Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle ClassSession II: Creating Jobs & Raising Incomes
Two conversations moderated by Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post. The first conversation about Workforce Development and NYC's Labor Market features Diane Baillargeon, David Jones, and Rick McGahey. The second, Creating Jobs and Raising Incomes in American Cities, includes governors Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.
As income disparity between wealthy and working-class families becomes more pronounced, middle-class neighborhoods are disappearing from many American cities. How are today's urban leaders trying to ensure their cities remain or become livable for middle-income families and affordable for the millions of working people aspiring to gain a foothold in the middle class?- The New School
Diane Baillargeon succeeded founder William J. Grinker as President and CEO of Seedco (the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation) in September 2003. As President and CEO, Baillargeon oversees day-to-day operations, directs a staff of 200 based in four states and manages a $26 million annual operating budget. Formerly Executive Vice President, she is also Chief Operating Officer and Chair (respectively) of Seedco subsidiaries the Non-Profit Assistance Corporation (N-PAC) and the EarnFairSM, LLC and an ex-officio Member of Seedco's Board of Directors.
Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is also an MSNBC contributor, appearing regularly on Morning Joe and other dayside programs. Prior to joining The Post in 2007, Capehart was the deputy editor of New York Daily News’s editorial page from 2002 to 2005. He worked as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City, he was a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2001, and he was a member of the Daily News editorial board from 1993 to 2000. Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their series on the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
David R. Jones
David R. Jones has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Service Society of New York since 1986. Prior to joining CSS, Mr. Jones served as Executive Director of the New York City Youth Bureau, and from 1979 to 1983, as Special Advisor to Mayor Koch. Mr. Jones was a member of the transition committee of New York's mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg and was recently appointed by the mayor to the Commission for Economic Opportunity, a task force to confront poverty and unemployment. He was also a member of the Construction Opportunity Commission that addressed inequities in employment opportunities for people of color.
Program Officer, Economic Development for the Ford Foundation
After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is as strong as it has ever been. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including Own Energy, The Efficiency Network and VNG.co. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.
Kathleen Sebelius is one of America’s leading voices on health policy, health care reform, and human service delivery. From April 2009 through June 2014, she served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and a staff of nearly 90,000 employees. The agencies in the Department include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of Head Start, and numerous others.