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Marian Wright Edelman


Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund

Opening Plenary

Saru Jayaraman


Co-Founder and President, ROC United

David Ellwood


Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

Beth Babcock

President and CEO, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Michael Strain

Director, Economic Policy Studies,American Enterprise Institute

Ronald Ferguson

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Morning Session

Using Science to Fight Childhood Poverty

Wayne Ysaguirre


President and CEO, Nurtury

Dana Charles McCoy


Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Nicki Ruiz de Luzuriaga

VP of Institutional Advancement, EMPath

Jocelyn Bonnes Bowne

Director of Research, Mass Dept of Early Education and Care (EEC)

Melanie Berry

Director of Innovation Strategies, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard

Cross-Sector Strategies for Affordable Housing

Maurice Jones


President and CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Keren Horn


Associate Professor of Economics, UMass Boston 


Empowering Labor: Jobs, Training, and Organizing

Pavlina Tcherneva


Associate Professor of Economics, Bard College

Angela Woods


Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company


Aaron Gornstein


President and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)

David Luberoff

Deputy Director, Joint Center For Housing Studies

Natalicia Tracy


Executive Director, Brazilian Worker Center

John "Jack" Trumpbour


Research Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Afternoon Session I

Using Tech to Create An Inclusive Society

Veronica Creech


Chief Programs Officer, EveryoneOn

Todd Baker


Managing Principal, Broadmoor Consulting LLC

William Isaac


Open Society Fellow


Jason Ewas


Director of the Mayor's Economic Mobility Lab, City of Boston


Holistic Support to Build Healthy Communities

Ivys Fernández-Pastrana


Program Manager, Boston Medical Center

Erica Guimaraes


Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Mariel Mendez


Community Health Specialist, The Family Van

Chrasandra Reeves


Managing Director of Programs, Health Leads New England


Creating Results-Driven Criminal Justice Reform

Danielle Cerny


Assistant Director, Government Performance Lab

Jon Feinman


Executive Director and Founder, InnerCity Weightlifting

Yotam Zeira


Director of External Affairs, Roca

Edward J. Dolan


Commissioner, Massachusetts Probation Service

Afternoon Session II

Tackling Poverty in Immigrant Communities

Alex Houston


Program Operations Manager, Enroot

Sabrina Terry


Senior Strategist, Economic Policy Project, ORAL at UnidosUS

Sabrineh Ardalan


Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Big Ideas in Solving Local Poverty

Jared Arnett


Executive Director, SOAR Kentucky

Sharon Lee


Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute

Maria Guadalupe Gonzalo Mendez


Senior Staff and Leader, Coalition of Immokalee Workers


Andrew Frishman (left)

‎Co-Executive Director - ‎Big Picture Learning

Chris Castro (right)



Junior, Leominster Center for Excellence

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