Summer 2019 Annual Meeting

Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 3
Columbia, SC

All presentations and Briefing Book materials, as well as information about the attendees, are below.

See full agenda here.

Presentations and Briefing Book


Joanna Ramani-Smith, Aspen Institute
Gloria Saeed, City of Columbia, SC
Treasurer Tishaura Jones, City of St. Louis, MO


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Lifting the Weight, The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, EPICRead more.
Supplementary material not provided in the briefing book.

Why Financial Security is a Priority, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Council on Metro Economies and the New American CityRead more.
Supplementary material not provided in the briefing book.

“Thriving Residents, Thriving Cities”, Signe-Mary McKernan, Caroline Ratcliffe, Breno Braga, and Emma Kalish, Urban InstituteRead more.

“How Income Volatility Interacts with American Families’ Financial Security”, The Pew Charitable TrustsRead more.

“How Mayors and Cities are Solving Household Financial Insecurity”, Kiese Hansen, Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute, July 27th, 2018. Read more.

“What would it take to ensure that every family can achieve and maintain financial security?”, Caroline Ratcliffe, Caleb Quakenbush, and William J. Congdon, Urban InstituteRead more.

“A Municipal Policy Blueprint”, Prosperity NowRead more.

“Lift-Up: Innovative City Strategy Reduces Utility Debt and Financial Insecurity for Residents”, National League of CitiesRead more.

“State and Local Laws Advancing Fair Work Schedules”, National Women’s Law CenterRead more.

“Our Hidden Economic Challenge: Income Volatility”, Stephen Benjamin, Governing, January 8th, 2018. Read more.

“What Local Government Can Do About the Consumer-Debt Epidemic”, Stephen Benjamin and Joanna Smith-Ramani, Governing, April 11th, 2019. Read more.

“‘Bank On’ & Fresh Start Columbia”, City of Columbia, SCRead more.

“Low-Income Stockton Residents Praise City’s ‘Universal Basic Income’ Program”, Rich Ibarra, Capital Public Radio, May 22nd, 2019. Read more.

“Seeking solutions to income volatility in St. Louis”, The St. Louis American, October 11th, 2017. Read more.

“St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones Discusses City Finances, Improving Access to Banking”, Jon Lewis, St. Louis Public Radio, April 19th, 2019. Read more.

“All MPS 5-year-olds will start school next fall with a college savings fund”, Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 2nd, 2018. Read more.

“Chicago Resilient Task Force Recommends Guaranteed Income Pilot Program”, Helen Smith, Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago, February 25th, 2019. Read more.

Strategic Plan 2017-2022, San Francisco Office of Financial EmpowermentRead more.

“Overview of the Financial Justice Project”, The Financial Justice Project, City of San Francisco, CARead more.


Brett Theodos, Urban Institute
Mayor Stephen Benjamin, City of Columbia, SC
Rudy Espinoza, Inclusive Action for the City
Julia Parzen, Sustainability Consultant


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“Opportunity Zones 101”, Local Initiatives Support CenterRead more.

“Opportunity Zones: The Map Comes into Focus”, Economic Innovation Group, June 15th, 2018. Read more.

What It Will Take for Opportunity Zones to Create Real Opportunity…”, Initiative for a Competitive Inner CityRead more.

“Prioritizing and Achieving Impact in Opportunity Zones”, The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and The Beeck CenterRead more.

“States, Cities Add Sweeteners to Attract ‘Opportunity Zone’ Investors”, J. Brian Charles, Governing, April 17th, 2019. Read more.

“Is Your City Prepared for the Opportunity Zone Impact?”, Joshua Pollard, Forbes, March 28th, 2019. Read more.

“How Chicago and Cook County Can Leverage Opportunity Zones for Community Benefit”, Urban InstituteRead more.

“Opportunity Zone Investment Prospectus Guide: Before You Begin”, Ken Gross and Bruce Katz, Accelerator for AmericaRead more.

“Opportunity Zone Investment Prospectuses”, Accelerator for AmericaRead more.

“Opportunity Zones Prospectus”, The City of Columbia Office of Economic DevelopmentRead more.

“Republicans Hope to Save South Carolina, But Will Investors Follow?”, Tom Barton, The State, January 25th, 2019. Read more.

“Tapping The Opportunity Zone Program to Accelerate an Equitable Clean Economy”, Julia Parzen and Graham Richard, May 29th, 2019. Read more.


