Call For Sessions 2018






November 15

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


1:30 p.m.   Registration 

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
  • Harvey Kesselman, President, Stockton University withMichelle 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 Collegewith 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: TBD
  • Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
  • Melissa Kaplan-Macey, AICP, Vice President, State Programs and Connecticut Director, Regional Plan Association with 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
  • Ruth Watkins, President, University of Utah with 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

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Opening Reception 



November 16

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

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

9:30 a.m.    Presentation of Anchor Institution Community Partnership Award

  • Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College

9:45 a.m.    Networking Break

10:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions


Mona Shah, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Engaging Businesses across Sectors to Improve Employee and Community Health

Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Community Safety Initiative


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

Localizing Institutional Supply Chains


Ann Martinelli, Program Chair Education, Penn State University Abington

Building Cultural Awareness in Teacher Candidates Through Urban Community Partnerships


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


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 David Troutt, Director, Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity, Rutgers Law School, Newark

1:00 p.m.      Break

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

  • Moderator:TBD
  • 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?

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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Philanthropic Innovations

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Race & Equity in Philanthropy Group

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Anchor Institutions Task Force

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