The conference gathers community members, non-profits, advocates, real estate professionals, and municipal leaders to address pressing fair housing issues affecting communities in the Bay Area. Speakers include national and local experts who will discuss of the impacts of racial segregation and how modern technology and data collection amplifies discriminatory practices.
"The Racial Wealth Gap: A Discussion on Remedies/Reparations"
Stephen Menendian is the Assistant Director and Director of Research at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and oversees the Institute’s research initiatives and ongoing projects. In particular, Mr. Menendian leads the Inclusiveness Index initiative, fair housing policy and opportunity mapping project with the Equity Metrics team. His research focuses on the mechanisms of inter-group inequality, “othering,” structural racism, and the design of effective equity interventions as permitted by law.
Mr. Menendian’s recent scholarly publications include: "Racial Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area" a web report for the Haas Institute, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: A Reckoning with Government-Sponsored Segregation in the 21st Century" for the National Civic Review and "Opportunity Communities: Overcoming the Debate over Mobility Versus place-based Strategies" in The Fight for Fair Housing. In 2018, Stephen chaired “Race & Inequality in America: The Kerner Commission at 50 conference." In addition, he has trained policymakers, businesses, and other institutions on diversity, inclusion, and affirmative action practices, policies, and compliance, including creative ways to improve diversity within bounds of law, and has regularly taught or guest-lectured courses on these issues.
Lisa Rice is the President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the nation’s only national civil rights agency solely dedicated to eliminating all forms of housing discrimination. NFHA is also the trade association for over 200 member organizations across the country that work to eliminate barriers in the housing markets and expand equal housing and lending opportunities. NFHA provides a range of programs to affirmatively further fair housing including community development, neighborhood stabilization, training, education, outreach, advocacy, consulting and enforcement initiatives.
Ms. Rice has served on the state of Ohio’s Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board, State Farm Bank Consumer Advisory Council, and Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. She is a current member of the JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association's Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and America’s Homeowner Alliance Advisory Board.
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