OCTOBER 24 & 25, 2019

Final Program                                        

Slides: Day 1 & Day 2

AITF Fellows



October 24 

 Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7thAvenue, New York, NY 

1:00 p.m.  Registration 

General Session 

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 AgendaDavid Maurrasse, President, Marga Incorporated and Director, AITF

2:50 p.m.  Plenary Session on Education  

      • Moderator: Joann Weeks, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
      • Sjur Bergan, Head, Education Department, Council of Europe
      • Tony Gallagher, Professor, School of Eduation, Queens University Belfast
      • Shaba Keys, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Office of Government and Community Affairs, Columbia University
      • Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernadino
      • Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, South Africa

4:10 p.m.   Break

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

      • Moderator: Sheryl David, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
      • Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement with Vop Osili, City-County Council President, Indianapolis
      • James T. Harris, President, University of San Diego with Deborah Ruane, President & Founder, Norwood Development Strategies and Pamela Gray Payton, Assistant Vice President for Community, State, and Local Government Relations, University of San Diego 

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

  • Economic Development Professionals Subgroup  Salem Reiner, Associate Director, President’s Office of Economic Development, Johns Hopkins University
  • Health Professionals Subgroup – Terri Lipman, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Opening Reception

October 25 

 Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7thAvenue, New York, NY

 General Session

7:30 a.m.    Registration

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

 8:20 a.m.    Opening Keynote Plenary

        • Andrew Delbanco, President, Teagle Foundation

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

        • Award Recipient: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University Newark

9:30 a.m.    Networking Break 

10:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Building Partnerships with South African Higher Education Anchor Institution Initiatives: Some Lessons and Strategies 

  • Moderator: Kyle Farmbry, Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark
  • Nthabiseng Ogude, Dean, University of Pretoria-Mamelodi
  • Whitty Green, Chief Director, Teaching, Learning and Research Development, South African Department of Higher Education and Training 


Session B: Creating a K-12 Continuum on Campus

  • Moderator: Ronald Berkman, President Emeritus, University Professor, Cleveland State University
  • Harlan Sands, President, Cleveland State University
  • Julie Beers, Principal, Campus International School, Cleveland State University
  • Christine Fowler-Mack, Chief Portfolio Officer, Cleveland Municipal Schools


Session C: Grinnell Education Partnership’s “Connecting Kids with Community” 

  • Moderator:  Melissa Strovers, AmeriCorps Program Director, Grinnell College
  • Chad Nath, Executive Director, LINK Grinnell
  • Karen Neal, Youth Services Director, Drake Community Library
  • Janet M. Stutz, Superintendent, Grinnell-Newburg CSD 


Session D: Anchor Institutions and Community Development Financial Institutions: Leveraging Capital to Strengthen Communities

  • Moderator: Amir Kirkwood, Chief Lending and Investment Officer, Opportunity Finance Network
  • Michael Roth, Partner, Next Street


 Session E: Making Hiring and Procurement Equitable and Inclusive – Presented by AITF’s Economic Development Executives Subgroup

  • Marika Reuling, Managing Director, Harvard Allston Initiatives, Harvard University and Anthony Sorrentino, Assistant Vice President, Office of  the Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Peter T. Englot, Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Rutgers University-Newark with Amber Randolph, Senior Vice Chancellor Economic Development, Administration, and CFO, Rutgers University-Newark
  •  Julie Anne Jones, Assistant Vice President Procurement Services, Drexel University
  • Kylie Patterson, Director of Economic Inclusion, Johns Hopkins University with Alicia Gonzalez, Economic Inclusion Data Analyst


General Session

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

11:45 a.m.   Luncheon Plenary

        • Moderator: David Maurrasse, President, Marga Incorporated and Director, AITF
        • Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide
        • Aisha Glover, CEO, Newark Alliance
        • Jay Lemons, President, Academic Search, Inc.,
        • José Luis Cruz, Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost, The City University of New York
        • Joseph Romero, Professor of Classics & Department Chair, Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, University of Mary Washington

1:00 p.m.   Break  

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

        • Moderator: Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University
        • Brenda Batte, Vice President for Care Delivery Innovation and Chief Diversity and Inclusion  Officer, University of Chicago Medicine with David Perlstein, Chief Executive Officer, SBH
        • Scott Koerwer, Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
        • Alyia Gaskins, Assistant Director of Networks and Programs/ Health, Center for Community Investment with John G. Lovelace, President UPMC For You, Inc. and President, Government Programs and Individual Advantage and Shivonne Laird, System Director, Community Health Alignment and Administration, Bon Secours Mercy Health System

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

        • Education (inaugural meeting of AITF’s Education Subgroup) – Moderator, Kecia Hayes, Executive Director, The Double Discovery Center, Columbia University
        • Economic Development – Moderator, Sue Sullivan, President, iSER Consulting, LLC
        • Health – Moderator, Clarence Fluker, Director of Community Engagement, Association of American Medical Colleges
        • Leadership – ModeratorHarvey Kesselman, President, Stockton University
        • Global Engagement – ModeratorCaryn McTighe Musil, Senior Director, Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, The Association of American Colleges and Universities

General Session  

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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AITF Anchor Institutions Task Force

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

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Philanthropic Innovations

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Anchor Institution Community Partnerships

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