2019 Conference Keynote Speakers
Tuesday, April 16: Shaping the Future, Part I
It will take social change to build a future California where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable home. It will take all of us to make that change. Leading national experts in public thinking and communications science, Dr. Tiffany Manuel and Dr. Nat Kendall-Taylor, provide research, insights and key steps the affordable housing and homelessness advocacy community can use to achieve a “California for All.” Moderator Chris Ko grounds their presentations in field experience and the need to seize this moment of strong political and public will in order to scale up collective action statewide. Join the speakers in Room 301 after the keynote lunch for Q&A.
Dr. Tiffany Manuel is the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, a woman/minority-owned public benefit corporation dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. In this role, Dr. Manuel works with hundreds of passionate social change leaders, changemakers and innovators around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities. Trained as a social scientist, she is committed to building the capacity of changemakers and leaders to grow their social impact. Dr. Manuel holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Related Event: Join Dr. Manuel during our networking reception in the Convention Center ballroom Tuesday evening from 5:15 to 7 p.m. for a book signing!
Nat Kendall-Taylor, PhD, is chief executive officer at the FrameWorks Institute, a communications research think tank in Washington, DC. He leads a multi-disciplinary team in conducting research on public understanding and framing of social issues and supporting nonprofit organizations to put the findings into practice. A psychological anthropologist, Nat publishes widely on communications research in the popular and professional press and lectures frequently in the United States and abroad. He is a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, a visiting professor at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine, and a fellow at the British-American Project.
Chris Ko serves as the Director of Homeless Initiatives for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, managing Home For Good. In this role, he leads California's largest community-based effort to end homelessness, doubled participation in the homeless count, directed the coalition that created and passed historic ballot measures around homelessness, and led the architecture of the Coordinated Entry System, which went on to became a national model after boosting priority housing placements by over 500%. Chris began his work as an Urban Studies major at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also named one of Next City's 40-under-40 Vanguards, Empowerment Congress's 40-under-40 civic leaders in LA, and one of Stratiscope's Impact Makers to Watch. He happily serves on the board of Brilliant Corners, having also served on the boards of Coro Southern CA and the Supply Education Group.
Wednesday, April 17: Shaping the Future, Part II
Policy must be shaped by the people it impacts. In Part II of our two-part keynote series, we bring to the stage the affordable housing community and the policymakers spearheading the effort to shape a "California for All." Leaders from the Residents United Network will offer knowledge from their communities on the change the people of California want to see for an equitable future, and they will engage the Governor’s advisors on the state’s plans to address homelessness and housing.
Tia Boatman-Patterson is Senior Advisor on Housing in the Office of Governor Newsom. She also serves as Executive Director of the California Housing Finance Agency, the state’s affordable housing lender. CalHFA’s Multifamily Division has used more than $4.5 billion in financing for the construction and preservation of more than 63,000 affordable rental homes in California.
Darrell Steinberg is the Mayor of Sacramento and was the Senate President pro Tempore in the California Legislature from 2008 to 2014. In February 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Steinberg to lead a new statewide Commission on Homelessness and Supportive Housing.
Mehrsa Imani, Community Organizer at the San Diego Housing Federation, coordinates the Residents United Network throughout San Diego County. Her passion for social justice started at a young age, when her family immigrated to the U.S. as refugees. While studying Urban Studies and Planning at UC Irvine, she realized her
interest in community engagement and resident empowerment to contribute to social change.
Alexandra Alvarado is a senior organizer for affordable home developer, manager, and advocate Mutual Housing California. She supports Sacramento residents’ participation in campaigns and coalitions, such as the Residents United Network. Alvarado began working on safe, healthy housing in her hometown, Fresno. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.