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Tools for Dramatic Change: Using Data, Policy, and Voice to Fight Child Poverty


Oct 20, 2021 03:12 PM

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Anika Goss, Moderator
CEO @Detroit Future City
Anika Goss is the Chief Executive Officer of Detroit Future City (DFC), a think-and-do tank focused on land use and sustainability, community and economic development, and economic equity in Detroit. Anika leads a team of experts to implement the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive 50-year guide to decision making and investment in Detroit.
Luke Shaefer
Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor and Director of Poverty Solutions @University of Michigan
H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. is the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. At U-M, he is also a professor of social work and the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions, an interdisciplinary, presidential initiative that partners with communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty. Through his role at Poverty Solutions, Shaefer acts as a special counselor on anti-poverty policy to the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. His work has been cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, and The Atlantic, and he has been featured on such programs as PBS NewsHour, Marketplace, 1A, The World, and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report.
Conrad Mallett, Jr.
Deputy Mayor @City of Detroit Government
Justice Conrad Mallett, Jr. was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1990 by Gov. James Blanchard (D). He was elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1994. He retired from the Court in 1998. Justice Mallett graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Michigan in 1979 and became the Director of Legislative Affairs for Gov. Blanchard in 1983. He served as the Director and Executive Assistant to Detroit Mayor Coleman Young from 1985-1986.
Cheryl P. Johnson
Ask what Metropolitan Detroit homeless women, corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, and promising young professionals have in common, and Cheryl P. Johnson is the likely answer. A Integral Life Coach and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for COTS, Cheryl P. Johnson is a true servant leader. She not only answers the call and “blooms where she is planted,” Cheryl P. Johnson transforms the constitution of the field. Purpose-driven and accomplished, Cheryl is dedicated to alleviating suffering in the world wherever she finds it. For the past thirty years, she has endeavored to improve the lives of homeless families in Detroit through her work at COTS. Cheryl leads a staff of committed advocates and, most importantly, serves thousands of homeless women, men, and children annually. A staunch advocate for what is right rather than what is easy, Cheryl has led COTS through popular and unpopular transitions – all with the best interests of families in mind.