Big Ideas for Job Creation in a Jobless Recovery
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Seaborg Room, UC-Berkeley Faculty Club
8:30-9:00am Registration and coffee
9:00-9:20am Welcome: Why Job Creation?
9:20-10:00am Keynote Speaker: Kirsten Tobey, Co-founder and CIO of Revolution Foods
10:00-11:30am State/Federal Employment and Tax Policy
11:30-11:45am Coffee break
11:45-1:00pm Green Economy
1:45-3:00pm Enterprise Creation
3:00-4:15pm Job Quality
4:15-4:30pm Concluding Remarks, Robert Giloth and Karen Chapple
About keynote speaker Kirsten Saenz Toby:
Opening and Closing Comments
Robert Giloth, Vice President, Center for Family Economic Success and Community Change at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bob Giloth oversees Casey’s Center for Family Economic Success, which combines the Foundation’s economic opportunity and community change work. Prior to joining the Foundation in December 1993, Bob managed community development corporations in Baltimore and Chicago and was Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development under Mayor Harold Washington. Bob has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Karen Chapple, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning; Faculty Director, Center for Community Innovation; Acting Director, Institute for Research on Labor & Employment; Associate Director, Institute for Urban and Regional Development
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Chapple specializes in community and economic development, metropolitan planning, and poverty, and has published research on the green economy, business location patterns, spatial mismatch, regional workforce development collaboratives, the relationship between job growth and housing price appreciation, federal housing policy, and regional fair share housing programs. Chapple holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.
Kirsten Tobey, Co-founder and CIO of Revolution Foods
Kirsten co-founded Revolution Foods in 2005 to transform the way we feed our students in this country by serving healthy meals and offering nutrition education to low income students. In 2010, NewSchools Venture Fund named Kirsten and her co founder, Kristin Richmond, Entrepreneurs of the Year. Kirsten holds an AB from Brown University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
State/Federal Employment and Tax Policy
David Neumark, Professor of Economics, UC-Irvine and Public Policy Institute of California
Prof. Neumark holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. His work focuses on local labor markets, enterprise zones, and age discrimination in employment.
Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Senior Policy Analyst for the Workforce Development team at the Center for Law and Social Policy
Elizabeth Lower-Basch’ expertise is federal and state welfare (TANF) policy, other supports for low-income working families (such as refundable tax credits), and job quality. From 1996 to 2006, Ms. Lower-Basch worked for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Lower-Basch received a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University.
Vera Brusentsev, Professor of Economics, University of Delaware and Urban Institute
Prof. Brusentsev received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Dalhousie. Her teaching covers macroeconomics, monetary economics and international trade. Her research interests are social protection, unemployment compensation, adoption and parenting.
Wayne Vroman, Senior Fellow at the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population, University of Delaware and Urban Institute
Wayne Vroman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He has published work in the fields of employment, wages and non-wage compensation, poverty and the safety net, supplemental security income, and unemployment insurance.
Philip Harvey, Professor, Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Professor Harvey received his B.A. degree from Yale University, his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Professor Harvey's research focuses on public policy options for securing economic and social human rights, with a particular emphasis on the right to work. He teaches Contracts, Labor and Employment Law, Law & Economics, and Social Welfare Law and Policy.
Ken Jacobs, Chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education, IRLE
Ken Jacobs’ areas of specialization include health care coverage, the California budget, low-wage work, the retail industry and public policy. Recent papers have examined the impact that the national health reform law will have on California small businesses, their employees, the self-employed, and the state overall; the economic effects of various options for closing California’s budget deficit; and declining job-based health coverage in California and the U.S. Before joining the Labor Center, Ken was with the Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation.
Nancey Green Leigh, Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech
Prof. Leigh holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California – Berkeley. She is the author of over 50 articles and three books. She specializes in economic development planning with a particular focus on sustainability and redevelopment, and is a national Brownfields Redevelopment expert.
Bill Lester, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Prof. Lester employs quantitative and qualitative methods drawn from the fields of labor economics, political science and regional development. His dissertation on living wage laws used a quantitative design to examine their impact on employment and firm growth in California cities and qualitatively compared the organization and evolution of living-wage coalitions given the political establishment in Chicago and San Francisco. During the past year, Dr. Lester's research has expanded to the employment and job quality prospects of the “green economy”.
