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The 21st Century Majority: Empowering a New Nation

The Greenlining Institute

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

The 21st Century Majority: Empowering a New Nation

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The 21st Century Majority: Empowering A New Nation

The U.S. economy is changing as fast as our nation’s demographics. As communities of color move closer to being the American majority, how can we ensure that all of our communities have a clear pathway to full participation in American prosperity? What new models are working? Can issues that may not fit the traditional model of economic concerns contribute to those models? What changes are needed to ensure that the new economy works for all?

We invite you to join us as we explore these questions at Greenlining’s 21st Annual Economic Summit on April 4, 2014 at the Oakland Marriott. If you have any questions, please email Yurida Ramos at yuridar@greenlining.org.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks by Orson Aguilar, Executive Director

8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Welcome The Honorable Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker:

  • Anthony F. Earley Jr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, PG&E Corporation

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Advancing an Inclusive Economy: Call to Action

This opening session will feature presentations by Greenlining's dynamic staff on issues pertinent to a more equitable future economy. This session will give participants greater insight into Greenlining's "think and do" strategies on major issues facing the economy and communities of color.

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Panel: The New Economy

This session will focus on people and organizations working to create a more equitable and inclusive economy. This new economy works to connect communities and businesses so that both can grow strong together. In the new economy, success is not only measured by quarterly profits, but by the long-term benefits of investing in people. In addition, government agencies and corporations are learning the benefits of investing in a diverse workforce and diverse supplier base, while new, community-generated services such as lending circles and sharing networks are springing up. 


  • Sandy Fernandez, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development, Citi


  • David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Billy Parish, Founder & President, Solar Mosaic
  • Kalimah Priforce, Co-founder, Qeyno Labs
  • Jacqueline Rosa, Managing Director, Global Head of Supplier Diversity, JPMorgan Chase
  • Catherine Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Program, “From Policy to People”

The lunch program will highlight the work being done by our partners to advance a more inclusive and equitable economy. Join us for a program that connects our policy efforts to the grassroots work of our coalition partners and the stories of real people benefitting from this work. It's these real-world impacts that demonstrate the strength and diversity of our community.

Lunch MC:

  • Aimee Allison, Senior Vice President, PowerPAC

Opening Remarks:

  • Orson Aguilar, Executive Director, The Greenlining Institute

David Glover Tribute:

  • Sasha Werblin, Economic Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute and Nia Richardson, 6th Grade Student, Academy of Alameda

Introduction of Lunch Keynote: 

  • José Cisneros, Treasurer, City & Council of San Francisco

Keynote Speaker:

  • Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


  • Street Level Health Project - Community Action Award
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles & Asian Law Caucus - Advancing Equity Award
  • Kevin de Leon, California State Senate - Big Brain Award
  • Tim Hanlon, President, Wells Fargo Foundation - Big Heart Award
  • Milicent Johnson, Director of Partnerships and Community, Peers (Torchbearer Award)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Networking Reception
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Academy Alumni Meeting (Private)

Greenlining's Annual Economic Summit brings together diverse people from diverse sectors who are eager to connect with one another. With free refreshments, we hope that the networks from this event serve to better promote our vision of a more equitable economy. 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Idea Lab

Effective policy work cannot be created in a vacuum. It must be informed by the stories, voices and ideas of real people. The Idea Lab is an opportunity for participants to lend their experiences and stories through an interactive session in which participants meet in smaller groups to brainstorm solutions to critical issues facing communities. 


  • Zixta Martinez, Associate Director for External Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Steve Phillips, Board Chair and Co-Founder of PowerPAC
  • Carla Saporta, Health Policy Director, The Greenlining Institute
  • Morgan Simon, Founder and Chair, Transform Finance
  • Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Evening Reception - Honoring Oakland Youth Serving Organizations

Celebrating organizations that develop youth in Oakland, this dynamic reception will showcase local entertainment, inspire change makers, and bring us all together to end the night on a lively and energized note. 

Evening MC:

  • Vien Truong, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute 

Keynote Address:

  • Dr. Sandra R. Hernández, President & CEO, California HealthCare Foundation


  • Youth UpRising - Next Generation Award
  • Youth Radio - Next Generation Award

Special Performance:

  • Youth Speaks

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When & Where

Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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The Greenlining Institute


We envision a nation where communities of color thrive and race is never a barrier to economic opportunity.

Our Work

Founded in 1993, The Greenlining Institute envisions a nation where communities of color thrive and race is never a barrier to economic opportunity. Because people of color will be the majority of our population by 2044, America will prosper only if communities of color prosper. Greenlining advances economic opportunity and empowerment for people of color through advocacy, community and coalition building, research, and leadership development. We work on a variety of major policy issues, from the economy to environmental policy, civic engagement and many others, because economic opportunity doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Rather than seeing these issues as being in separate silos, Greenlining views them as interconnected threads in a web of opportunity.


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