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Cities Building Community Wealth: A Gathering at the CUNY School of Law

This free event is organized by the Democracy Collaborative in partnership with the CUNY School of Law Community and Economic Development Clinic and the Surdna Foundation. The gathering will take place in New York City and will highlight the work of innovative city leaders working to build more inclusive, equitable, and cooperative economies, and catalyzing conversations about how municipal policy can be best used to build community wealth.


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  • Mayor Lovely Warren, City of Rochester (NY)
  • Mayor Paul Soglin, City of Madison
  • Baye Adofo- Wilson, Deputy Mayor and Director of Economic and Housing Development, City of Newark 
  • Carl Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly
  • Phillip Henderson, President of the Surdna Foundation
  • Marjorie Kelly, Executive Vice-President and Senior Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative
  • Carmen Huertas-Noble, Founding Director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the CUNY School of Law
  • Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development, City of Cleveland
  • Harold Meyerson, Columnist, Washington Post; Editor, The American Prospect
  • Patrick Horvath,Deputy Vice President of Programs & Director of Economic Opportunity, Denver Foundation
  • Elena Gaarder, Program Officer, Nexus Community Partners, St. Paul, MN
  • Rebecca Kemble, Councilmember, City of Madison and President, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
  • Roger Green, Executive Director, DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy and Distinguished Lecturer, Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

For those unable to attend the event physically, a livestream will be available for a nationwide audience.

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