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Satya Rhodes-Conway is a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, where she works on high-road state and local policy and organizes the Mayors’ Innovation Project and the Wisconsin Apollo Alliance. Before coming to COWS, she analyzed state endangered species programs for Defenders of Wildlife, researched and wrote about progressive environmental policy as a policy associate at the State Environmental Resource Center, and taught undergraduate biology and ecology. Satya also represents Madison’s 12th district on the City Council.
Carol Zabin, Research Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education, IRLE
Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is a labor economist whose research has addressed job quality, living wages, worker training and other economic development issues in the United States and Mexico. Her current research focuses on the impact of climate change legislation and the burgeoning green economy on California's economy, workers and labor unions. Before joining the Labor Center, she was on the faculty at Tulane University and UCLA.
Ted Howard, Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative and University of Maryland
For the past three decades Ted Howard has worked in the not-for-profit/civil society sector, including more than 15 years in international development with NGOs and agencies of the UN system. He is author or co-author of several books, including Ending Hunger, Entropy, and Who Should Play God? He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest conflict resolution NGO, and the European Centre for Common Ground, a Belgian NGO.
Bill Schweke, Senior Fellow, Corporation for Enterprise Development
As a Senior Fellow in CFED’s Durham office, Mr. Schweke contributes his expertise in development finance, small business initiatives and local development. His work spans a variety of contexts, including providing technical assistance to state and local governments, developing urban neighborhood development initiatives and designing training courses on rural development, community economic development and local development planning.
Jeannine La Prad, President and CEO, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Jeannine La Prad is responsible for strategic leadership and management work that advances the organization's vision and mission, as well as the development of CSW's portfolio of workforce, economic, and community development initiatives and projects. She also helped the State of Michigan develop and implement a Green Jobs Initiative to increase the number of jobs and skilled workers in the areas of renewable energy production, green construction and retrofitting, energy efficiency, green manufacturing, and agriculture and national resource conservation. She has a Bachelor's degree in organizational psychology and communications, and a Master's degree in higher education policy from the University of Michigan.
Michael DiRamio, Policy Associate, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Michael DiRamio works with clients and stakeholders to embrace principles, policies, and practices that advance economic competitiveness and prosperity in ways that help sustain life on the planet. He is working to inform and advance regional and sector-based efforts to capture the potential of the emerging green economy and help build a solid foundation for the future of people, businesses, and communities. Michael has a Master's degree in Environmental Policy/Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree in Government/Political Science from Wesleyan University.
Jose Corona, CEO, Inner City Advisors
Since Joining ICA in 2004, Jose Corona has led the organization in helping inner city entrepreneurs achieve success by assembling an unparalleled network of the Bay Area’s foremost business leaders and is often sought out for his ability to understand inner city business trends. Having worked in business and community development for over a decade, Jose is passionate about entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis, and Entrepreneur Management Development Certification from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Susan Christopherson, J. Thomas Clark Professor, City & Regional Planning, Cornell University
Prof. Christopherson is an economic geographer whose research and teaching focus on economic development, urban labor markets, and location patterns in service industries, particularly the media industries. She has written more than 50 articles and 25 policy reports on topics in economic geography and economic development. Christopherson received her Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley.
Stephen Herzenberg, KRC Executive Director, Keystone Research Center and Economic Policy Institute
Stephen Herzenberg holds a PhD in Economics from MIT. Before joining Keystone, Steve taught at Rutgers University and worked at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). At USDOL, he served as assistant to the chief negotiator of the labor side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Elaine Weiss, Economic Policy Institute
Elaine Weiss is the National Coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, where she works with a high-level Task Force and coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive. She came to BBA from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she served as project manager for Pew's Partnership for America’s Economic Success campaign. Ms Weiss holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Harvard Law school, and is a PhD candidate in public policy at George Washington University.
Anna Joo Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Analysis program, Pomona College
Anna Joo Kim’s research analyzes the intersections between low-wage immigrant labor and the informal economy as manifested in one of Los Angeles’ largest ethnic enclaves, Koreatown. She has worked in both research and advocacy with many Los Angeles area non-profit organizations, including the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, the Economic Roundtable, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and the Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT). She holds a B.A. in History, Women’s Studies from Claremont McKenna College, M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jessica Pitt, Initiative Officer of the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative, The San Francisco Foundation
Jessica Pitt has 20 years of experience in workforce development, human services, and economic development program planning, management, delivery, and consultation. She holds MCP and PhD degrees from Cornell University and bachelor’s from Wesleyan University.