Expanding opportunities in America’s cities


  • Neighborworks Symposium

    December 13, 2017

    Keynote address during program on "Pathways Out of Poverty: Investing In Independence, Keeping  The Pathways Open"

  • 2017 Housing America's Families Forum

    November 15, 2017

    Welcoming remarks

  • Oxford Social Impact Investing Program

    November 7, 2017

    Address to an executive leadership class about Kresge's social investing.

  • McGowan Fund Symposium

    November 3, 2017

    Keynote address 

  • Grantmakers in the Arts annual conference

    October 30, 2017

    Plenary address on "Arts and Culture in Dangerous Times."

  • Independent Sector Annual Conference

    October 26, 2017

    Plenary address on "Our Common Future." 

  • Interfaith Leadership Council

    October 25, 2017

    Acceptance of the 2017 Daniel Hart Krichbaum Visionary Civic Leader Award from the Interfaith Leadership Council. 

  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    October 7, 2017

    Induction into the academy''s Public Affairs, Business, and Administration class. 

  • Siyaphumelela Conference

    June 28, 2017

    Speech about Kresge's work in South African higher education, delivered at the third annual Siyaphumelela Student Success Conference.

  • Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity convening

    June 15, 2017

    Speech to participants in The Kresge Foundation's Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity convening. 

  • League Of American Orchestras national conference

    June 8, 2017

    Plenary  program on the role of arts and culture. 

  • Mackinac Policy Conference 2017

    June 1, 2017

    Panel discussion on Hope Starts Here: Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership, an initiative launched by Kresge and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

  • Release of 2017 Detroit Reinvestment Index

    May 17, 2017

    Keynote presentation about the Detroit Reinvestment Index as part of the formal release of the latest results of the annual survey, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

  • M-1 RAIL Grand Opening

    May 12, 2017

    Address/public letter as part of grand opening celebration for launch of QLINE light-rail service. 

  • Student African American Brotherhood annual conference

    April 7, 2017

    Welcome address highlighting Kresge's support of SAAB and commitment to improving lives of boys and men of color.

  • Launch event for SPARCC (the Strong, Prosperous And Resilient Communities Challenge)

    March 30, 2017

    Address on investing in America's future at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City.

  • College of Environmental Design annual gala

    March 4, 2017

    Keynote presentation on the role of philanthropy and social investing in creating opportunities for low-income communities.

  • Weingart Foundation

    March 2, 2017

    Keynote presentation on the challenge of directing foundation resources to communities most in need.

  • Great Lakes Student Success Conference

    February 16, 2017

    Welcome address 

  • Greater Milwaukee Committee annual meeting

    February 13, 2017

    Address on lessons learned from Kresge's work in Detroit.

  • Florida Philanthropic Network annual conference

    February 3, 2017

    Plenary address: "Philanthropy's Role in a New Era"

  • Florida Community Foundation convening

    January 13, 2017

    Keynote address on philantrhopy nationwide and the role of community foundations.

  • Creative Placemaking: the Role of Arts in Community Development

    December 6, 2016

    Keynote address at an event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace and other organizations, as part of the NEA's 50th anniversary celebration. 

  • Foundation Impact Research Group Seminar

    October 5, 2016

    Address about Detroit's municipal bankruptcy, the unexpected directions in which it propelled philanthropy, and how those new approaches represent the next generation of philanthropy for The Kresge Foundation and the entire sector.

  • ComNet 2016 Keynote Panel

    September 29, 2016

    Panel discussion about Detroit at the Communications Network 2016 conference. 

  • Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum

    September 22, 2016

    Hong Kong – Plenary panel discussion on how foundations can help foster better cities and tackle social issues in urban settings. 

  • Detroit Homecoming

    September 16, 2016

    Detroit, Mich. – A panel discussion on the arts in Detroit as an economic engine. 

  • CGI America annual conference

    June 13, 2016

    Address on the Detroit Home Mortgage program, which resulted from discussions at the 2015 conference.

  • Mackinac Policy Conference

    June 2, 2016

    Panel discussion on how and why Michigan businesses are investing in early childhood development.

  • Mission Investors Exchange 2016 National Conference

    May 10, 2016

    Baltimore, Md. – Discussion with other national foundation leaders about how they are increasingly using and championing impact investing as a core tool for addressing social problems.

  • USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

    May 4, 2016

    Los Angeles, Calif. Plenary address about lessons American cities could learn from Detroit's recent history and the course it is on after emerging from municipal bankruptcy.

  • Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program

    April 26, 2016

    Washington, D.C. – Presentation and panel discussion on how philanthropy, business, and government sparked Detroit’s resurgence.

  • ArtPlace Summit 2016

    April 4, 2016

    Phoenix, Ariz. – Panel discussion on Expanded Approaches to Community Development.

  • MIPIM – International Real Estate Show

    March 16, 2016

    Speech and panel discussion about designing and developing innovation districts, such as the one in Detroit, to realize their full potential.

  • USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy National Leadership Forum

    February 11, 2016

    Los Angeles, Calif. – Plenary on the possibilities of solving social problems through partnerships between philanthropy and government.

