2018 Conference Program 


Speaker Bios 

November 15 Slides 


November 16 Slides


November 15

 Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY

1:00 p.m.   Registration 9th floor (outside of Marquis Ballroom)

General Session Marquis Ballroom, 9th floor

MC: David Maurrasse, President, Marga Incorporated and Director, AITF

2:30 p.m.  Welcome from the AITF’s Chair: Ira Harkavy, Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania and Chair, AITF

2:35 p.m.  Director’s Report, Goals for the Day and Overview of the Agenda: David Maurrasse, President, Marga Incorporated and Director, AITF

2:50 p.m.  Plenary Session on Education

  • Moderator: Kecia Hayes, Executive Director, Double Discovery Center, Columbia University
  • Michelle McDonald, Chief Officer for Academic Programming, Atlantic City, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stockton University
  • Lily McNair, President, Tuskegee University
  • Felix Matos Rodriguez, President, Queens College
  • Teri Thompson, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Berea College with Dreama Gentry, Executive Director, Partners for Education at Berea College


4:10 p.m.   Break

4:20 p.m.   Plenary Session on Economic Development

  • Moderator: Melvin Colon, Executive Director, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance
  • Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
  • Vincent J. Tufo, CEO, Charter Oak Communities; Executive Director, Dovetail SIP, Inc. and Pamela A. Koprowski, Principal, Cardinale Associates; Public Affairs Consultant, Stamford Hospital
  • Amir Kirkwood, First Vice President, Commercial Banking, Amalgamated Bank
  • Courtney McBeth, Special Assistant to the President for Higher Education Innovation and Project Director, American Dream Ideas Challenge, University of Utah and Sarah Munro, Special Assistant to the President for Campus-Community Partnerships and Director, University Neighborhood Partners, University of Utah


5:45 p.m.   Special Briefings from AITF Subgroups 

Economic Development Executives Subgroup – Anthony Sorrentino, Assistant Vice President, Office of the Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania

Health Professionals SubgroupAngela Mingo, Community Relations Director, Nationwide Children’s


6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Opening Reception – Empire Complex, 7th floor



November 16 

Marriott Marquis Time Square,  1535 Broadway, New York, NY

General SessionEmpire Complex, 7th floor

7:45 a.m.    Registration

 8:15 a.m.    Welcome and Agenda Review for the Day

8:20 a.m.    Opening Keynote Plenary

  •  Sheena Wright, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of New York City


9:15 a.m.    Presentation of Anchor Institution Community Partnership Award

  • Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College


9:30 a.m.    Networking Break 7th floor North Foyer

10:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions (Descriptions)

 Mona Shah, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 Engaging Businesses across Sectors to Improve Employee and Community Health – Times Square Room, 7th floor

Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Community Safety Initiative – Gilbert Room, 4th floor


Mariya Khandros, Director of Shared Solutions, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia 

 Localizing Institutional Supply Chains – Gilbert Room, 4th floor


Ann Martinelli, Program Chair Education, Penn State University Abington

 Building Cultural Awareness in Teacher Candidates Through Urban Community Partnerships – Harlem Room, 7th floor


Joe Romero, ACE Fellow 2017-2018, Professor of Classics, The University of Mary Washington 

Where will the next generation of anchor university leaders come from? ACE Fellows (2017-18) on Anchor Universities, Anchor Leadership, and Developing the Anchor Leaders of Tomorrow – Empire Complex, 7th floor 


General Session – Empire Complex, 7th floor

11:30 a.m.   Networking Break (and gather lunch)

11:45 a.m.   Luncheon Plenary: Anchor Institutions 2.0 and the Challenge of Racial Equity

  • Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark with Ryan P.  Haygood, President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice


1:00 p.m.      Break 

1:10 p.m.      Plenary Session on Health Anchors and Strategies to Improve Community Health

  • Moderator: Elsie Stines, Assistant Vice President Special Projects and Initiatives, Office of the President, University of Maryland-Baltimore
  • Kitty Hsu Dana, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities
  • Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Terri Lipman, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Professor of Nursing of Children, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing with Alison Marx, Operating Officer, Department of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Samuel L. Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health


2:30 p.m.      Thematic Breakout Groups What are your reflections on what you have heard today? What are the implications for the AITF’s policy, research, and advocacy going forward?

  • Education – Gilbert Room, 4th floor
  • Economic Development – Empire Complex, 7th floor
  • Health – Harlem Room, 7th floor
  • Racial Equity – Times Square Room, 7th floor
  • Rural Anchors – Gotham Room, 7th floor


General SessionEmpire Complex, 7th floor

3:30 p.m.     Highlights from Groups

3:45 p.m.     Closing Remarks and AITF Next Steps

4:00 p.m.     Adjourn

4:15 p.m.     Closing Reception


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Race & Equity in Philanthropy Group

A philanthropic network promoting racial equity and all forms of inclusion in foundation policy and practices.


Anchor Institutions Task Force

An action oriented learning community, promoting the engagement of anchor institutions in community and economic development.