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Scaling Justice NYC

Scaling Justice is a day-long event convening at the cutting edge of impact investing. Our mission is to uplift community-led projects that create environmental and social impacts, community wealth building opportunities, sustainable financing for scale, while delivering risk-adjusted returns for investors. Join us for a day of insightful discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities with industry experts and community leaders.

9am Welcome Breakfast


9:15am Introducing the Potential of Investing for Community  Wealth Building: Filling the Gaps to Scale Dial Moving Impact

  • Christina Hollenback and Tenesha Duncan, Co-hosts


10am Community-owned Climate Resiliency

Utility Scale Clean Energy Ownership: Indigenous-owned Power 

Authorities to lead the Just Transition

  • Issue Themes: Clean Energy Infrastructure, Environmental Justice, and Indigenous Issues

  • Approach: Staged, blended capital; ecosystem level investment strategy, public private partnerships

  • Fireside Chat:

    • Joe McNeil, SAGE Development Authority

    • Warren Hawk, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

    • Moderated: Christina Hollenback, Justice Capital Co-host


11:15am Community-owned Maternal Health Solutions

Birth Equity: Scaling Black and Indigenous Community Birth Ecosystems for Generational Public Health Transformation 

  • Issue Themes: Maternal Health, Public Health, Care Economies

  • Approach: Staged, blended capital; public private partnerships, medicaid reimbursement; shared value creation

  • Panelists: 

    • Ruth Shaber, Tara Health Foundation

    • Indra Lusero, Elephant Circle & BESO

    • Moderator: Tenesha Duncan, Orchid Capital Collective Co- host


12:30pm Lunch


1:00pm Lightning Round: Ideas whose time have come

  • Delivering Food Access at Scale in Food Deserts– Jilea Hemmings, Nourish and Bloom Markets

  • Scaling Reparative Infrastructure thru Municipal Bonds– Eric Glass, Clarion


1:15pm Community-owned Healing and Wellness

Healing and Wellness: The Hidden Engine Behind Equitable 

Economic Prosperity

  • Issue Themes: Public Health, Safety, Mental Health, Workforce Devt

  • Approach: Ecosystem level investing, Investing in infrastructure, Workforce Training, Open Hiring, Outcomes Based Finance

  • Fireside Chat:

    • Aaron Burris, Aspire Transformational Communities 

    • Keith Smalls, My Community’s Keeper and MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Partner

    • Moderator: Christina Hollenback, Justice Capital Co-host


2:30pm Community-owned Real Estate 

Development without Displacement

  • Issue Themes: Real Estate, Place Based Development, Community design

  • Approach: Cooperative Ownership, Blended Capital, Neighborhood level Investing

  • Panelists: 

    • Myeisha Wright, Local Code Kansas City 

    • Damien Goodmon, Downtown Crenshaw Rising 

    • Mike Leyba, City Life / Vida Urbana 

    • Nikishka Iyengar, The Guild 

    • Moderator: Jeff Mendelsohn, Local Code Co-host


3:45pm - 4:30pm Closing Remarks 

Investing in Indigenous Stewardship: The Vision of Taheetewee

  • Chief Dwayne Perry, Ramapo Munsee Lunaape Nation; and Aaron Davis, Ramapo Munsee Land Alliance


Next Steps of our Community

  • Tenesha Duncan and Joe McNeil 

5pm - 7pm Reception Co-hosted with The ImPact, NEXUS, Toniic, Katapult, and other Impact Investors

(Graciously Hosted at a Private Residence)

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