ANHD’s annual #BuildCommunityPower policy conference is the event for New York City’s community groups, mission-driven developers, neighborhood organizers, banks and bank regulators, foundation funders, and government decision makers interested in affordable housing and equitable economic development. Our full-day conference features:

  • High-profile plenary speakers
  • Advocates and experts from across the field
  • Timely policy and skills-development sessions
  • Networking opportunities to discuss pressing community development issues

This year’s #BuildCommunityPower Conference is Thursday April 11th at the Grand Hyatt New York. We are pleased to announce the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York John C. Williams will be the morning keynote speaker. We will be updating the website and sending out communications in the coming weeks, highlighting other plenary speakers and session topics. Stay tuned!


ANHD’s conference begins at 8:30 AM – and ends with a happy hour reception at around 4:30 PM.

While we are still planning the full agenda for this year’s conference, as in the past, it will feature a combination of plenary speakers, panels, and workshop sessions. Themes and areas we will explore include:

  • Ending Displacement
  • Mission-Driven Development
  • Responsible Banking
  • Land Use Justice
  • Equitable Economic Development
  • Fighting for Affordable Housing
  • Building the Capacity of the Movement
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Meet Our Keynote Speaker

John C. Williams became the 11th president and chief executive officer of the New York Fed on June 18th of 2018. In that capacity, he serves as the vice chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

Mr. Williams was previously the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president and director of research for the San Francisco Fed, which he joined in 2002. Mr. Williams has been a strong advocate for policies to stimulate the economy and get Americans back to work in the wake of the Great Recession. He has produced seminal research on such critical monetary policy issues as the Zero Lower Bound and the neutral rate of interest.

As CEO of the San Francisco Fed, Mr. Williams focused on the development of the next generation of Federal Reserve leaders and fostered a culture of innovation, continuous learning, collaboration and mutual respect. He was a champion of creating a diverse workforce as well as an inclusive culture and under his leadership, the bank made significant strides in achieving greater diversity at all levels, most notably among its senior leadership team.

He began his career in 1994 as an economist at the Board of Governors. Additionally, he served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Williams has a PhD in economics from Stanford University, and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Williams’ research focuses on topics including: monetary policy under uncertainty; innovation; and business cycles.

Mr. Williams is married with two sons.

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