Cultural Competency

April 1, 2011
9:00 amto4:30 pm

Provided by Realize Resources

Date: April 1, 2010
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location: 25 West Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02111

Through interactive, thought-provoking experiences, this training offers participants the opportunity to develop increased understanding of cultural influences, assumptions and perceptions that may impact the effective delivery of services to diverse client populations.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

• Describe how cultural, personal and work experiences influence assumptions and perceptions;

• Apply a cultural competency framework to their agencies and practices to assess service delivery

• Utilize strategies for initiating and engaging in challenging conversations about cultural competency

The cost of the training is $195 and includes breakfast and lunch, as well as training materials. 6 social work CEUs are available.

Additional Information

Learn the Basics: Housing Tax Credits 101 plus Historic Tax Credits

April 6, 2011toApril 7, 2011

April 6 & 7, 2011
Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA

Why You Should Attend - Only Time Offered on the East Coast in 2011!

This seminar is intended for newcomers to the field as well as those seeking an up-to-the-minute refresher course. It will present the basic rules governing the LIHTC and use of the tax credit in today’s transactions; a “hands-on” analysis of a financial model generated for a typical tax credit project; an overview of the legal, accounting, and business issues involved in negotiating transactions; a practical look at tax credit transactions from the lender, agency, developer, and investor perspectives; special issues that arise in deals involving non-profits; the basic rules for when tax credits are used together with tax-exempt bonds; options for tax credit properties in Year 15; how to incorporate solar energy in a tax credit property; and real-world advice on the occupancy and compliance essentials that are critical to the long-term success of every project. For the first time ever, we will spend the afternoon of day two giving a primer on the Historic Tax Credit. You can attend the entire conference or choose to attend the one and a half days of the Housing conference or just the afternoon of the Historic conference.

Who Should Attend: Housing Tax Credit conference

  • Owners, developers, syndicators, property managers, and applicable staff and advisers who need a basic understanding of how the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit works
  • Investors, lenders, underwriters, and others in the housing finance community looking for straightforward and practical analysis of the business as well as the technical issues surrounding today’s use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Housing agency and community development staff, nonprofit representatives, and others who want step-by-step information on the use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and how it fits into the overall development process
  • Real estate and tax attorneys, accountants, and other advisors to tax credit participants who need an overview or update of the fundamental rules, techniques, and practices applicable to today’s transactions

Who Should Attend: Historic Tax Credit afternoon primer

  • Developers and owners of residential, commercial, or mixed-use, market-rate or low-income property who are interested in learning more about the rules, strategies and opportunities of historic credit deals as well as how to twin them with Low-Income Credits.
  • Investors, lenders, syndicators, underwriters and others involved in financing properties that use, or are considering using, Historic Tax Credits in combination with other financing tools
  • State, tribal and local officials, non-profit representatives and those interested in historic preservation seeking to stay current on the latest techniques designed to finance development as well as preserve or rehabilitate older buildings
  • Real estate and tax attorneys, accountants, consultants and other advisors to the development community who want up-to-the minute analyses of applicable regulations, processes and business considerations to help clients get the most from their Historic Tax Credit projectsAdditional Information and Registration

LEED and Energy Modeling Workshops

March 16, 2011
March 22, 2011
March 25, 2011
March 28, 2011
April 7, 2011
April 8, 2011
May 12, 2011

Sponsored by the Green Roundtable

Mar 25, 8:30am-5:30pm 

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam. Now offering a reduced price and access to 700 LEED Green Associate practice questions, exam simulator, and a LEED Green Associate Study Guide. 8 AIA CEU.

Apr 7, 12:30-1:30pm

Webinar: Become a LEED Green Associate

Free webinar about what’s covered in, how to qualify for, and how to pass the LEED Green Associate exam.

Apr 7-8, 8:30am-5:30pm

Energy Modeling for LEED Using eQuest

Develop your capacity in energy modeling using eQUEST to achieve LEED EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance and EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance. 16 AIA SD HSW/LU and 16 GBCI LEED-Specific CE for BD+C. Hands-on course – almost sold out.

May 12, 8:30am-5:30pm

LEED & Green Project Management

Take your LEED knowledge to the next level with this course that prepares you to succeed on LEED projects. 8 AIA CEU and GBCI LEED-Specific CE for BD+C, ID+C and O+M.

Mar 16, 12:30-2pm

Case Study: Sustainable Mixed-Use Development in Historic Urban Areas

CBT Architects presents a case study on this new one million square foot project that will bring urban activity directly to the Fort Point Channel water’s edge.

