Inside Policy | Can Opportunity Zones Create Equitable Impact?

July 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/New York Timezone

Created as part of the Trump Administration’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones are a new federal economic development tool aiming to improve the outcomes of distressed communities around the country.

But how can advocates and stakeholders harness its power and ensure positive impact on equitable, community-based neighborhood restoration? Join this session to learn more about the Opportunity Zones program, its potential as a development tool and the roles funders can play in emerging local implementation.


Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Aaron Seybert, Social Investment OfficerThe Kresge Foundation (moderator)

About Our Speakers

Katie Kramer is a Vice President at the Council of Development Finance Agencies where she leads the Research and Advisory Services team. Her acumen is building government and foundation partnerships as well as technical assistance to members. Katie’s writing has been featured in publications and reports on development finance, including those commissioned by The Kresge Foundation, World Bank, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is also a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University. Katy is actively working with colleagues and other organizations on the development of proposed Opportunity Zones.



Aaron Seybert is a social investment officer at The Kresge Foundation, where he supports the Social Investment Practice and the Detroit Programs. Previously, he served as an executive director at JPMorgan Chase Bank where he focused on community development banking, New Markets Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credit investing. Aaron has also worked extensively on affordable housing and served on the board of directors for the Michigan Magnet Fund, Lake Trust Credit Union and the Core Cities Strategic Fund advisory board. Currently, he is collaborating with other mission-based investors on monitoring Opportunity Zone structure, guidelines and impact on community practice.