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ADVISORY: Tackling Poverty: The Role of State and Local Governments
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ADVISORY: Tackling Poverty: The Role of State and Local Governments

July 28, 2008, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Introduction by:

Michael Laracy, Coordinator for Public Policy, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Panel 1: National Overview of State and Local Efforts

Joy Moses, Half in Ten Campaign; Policy Analyst, Povery Program, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Susan Golonka, Program Director, Human Services Social, Economic, & Workforce Programs Division, National Governors Association

Jodie Levin-Epstein, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and Deputy Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy

Cliff Johnson, Executive Director, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities


Panel 2: State and City Perspectives

State Senator Jonathan Harris, Chair, Human Services Committee (CT)

Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, City of New York

Gregory Gray, Director, Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020

Amy Rynell, Program Director, Heartland Alliance (IL)


Moderated by:

Mark Greenberg, Half in Ten Campaign; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund

RSVP for this Event

Join us for a policy forum featuring two panels to explore this growing trend. Speakers will include advocates, experts, and state and local officials from Minnesota, Connecticut and New York City.

Americans increasingly face financial uncertainty as they struggle to make ends meet during a period of rising food and fuel prices, a continuing mortgage crisis, and an overall economic downturn. Yet even before these latest challenges, a growing number of state and local governments launched comprehensive anti-poverty initiatives. These include special legislative caucuses, poverty reduction targets, and information-sharing summits.

This forum is sponsored by the Half in Ten Campaign, National League of Cities and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.



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