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Summer 2006 Meeting

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Thursday, June 1

​9:00 - 10:00am


​10:00 - 10:30am

​Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Goals

Mayor Dave Cieselewicz

​10:30 - 12:30pm

Demystifying Federal Funding for Local Economic Development

Robert Davenport - President of National Development Council

Kathryn Bader – Chairman of the USBancorp CDC

​12:30 - 1:30pm


​1:30 - 3:30pm

​Affordable Housing and Homelessness

Trent Rhorer - Executive Director of the City of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency

Nan Roman - President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

Philip Mangano - Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessnessa

​3:30 - 4:00pm


​4:00 - 6:00pm

​Race and Community Relations

William A. Johnson - Former Mayor of Rochester, NY, Professor of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology

Clarence Edwards – Past President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Former Chief of Police in Montgomery County, MD

Bob Knight – Former Mayor of Wichita, KS, Past President of the National League of Cities

​6:00 - 7:00pm




Keynote Address: Apollo Alliance: New Energy for America

Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance

Friday, June 2

​8:00 - 8:30am


​8:30 - 10:30am

Renewable Energy for Cities

Jim Parks – Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer Research & Development for Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Susan Innis - Green Power Marketing Director, Western Resource Advocates



  • Demystifying Federal Funding for Local Economic Development

    The federal government offers several streams of funding for local economic development project, such as New Market Tax Credits and HUD Section 108 loans. But accessing this money can be difficult and confusing. This panel will introduce, in plain language, a number of federal funding sources and help develop strategies to leverage these federal dollars in your city.

  • ​Affordable Housing and Homelessness

    The lack of affordable housing is the primary cause of homelessness in our nation’s cities. This panel will focus on actions cities can take to increase their stock of permanent affordable housing for low-income individuals and families thereby preventing and shortening the duration of homelessness.

  • ​Race and Community Relations

    Issues of race and ethnicity are nothing new to cities. Changes in the demographic makeup and leadership of cities have once again brought these issues to the fore. With perspectives from two former mayors and a former police chief, this panel will explore ways to incorporate all citizens in city governance and establish trust between city leaders and residents.

  • Keynote
  • ​Renewable Energy for Cities

    Cities are leading the way to a renewable energy future for the U.S. By leveraging their buying power in the market and/or control of public utilities, cities are providing a greater supply of renewable energy to consumers and helping America achieve energy independence. This panel will discuss actions cities – both with and without public utilities – can take to increase the supply of renewable energy.

Demystifying Federal Funding for Local Economic Development


Robert Davenport's entire professional career has been spent in the field of economic and community development.  From starting as a VISTA Volunteer, working in Appalachia to organize a community food cooperative, to progressing to Citibank’s Economic Development Center making loans to fledgling businesses in the five boroughs of New York City, to heading the National Development Council, Bob has always been in the business of building bridges between the finance community and low income populations to create jobs, community wealth, housing, and skills in low income communities. 

NDC, as the National Development Council is known, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit organizations dedicated entirely to stimulating investment and creating jobs in low income communities.  Working nationally, with a staff of fifty, NDC assists communities to finance community development projects.  Whether it is providing technical assistance to community based nonprofit organizations or units of local government, conducting intensive classroom training for finance professionals, or making direct investments using capital raised locally and nationally from major financial institutions and its client communities, NDC is all about finance in low income communities. 

Through its finance affiliates, NDC has invested more than $1 billion of its own capital raised through local and national financial institutions.  NDC’s Grow America Fund is an SBA guaranteed lender making loans to small businesses who create jobs and invest in low income communities.  NDC’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (known as HEDC) acts as a nonprofit developer, taking on development projects on behalf of NDC’s client communities.  NDC’s Corporate Equity Fund has invested more than $250 million in low income housing tax credit projects on behalf of CRA motivated banks.  And HEDC New Markets has received a $165 million allocation of new markets tax credits for use in low income communities.

 NDC’s success can be attributed to one thing: the ability to find the common ground between the finance community and low income neighborhoods.  Building bridges, establishing trust, and accommodating needs are the secrets to sound community development.

