Dr. Douglas Jutte – Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a national organization that catalyzes and supports collaboration across the community development and health sectors. Dr. Jutte has been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative, which has convened over 30 meetings around the country since 2010 bringing together professionals from across sectors to enhance community health impact, encourage improved outcomes measurement, and increase public and private investment in community development efforts.
Dr. Jutte is also a pediatrician, professor, and population health researcher at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health where he teaches in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical program. His research focuses on the impact of the social determinants of health on children’s wellbeing through the lifespan and the policy levers and financial tools that can intervene to protect families and communities. He has published in a number of prominent scientific journals including Pediatrics, Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs.
Dr. Jutte graduated from Cornell University and received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. He completed his pediatric residency at Stanford University and a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program. His clinical work has been in low-income community clinics and as a hospitalist caring for newborn infants.
Shai Lauros – National Health Program Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
As the National Health Director at LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), Shai oversees the development of health and community development initiatives of the organization, spanning national efforts and local work with over 30 cities and 2000 rural counties across 44 states.
Shai J Lauros has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors in planning, design, development, community health and sustainability. Trained professionally as both an architect and planner with a focus on sustainable community development, Shai has been working on the intersections between these issues for over fifteen years. Shai’s previous consulting and advisory work spanned strategic planning, development and policy initiatives with a focus on sustainability and equity to create local and regional economic generators and healthy environments. This work includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Invest Health initiative with The Reinvestment Fund and Bennett Midland, as well as several large-scale sustainable community development projects in New York.
Previously, as Director of Community Development at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC), a 600 person agency with 22 offices across Cypress Hills and East New York, Shai oversaw the sustainable, inclusive real estate development of affordable housing, community facilities, commercial and manufacturing space; the property and asset management of CHLDC’s 31 building portfolio; and Cypress Hills Verde – the neighborhood-wide sustainability initiative involving economic development, neighborhood planning and community programming. This included the community health initiatives of food access and wellness, urban community agriculture, healthy homes and community energy efficiency projects; all with a focus on M/WBEs, local labor and supplies, workforce development, supportive services and integrated school and educational programs.
Before joining CHLDC in 2012, Shai served as the Executive Director of GreenHomeNYC, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help small building owners and dwellers adopt sustainable building materials and practices. Previous to that, Shai worked for the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team overseeing program management and development of the $22 million regional initiative to plan and prepare across sectors in CT-PA-NY&NJ, and worked as an affordable housing developer, planner and architect at various NYC-based firms and organizations.
Dr. Golareh Agha – Chief of Informatics, City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
Dr. Agha graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University, with research focused on social determinants of health, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, and from there moved to Columbia University as an Associate Research Scientist.
Her research has always been focused on social determinants and early-life risk factors for health and disease, with a particular focus on chronic diseases like heart disease. Her research thus far has led to more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, as well as the Trudy Bush Award from the American Heart Association for research on cardiovascular disease in women. She joined Metro Health as the Chief of Informatics about 9 months ago and has been particularly excited about putting data and research into action through public health.
Pedro Cons – Executive Vice President of Integrated Health & Human Services, Chicanos Por la Causa
Pedro Cons is a thoughtful and visionary leader with expertise in strategy and organizational management. With his diverse leadership and academic experience, he specializes in developing strategic partnerships with the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors to integrate service delivery and more effectively address the holistic needs of families to create sustainable, positive change.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in Professional Counseling, and advanced graduate studies in school guidance counseling and marriage, family, and child therapy. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership. He has also received training in community mobilization and facilitation methods and has participated in leadership development including the Kellogg Foundation Multicultural Leadership Institute and the Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Pedro was named CPLC’s Executive Vice President of Integrated Health in October of 2015 where he leads CPLC’s primary and behavioral healthcare initiatives as well as domestic violence and child abuse prevention services. Prior to this role, he served as the Vice President of Multi-Family Housing Operations from 2013-2015, where he oversaw the acquisition, development, and management of more than 2,800 housing units. Other previous roles at CPLC include Vice President of Corporate Strategic Initiatives, Vice President of Human Resources, and Vice President of Recovery and Resiliency.
Blake Hastings – Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
As senior vice president, Blake Hastings oversees Human Resources functions at all Dallas Fed offices including talent management, benefits and compensation, and diversity and inclusion.
He also has oversight for the San Antonio Branch and is responsible for all Dallas Fed activities within Central and South Texas, including operating and administrative functions, and outreach activities to banks, businesses and community-based organizations. Hastings is a member of the Bank’s Senior
Management Committee. He is a board member of Junior Achievement South Texas and a member of the SA Works Industry Advisory Council. Hastings holds a master’s degree in international business and a bachelor’s degree in international economics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Leilah Powell – Executive Director, LISC San Antonio
A native San Antonian, Leilah has worked in many areas of the community development sector in San Antonio—for financial institutions such as Bank of America; non-profit organizations such as the San Antonio Housing Trust and the Brackenridge Park Conservancy; as a consultant for clients including the San Antonio River Authority, Bexar County and Trinity University; and
for municipal and county government, including serving as Chief of Policy for two mayors. She has also served on numerous boards, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio, the San Antonio Section of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and her neighborhood association. She holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas School of Architecture and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Noel Poyo – Executive Director, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
Noel Andrés Poyo serves as NALCAB’s Executive Director and CEO of NALCAB’s subsidiary asset management company Escalera Community Investments. Poyo’s twenty-year professional career has focused on integrating low-income people and immigrants into mainstream financial services and real estate sectors of our economy as well as improving the livability and economic resilience of low-income neighborhoods and affordable housing communities.
As Executive Director of NALCAB, and previously as a private sector consultant, Poyo has raised more than $300 million in private and federal investments for socially-motivated real estate and economic development projects and he has played diverse roles in the implementation of real estate projects valued over $1 billion. Poyo advises the executive leadership of JPMC Bank, BBVA Compass Bank and Capital One Bank as a member of their respective Advisory Councils. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Responsible Lending, the nation’s leading research and advocacy organization focused on combating predatory lending. From 2015-2017, Poyo advised Chair Yellen and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of fifteen members of the Fed’s Community Advisory Council. A graduate of Yale University, Poyo is bicultural and bilingual. He is a proud husband and father of three girls.