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Friday, June 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Investing in Community Design

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Community design practitioners come from a range of backgrounds—they are designers, advocates, planners, organizers, and community leaders. Likewise, there’s a diverse ecosystem of funders and supporters investing in this work. We will explore a range of investment approaches including grantmaking, resource provision, and loan structures. We will discuss how and why foundations, government, CDFI’s and nonprofit organizations are investing in the work of community designers, and how community design professionals can best approach these diverse opportunities. This session will also look ahead: as economic and political landscape shifts, what opportunities and challenges can we foresee? How will designers and funders alike continue to articulate our value and alignment, with these shifts in mind?

We'll also look at funding and equity: How can we invest in equitable community-engaged design? What is the future of the funding landscape? How is funding tackling equity? What are dream projects for funders these days?

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Nikia Hill

Association for Community Design
Nikia Hill is a strategist, consultant, and educator who designs solutions, services, and systems to help people thrive. With over 20 years of experience leading, creating, and executing strategic initiatives for individuals, organizations, and communities, Nikia is passionate about... Read More →

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Rebecca Chan

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Rebecca Cordes Chan is the program officer for the National Creative Placemaking Program at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development intermediary that provides loans, grants and equity in underinvested neighborhoods. Before joining LISC, Rebecca served... Read More →
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Ray Demers

Director, Design Leadership, Enterprise Community Partners
Ray Demers is the director of Design Leadership with Enterprise Community Partners. He serves as the strategic lead of the Rose Fellowship, Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI), and other emerging priorities.
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Jessica Garz

Program Officer, Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation
Jessica Garz is a Senior Program Officer for Thriving Cultures at the Surdna Foundation. In this role, Jess collaborates with colleagues in philanthropy and those on the ground, to support artists, architects and designers working towards imagining, and creating, more just and sustainable... Read More →
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Jen Hughes

National Endowment for the Arts
Jen Hughes was appointed director of Design and Creative Placemaking for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in April 2018, having served as acting director since June 2017. In this position, she oversees grant portfolios that support the design and creative placemaking fields... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Impact Hub Baltimore: Open Space East