Mar 16 and beyond on Wednesdays from 2-3pm

Process, Meet Excellence Webinar Series

From Cradle to Cradle (March 16!) to tracking performance and institutionalizing sustainability to Integrated Project Delivery, this webinar series makes the case that better processes are the key to excellence in the built environment. We’ll share stories and provide you with tools and resources to use in your work. 1 GBCI CE.

Mar 22, 3-4pm

Webinar: Where to Now? Inform the Next Generation of Sustainable Design & Construction

Share your experiences and thoughts on the SPI Green Firm Certification criteria and metrics that are used to evaluate an architecture, engineering or construction firm’s capability to deliver sustainability services.

Mar 28, Apr 7 & More

Greening Your Firm Boot Camp

Being a truly sustainable design or construction company is about more than just being able to deliver LEED projects. It’s about aligning overall company management and operations with the demands of integrated design and collaborative relationships and measuring company performance as a result. This interactive workshop builds your capacity to implement these strategies in the most cost-effective way and provides tools to enable you to implement these strategies in your company.

Apr 13, 12:30-2pm

Case Study: The Living Building Challenge & Next-Generation Sustainable Design

Join us as Buro Happold presents on the simulation analysis and sustainability aspects of The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab.

American Planning Association: National Planning Conference

April 9, 2011toApril 12, 2011

Date:  April 9 – 12, 2011
Location:  Boston Hynes Convention Center

The American Planning Association will be holding their Annual Planning Conference in Boston for 2011.  This 4-day conference offers a wide variety of lectures, short learning sessions, guest speakers, and research projects. Participants are able to tailor their conference experience through an online course selection process.

Full program information and registration can be accessed by visiting the APA website:

Boston 101 Series

February 23, 2011
March 2, 2011
March 24, 2011
March 29, 2011
March 30, 2011
April 12, 2011

Presented by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Spring 2011

Collective Bargains:
Rebuilding and Repairing Public Sector Labor Relations in Difficult Times

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Thomas A. Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management; Professor of Engineering Systems; and Co-director, Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT Sloan School of Management

Commentary by

Jeffrey Mullen, Secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
State Representative Martin J. Walsh, President, Boston Building Trades Council

Do heated disputes on such issues as drug testing for Boston’s firefighters, reducing the cost of providing health insurance for public employees, and changing the ways that teachers are paid suggest that we need to rethink, revisit, and revise the basic structure of public-sector labor relations? If so, how might public-sector unions, key officials, and civic leaders work together to find equitable and politically acceptable ways to make those changes? Drawing on his research and activities (which included helping resolve the disputes about the Boston firefighters contract and mediating the integration various workforces and unions at MassDOT), Professor Kochan will offer his thoughts on how to update policies and organizational practices in the public sector to bring them into closer alignment with changes in the nature of work, the workforce, and the economy that already have reshaped private-sector employment and unions.

This event is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

Managing Through Crisis:
Public Transit in New York

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Jay Walder, Chairman and CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and Harvard Kennedy School MPP ’83

Confronted with significant budget problems not long after he became head of the MTA in late 2009, Jay Walder has overseen the most aggressive cost-cutting initiative in the history of the organization, with cumulative savings expected to reach nearly $4 billion by 2014. At the same time, he has pursued long-overdue service improvements and maintained focus on critical capital investments. Despite these efforts, the MTA’s long-term operating and capital budgets remain fragile with significant out-year deficits. Achieving fiscal stability for New York’s vital transit system – without dramatic increases in government aid – may require fundamental changes in the agency’s cost structure. Issues to be addressed include spiraling pension and health care costs, as well as the need to tie wage increases to productivity gains. How this issue is resolved not only will have significant implications for the nation’s other transit agencies but also for other parts of the public sector as well.

This event is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Mossavar-Rahmini Center for Business and Government, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

Staying on Track:
Running – and Hopefully Improving – Public Transit in Tough Fiscal Times

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Richard A. Davey, General Manager, MBTA and Rail and Transit Administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Since his appointment as General Manager of the MBTA in March 2010, Richard Davey has had to address a variety of problems, including (but not limited to) a structural budget deficit, underfunding for important safety-related projects, challenging weather, contentious labor relations, and pressures to expand and improve service. How has the T addressed these issues and what will it take to sustain those efforts?

This event is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

Public Services Through Careers in Real Estate

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets

Joseph Flatley, President and CEO, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, MCRP ’73
Evelyn Friedman, Director, Department of Neighborhood Development and Chief of Housing, City of Boston
Chrystal Kornegay, President and CEO, Urban Edge, HKS Achieving Excellence in Community Development Executive Education Program, ’12, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member
Others TBA

Moderated by Ed Marchant, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Design

How can individuals working in the non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors use the development and management of financially viable real estate projects to advance the public good?

