Regional Livability Summit

The Regional Livability Summit is a dynamic one-day conference of 300-400  leaders and community members working across a range of equity issues throughout the four-county Portland metro region.  Participants include community based organizations, students, government staff, and elected officials.  The Summit brings together advocates and decision-makers, creating opportunities to strengthen networks and share insights for integrated strategies to connect communities and eliminate disparities at the policy, planning, and investment levels.


Summit 2014

Session Recordings

Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Summit Photos 

Past Summits

Summit 2013

Summit 2012

Summit 2011

Summit 2010

Summit 2009

Summit 2008

Summit 2007

Summit 2006

Summit 2005

Summit 2004

Summit 2003

2014 Summit in Review:

Pathways to Prosperity: Advancing Economic Justice

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Dr. Akom - 2014 Keynote Speaker

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 12th Annual Regional Livability Summit. The theme "Pathways to Prosperity: Advancing Economic Justice" helped to create new partnerships and sparked many conversations around how we can create economic justice and a more equitable region for everyone. 

With over 340 people in attendance, the 2014 Regional Livability Summit was one of the largest in CLF’s history. The event was a success in providing a space where CLF members, community partners and government leaders worked together to build a renewed vision for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region.

Video Recordings 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Antwi Akom
Note: Due to technical issues, the video is darker than desired.
The audio is optimal.
Lunch Time Panel
Cat Goughnour (Equity Consultant)
Steven Gilliam (African American Leadership Academy)
Dr. Lisa Bates (Portland State University)
Enhancing Equity for an Aging Region

Alan DeLa Torre (Portland State University - Institute on Aging)
Lee Girard (Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services)
Bobby Weinstock (Northwest Pilot Project)
Dick Lycan (Portland State University)
Food is Hope, Food is Health: Translating the Science of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease into Action

Monica Cuneo (Institute for Sustainable Solutions)
Liana Haywood (Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness)


Breakout Sessions

2014 Breakout Session Participants

*Summit 2014 Morning Sessions: 11:15am - 12:30pm

Ending the New Jim Crow Laws in Oregon

  • Rev. Kate Lore, Albina Ministerial Alliance
  • Jo Ann Hardesty, Consult Hardesty

Enhancing Equity for an Aging Region

  • Alan DeLaTorre, Portland State University - Institute on Aging
  • Lee Girard, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services
  • Bobby Weinstock, Northwest Pilot Project
  • Dick Lycan, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University

How to Address Economic Justice through Faith-Based Institutions

  • Dr. Howard Kenyon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon2014 Breakout Session Participants
  • Jan Elfers, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
  • Reverend Arthur B. Carter, Jr., Bethel AME Church
  • Wajdi Said, Muslim Educational Trust
  • Rev. Adam Phillips, Christ Church & Oregon Center for Christian Voices (OCCV)
  • Rev. Amy Piatt, First Christian Church

Food is Hope, Food is Health: Translating the Science of the Developmental Origins of Health & Disease into Action

  • Monica Cuneo, Portland State University - Institute for Sustainable Solutions​
  • Liana HaywoodOHSU - Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness

A Club for Change: Using a School Garden to build Cultural Awareness,
Social Equality and Food Sustainability at Molalla High School 

2014 Breakout Session Participants

  • Kelly A. Douglas, Molalla High School
  • Rick Sherman, Oregon Department of Education


*Summit 2014 Afternoon Sessions: 2:30pm - 3:45pm

How Corporate Greed and Crippling Debt are Keeping Workers From Succeeding​

  • Angela Martin, Economic Fairness Oregon
  • Barbara Dudley, Portland State University & Working Families Party

The State of Affordable Housing – Influences and Tools for the Future of our Region 

2014 Breakout Session Participants

    • Justin Buri, Community Alliance of Tenants 
    • Omar Carrillo Tinajero, Neighborhood Partnerships
    • Cameron Whitten, Community Activist

    Transportation Funding Working for the People

    • Kari Schlosshauer, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
    • Elaine Friesen-Strang, Elders In Action & AARP
    • Andy Cotugno, Metro
    • Duncan Hwang, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
    • Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation

    The Geography of Poverty: Adapting to Support a Changing Landscape

    • Brendon Haggerty, Oregon Health Authority2014 Breakout Session Participation
    • Martha McLennan, Northwest Housing Alternatives
    • Margi Bradway, Portland Bureau of Transportation
    • Rachel Post, Central City Concern
    • Joe Cortright, Impresa & City Observatory

    The American Dream: Evaluating the Urban Growth Boundary

    • Sam Diaz, 1000 Friends of Oregon
    • Diana Pei Wu, Five Elements Consulting
    • Pam Phan, 1000 Friends of Oregon


    2014 Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Antwi Akom - 2014 Keynote

    Dr. Antwi Akom

    Antwi Akom, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health, and STEM Education at San Francisco State, is co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED).  A social change activist within low-income and communities of color for over 20 years, he is world renowned as an educational, environmental and economic justice leader.