  • Opportunity Finance Network annual conference

    December 11, 2015

    Plenary focusing on Detroit and the lessons it provides for community revitalization and opportunity finance nationwide.

  • PolicyLink Equity Summit

    October 29, 2015

    Los Angeles, Calif. – Panel discussion on strategies and approaches to fostering equitable economic growth in America's cities.

  • Meeting of the Minds annual summit

    October 22, 2015

    Richmond, Calif. – Plenary address on the future of philanthropic work in Detroit and next-generation approaches shaped and tested by the city's municipal bankruptcy. 

  • Grantmakers in the Arts conference

    October 19, 2015

    Los Angeles, Calif. – A discussion of The Kresge Foundation’s transition from capital support to community building and the role of the arts in that work. 

  • Philanthropy Roundtable annual meeting

    October 16, 2015

    Dallas, Texas – Panel discussion on grantmaking for capital projects.

  • 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist celebration

    September 2, 2015

    Reception to honor 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist Ruth Adler Schnee and celebrate release of a monograph about her life and work. Read speech.

  • Live6 Alliance announcement

    September 1, 2015

    Press conference announcing formation of the Live6 Alliance, which will coordinate revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols commercial corridor. Read speech.

  • Katrina10: Fulfilling the Promise convening

    August 28, 2015

    A gathering of foundation leaders to assess the work of reviving New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina struck, and to plan for the next generation of philanthropic work there. Read speech.

  • Clinton Global Initiative America 2015

    June 10, 2015

    Denver – Discussion of "Comeback Cities" that are turning themselves around through a series of different approaches.

  • Mackinac Policy Conference

    May 28, 2015

    Remarks at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual conference on Mackinac Island. Time: 8:45 a.m. Location: Theatre

  • Center for Community Progress Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

    May 20, 2015

    Keynote address about the role of philanthropy in Detroit's post-bankruptcy revitalization. Read speech.

  • Living Cities New Urban Practice Network Summit

    May 12, 2015

    Philadelphia – Roundtable discussion about promising philanthropy work around the country.

  • 2015 ArtPlace Grantee Summit

    May 6, 2015

    Philadelphia – A panel discussion, titled "Sustaining the Momentum," about creative placemaking and how to incorporate arts and culture into community-development efforts.

  • San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank’s Creative Placemaking conference

    January 14, 2015

    Discussion of creative placemaking, coinciding with the release of the bank’s latest issue of Community Development Investment Review. View video of discussion.

  • The Aspen Institute’s Philanthropy Roundtable

    December 10, 2014

    Aspen, Colo. – Interview with Roundtable Director Jane Wales about the role of philanthropy in America’s cities. View video.

  • Boston Federal Reserve Bank’s Working Cities Conference

    November 13, 2014

    Boston – Speech about the importance of cross-sector collaboration in strengthening city renewal efforts.

  • Troy Chamber of Commerce

    November 12, 2014

    Troy, Mich. – Speech about Kresge's regional impact.

  • Duke University’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society

    October 21, 2014

    Durham, N.C. – Presentation on philanthropy’s role in Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy. View video. View Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society blog posts: Nov. 14, Nov. 10 and Oct. 29View presentation slides.

  • Meeting of the Minds 2014

    October 1, 2014

    Detroit – A speech about why Detroit is a powerful backdrop for a discussion on the future of cities.

  • Rail~volution conference

    September 23, 2014

    Minneapolis – Speech about approaches to using transit for urban revitalization. Read speech

  • Aspen Ideas Festival

    June 27, 2014

    Aspen, Colo. – Panel discussions on community revitalization.

  • Clinton Global Initiative America Summit

    June 25, 2014

    Denver, Colo. – Speech and panel discussion about cities as laboratories for innovative development strategies. View video.

  • New Cities Summit

    June 17, 2014

    Dallas – Panel discussion about the role of arts and culture in community development. View video

  • Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues

    June 12, 2014

    Bilbao, Spain – Panel discussion on leading equitable and sustainable urban transformation. View the final report on the conference.

  • Mackinac Policy Conference

    May 30, 2014

    Mackinac Island, Mich. – A panel discussion on Detroit’s future after bankruptcy. View video.

  • National Healthy Homes Conference

    May 29, 2014

    Nashville – A discussion with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on strengthening America’s cities and neighborhoods. 

  • Urban Institute

    May 15, 2014

    Washington – A panel discussion on the future of cities and philanthropy’s role in shaping it.

  • City University of New York

    May 8, 2014

    New York – A discussion of creative placemaking. View video.

  • Philanthropy West Virginia Conference

    April 30, 2014

    Charleston, W. Va – A talk about Detroit and the role foundations played in partnering with the private and public sectors to revitalize the community, region and state. See video from event.

  • Council on Foundations annual meeting

    April 28, 2014

    San Francisco – A discussion, with former Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, about Detroit’s bankruptcy, the role of philanthropy and implications for other American cities.

  • ArtX Detroit

    April 18, 2014

    Discussion with NEA Chairman Jane Chu about why the arts matter and the role that arts, culture and creativity play in restoring and animating communities.

  • SphinxCon

    February 21, 2014

    Detroit – A discussion about the role of arts and culture in community development. View video.