9:00 AM - 9:45 AM PDT

YBCA - Theater

Centering Community in Equitable Economic Investment

Join us for this session to learn how Chicago’s We Rise Together: For an Equitable & Just Recovery, a funder collaborative housed at The Chicago Community Trust that is raising $250 million to make strategic investments in 10 target neighborhoods to accelerate their local visions, is forging a new model for community-centered equitable economic investment. In less than one year, We Rise Together has invested $30 million, which will unlock $291 million worth of new development projects. We Rise Together’s goal is to mobilize over $1 billion to spur economic growth through brick-and-mortar investments, quality jobs, and strong local businesses, and we hope it can serve as an important model for other cities looking to center communities in equitable economic growth strategies.


Ghian Foreman


Washington Park Development Group

Gloria Castillo

Executive Director

We Rise Together for an Equitable and Just Recovery

Juan Saldana


P3 Markets

Gina Spitz

Associate Research Professor, Center for Urban Research & Learning

Loyola University

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