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Keynote Speakers

Join us for this exclusive event that promises to ignite inspiration, challenge perceptions, and foster meaningful dialogue on critical issues shaping our society. Join us as we proudly present two distinguished thought leaders, Lisa Rice and Darrick Hamilton, in a captivating presentation that will leave you informed, enlightened, and empowered.

Lisa Rice

President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
As President and CEO, Lisa Rice directs the National Fair Housing Alliance’s (NFHA) mission to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and ensure equitable housing opportunities for all people and communities. NFHA leads the fair housing movement and is the trade association for over 170 member organizations throughout the country.
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Darrick Hamilton

Professor of Economics & Urban Policy, The New School

Darrick Hamilton is a university professor at the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and the founding director of the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. Hamilton’s work examines the intersections of social stratification, power and political economy in order to advance scholarship, practice, and policy as they relate to promoting economic inclusion, social equity, and civic engagement.

Power Panel

Get ready for insights from our powerhouse lineup of housing experts, innovators, and thought leaders who are reshaping industries, challenging norms, and driving change.

Ajamu Kitwana

Senior Vice President/Director, Community Impact, ESL Federal Credit Union

As Senior Vice President & Director, Community Impact, Ajamu supports ESL’s mission to share our financial success and reinvest in our community. Ajamu leads ESL’s Community Impact team and its commitment to collaboration to build a healthy, resilient, and equitable Greater Rochester community.

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Tysharda Johnson-Thomas

Associate Broker at New 2 U Homes
Former HBCU Graduate, she dedicated 14 years of her life in the field of education. She started her career as a preschool teacher at Action for a Better Community and concluded it as a President’s Awardee at The Urban League of Rochester, where she coordinated a youth intervention program. She is glad that she stepped out on faith and left a career that she had loved for so long to pursue something that she is now so passionate about!
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Sandra Park

Chief of the NYS Office of Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau
Sandra Park serves as the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where she leads a team of attorneys, analysts, and other staff to enforce federal, state, and local civil rights laws across New York state. The Civil Rights Bureau challenges discrimination and other violations of legal rights in education, employment, housing, law enforcement, voting, and public accommodations, among other issues.
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Mary Leo

Executive Director, The Housing Council