Melron Kelly, City of Columbia, SC
Mayor Ras Baraka, City of Newark, NJ
Anthony Smith, Cities United


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The History of Violence as a Public Health Issue, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 1st, 2019. Read more.

There’s No Such Thing as a Dangerous Neighborhood, Stephen Lurie, CityLab, February 25th, 2019. Read more.

Testing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence, Sarah Picard-Fritsche and Lenore Cerniglia, Center for Court InnovationRead more.

Strategies to Prevent Urban Violence, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, September 1st, 2013. Read more.

Interventions for Reducing Violence and its Consequences for Young Black Males in America, Arnold Chandler, Cities UnitedRead more.

4 Proven Violence Reduction Strategies, National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform and Cites UnitedRead more.

A Strategic Resource for Mayors on Disrupting Community Violence and Preventing Homicides, Cities United , August 1st, 2018. Read more.

Case Study: Young People Curbing Gun Violence in Columbia, SC, Giovanni Rocco and Amber Gaither, Generation Progress, August 23rd, 2018. Read more.

South Carolina’s Largest City Focuses on Stopping Gun Violence, Jeffrey Collins, US News, April 24th, 2018. Read more.

Youth homicides have dropped 40% in Newark, yet there is more work to do, mayor says, Ras Baraka, The Star-Ledger, April 4th, 2019. Read more.

A Blueprint for Peace, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Office of Violence Prevention, January 1st, 2017. Read more.


Mayor Jake Spano, City of St. Louis Park, MN
Ivanna Fregoso, City of Miramar, FL
Laura Furr, Consultant
Lauren Harper, formerly with City of Columbia, SC


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All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement, Circle at Tufts University, January 1st, 2013. Read more.

Authentic Youth Engagement Guide, Institute of Youth, Education & Families, National League of Cities, January 1st, 2010. Read more.

Nine Signs Your City is Committed to Authentic Youth Civic Engagement, National League of Cities, June 14th, 2019. Read more.

Top Ten Reasons to Lower the Voting Age, National Youth Rights AssociationRead more.

What if the Teen City Council is Better than the Grownup One?, Kriston Capps, CityLab, July 5th, 2018. Read more.

What is Y-PLAN?, Center for Cities and Schools, UC-BerkeleyRead more.

Y-PLAN “Double Bottom Line”, Center for Cities and Schools, UC-BerkeleyRead more.

San Francisco Youth Commission Budget and Policy Priorities, San Francisco Youth Commission, 2019-2020Read more.

Tacoma teens won’t wait for adults to solve the city’s problems, Liz Brazile, Crosscut, February 11th, 2019. Read more.

In Gilbert, Data and Technology Is All Fun and Games, Emily Shaw, GovEx, August 12th, 2018. Read more.

Columbia Youth Commission, Lauren Harper, City of Columbia, SC, September 7th, 2018. Read more.

Columbia Youth Commission Election Process, Lauren Harper, City of Columbia, SC, September 7th, 2018. Read more.

Prodded by young people, cities take aggressive climate action, Elizabeth Dunbar, MPR, March 21st, 2017. Read more.

St. Louis Park Climate Action Plan, St. Louis Park, MN, February 1st, 2018. Read more.

St. Louis Park seeks to strengthen firearm regulations upon request from students, Miguel Otarola, Star Tribune, July 28th, 2018. Read more.

Mayor’s Youth Councils: Connecting Youth to Civic Participation, Dawn Schluckebier, Think TennesseeRead more.

Youth Leaders Reflect on the 2019 Congressional City Conference, National League of Cities, March 29th, 2019. Read more.


