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Sunday, July 10 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Leveraging Procurement for Community Wealth-Building and Local Jobs

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Cities should align their procurement practices with policy goals to encourage community wealth-building while creating high-quality jobs for local residents. Join successful organizers and local government leaders applying these principles. Attending this panel will provide activists with actionable strategies and policy tools that can be used in other communities.


Jessica Kingston, Director, St. Paul Dept. of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity.

Mariah Montgomery, Future of Work Strategist, Partnership for Working Families

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project

Shanelle Smith, Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability.



Jessica Kingston

Director, City of Saint Paul
Jessica Kingston is the Director of Saint Paul's Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity. She was formerly the Associate Director of Purchasing for Digital River, and has close to 20 years of experience working at various levels of leadership in the private sector... Read More →
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Mariah Montgomery

Future of Work Strategist, Partnership for Working Families
Mariah Montgomery leads the Partnership’s strategic initiatives to propel the future of work towards worker power and equity, with a focus on nonstandard, fissured employment and the way technology is changing work and organizing. Before joining the Partnership, Mariah was the deputy... Read More →
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Satya Rhodes-Conway

Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a senior associate at COWS. She works with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

Manager for Higher Education Engagement, The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016

Shanelle Smith

Shanelle Smith is the inaugural deputy director of Cuyahoga County's new Department of Sustainability. Prior to her role with Cuyahoga County, Smith was the head of Emerald Cities Cleveland, part of a national energy efficiency initiative. Smith was instrumental in building consensus... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Rockwell Theater