2014 Regional Livability Summit

Pathways to Prosperity: Advancing Economic Justice

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Summit 2014

Session Recordings

Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Summit Photos 


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

*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


*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


    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 event

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