Tim Keller, Mayor, City of Albuquerque, NM
Kelly Girtz, Mayor, City of Athens-Clarke County
Hardie Davis, Mayor, City of Augusta, GA
Denny Doyle, Mayor, City of Beaverton, OR
Leslie Hager-Smith, Mayor, City of Blacksburg, VA
John Hamilton, Mayor, City of Bloomington, IN
Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, CO
Miro Weinberger, Mayor, City of Burlington, VT
Stephen Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia, SC
Barbara Blain-Bellamy, Mayor, City of Conway, SC
Nickole Nesby, Mayor, City of Duquesne, PA
Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor, City of East Point, GA
Marjorie Sloan, Mayor, City of Golden, CO
Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Mayor, City of Kankakee, IL
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor, City of Madison, WI
Matt Shorraw, Mayor, City of Monessen, PA
Ras Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark, NJ
McKinley Price, Mayor, City of Newport News, VA
Chris Koos, Mayor, City of Normal, IL
Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester, NY
Jacob Day, Mayor, City of Salisbury, MD
Al Heggins, Mayor, City of Salisbury, NC
Jake Spano, Mayor, City of St. Louis Park, MN
Jason Lary, Mayor, City of Stonecrest, GA
Joseph McElveen, Mayor, City of Sumter, SC
Harold Thompson, Mayor, City of Union, SC
Gary Carey, Mayor, City of Walker, MI
Kathy Ehley, Mayor, City of Wauwatosa, WI
Keith James, Mayor, City of West Palm Beach, FL
Hawthorne Welcher Jr., Director, City of Augusta, GA
Mike Myers, Public Information Officer, City of Augusta, GA
Shatoyia Moss, Safe and Civil City Director, City of Bloomington, IN
Gloria Saeed, Director of Community Development, City of Columbia, SC
Ariel Cathcart, Director of Special Projects, City of Columbia, SC
Shalaine Archie, Executive Assistant, City of Columbia, SC
Tameika Isaac Devine, Mayor Pro Term, City of Columbia, SC
Sam Johnson, Mayor’s Office, City of Columbia, SC
Taylor Wright, Mayor’s Office, City of Columbia, SC
Darrell Black, School Commissioner, City of Columbia, SC
Joshua Barr, Director, City of Des Moines, IA
Jamie Harkins, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lafayette, CO
Linda Vakunta, Deputy Mayor, City of Madison, WI
Ivanna Fregoso, Youth Advisory Council Delegate, City of Miramar, FL
Chris Clark, Councilmember, City of Mountain View, CA
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
David Post, Mayor Pro Tem , City of Salisbury, NC
Genevieve Miller, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of South Bend, IN
Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO
Alisa O’Hanlon, Government Relations Policy Analyst , City of Tacoma, WA
Gregory Key, Special Assistant to the Mayor, City of West Palm Beach, FL
Heidi Davison, Former Mayor, City ofAthens, GA
Stephanie  Mash Sykes, Executive Director, African American Mayors Association
Jamie Pascal, Manager of Policy and Programs, African American Mayors Association
Mike Watson, Senior Advisor, American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)
William J. Bates, President, American Institute of Architects
Jane Frederick, 2020 President Elect, American Institute of Architects
Adrienne Montare, Executive Director – South Carolina, American Institute of Architects
Michael Winn, Manager of State and Local Relations, American Institute of Architects
Joanna Smith-Ramani, Managing Director of Financial Security Program, Aspen Institute
Michael Seezen, Partner, Burr Forman McNair, Columbia, SC
Lynn Stokes-Murray, Director of Government Affairs, Burr Forman McNair, Columbia, SC
Ryan Gentry, , Burr Forman McNair, Columbia, SC
Ralph Garboushian, Washington Representative, CapitalEdge
Debra DeHaney-Howard, Government Relations, CapitalEdge
Hallie Kielb, Washington Representative, Intern, CapitalEdge
Scott Bernstein, Founder and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United
Dwayne Clayton, Director of Buisness Development, CyberScout
Lauren Harper, SC State Director for Beto O’Rourke, formerly with the City of Columbia
Kyra S. Naumoff Shields, Bright Cities Program Director , Healthy Babies Bright Futures
Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Inclusive Action for the City
Dave Lang, Assistant to the General President, International Association of Fire Fighters
Lori Moore-Merrell, President & CEO, International Public Safety Data Institute
Julia Parzen, Principal, JP Consulting Inc
Laura Furr, Principal and Owner, Laura Furr Consulting LLC
Frances Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, MoCaFi
Nick Mastronardi, CEO, Polco
Matt Fulton, National Engagement Director, Polco
Phil Dailly, Director of Southeast Region, Shotspotter
Justine Porter, Director of Advisory Services, The Democracy Collaborative
David Youngblood, General Counsel, The Madison Group
Brett Theodos, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Jordyne Krumroy, Regional Manager, Welcoming America
Betsy Hodges, Former Mayor, Minneapolis, MN, Senior Advisor at Mayors Innovation Project
Ceri Jenkins, Co-Managing Director, COWS/ Mayors Innovation Project
Emily Miota, Outreach and Communications Director, COWS/ Mayors Innovation Project
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Mariah Young-Jones, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project/COWS
Marybeth McGinnis, Senior Associate, COWS/ Mayors Innovation Project
Matthew Braunginn, Senior Associate, COWS/ Mayors Innovation Project