Welcome, Introductions & Conference Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks:

Anikka Little

Emcee, Philanthropy Consultant, Program Manager, The Asset Funders Network



Sterling Speirn

President and CEO,, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Sterling Speirn is president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in Battle Creek, Mich., the fifth largest private foundation in the United States. Read more.

Announcement of the Working Families Success Network:

Susan Gewirtz

Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation


Susan Gewirtz is senior associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more.

Kevin Jordan

Senior Vice President for National Programs, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC)

jordanKevin Jordan is LISC’s Vice-President for National Programs and directs their Family Income and Wealth Building work. In his role he helps LISC implement their comprehensive community redevelopment strategy called Building Sustainable Communities. He also assists LISC local offices in developing and implementing programs that support income and asset building for low-to-moderate income families, including leading their Financial Opportunity Center integrated service delivery initiative, which was recently recognized with the national Social Innovation Fund Award. Prior to LISC, Kevin served at the Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation for over 10 years, where he ended his tenure as the Director for the Working Families Department. Kevin has his B.A, from Le Moyne College, and a MA in Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Alan Jenkins

Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda


Alan JenkinsAlan Jenkins is Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Alan was Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, managing grant making in the United States and eleven overseas regions. Previously, he served as Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he was Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he defended the rights of low-income communities suffering from exploitation and discrimination.

His other positions have included Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, Adjunct Professor in Communications at the New School, Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter, and Coordinator of the Access to Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Alan is a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Special Task Force on Fiscal Oversight, serves on the Board of Governors of the New School University, and is a Co-Chair of the American Constitution Society’s Project on the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from New School University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.

Panel Discussion featuring:

Moderator: Wynne Lum, Bank of America

Presenter: Kevin Jordan, Senior Vice President for National Programs, LISC

Presenter: Peter Beard, Senior Vice President for Education and Income, United Way Worldwide

Presenter: Colin Austin, Senior Program Director, MDC

Presenter: Carol Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Achieving the Dream



Paul Osterman

NTU Professor of Human Resources and Management, M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and the Department of Urban Planning


Paul OstermanPaul Osterman is the NTU Professor of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and the Department of Urban Planning, M.I.T. He was formerly Deputy Dean for Faculty and MBA Teaching at the Sloan School.

Osterman’s books include: Economy In Society (MIT Press, 2013); Good Jobs America: Making Work Better For Everyone (Russell Sage, 2011); The Truth About Middle Managers: Who They Are, How They Work, Why They Matter (Harvard Business School Press, 2008); Gathering Power: The Future of Progressive Politics In America (Beacon Press), 2003; Securing Prosperity: How the American Labor Market Has Changed and What To Do About It (Princeton University Press, 1999); Employment Futures: Reorganization, Dislocation, and Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 1988) and Getting Started: The Youth Labor Market (MIT Press, 1978). He is also the co-author of Working In America; A Blueprint for the New Labor Market; The Mutual Gains Enterprise; Forging a Winning Partnership Among Labor, Management, and Government, and Change At Work, and the editor of two books, Internal Labor Markets, and Broken Ladders; Managerial Careers In The New Economy. In addition, he has written numerous academic journal articles and policy issue papers on topics such as the organization of work within firms, labor market policy, and economic development.

Osterman has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and consulted widely to firms, government agencies, foundations, community groups, and public interest organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T.