​Affordable Housing and Homelessness


Trent Rhorer has served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) since October 2000.  HSA is an umbrella agency that comprises the Department of Human Services (social services) and Department of Aging and Adult Services.  Mayor Gavin Newsom named Trent his point person on homelessness as well as chair of the Mayor’s Interagency Homeless Cabinet.  The Cabinet is responsible for advising the mayor on homeless policy and ensuring that City agencies coordinate their efforts to address homelessness.   Trent has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness.  The Alliance is a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization with over 5,000 nonprofit and public sector member agencies and corporate partners around the country.  Under her leadership, the Alliance has developed a pragmatic plan to end homelessness within ten years.  To implement this plan, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation.  She collaborates with Alliance members to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and successful solutions.  She has researched and written on the issue, is frequently interviewed by the press, and regularly speaks at events around the country. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from over twenty-five years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organization.

 Ms. Roman received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.  She sits on numerous boards and advisory committees.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter.

​Race and Community Relations


William A. Johnson was elected in November 1993 as the 64th mayor of the city of Rochester, New York. He was reelected to second and third terms in 1997 and 2001.

Johnson was educated at Howard University where he received both his bachelor's, master's and three honorary degrees. He was the deputy executive director of the Flint, Michigan Urban League and director of the National Urban League Voter Registration Project. He also taught political science at Mott Community College.

He moved to Rochester in 1972 and served 21 years as president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Rochester. He later became a trustee of the U. S. Conference of Mayors and served as chairman of the Smart Growth and Regionalism Task Force. He also became a Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

In his more than 36 years of public service, Clarence Edwards has served as a Field Office Commander with the United States Park Police, Division Commander with the Maryland National Capital Park Police, Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, and as a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).  He held the SES position of Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service within GSA when he retired from federal service in 2003.

Edwards was GSA’S primary representative on the Interagency Security Committee’s research into measures to counter acts of terrorism against federal facilities.  In 1999 he represented GSA at an international conference of foreign government security officials in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.  He has also taught criminal investigations courses as a guest instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Gaborone, Botswana.  Johns Hopkins University has used his expertise on facility security matters as a guest lecturer for that university’s graduate program for senior United States Secret Service officials.

During his 3 year tenure as chief of police in Montgomery County, Maryland, from 1991 to 1994, he was credited with initiating community outreach programs that greatly diminished tensions between county police and the various minority populations in that jurisdiction.  He was also credited with hiring over 100 minority and female police officers during this period.

His more noteworthy awards include a Governor’s Citation from former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, a commendation from former President Bill Clinton, a commendation from former President Jimmy Carter and a commendation from William Cardinal Baum archbishop of the Washington Archdiocese.

Clarence holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from American University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, FBI National Academy and the Federal Executive Institute.

 Edwards currently serves on the FBI Director’s Law Enforcement Advisory Group.  This group is tasked with providing the FBI Director and his senior directorate with insights on how local and state law enforcement can more effectively work with the FBI in responding to threats caused by trans-national crime and globalization.

Bob Knight served seven terms as the mayor of Wichita, KS.  His 20 plus years of service in Wichita began with his election to the City Council in 1979, with a brief intermission to serve as Kansas Secretary of Commerce and Housing from 1992 to 1994.  In 2000, Knight served as president of the National League of Cities (NLC).  In this capacity, Knight launched a national initiative called ‘Undoing Racism’, which rallied local governments to set measurable goals and draft plans to create inclusive communities.



Jerome Ringo is the current President of the Apollo Alliance. Jerome comes to the helm of the Apollo Alliance as a dedicated champion of environmental justice and vocal advocate of clean energy. He has first hand experience of the challenges we face after working for more than 20 years in Louisiana’s petrochemical industry. More than half of that time was spent as an active union member working with his fellow members to secure a safe work environment and quality jobs. Louisiana’s petrochemical industry focuses on the production of gasoline, rocket fuel, and plastics – many of which contain cancer causing chemicals. As he began observing the negative impacts of the industry’s pollution on local communities – primarily poor, minority communities – Jerome began organizing community environmental justice groups.

Jerome Ringo’s experience organizing environmental and labor communities and his drive to further diversify the environmental movement bridges many of Apollo’s partners to create a broad based coalition to provide real solutions for our energy crisis. In 1996, Jerome was elected to serve on the National Wildlife Federation board of directors and, in 2005, Jerome became the Chair of the board. In so doing, he also became the first African-American to head a major conservation organization. Jerome Ringo was the United States’ only black delegate at the 1998 Global Warming Treaty Negotiations in Kyoto, Japan. In addition to being present during Kyoto Treaty Negotiations, Ringo represented the National Wildlife Federation at the United Nations' conference on sustainable development in 1999.