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Advancement, the Real Estate Professional Interest Council, the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. This event is part of City Week: Helping Urban Areas Thrive, a week-long series of urban-oriented events and activities from March 23- 30 that will bring together students, practitioners, and scholars. More information about City Week is available at

Innovations in City Budgeting:
Opportunities and Challenges in Difficult Times

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets

Lisa Calise, CFO, Perkins School for the Blind, former Director of Administration and Finance for the City of Boston
Anthony Williams, Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School and former Mayor of Washington, DC, MPP ’87 and JD ’87 at Harvard Law School
Others TBA

Moderated by Linda Bilmes, Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Can key officials in our cities find innovative ways to provide key services in this era of enormous fiscal stress?

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Advancement, the Urban Policy Professional Interest Council, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. This event is part of City Week: Helping Urban Areas Thrive, a week-long series of urban-oriented events and activities from March 23- 30 that will bring together students, practitioners, and scholars. More information about City Week is available at

The Fiscal Crisis of State and Local Government Pension System

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Joshua Rauh, Associate Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Commentary by Jay Gonzalez, Secretary of Administration and Finance, Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance and others to be announced.

Fiscally strapped state and local governments have more than $3.5 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, according to analyses presented in a series of papers by Rauh and Robert Novy-Marx. This figure is higher than what those entities have reported, they argue, because states and localities use flawed accounting procedures that misrepresent the value of pension liabilities by discounting at expected returns on assets. Many pension plans — including those run by the states of Louisiana, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut and local pension plans in such cities as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville and St. Paul — do not have assets in place to pay for already-promised benefits beyond 2020. Unless public pension systems are changed in fundamental ways, these looming problems could require substantial increases in taxes or large-scale cuts in public services.

This event is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Mossavar-Rahmini Center for Business and Government, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

Jamaica Plain Community Leadership Academy

April 12, 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Learn from experienced organizers in the 2011 Jamaica Plain Community Leadership Academy.  In five interactive workshops, participants will build practical skills to strengthen their own leadership styles.

Learn more and meet some of last year’s graduates at our Open House
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8 PM
Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine Street

Academy Schedule:
6 – 8:30pm on
May 25
June 8
June 29
July 10
August 10

Contact Kyle for more information, 617-522-2424 x279 or Read more about the Academy and download an application at the JPNDC website,

Increasing Capacity and Achieving Economies of Scale in the Non-Profit Sector

April 13, 2011
8:00 amto9:30 am

A Roundtable Discussion for Non-Profit Developers of Affordable Housing and Community Development Projects

Housing and community development organizations, like many other non-profit organizations, are experiencing increased pressure due to limited development opportunities, more stringent financing standards and greater fundraising challenges.  On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) and Boston Private Bank & Trust Company will co-host a roundtable discussion on “Increasing Capacity and Achieving Economies of Scale in the Non-Profit Sector” providing developers of affordable housing and community development projects with an opportunity to share their views on possible models for increasing capacity, cutting costs, achieving economies of scale and leveraging their ability to raise debt and equity through:

  • development joint ventures
  • corporate restructuring, charter amendments and mergers
  • tax exempt bond pools
  • outsourcing property management
  • fundraising partnerships

Discussion panelists will include:

  • Shirronda Almeida, Director of The Mel King Institute for Community Building
  • Chrystal Kornegay, President and CEO of Urban Edge Housing Corporation
  • Mickey Northcutt, Executive Director of North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • Emily Rosenbaum, Executive Director of Coalition for a Better Acre
  • David Welbourn, President and CEO of ECCF

Moderator:  Kurt James, Director at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, P.C.

You are invited to join this discussion.  The meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Continental breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Program 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Essex County Community Foundation
175 Andover Street, Suite 101
Danvers, Massachusetts

To allow for full discussion, attendance at the roundtable discussion will be limited.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Pat Michaud by telephone at 1-978-777-8876 or by email at no later than Friday, April 8, 2011.


An Evening with John Atlas, author of “Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN”

April 14, 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Date:  Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time:  6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:  City Year, Inc. Lavine Civic Forum (287 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116)

We would like to invite you to an important event to explore a critically important aspect of American politics and our history of community activism and organizing.

Please Join John Atlas for his only Boston-area discussion of his new book “Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN,” the inside, and unvarnished recounting of ACORN’s history.

