June 13-15, 2015 Tarrytown, NY

STUART BUTLER is currently a Senior Fellow for Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, Butler spent 35 years at The Heritage Foundation. In 1990 he served as a member of Housing Secretary Jack Kemp’s Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing. More recently, he has played a large role in the debate over health care and reform, arguing for solutions based on individual choice and market competition. He has also been working on topics such as the future of higher education, economic mobility, budget process reform and federal entitlement reform. In 2002 he was an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University.

GEOFFREY CANADA is the President and former CEO for the Harlem Children’s Zone, an  organization whose goal is to increase high school and college graduation rates among students in Harlem. Under his leadership, the HCZ has become known as one of the country’s most ambitious experiments in combating poverty and improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. In 2006, Mr. Canada was selected by former Major of New York Michael Bloomberg to serve as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, responsible for formulating a plan to significantly reduce poverty. In 2011, he was appointed to the New York State Governor’s Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors.

RAM CNAAN is a professor and the Director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at Penn University. Cnaan is also the Faculty Director of the Goldring Reentry Initiative, which aims to train students to work with exprisoners and to reduce recidivism. He is an expert in studying faith-based social services and one of his key research activities deals with the economic value that religious congregations bring to their local ecologists.

DAVID DUBOIS is a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a fellow at the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP). The IHRP aims to advance the understanding of the factors that influence health-related practices and behaviors and to influence health practice and policy through research. DuBois’ research examines the contribution that protective factors, such as self-esteem, to resilience and positive development and on translating knowledge in this field to design effective youth programs.

CYNTHIA DUNCAN is research director of Agree, an initiative to develop new food and agricultural policies. From 2004 to 2011 she was professor of sociology and founding director of the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute, an interdisciplinary research center focused on vulnerable families and sustainable development in rural America. From 2000 to 2004 she served as the Ford Foundation’s director of community and research development. At the Ford Foundation, she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth and environmental fields.

PAUL MONTEIRO is the Director of Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, he served as a partner at Values Partnership and Director of AmeriCorps VISTA. At Values Partnerships, he was responsible for helping media companies, foundations, national nonprofits and private businesses partner with the African American faith community to reach new audiences and solve challenges. Before joining Values Partnerships, Monteiro was the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and led the White House’s partnerships with African American, Muslim American and other diverse faith communities. He also led outreach to social sector and anti-poverty organizations.

PEDRO NOGUERA is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. His research interests include schools and the urban environment, education, economic and social development, and immigration. From 2008-2011, he was an appointee of the Governor of New York to the State University of New York Board of Trustees and in 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.

ROBERT D. PUTNAM is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science, and the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities. He has written fourteen books, translated into more than twenty languages, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. He has consulted for the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries. His latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, on the growing class gap among American young people, was published in March 2015.

Since its founding in 1996, Tom Sander has been Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, a program at Harvard Kennedy School that has brought together leading practitioners and thinkers for a multi-year discussion to develop broad-scale, actionable ideas to fortify our nation’s civic connectedness. He managed the research teams (and often served as senior researcher) for the research projects culminating with the books Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (2015), American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010), Better Together (2003) and Bowling Alone (2000). He was the project manager on the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey – the largest survey of social capital to-date (surveying over 30,000 Americans in 41 communities in 2000) – and on two panel surveys on social capital after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

PATRICK SHARKEY is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New York. His areas of research and interest include neighborhoods and communities, stratification and mobility, urban sociology, crime and violence, and social policy. He previously worked at the Urban Institute as a Research Assistant at the Labor and Social Policy Center. He earned his PhD from Harvard with a dissertation on “The Enduring Inequality of Race and Place: Racial Inequality in the Neighborhood Environment over the Life Course and across Generations” which is also the topic of his book Stuck in Place (2013).

MARGERY TURNER is Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management at the Urban Institute, where she leads efforts to frame and conduct a forward-looking agenda of policy research. In her research she has analyzed issues of residential location, racial and ethnic discrimination and its contribution to neighborhood segregation and inequality, and the role of housing policies in promoting residential mobility and location choice. Turner served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development form 1993 through 1996, focusing HUD’s research agenda on the problems of racial discrimination, concentrated poverty, and economic opportunity in America’s metropolitan areas.