National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Just Economy Recap

26 Apr

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) held its annual Just Economy conference from April 9 -11, 2018 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington D.C. This year’s conference had a record number of attendees from all over the country convening to discuss and learn about affordable housing, fair lending, gentrification, healthcare and more.

Like last year, PCRG staff, board members, and AmeriCorps VISTAs had the opportunity to attend the conference. Throughout the week they heard keynote addresses and speeches from the following individuals:

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI)
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  • Jacqueline Reses – Chief People Officer, Square Capital
  • Vanita Gupta – CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • J. Phillip Thompson – Deputy Mayor of NYC
  • Nancy Isenberg – Author of “White Trash”

Dozens of workshops and lectures were offered, with topics as diverse as “Artists, Gentrification, and Reinvestment,” “The Power of Public Data on Lending,” and “Economic Insecurity and Addiction in America’s Coal and Industrial Communities.” While learning about these issues are meaningful on their own, it is the opportunity to meet and network with peers in the community development field doing similar work in other cities that makes the NCRC conference such a rewarding experience for PCRG staff.

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As in past years, the conference was capped off with a day on Capitol Hill meeting with members of the House and Senate. Pennsylvania sent dozens of delegates to meet with Democrats and Republicans alike to discuss pressing legislative policy issues. At the top of the list for 2018 are making sure our legislature recognizes the importance of the CRA for our communities and continuing to strengthen the protections created by the Dodd-Frank Act, especially the expansion of home mortgage data reporting. Staff from PCRG was able to meet with aides from Rep. Keith Rothfus, Rep. Glenn Thomson, Sen. Pat Toomey, and Sen. Bob Casey.

It was another exciting year to be in D.C., working in this field, and we look forward to what next year has in store.

Alix Levy

Research Analyst at PCRG
Despite repeated attempts, Alix has always found a reason to stay in her hometown of Pittsburgh. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, with a one-year stint in Freiburg, Germany studying the European Union. Prior to joining PCRG, Alix was a community development consultant and adjunct professor. You can find her running around the East End, reading on her back patio, yelling about politics, and planning what to cook next.