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Opportunity Zones
Can Underserved Communities be Lifted with Targeted Investments?

Join Pace University and President Marvin Krislov for an informative half-day conference promoting investments in low-income communities. Influential members of the financial, not-for-profit, and government communities will discuss how the program can be used to support development of human capital.




7:30am | Registration and Networking  (Bianco Room and Schimmel Lobby)

Continental Breakfast will be served


8:30am | Welcome and Keynote Introduction

Marvin Krislov, President, Pace University


8:45am | Keynote Fireside Chat: The Social Impact Side of Finance

Moderator: Ryan Silva, Executive Director, New York State Economic Council

Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City


9:20 am | OZ Overview and Regulations

Moderator: Al Puchala, Chief Executive Officer, CapZone Impact Investments

  • Stephen Tomlinson, Partner/Real Estate, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Dr. Blayne Cutler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Heluna Health
  • Adrian Franco, Director of Community Development Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Small Business & Technology Development, Empire State Development


10:10am | Investing in Human Capital

Moderator: Imran Chowdhury PhD, Associate Professor, Lubin School of Business

  • Jessica Walker, President and CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  •  Keith Mestrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amalgamated Bank
  •  Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder and Former President, Hot Bread Kitchen
  •  Maurice Jones, President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation


11:00am | Entrepreneurship/Affordable Housing: Wall Street Meets Main Street

Moderator: Jessica Lappin, President, Downtown Alliance

  • Mark A. Willis, Senior Policy Fellow, NYU Furman Center
  • Maurice A. Jones, President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Landon Parsons, Senior Advisor, Moelis & Company
  • Eric A. Clement, Senior VP and Head, NYCEDC Strategic Investments Group


11:50am | Closing Keynote 

Introduction by Marvin Krislov

Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President


12:20pm | Closing Remarks

Marvin Krislov, Pace University


12:30pm | End of Formal Program







Heluna Health provides program and support services to population health practitioners so they can focus on what they do best – helping more people live healthy and productive lives. The agency partners with hospitals, researchers, government agencies, community organizations, and public-private coalitions to offer a full range of grants and contracts management, personnel, and financial solutions to address the full spectrum of population health needs. Heluna Health is also an innovator of direct service programs—leading the largest nonprofit network of WIC centers in the nation. Learn more at www.helunahealth.org.


CapZone connects profits to purpose by bringing together financial, intellectual and human capital to benefit low income communities and generate ESG + Resilient investment at scale. www.CapZoneImpactInvestments.com


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Meet the Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Eric A. Clement

Imran Chowdhury

Dr. Blayne Cutler

The Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Adrian Franco

Maurice A. Jones

Jessica Lappin

Keith R. Mestrich

Al Puchala

Landon Parsons

Pravina Raghavan

Ryan Silva

Stephen Tomlinson

Jessica Walker

Kathryn Wylde