8:00    Registration and Breakfast begin

Continental breakfast will be served.

All participants will convene in the Curry Ballroom.


8:45    Welcome            

SpeakerRebecca Riccio, Director, The Social Impact Lab, Northeastern University


9:00     Keynote: Profile of a 21st Century American City

Keynote SpeakerLisa Wong,  Mayor, City of Fitchburg, Massachusetts


9:45     Small, Medium, and Large: Leveraging the Strengths of All Our Cities

Description: Panelists will discuss methods for aligning social change initiatives with the distinct strengths, challenges, and opportunities found in cities of various sizes.

Moderator: Catherine Tumber, Visiting Scholar, Northeastern University


Benjamin Forman, Research Director, Mass Inc.

Jennifer Lammers, National Program Director, Alliance for Nonprofit Management

Maggie Super Church, Community Development and Sustainability Consultant, Groundwork USA

Arthur Jemison, Deputy Undersecretary, MA Department of Housing and Community Development

Tamar Kotelchuck, Senior Community Development Analyst and Program Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


11:00       Break


11:15       Rethinking Urban Space: Problem Solving Within Eco-Districts

Description: Panelists will discuss innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable approaches to urban design and development that leverage and strengthen the relationship between space, infrastructure, livability, and community identity.

Moderator: Joan Fitzgerald, Interim Dean and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University


John Dalzell, Senior Architect for Sustainable Development, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Mariella Puerto, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation

David Queeley, Eco-Innovation Fellow, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation


12:15        Lunch


12:45      Luncheon Welcome

Speaker:  Jeff Poulos, Executive Director,  Associated Grant Makers


12:55       Luncheon Keynote

Speaker:  Orson Watson, Board Member, Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities; Advisor, Community Revitalization Programs for the Garfield Foundation


1:30        Afternoon Breakout Sessions

A.          Healthy Collaboration: How Partnering Across Sectors Can Improve Health Outcomes    

Description: Mass in Motion/MetroWest Moves will serve as a case study for examining how collaboration between multiple cities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and donors can increase their collective impact and improve health outcomes.

Moderator: Ramani Sripada, Director, Member Programs & Services, Associated Grant Makers


Rebecca Donham, Senior Program Officer, MetroWest Health Foundation

Barry Keppard, Public Health Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Tammy Calise, Senior Consultant, John Snow, Inc. (JSI)


B.           Give Where You Live: Innovations in Local Philanthropy

Description: Philanthropists who have taken innovative, but very different approaches to local funding across Massachusetts will explain how they leveraged their resources, relationships, and knowledge of their distinct communities to maximize their impact.

Moderator: Wendy Swart Grossman, Charlotte Foundation


Philip Hall, Administrator, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

Sally Fuller, Project Director, Davis Family Foundation

Julie Bishop, Vice President of Grants and Services, Essex County Community Foundation

Kevin Howard, President and CEO, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod


C.          Moving Forward: Re-imagining Transportation’s Role as a Lever for Social Change

Description: Transportation can be a critical component of innovative strategies for addressing social and economic challenges such as employment, health, and food access. This workshop will demonstrate how creative thinking about transportation can increase funders’ and nonprofit organizations’ ability to achieve impact.

ModeratorStephanie Pollack, Associate Director of Research, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University


André Leroux, Executive Director, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation


2:30      Networking Reception

Refreshments will be served.