The Neighborhood Summit Steering Committee has combed the city, state and country to identify top notch keynote speakers that will both inform and inspire attendees at the 2017 Neighborhood Summit. With a focus on the potential and possibilities of community development corporations, we are excited to introduce you to our 2017 Neighborhood Summit keynote speakers:
Sadiqa Reynolds is the President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League and the first woman to hold this title in the affiliate’s almost 100 year history. Under her leadership, the League is focused on jobs, justice, education, health and housing. She believes community empowerment is connected to education and jobs.
Sadiqa served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Mayor, helping to create the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods; She’s also served as District Court Judge for the 30th Judicial Court and was the first African American woman to serve as Inspector General in the Commonwealth, as well as being first African American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Prior to entering the public sector, Sadiqa ran her own private legal practice, handling criminal litigation, employment law, death penalty litigation and representing abused, neglected and dependent children.
Joe Bowling currently serves as the Director of the East Washington Street Partnership and as Co-Director for Englewood Community Development Corporation. The Partnership is a collaborative effort to foster sustainable economic development and revitalization along one of three LISC Indianapolis Industrial Reuse FOCUS corridors. As part of the IndyEast Promise Zone effort, Bowling serves as the Co-Chair of the Work IndyEast Committee, maintaining a focus on job creation activities. Englewood CDC is also the lead organization for the comprehensive redevelopment of Englewood Village, an initiative of LISC Indianapolis through Great Places 2020.
Rev. Adrian Brooks
Rev. Adrian M. Brooks, Sr. is a native of Henderson, Kentucky and has been the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church since 1993. Rev. Brooks founded the Memorial Community Development Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. During his tenure, the MCDC has developed a Childcare Center, Medical Clinic, a Subway Restaurant, Youth Employment Program, Urban Garden Market, a Shopping Plaza, 105 apartment units and 12 single family homes, an Emergency Housing Rehab Program and the Black Chamber of Commerce. This is in addition to the church expansion, new sanctuary, gymnasium, administrative offices and classrooms built during Rev. Brook’s pastorate.
Rev. Brooks has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: 2015 Indiana State Chairman’s Award by then Governor, Mike Pence; Honorary Judge of Daviess County, Kentucky; Outstanding Young American Black Citizen of the Year in Henderson, Kentucky; Citizen Award by the Indiana General Assembly; Sagamore of the Wabash; Paul Harris Fellow by the Evansville Rotary Club; Honored by the State of Indiana General Assembly; Leadership Award by Leadership of Evansville; Outstanding Citizenship Award by Evansville NAACP; Indiana Black Expo-1999 Award; Lt. Governor’s Leadership Award; Evansville Civic Award by the Evansville Rotary Club in 2008; and he is also a lifetime member of the NAACP since age 23.
James Wright is the Director of Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development at the People’s Emergency Center CDC (PECCDC). James has 15 years of experience in neighborhood planning, economic and real estate development, and galvanizing multiple stakeholders to leverage community assets, specifically business corridors. James holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University. He was recognized as a 2016 Rising Star by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. Prior to PECCDC, James handled real estate development at New Kensington Community Development Corporation. He serves on the boards of Mighty Writers, West Philly Tool Library, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and Historical Preservation Task Force.
People's Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC) nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. PECCDC is committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout the Mantua, West Powelton, Saunders Park, Belmont, and Mill Creek neighborhoods of West Philadelphia. A powerful catalyst for change, PECCDC builds upon neighborhood assets, forges strategic partnerships and responds directly to the needs of the community to bring a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization. PECCDC is widely recognized throughout the city as a key nonprofit in West Philadelphia, serving as an igniter for collaborations focused on improving quality of life.