By: TFN Staff

Keeping abreast of federal policy can be daunting — especially given the daily churn of a 24/7 news cycle and rapidly shifting Washington landscape. Join us for the second installment of our Inside Policy briefings that explore emerging policy trends and their potential impacts on people and communities.

Topics include the state of fair housing, whether tax incentives for low-income neighborhoods can create equitable development, and the increasingly important role states are playing in challenging federal policy.

Register today for one or all of our three-part series — and be sure to check out our TFN calendar of events for other learning opportunities.


Fair Housing in a Shifting Federal Environment

June 25 | 1-2 p.m. ET

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As federal policy direction shifts, the federal commitment to fair housing is under intense pressure with high-stakes impact on both people and places. Growing distance between anti-discrimination goals, federal priorities and regulatory guidance worries advocates of equity and inclusion. Join this session to hear from a leading national fair housing voice about the status of fair housing, how communities are responding and how funders can rethink both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.


Lisa Rice, President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance
Amy Kenyon, Program Officer, Just Cities and Regions, Ford Foundation (moderator)

Register for this webinar here.


Can Opportunity Zones Create Equitable Impact?

July 23 | 3-4 p.m. ET

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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)

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Balance of Power: How Courts and States are Impacting Policy

Sept. 24 | 1-2 p.m. ET

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States and the courts have emerged as high-profile players amid swiftly changing federal policy, stepping in with key actions related to immigration, climate change, civil liberties and other areas.

Whether they question or affirm, impede or support proposed federal policy decisions, State’s Attorneys General are a significant element. Join this session to hear from James E. Tierney, the former attorney general of Maine, learn more about the role of states and the courts in the current federal agenda, and explore the consequent impact on inclusive growth, sustainability, and equitable government systems.


James E. Tierney, Director, StateAG.organd Lecturer, Harvard Law School
Lavea Brachman, Vice President of Programs, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (moderator)

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The Inside Policy series is intended for a funder-only audience.

Registrants will receive a link to the webinar via email in advance of the briefing session.