#RebuildBetter for ALL Americans

Infrastructure, Race, and Equity with Majority Whip Jim Clyburn

Featuring the Honorable James Clyburn, Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives (D-SC 6)

Infrastructure – sometimes by accident and poor design, and sometimes with intent – has a complex history of, at times, dividing people, creating barriers to opportunity, and contributing to factors of systemic racism. From active attempts by some urban and transportation planners to use highways and bridges to keep communities apart to systemic challenges around poverty and lack of access to jobs and education, clean water, or the internet, there is much the infrastructure community needs to learn and address to overcome fundamental inequities across American society. This event will discuss many of the sources of infrastructure’s role in systemic inequality and will articulate policies and ideas to use infrastructure as a tool to fight inequity and inequality and give every American access to the opportunities they deserve.


  • Opening Remarks: Rick Wade; VP, Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Keynote Conversation:
    • The Honorable James Clyburn, Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Moderator: Denise Roth, President, US Advisory, WSP USA and former GSA Administrator
  • Fireside Chat:
    • Stephanie Gidigbi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, NRDC; former Senior Advisor to USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx
    • Katrina Badger, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Moderator: Adie Tomer, Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
  •  Panel:
    • Kelli Bernard, EVP and National Cities Leader, AECOM; former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Los Angeles, CA and chair, Mayor’s Taskforce on Homelessness
    • Radhika Fox, President and CEO, US Water Alliance
    • Ronnie Hakim, National Transit Practice Leader, HNTB; former commissioner, NY MTA
    • Moderator: Zachary Schafer, CEO, United for Infrastructure
  • Closing Remarks: Pat Sabol, COO, United for Infrastructure

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