While recognizing that the environmental movement needs the involvement of all, Jerome Ringo has agreed to serve as the new president of the Apollo Alliance, whose member organizations represent more than 17 million people across the country. Jerome currently resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

​Renewable Energy for Cities


Jim Parks is the program manager of SMUD’s Energy Efficiency and Customer Research and Development group.  He is responsible for reviewing and pilot testing emerging technologies; coordinating SMUD’s response to energy efficiency-related legislation, codes and standards; working with local government agencies to incorporate energy efficiency in general plans and development plans; and coordination of SMUD’s energy efficiency and research and development activities with outside agencies.

He is currently leading a project to enhance SMUD’s long-term energy efficiency programs.  This endeavor is expected to comprehensively improve and increase SMUD’s efforts in the areas of environmental improvement, energy efficiency and renewable resource.

Prior to assuming his current position, he supervised the development of SMUD’s energy efficiency, load management and low-income programs; promoted energy efficiency in commercial new construction; and worked as an electrical engineer in the utility industry.

He has a degree in electrical engineering and has over 15 years experience in the energy industry.

Susan Innis is the Green Power Marketing Director at Western Resource Advocates, a regional conservation law and policy center based in Boulder, Colorado.  Ms. Innis works with stakeholders in the Rocky Mountain region to develop and implement local policies to encourage the use of renewable energy. She serves on the boards of several organizations in the renewable energy industry, including the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, the National Wind Coordinating Committee and the Green Power Board of the Green-e renewable energy certification program. Prior to joining WRA in 1999, Ms. Innis worked as an Urban Park Ranger in New York City and as a researcher with an international marine conservation organization. She has a BSc in biology from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and is pursuing an MPA in public policy at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Name, Title, City/Organization

Dan Abrahamson, Director, Legal Affairs for Drug Policy Alliance
Bob Agee, City Administrator, Annapolis, MD
Irma Anderson, Mayor, Richmond, CA
Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake City, UT
Dan Bates, Director of Governmental Relations, Portland, OR
DJ Baxter, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
Mark Begich, Mayor, Anchorage, AK
Scott Bernstein President, Center for Neighborhood Technology,
David Bieter, Boise, ID
Marty Blum, Santa Barbara, CA
Joe Blum, Santa Barbara, CA
Martin Chavez, Mayor, Albuquerque, NM 
Dave Cieslewicz, Madison, WI
Preston Cole, Environmental Services Superintendent, Milwaukee, WI
Luciano Colonna, Executive Director of Harm Redux Project, Salt Lake City, UT
Dan Coody, Fayetteville, AR
Roberta Cooper, Hayward, CA
Heidi Davison, Mayor, Athens, Georgia
C.Jack Ellis, Macon, GA
Heather Fargo, Mayor, Sacramento, CA
Kevin Foy, Chapel Hill, NC
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Des Moines, IA
Peter Halpin, Director, Mayor's Office Washington DC, Chicago, IL
Nancy Hamilton, Chief of Staff, Portland, OR
Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor, Gainesville, FL
Sophia Heller, Staff of Deputy Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
Melvin Holden, Mayor, Baton Rouge, LA
Rosemarie Ives, Redmond, WA
Bruce Katz, VP, Brooking Institution
Peter Lewis, Auburn, WA
Mary Lib Saleh, Euless, TX
Tamara Mayberry, Associate Director, Mayor's Office Washington DC, Chicago, IL
Valarie McCall, Cleveland, OH
Claire McLeveighn, Director of External Affairs, Atlanta, GA
Sue O'Brien, District Director, Sacramento, CA
Martin O'Malley, Baltimore, MD
Torie Osborn, Special Advisor to Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
Jim Parks, Sacramento, CA
Sigrid Peterson, Senior Associate, COWS
Kitty Piercy, Eugene, OR
David Piercy, Eugene, OR
Janet Pirano, Chief of Staff, Madison, WI
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Senior Associate, COWS
Trent Rhorer, Director, C and C of SF Humane Services Agency, San Francisco, CA
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Mike Rundle, Commissioner, Lawrence, KS
Len Simon, Simon and Company, INC 
Daryl Slusher, Deputy Coordinator, Plug-in Partners National Campaign, Austin, TX
Deborah Small, Executive Director, Break The Chains Project
Jake Sullivan, Federal Relations, Boston, MA
Patrick Thomson, Communications Director, Salt Lake City, UT
Shelia Young, San Leandro, CA