    Dr. Akom’s research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity.

    Professor Akom is a 2010 recipient of a RIMI Investigator Award in Health Disparities Research from the National Center on Minority and Health Disparities.


    Photos from the 2014 Summit

    Want to see more photos from the event? Check the entire album at our Facebook Page.



    Past Summits


    11th Annual Regional Livability Summit, October 11, 2013

    • The 11th Annual Regional Livability Summit "Equity in Action: Map to a Healthy Future", helped to create new partnerships and sparked many conversations around how we can create a healthier, more equitable region for everyone. 
    • Keynote speaker: Dr Adewale Troutman is a physician, a professor, and the president of the American Public Health Association.  He was featured in the nationally televised PBS series, "Unnatural Causes:  Is Inequality Making Us Sick?"

    10th Annual Regional Livability Summit, October 12, 2012

    • The 10th Annual Regional Livability Summit brought together partners to discuss many topics under the theme "The State of Equity:  Process, Progress & Promise in the Portland-Vancouver Region."
    • Keynote speaker:  Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink presented an amazing keynote address on the state of equity from the national perspective. 
    • Read the 2012 Summit Proceedings.
      Keynote Address Lunch Panel   Summit Reflections  
      Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink Speakers: Midge Purcell, Urban League of Portland; Lisa Bates, PSU College of Urban Studies; Desiree Williams-Rajee, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; and Kalima Rose, PolicyLink.  Moderateor:  Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons.    


    9th Annual Regional Livability Summit, September 14, 2011

    • Our ninth Summit focused on climate equity, including the importance of responding forcefully to the changing climate and addressing poverty and environmental health in climate action strategies. 
    • Keynote speaker:  Angela Park, author of Everybody's Movement and founder and executive director of Diversity Matters
    • Read the 2011 Summit Proceedings.

    8th Annual Regional Livability Summit, April 17 - May 13, 2010

    • The 2010 Summit included a month of activities and events that engaged nearly 1,000 people! Events focused around the theme of "Building Alliances to Get Results."
    • Keynote speaker: Alan Jenkins of The Opportunity Agenda.
    • Read the 2010 Proceedings.

    7th Annual Regional Livability Summit, May 20th & May 30th, 2009

    • The 2009 program, "From Hope to Change: Mobilizing for Equity" focused on tapping the palpable sense of hope and possibility emerging from communities across the metro region, despite being in the midst of unprecedented crises. New to '09 Summit were the Days of Equity Action, a series of done-in-a-day service projects and actions. 
    • Keynote speaker:  Dr. Julian Agyeman, professor at Tufts University who has written extensively on environment and inclusion.
    • Read the 2009 Summit Proceedings.

    6th Annual Regional Livability Summit, May 28, 2008 

    • The 2008 Summit, "Planning for Opportunity: An Inclusive Agenda for Sustainability," focused on discussing the ideas gathered from the community in response to the first Regional Equity Atlas research and considering how to create an agenda for change–one that harnesses our desire for positive change, recognizes our interconnectedness, aspires toward equality and inclusion, and lives up to the promise of our people and our place.
    • Keynote speaker:  Maya Wiley, founder and executive director at the Center for Social Inclusion.
    • Read the 2008 Summit Proceedings.

    5th Annual Regional Livability Summit, April 19, 2007

    • "Leading Sustainable and Equitable Development in the 21st Century:  Creating Collaborations for Action"
    • Keynote Speaker:  Denis Hayes, national environmental leader and president of the Bullitt Foundation.
    • Read the 2007 Summit Proceedings.

    4th Annual Regional Livability Summit, April 11, 2006

    • Keynote Speaker:  Journalist, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

    3rd Annual Regional Livability Summit, March 4, 2005

    2nd Annual Regional Livability Summit, April 3, 2004

    • "Regional Equity:  Who Benefits?  Who Doesn't?"
    • Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Regional Livability Summit, March 7-8. 2003


    Photo credit: Tom Miller