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Tuesday, November 15, Savings & Assets Summit

Breakout Session - Innovations in Matched Savings

Sheryl Lane, EARN, Sparking Savings and Financial Capability

Breakout Session - Letting Our Clients Lead

Jesús Gerena, Family Independence Initiative

Breakout Session - Microenterprise Policy Update

Janet Soto, Business Oregon, Entrepreneurship Strategy

Jonath Colon, Hispanic Metropolitan Center, Microenterprise Development

Closing Plenary - Moving from Good, to Better, to Best / Infusing Financial Capability Throughout Systems

Kevin Jeffries, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, How to Spot a Scam

Lisa Massena, Oregon Retirement Savings Plan

Carlos Garcia, Hacienda CDC, Financial Capability

Wednesday, November 16, RE:Conference

Opening Plenary - The Future of Community and Asset Development with Laura Choi

Breakout Session - How We Create Housing Opportunity: Local Government Action to Generate Housing Resources

Cupid Alexander, Portland Housing Bureau, How We Create Housing Opportunity: Local Government Action to Generate Housing Resources

Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority shares the Hood River Housing Needs Analysis

Lunch Plenary - The Brain Science of Scarcity with Dr. Crystal Hall

Breakout Session - Health as Housing

Closing Plenary - Closing the Racial Wealth Divide and Looking to the Future with Kylie Patterson

RE:Conference Speakers

hall_crystal_fullsizeDr. Crystal Hall, professor at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance in Seattle, has recently been working with the White House to test the practical application of behavioral science in public assistance programing. Dr. Hall’s work has focused on the impact of scarcity on behavior and decision making within the context of poverty. Dr. Hall will tell us about lessons she and the White House team learned from designing and adjusting programs to better account for scarcity and human behavior.



Laura Choi, Senior Researcher, Community Development, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will talk about how the asset building and affordable housing fields can work together to strengthen families, communities and the nation. Laura Choi has a great deal of experience researching issues aimed at improving economic opportunities for people with low and moderate income. We are excited to hear her rally cry for our collective efforts!


???????????????????????????????????? Bob Friedman, Founder and Chair Emeritus of our national partner, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), is really excited about the potential here in Oregon! Bob will help us reflect on Oregon’s leadership in asset building policy and identify ways to continue to demonstrate that leadership in the years ahead.

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Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 27-year history of achieving impacts throughout Oregon’s communities. We are recognized for our leadership in policy and program design, advocacy, and program management. We work with organizations, foundations, jurisdictions, trade associations, and individuals who are committed to improving life for all Oregonians. We are the manager of the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative, the convener of the Oregon Asset Building Coalition, and the convener of the Housing Alliance.