Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) Launch Event

Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:30am – 1:00pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

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We all do better when everyone thrives.



Join us March 30th in New York City for a conversation on how collaborative, community-driven approaches to addressing poverty, racial equity, health, and climate impacts can positively shape our cities and regions for generations.



Over the next decade, trillions of dollars of public and private sector funding will fuel new investments in infrastructure, transit, housing, health, and preparing for the challenges of climate change. This event will bring together thought leaders, philanthropic visionaries, community representatives, and stakeholders to discuss how to ensure large-scale investments benefit everyone.


The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is supporting locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable, healthy, and sustainable opportunities for all. Come be part of a dialogue on how to build resilient and prosperous communities in SPARCC’s initial six regions – Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area – and beyond.

Featured Speakers

John C. Williams, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nancy O. Andrews, President and CEO, Low Income Investment Fund
Terri Ludwig, President and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners
Barbara Picower, President, The JPB Foundation
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
Marion Standish, Vice President of Enterprise, The California Endowment
Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

About SPARCC


The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is a three-year, $90 million initiative to amplify locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable and healthy opportunities for everyone. SPARCC is investing in the ideas, energy and momentum of local networks to positively shape our cities and regions for generations. SPARCC is an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, with funding support from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The California Endowment.