5 Apr

Each spring, PCRG sends its staff down to Washington D.C. to attend the National Community Reinvest Coalition’s Just Economy Conference  - a four day event that brings together hundreds of community development stakeholders and practitioners to grapple with affordable housing, fair lending, and economic justice. PCRG staff, board members, and AmeriCorps VISTAs had the opportunity to hear keynote addresses from the following speakers:

  • Prof. Mehrsa Baradaran – University of Georgia Associate Dean
  • Lael Brainard – Board of Governors, Federal Reserve system
  • Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay – Democratic Representative from Missouri
  • Rep. Al Green – Democratic Representative from Texas
  • Rep. Gregory W. Meeks – Democratic Representative from New York
  • Brian Montgomery – HUD Acting Deputy Secretary
  • Kat Taylor – CEO of Beneficial State Bank
  • John Taylor – President and CEO, NCRC
  • Jesse Van Tol – CEO, NCRC
  • Jose Antonio Vargas – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

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 both Democrats and Republicans. Preserving the Community Reinvestment Act and protecting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from privatization were at the top of the legislative agenda.

It was a year that the subject matter of the conference felt especially urgent and that excitement and desire for change was palpable, from both the speakers and attendees. PCRG continues to look forward to working with NCRC to advance local, state, and federal strategies that center the needs of low-to moderate-income people and people of color.

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.