May 12, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM

Make It For Everyone

Infrastructure and the Equity Opportunity

Hosted by United for Infrastructure

Few aspects of modern American life are as systemic as infrastructure, and access to affordable, safe, reliable infrastructure – from water to transportation to the internet and more – remains a stark example of the systemic inequality and racism that pervades too many communities across America. This conversation with eminent leaders from the national advocacy groups, federal and local government, infrastructure agencies, and the private sector frame equity challenges impacting minority and disadvantaged communities, and will highlight the ways that leaders – right now – to break down barriers and create new opportunities through new planning, services, and policy.

Agenda

Keynote Conversation: Infrastructure, Equity, and Federal Action
Few aspects of modern American life are as systemic as infrastructure, and access to affordable, safe, reliable infrastructure – from water to transportation to the internet and more – remains a stark example of the systemic inequality and racism that pervades too many communities across America. This conversation between eminent leaders from the federal government and national advocacy will, with a focus on the nation’s water infrastructure, illustrate the divides currently impacting minority and disadvantaged communities, and highlight federal infrastructure policy interventions needed to build a more just and equitable society.

  • Radhika Fox, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. EPA
  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
  • Moderator: Zachary Schafer, CEO, United for Infrastructure

Project Spotlight: Protecting the Most Vulnerable from Flood Disaster: The Honorable Lee Harris, Mayor, Shelby County, TN

Panel Conversation: Delivering Equity: From Defining the Problem to Implementing Solutions
The fact of inequality and inequity in access to safe, affordable, reliable infrastructure is hardly a recent realization, but a renewed focus on equity issues throughout society is transforming how the infrastructure industry addresses it. This panel of industry leaders from transportation, water, and engineering explore how infrastructure providers are building equity considerations into their operations, services, planning, and staffing to better serve their communities.

  • Diana Mendes, Corporate President, Infrastructure and Mobility Equity, HNTB
  • Adie Tomer, Fellow, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Denise Roth, President, Advisory Services, WSP USA
  • David Swallow, Deputy CEO, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
  • Moderator: Zachary Schafer, CEO, United for Infrastructure

Project Spotlight: Mapping Transit Access to Community College: Abigail Seldin, CEO, Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation

Project Spotlight: Building a Lead-Free Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh lead service line replacement program