Just Economy Conference

March 11-13, 2019



The Just Economy Conference is the national event for community, policy, government and business leaders who work for fairness in banking, housing and business. 

Featured speakers:

Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist, filmmaker, author, immigrant dignity activist and undocumented American who is looking for nothing more than a place to call home.

Mehrsa Baradaran

University of Georgia banking law professor, associate dean for strategic initiatives and acclaimed author who has focused her work on diversity and inclusion efforts in the banking sector.

The conference features:

  • A wide range of sessions on community organizing and advocacy, housing, access to capital and credit, workforce and community development, fair lending, and business development
  • Experts and advocates sharing new developments, best practices, and innovative ideas for community reinvestment
  • Keynote addresses from prominent officials and leaders
  • NCRC’s Hill Day
  • The 2019 NCRC National Achievement Awards Dinner



9:30 AM -11:00 AM

  1. CRA Basics
  2. The new politics of Housing Finance Reform.
  3. Comprehensive Community Benefit Agreements: The Importance of Workforce Development
  4. CDFIs and CRA: Refreshing the Roots of Our Movement to Democratize Capital
  5. Community Control of Land & Housing: Combine Democracy Collaborative with Richmond Land Trust
  6. Advocating for Transparency: Small Business Lending Disclosures Legislation
  7. Special Initiatives Convening


11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

  1. What’s next in Community Reinvestment Act Reform?
  2. The Future of Fair Housing
  3. Tech Giants: Impacts on Communities
  4. Affordable Housing Convening
  5. Building Economic Security for Women
  6. Latino Power Comes Of Age
  7. Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Impact on Fair Housing and LMI Communities


2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

  1. Community Benefits Agreements: Lessons Learned from 2016 (Invite only)
  2. Affordable Housing and the 2020 election cycle
  3. DENIED: the economic barriers faced by minority entrepreneurs
  4. What does Health Equity look like to your hospital?
  5. The Disaster Recovery Trio: Assess, Plan and Execute
  6. Yep, the lenders are still predatory
  7. Gentrification: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


9:30 AM -11:00 AM

  1. A Q&A: Community Reinvestment Act
  2. Rewriting the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule
  3. So you want to start a CDFI?
  4. Opportunity Zones: Whose opportunity is it?
  5. The criminalization of debt
  6. There is no wealth without mental health
  7. Living Cities: investments for entrepreneurs

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

  1. What’s next in Community Reinvestment Act reform?
  2. Affordable homeownership: Organizing to create inventory and preserve affordability addressing an inequitable work culture
  3. Retiring in the 21st century
  4. How states are stepping up for consumers
  5. Strategies for preventing displacement
  6. Winning small business contracts in an uncertain environment


2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

  1. Organizing stakeholders for CRA advocacy
  2. Racial wealth divide
  3. Land banks on steroids: How to disrupt speculation in your community
  4. Looking beyond the EPA for environmental justice
  5. The CFPB 2.0
  6. Organizing against White Nationalism
  7. Everybody under one roof: Multigenerational housing

March 11-13, 2019

Washington Hilton Hotel

Washington, DC

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2018 conference highlights


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- Rev. Jesse Jackson, President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH