agencies.
The conference plenary session at mid-day included a presentation from San Francisco Treasurer, Jose Cisneros, and shared innovative ways nonprofits can work with municipalities to build assets. Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, joined the conference and applauded the efforts of NALCAB and its members regarding the work on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2). The Secretary also offered insight into the direction of the White House to continue to stabilize the economy. The conference day concluded with the Tri-Caucus Event: Working Together to Rebuild Wealth in America. The event brought together the Congressional Legislative Chairs of the Hispanic, Black and Asian Pacific caucuses respectively, Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, and Congresswoman Judy Chu. Each recognized the work of NALCAB members and provided insight into the challenges of public office during this difficult economic environment.
On the second day of the conference, Acting Assistant Secretary of Administration for Children and Families, George Sheldon and Luis Granados, NALCAB Board Member and Executive Director of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) based in San Francisco presented in a plenary session titled "The Role of the Administration for Children and Families in Rebuilding Family Assets." The conference attendees participated in breakout sessions, which included topics such as: Laying the Ground Work: Program Development for Emerging Latino Communities, Building Assets in the Rural Latino Demographic, and Accessing Federal Resources and Making the Most of Federal Investments.
The day concluded with a conference wrap-up and the graduation of NALCAB’s inaugural class of Colegio Fellows.