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The mission of Center for Community Progress is to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Founded in 2010, Community Progress is the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization. The organization fulfills its mission by nurturing strong leadership and supporting systemic reforms. Community Progress works to ensure that public, private, and community leaders have the knowledge and capacity to create and sustain change. It also works to ensure that all communities have the policies, tools, and resources they need to support the effective, equitable reuse of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. 

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Community Progress CEO to Share at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) "Health and Housing" Follow Up

02/11/20

Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler to Present at Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, CA


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 11, 2020 — The Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) has announced that CEO and President of the Center for Community Progress, Dr. Akilah Watkins- Butler,

will share on strategic partnership development at the
Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening  that will take place February 25-26, 2020, at the California Endowment in Oakland, California.

 

The two-day convening is a follow up to NFGs popular panel from the 2019 Grantmakers In Health’s national conference on
 "Catalyzing a Movement for Health and Housing."

 

“The vital connection between people and place is a powerful tool for creating sustainable healthy communities,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, President and CEO of Center for Community Progress. “I am excited to share more about the innovative connections we are seeing between our work on the ground and the lives and health of residents in those communities.”

 

Dr. Watkins-Butler will join thought leaders who are driving health and equity solutions across the United States for the two-day convening. Event sessions will focus on how effective grantmaking can help address structural racism, actualize racial equity and meet community needs.

 

For more information on NFGs Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening, visit https://www.nfg.org/events/health-housing-race-equity-and-power-funders-convening.  

 

About Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler

Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler is President and CEO for the Center for Community Progress, America’s non-profit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”

 

A 25-year national thought leader, conference speaker, and nonprofit executive, Dr. Watkins-Butler’s work began at the age of 14 when she led efforts to convert a vacant lot and abandoned home into a community center in Roosevelt, New York. Since then, she’s served as an executive leader for non-profits and community development initiatives which include work the Obama administration, NeighborWorks America, the Ford Foundation, and hundreds of municipalities throughout the U.S. 

 

Today, Dr. Watkins-Butler’s work as an equity advocate includes leading work in more than 300 communities in 48 states at Community Progress. Collaboratively, Community Progress works to grow strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods.

 

Connect with Dr. Watkins-Butler online by following @DrAkilahWB on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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About the Center for Community Progress

Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the national leader for building strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Today, Community Progress has affected change in more than 48 states and seven countries through leadership education and collaborative systems, policy, and practice reforms. Simply, we work to transform “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.” For more information, visit communityprogress.net

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