Moderator: Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities
Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink
Jonathan Rose, President, Rose Companies
Jodie McLean, President and Chief Investment Officer, EDENS
Kyle Kimball, Incoming President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Break: 12:40 - 1:40 pm EDT
Judith Bell is President of PolicyLink. A noted policy advocate on a variety of equity issues, Ms. Bell works with community leaders and state and national partners to advance change at the local, state, and national levels. She also conducts advocacy trainings and workshops across the country to bring low-income communities into the policy process. Ms. Bell is an authority on innovative strategies and policies that increase access to healthy foods and reduce environmental health impacts on low-income communities.
Mr. Hecht has been the President & CEO of Living Cities since July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.
Prior to joining Living Cities, Mr. Hecht co-founded One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of technology and information to connect low-income people to the economic mainstream through broadband in the home and public-purpose media.
Mr. Hecht received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his CPA from the State of Maryland. For 10 years, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1997, he was awarded Georgetown’s prestigious Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.
Kyle E. Kimball is the President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Most recently, as Executive Director of NYCEDC, he oversaw the operating, financial, and external affairs divisions of the organization. Kyle previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer after overseeing the Real Estate Transaction Services Group. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Kyle worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Vice President and at J.P. Morgan, also as a Vice President. He is a graduate of Harvard College where he majored in Government and received his Master's in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Jodie W. McLean is President and Chief Investment Officer of EDENS, one of the leading private retail real estate companies in the nation. For 20 years, she has been a key player in the Company’s growth and expansion to its current marketplace leadership, capitalized by blue chip investors and assets valued at $4 billion.
Jonathan F.P. Rose
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s career has been dedicated to integrating positive economic, environmental, and social outcomes. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate investment, development, planning, and consulting firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. The firm has successfully completed over $1.5 billion of real estate projects aimed at building value for its investors and clients, and the communities in which it works.
Mr. Rose has been a leader in establishing the real estate impact investing field. In 2005, he created the nation’s first private equity real estate fund dedicated to delivering economic, social, and environmental returns. The firm has developed impact investment partnerships with high-net-worth investors, family offices, and institutions including Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and TIAA-CREF.
Mr. Rose is Vice Chair of Enterprise Community Partners and is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Rose chaired the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan, and was a commissioner on Governor Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy.
Mr. Rose is also a co-founder of the Garrison Institute with his wife, Diana Rose, where he founded the Climate, Mind and Behavior program.
His book on resilient cities, The Well Tempered City, will be published by Harper Collins in 2014.