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Jonathan F.P. Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC

Jonathan F.P. RoseJonathan F.P. Rose's business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. The firm has completed $2.3 billion of work, much of it in close collaboration with cities and not-for-profits. Mr. Rose is a thought leader in affordable housing, smart growth and developing communities of opportunity.

Mr. Rose's book on how to create resilient cities, The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.

Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Rose and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute and serve on its Board. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment. Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.

Kalima Rose, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Policy Link

Kalima RoseKalima Rose, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, brings a three-decade history of working to advance infrastructure equity, housing, sustainable communities, and equitable development policy. In partnership with communities of color, low-income communities, tribal communities, and equity-focused municipal, regional, state, and federal leaders, Kalima has helped win new investments, resources, and jobs for disinvested communities, underemployed workers, and firms and artists of color.

Over the last decade, Kalima played leadership roles in standing up and implementing the federal Sustainable Communities initiative, the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, and key equitable development initiatives in New Orleans' Katrina recovery. She developed the PolicyLink Equitable Development toolkit, led national efforts to advance inclusionary housing in cities across the country, and is a national strategist in anti-displacement policy work.

Her most recent publications, Healthy Communities of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Addressing America's Housing Challenges, and A Roadmap Toward Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland, California, as well as the forthcoming Creative Change: Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development – A Policy and Practice Primer, lay the groundwork for addressing some of our communities' most challenging problems through effective policy change.


Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities

Carol NaughtonCarol Naughton has been a leader in comprehensive community revitalization for more than 20 years and was a founding staff member of Purpose Built Communities. In her role as President, she is responsible for leading the consulting teams that support revitalizations in 12 cities, as well as the teams currently vetting opportunities in 35 additional cities, including several in metro Atlanta. She ensures that clients are focusing their time and resources on the highest impact activities in their respective neighborhoods and serves as the primary public spokesperson for Purpose Built Communities at conferences and events around the country. The work she has led has been recognized as uniquely successful by many, including Warren Buffett, Ben Bernanke, the White House Office of Neighborhood Revitalization, the Urban Land Institute, Mutual of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, the Education Trust, the Low Income Investment Fund, the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education.

Previously, Carol served as the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, the community quarterback organization that developed and continues to implement the model of community revitalization that Purpose Built Communities is charged with replicating around the country. In this role she helped develop and nurture cross-sector relationships in wellness and education, including the first public charter school in Atlanta. Under her leadership, the East Lake Foundation was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as a Global Award of Excellence Winner in 2003.

Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, she was General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Nonprofit Affairs for the Atlanta Housing Authority where she served as a key member of the leadership team that brought AHA from the brink of receivership to national recognition as a sophisticated, progressive sponsor of affordable housing programs and community development. While at AHA, Carol played a significant role in developing the legal and financial model for mixed income housing. Before joining AHA, Carol was an attorney with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan's real estate group, where she primarily represented developers, lenders and asset managers. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), the Board of Advisors of the Build Healthy Places Network, the national steering committee of LOCUS, and is an alumnus of the 2016 class of Leadership Atlanta. She is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and was Executive Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and graduated cum lauda with an AB in Political Science from Colgate University.


Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute

Sarah Rosen WartellIn 2012, Sarah Rosen Wartell became the third president of the Urban Institute since it was founded in 1968. Urban is an economic and social science research and policy organization whose 450+ researchers, experts, and other staff share a belief in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. During her tenure, Urban has articulated it strategy to "elevate the debate" by: bringing more of its insights from research to federal, state, and local government and practice; becoming a leader in research communications and data visualization; and undertaking an ambitious program of business systems and technology modernization.

Previously, Wartell was deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council. At the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1998, she advised the federal housing commissioner on housing finance, mortgage markets, and consumer protection. Later, she was a consultant to the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission. After government service, Wartell was the founding chief operating officer and then executive vice president of the Center for American Progress. Her work focused on the economy and housing markets, and she directed the Mortgage Finance Working Group and "Doing What Works" government performance program. Prior to her tenure in government, she practiced law with the Washington, DC, firm of Arnold & Porter.

Wartell currently serves on the boards of the Low Income Investment Fund, Center for Law and Social Policy, and Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. She is also a Penn Institute for Urban Research Scholar. Her areas of expertise include community development, consumer finance, asset building, and housing finance. Wartell has an AB degree with honors in urban affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She has a JD degree from Yale Law School.