New Webinar: Equitable Development: Finding Funding and Support (Equitable Development Training #3 June 17, 2019)


Webinar Title: Equitable Development- Finding Funding and Support

Webinar Date/Time: June 17, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Equitable development planning is not something that can be done by a single individual. It takes a team of dedicated partners, committed support, and financial backing. This webinar will explore the support, funding, and partnerships that are needed to make equitable development successful.

This is the third session of our Equitable Development Training. You can watch the first episode, Back to Basics, here and the second episode, Putting it into Practice, here.

About the Panel

Annemarie Bairstow is the Director of the Skyland Workforce Center, a project of Building Bridges Across the River. At the Workforce Center, she guides the collaborative efforts of five nonprofits that provide employment services in southeast DC. Before coming to BBAR, Annemarie was the VP of Communication at WC Smith, where she helped set up the Workforce Center, in addition to overseeing internal and external communications, charitable giving, community service and the company’s summer youth employment program. Annemarie has a Master’s in Urban Planning from UVA, and previously held planning positions with the DC BID Council, the Adams Morgan Partnership, the Downtown DC BID and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Mercedeh Mortazavi is a Community Innovation Program Manager in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation, a global leader dedicated to driving inclusive economic growth in communities worldwide. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation made a commitment in January 2018 to invest $1.75B over the next five years to strengthen workforce systems, revitalize neighborhoods, grow small businesses, and improve the financial health of individuals.

Mercedeh is responsible for helping establish and execute the firm’s national philanthropic strategies on community development, including leading the annual Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) Collaborative competition. PRO Neighborhoods is JPMorgan Chase’s $125 million, five-year commitment to equip community leaders with the tools needed to promote neighborhoods of opportunity where diverse individuals and families at all income levels can thrive. Through this initiative, we are supporting and catalyzing locally driven solutions for revitalizing neighborhoods in communities across the United States.

Prior to this role, Mercedeh managed the Greater Washington, D.C. region strategic initiatives in Corporate Responsibility by working across lines of business to implement business, community, and employee strategies to increase brand awareness, revenue, and impactful philanthropic and business initiatives.

Mercedeh holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business. She also studied International Business at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Ginger Rumph is the founding executive director of the Douglass Community Land Trust, a new community-driven enterprise focused initially in Southeast, Washington, D.C. to help advance equity and prevent displacement by holding land in trust and leasing it for homeownership and rental housing, as well as commercial/small business, at reduced cost to safeguard permanent affordability. Ginger brings more than 25 years’ experience working with a wide range of institutions and individuals working for affordable housing and equitable community development. As vice president and COO of Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED), she engaged in all facets of the organization’s policy, advocacy, and capacity building activities, in addition to leading fundraising and communications and providing operational oversight and support. Prior to CNHED, she worked for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, MD, as director of knowledge building. She also held leadership positions in two community development corporation coalitions, worked as an affordable housing real estate developer, and served in the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and a Master of Social Work, Community Organizing, from the University of Pittsburgh. Ginger is also a former Peace Corps volunteer.

Stephanie Thomas is the Director of Programs & Small Business Services for Wacif. She oversees the design, development, and execution of Wacif’s capacity building programs and partnerships, regional community development agenda, and economic and social impact efforts and performance.

With almost 20 years of professional experience, Stephanie navigated Fortune 500 organizations on Wall Street, a United States Presidential campaign at National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill, and the venerated minority depository institutions of Carver Federal Savings Bank and Industrial Bank. Over the course of her career, Stephanie played a key role in managing strategic relationships with various community stakeholders, nonprofits, municipal partners and elected officials, particularly in support of the community economic development, financial empowerment and inclusion, access to capital for small businesses, and community banking.

Stephanie studied Organizational Management at Mercy College and holds a Certificate in Theology & Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a proud alumna of Coro Leadership New York, the prestigious Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and the White House Project. In 2015, Stephanie was named the City & State Reports Corporate Social Responsibility Award recipient for New York’s Banking, Finance & Insurance sector – Distinguished Service in Promoting Financial Literacy and Inclusion. In 2017, Stephanie was named as one of the Next City Vanguards – forty “40 and Under” of the best and brightest urban leaders and innovators working to improve and change cities.