Conference Speakers


Keynote Speaker: Maxine Crump

Maxine Crump’s work to end the racial divide dates back to early in her life, when she was at her father’s side while he was active in Civil Rights in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. She entered Louisiana State University in the fall semester when the results of a lawsuit led to the university opening its doors to African-Americans undergraduates for the first time. She was the first African-American to live in the university’s housing for women. Soon after college, she was discovered by a radio disc jockey at WXOK-AM radio, who hired her as the first local female DJ. Soon she was hired as the first African-American female reporter for WAFB-TV, where she worked for 15 years in news. She worked one year for BET News, and eight years covering local programming in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, for APTV. She also produced her own program in the area, called “Ascension on the Move.” Ms. Crump join the YWCA Board of directors because of its mission: the elimination of racism. She served as board president for three terms. After her service on the board ended, she led the design of the “Dialogue on Race” series and became the trainer of facilitators for the process. Using her combined talents of television news reporter and her work with the “Dialogue on Race” series, she produced the video for the Baton Rouge Town Meeting called “What Color is Community,” and more than 600 residents of Baton Rouge attended. She is the president and CEO of the organization Dialogue on Race Louisiana, which is dedicated to the elimination of racism. She has been honored for her work in racial justice by the Early Riser’s Kiwanis, LSU African American Cultural Center, LSU Women’s Housing and LSU Women’s Center. She was nominated for the YWCA Women of Achievement award, received the YWCA Racial Justice Award, named one of Baton Rouge’s Speakers of Truth by LSU Swine Palace Theater and received Forum 35’s Baton Rouge Original Award. In 2012, she was named an LSU Legend by the LSU A.P. Tureaud Sr. Black Alumni Chapter, and in 2013 she was recognized by the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists with the Pioneering Journalist Award of Excellence. In March this year, she was recognized for Excellence in Media at the 2015 Cumulus Awards.

 

Session Speakers and Presenters:

Christopher M. Brown

Christopher M. Brown, director for financial security, leads the financial security and political mobilization efforts at PolicyLink. He previously oversaw federal policy and government affairs and now focuses on local, state and nationwide strategies for policies that enhance economic mobility. He serves as the co-chair of the Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility, a national coalition focused on equitable tax reform. Mr. Brown has led policy efforts on state, federal and international levels since his time on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. He focuses on strategic partnership opportunities between the private sector, government, community-based organizations and policy groups in advancing legislative and regulatory initiatives, and he draws on his experience in Congress, where he served as counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor and as legislative director for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Just prior to joining PolicyLink, Mr. Brown represented a U.S. contracting firm in Central America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. He now lives in San Francisco but can also be found roaming the corridors of Washington, D.C.


William J. Bynum

William J. “Bill” Bynum is CEO of Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union, a regional community development financial institution and policy center that ensures access to responsible financial services for underserved communities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. HOPE has generated more than $2 billion in financing that has benefited more than 650,000 Mid-South residents and influenced community development policies and practices nationwide. Mr. Bynum has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on community development, small business and financial service matters, including serving for 10 years as chairman of the Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board. He currently serves as chairman of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board. Other board/trustee service includes Corporation for Enterprise Development, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Millsaps College, Mississippi Children’s Museum and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Mr. Bynum has received several honors including the University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumnus Award, John P. McNulty Prize (Aspen Global Leadership Network), Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance (Opportunity Finance Network), National Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young/Kauffman Foundation), Rural Hero Award (National Rural Assembly), and Annie Vamper Helping Hands Award (National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions).


Bill Emmons

Bill Emmons is an assistant vice president, economist and senior economic advisor with the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He speaks frequently on topics including household financial conditions, the economy and housing. Mr. Emmons has been with the St. Louis Fed since 1995. He also serves as an adjunct professor of finance in the John M. Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the St. Louis Fed and Washington University, he was on the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Mr. Emmons received a PhD in finance from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Nino Rodriguez

Nino Rodriguez is the program and policy specialist at the Center for Family Policy and Practice. He is responsible for developing relationships with local social-service programs and policy advocates to strengthen the center’s position as a national bridge between policy and practice. In particular, his work focuses on comprehensive services for low-income parents of color in the context of child support enforcement and other social welfare policies. Mr. Rodriguez previously provided technical assistance, research and analysis for re-entry programs at the Vera Institute of Justice, advocated for family-focused services for people on parole at Family Justice in New York, and published and presented on homelessness prevention for people leaving prison. As a volunteer, he co-facilitates youth peer court programs for Briarpatch Youth Services in Madison, Wisconsin. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, he was a producer and project manager in the computer game industry. Mr. Rodriguez has taken trainings in motivational interviewing and restorative justice facilitation techniques. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the University of California, Los Angeles.


James Kelley Terry

James Kelley Terry is the director of planning, development and research at Total Community Action Inc. of New Orleans. He has more than 20 years of planning and evaluation experience, managing and providing technical assistance for research strategies, visioning, comprehensive planning, economic development and nonprofit management. Mr. Terry is a certified planner with the American Institute of Planning and is National Certified Results Outcomes Management and Accountability trainer. He has taught at Dillard University, Southern University of New Orleans and Rutgers University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies and economics from Jackson State University, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas and is pursuing doctoral studies in urban development at the University of New Orleans. Mr. Terry has co-published two books, Framework for Leadership Development Manual, State of Louisiana, Head Start Collaboration Project (2005) and Voices of the Poor(2006), and publication of a third book, Chronic Poverty in New Orleans, Pro Bono Publico Revisited, is pending.

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