Event Details

The American Dream and the Devaluation of Black Homes

This year, PathStone Presents is partnering with
the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS®
to host Dr. Andre M. Perry as the Keynote Speaker
for the 2021 Provok!ng Thought virtual event.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andre Perry


Senior Fellow
Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution


Dr. Perry will examine
the impact of racial bias on homeownership opportunities

Dr. Andre Perry, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is a Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a Scholar in Residence at American University and a Columnist for the Hechinger Report. His research focuses on race and structural inequity, education and economic inclusion.

In his latest book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.” Dr. Perry gives an overview of five Black Majority cities and provides detailed analysis of how the assets and strengths of these places have been devalued. The book is both research and memoir.

Our discussion will examine the impact of racial bias on homeownership opportunities. Dr. Perry’s research has identified Rochester, as one of the most devalued cities for Black homeownership with an average loss of 65%, over
$53,000 in absolute price difference.


November 9, 2021
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Register Today!


Virtual Event


Dr. Tiffany Manuel

President & CEO

Panel Leaders

Robin Wilt – Greater Rochester Area, Realtor Assoc., Licensed Realtor

Wilt is a public servant, progressive activist, mother of three, and real estate broker. In January 2018, Ms. Wilt began serving as the second African American ever elected to Brighton Town Council, where she chairs the Community Services Committee, is co-Chair to the Finance and Administrative Services Committee, and serves as Liaison to the Town Board for the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Advisory Board and the Sustainability Oversight Committee.

She is married to husband Nicholas and they have three sons. She is a founding Board Member of the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Club, is Co-Chair to the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS ® Black Caucus, serves on the Board and on the Racial Justice Initiative of Citizen Action New York, is a member of the Working Families Party, is on the Organizational Committee of Local Progress NY, and is currently active in the Rochester Chapter of National Organization for Women, as well as a member of the Brighton Central School District PTSA, Brighton Chamber of Commerce, and the Brighton Believes Council. In addition, Ms. Wilt serves on the Institute for Poverty Studies and Economic Development (IPSED) at SUNY Brockport. Ms. Wilt is an alumna of Dartmouth College, where she studied Government, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society.

Aqua Y. Porter– Executive Director, Rochester- Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) Rochester, New York

Aqua earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) and graduated with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Executive MBA program.
Aqua serves as the Executive Director of RMAPI, a collective impact organization committed to reducing the number of persons living in poverty and increasing self-sufficiency of people in the City of Rochester and Monroe County. Prior to this, Aqua had a 30+ year career with Xerox Corp, where she held a variety of positions in Engineering, Marketing, Product Development, Global Purchasing, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma and Channel Partner Management. She is a mature, confident and innovative executive with strong interpersonal skills, adept in building strong teams who deliver exceptional results.
Aqua is a 40-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the first Greek Sorority established by African-American college educated women. She is the President of the Rochester Chapter of The Links, Incorporated where she has served in several leadership positions. She is the Chair of the Keuka College Board of Trustees, a member of the RIT Saunders School Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC), and a member of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Inc. Board of Trustees.
Aqua’s hobbies include reading, shopping and traveling. She is a practicing yogi.

Daniel Randell -Vice President, Community Investment Officer with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

In his role as vice president, Daniel’s focus includes developing and overseeing the successful implementation of the Bank’s housing and economic development finance policies and strategy. He is also responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s community investment business development endeavors, including research, product creation, enhancement, and outreach. Daniel has more than 15 years of experience in finance and banking. His areas of expertise include working with banks, credit unions and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to ensure that they have access to liquidity so that they can effectively finance housing and economic development initiatives in their respective assessment areas. Before joining the Bank in 2007, Daniel worked in the mortgage industry for a diverse range of financial institutions, including a large multifaceted mortgage company, PHH Mortgage, and niche financier, World Mortgage. Daniel holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual concentration in finance and public accounting from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University.

Arline Santiago – Co-Chair of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE)

Arline joined ESL in 2008 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In addition to managing the organization’s legal, compliance, and regulatory functions, she has increased her areas of responsibilities to include the oversight of physical security, real estate, facilities management and audit groups for the organization. She serves as a member of ESL Senior Management, Governance, Employee Benefit Plans, and Operations Committees and as the credit union’s corporate secretary. Prior to joining ESL, Arline was a member of Eastman Kodak Company’s Legal Department, where she worked with its legal department’s marketing, antitrust, and litigation group, and as a member of its corporate and regulatory affairs legal group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a member of the Monroe County and American bar associations. Arline is also active in the community; she is currently serving on the boards of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, chairing its Governance Committee, the Ibero-American Action League, serving on its Governance Committee, the Foodlink Foundation, and is a member of PathStone Corporation’s Personnel Committee. Arline also previously served on the boards of Foodlink Inc., Volunteers of America Upstate NY, and with SUNY Brockport’s summer LEAP Advisory Board. She has been recognized by the Rochester Hispanic Business Association as its 2018 Business Person of the Year and as an Athena Award Finalist in 2020.


11:45 am

Registrant sign-in

12:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Tiffany Manuel by Alex Castro

12:10 pm

Introduction of Dr. Andre Perry by Dr. Tiffany Manuel

12:15 pm

Presentation by Dr. Perry

12:35 pm

Dr.’s Dialogue

12:45 pm

Panel Presentation

1:20 pm

Questions & Answers

2:15 pm