Founded in1970, ACORN was a pioneer in engaging people in the fight for a better society, against poverty and racism, shaping community organizing, and progressive activism. By 2008, ACORN had 400,000 members, chapters in 38 states and six foreign countries. Just two years later, ACORN doesn’t exist.

John will be addressing exploring important questions with us about community organizing, ACORN, and its role in contemporary American politics, including:  What Is Acorn?, how did it get to be so important?, what happened to it?and why you should care?  How did Acorn become the most effective anti-poverty group in America?  What caused its demise?

Free Event Registration

Healthy Communities

April 20, 2011 8:30 amtoApril 21, 2011 6:30 pm

Exploring the Intersection of Community Development and Health

Date:  April 20, 2011
Time:  8:30am – 6:30pm
Location:  Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fourth Floor Connolly Center (600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210)

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and The Boston Foundation invite you to explore how the health and community development sectors can collaborate to promote better health outcomes for low-income people and communities by addressing the social determinants of health.

The following topics will be covered:

  • New Resources. As traditional health funders increasingly seek ways to leverage the connection between health outcomes and physical environments, potential partnerships between health-oriented foundations and new government programs are emerging.
  • New Partners. The work of the community development sector could be much more effective when joined to the work of other partners. Sharing knowledge and best practices is the first step.
  • New Ideas. We can learn from each other. The health sector has an advanced approach to data collection and outcomes measurement. Community development practitioners use a sophisticated network to implement programs.

Registration and Additional Information


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Screening of “Unnatural Causes”
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Welcome & Conference Overview 

Prabal Chakrabarti, Assistant Vice President & Director of Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

David Erickson, Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 

9:20 – 9:45 a.m. Morning Keynote – Framing the Issue 

Paul Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Panel #1:  The Health Perspective 

Douglas Jutte, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Berkeley

Lisa Berkman, Professor of Public Health, Harvard University

Bill Walczak, President, Carney Hospital

Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Partners for a Healthier Community

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Panel #2:  The Community Development Perspective 

Bob VanMeter, Executive Director, Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Evelyn Friedman, Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston

Becky Regan, President for Capital Markets, The Housing Partnership Network

Chrystal Kornegay, President & CEO, Urban Edge

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Joint Discussion: Health & Community Development
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Keynote 

James W. Hunt, Jr., President & CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

David R. Williams, Professor of Public Health, Harvard University

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Panel #3:  Practical Applications 

Joe Kriesberg, President & CEO, MACDC

Allison Bauer, Senior Program Officer, The Boston Foundation

Gail Latimore, Executive Director, Codman Square NDC

Rebecca Onie, Co-Founder & CEO, Health Leads

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Panel #4:  Next Steps: Where do we go from here? 

Nancy Andrews, President & CEO, Low Income Investment Fund

Tina Brooks, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Sarah Iselin, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Esther Schlorholtz, Senior Vice President, Boston Private Bank

Allison Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Link

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote 

James W. Hunt, Jr., President & CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Lauren Smith, Medical Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

5:00 – 5:10 p.m. Closing Remarks 

Prabal Chakrabarti,  Assistant Vice President & Director of Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

5:10 – 6:30 p.m. Reception


Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Boston
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Mel King Institute for Community Building
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Real Schools for Real Communities: The Met School/College Unbound Model and Creative Cities

April 20, 2011
6:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by: The Housing Network of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University

Date: Wednesday April 20th 2011
Location: The Law School Room #262 - Roger Williams University, Bristol Campus
Time: 6:30 pm

Dr. Dennis Littky will speak about the local impact on communities and the critical role that schools play in revitalization. Community development practitioners, educators and economic development specialists are focusing on the link between education and the creation of “creative cities” as an economic development strategy that translates into creative economic outcomes in the form of new ideas, new high-tech businesses and regional growth.

Dr. Littky is the co-founder and co-director of The Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound. He is nationally known for his work in secondary education in urban, suburban and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. He has helped develop an innovative, replicable model for schools that has led to the creation of a network of 75 schools in 20 cities, nationally, and 20 abroad. In addition, Littky and Big Picture were asked to lead the Gates Foundation’s Alternative High School Initiative, for youth at risk of “falling through the cracks”.

The Partnership for Community Development was initiated in Fall 2008 by the Housing Network of RI and Roger Williams University, to raise the level of discourse about community development issues, to strengthen the professional skills of Rhode Island’s housing and community development industry, and to attract a new generation of professionals to the field.

Roger Williams University is a pilot site for College Unbound and a number of the students have chosen Community Development as their concentration.

There is NO charge for this event, RSVP to Maria Andrade or 401-521-1461 for planning purposes.