Third Nowak Memorial Lecture
Equitable Recovery and CDFIs
Reinvestment Fund and Penn IUR hosted the third memorial lecture on April 20, 2021. The discussion focused on the role of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in promoting equitable economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers discussed the challenges and possibilities for CDFIs to increase access to loans and grant capital for small businesses, which have suffered disproportionately since the first state shutdown measures in March 2020. Speakers include Dudley Benoit, Executive Vice President, Alliant Capital; Raquel Favela, Central Team Leader, National Development Council; Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry; and Theresa Y. Singleton, Senior Vice President, Community Development and Regional Outreach Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO, Reinvestment Fund, served as moderator.
Second Nowak Memorial Lecture
Can the New Localism Advance Shared Prosperity?
The second memorial lecture was held January 31, 2020 and featured Anne Fadullon, Director, Department of Planning and Development, City of Philadelphia; Ira Goldstein, President of Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund; Bruce Katz, Co-Founder and Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab; Brian Murray, Co-Founder and Principal, Shift Capital; and Rob Stephany, Director, Community and Economic Development, Heinz Endowments.
First Nowak Memorial Lecture
The Citizen and the City: Creative Urban Solutions for All
On October 3, 2018 Reinvestment Fund and Penn IUR hosted the first memorial lecture for path-breaking social innovator Jeremy Nowak. The event was a reflection and conversation about Nowak’s enduring work and featured Patricia Smith, President and CEO, The Funders’ Network, Ira Goldstein, President of Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund, and Governor Edward Rendell.