Please join us for the next installment of our City Club series on race and racism--this time focused on the practice of "redlining."
In discussions of racism, media and public figures often focus on individual acts of discrimination or violence. But we know that racism also refers to broader, systemic patterns of oppression and control that don't always get the same attention as individual instances of aggression. Racist, systemic practices have long-lasting impacts, and may continue to this day, albeit in new forms. One such practice in the United States is redlining, which refers to efforts on the part of government officials and the private sector to keep Black Americans from owning property in certain neighborhoods, denying them housing subsidies or support granted to whites, or ensuring they pay exorbitant housing costs.
Although redlining was ostensibly made illegal in 1968 by the Fair Housing Act, it has impacted Black Americans' ability to build generational wealth through home ownership, and there are other types of racialized housing discrimination that persist to this day. Panel members will discuss the impacts of redlining on Black Americans and other communities of color, discuss how redlining's effects persist today in housing and beyond, and explore generative responses that aim to address and redress its harms.
Adam Briones leads the banking, housing and economic development work at The Greenlining Institute. Prior to joining Greenlining, Briones served as Vice President of Real Estate Development at the Genesis Companies in New York, one of the city’s most active African American-owned affordable housing developers. Briones has deep experience in acquisition, financing, rehabilitation, and management of 52 affordable rental and homeownership buildings, as well as public-private development partnerships and market, financial, and deal structure analyses. Briones holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California Los Angeles with a concentration in affordable housing development and finance, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz.
Latonia Haney Keith currently serves on the senior leadership team of The College of Idaho as Vice President of High Impact Practices. Through this role, Vice President Haney Keith is responsible for creating and implementing an innovative new program that blurs the lines between college and careers. Vice President Haney Keith joined The College from Concordia University School of Law where she served most recently as Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Academics. Vice President Haney Keith originally joined the faculty of Concordia Law as the Director of Clinical Education. In this role, she directed Concordia Law’s clinical education program, teaching law students the practice of law through the representation of disadvantaged and underserved populations in housing, criminal, and immigration matters.
Prior to joining Concordia Law, Vice President Haney Keith spent nearly seven years running a world-wide pro bono practice at a large law firm based in Chicago. After graduating from Harvard Law School, where she was a research assistant to Professor Laurence H. Tribe and Professor Charles Ogletree and an editor of and symposium co-chair for the Harvard Law Review, Vice President Haney Keith clerked for the Honorable Judith Ann Wilson Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In March 2020, Vice President Haney Keith was confirmed by City Council as a Commissioner of the Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC), the redevelopment and urban renewal agency for Boise, Idaho. She has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law's Committee on Pro Bono and currently serves on the Legal Advisory Council for the Fair Punishment Project and on the Local Rules Committee of the U.S. Courts of the District of Idaho. Vice President Haney Keith also regularly conducts trainings on recognizing and reducing implicit biases and has published scholarship on the topic of bias, discrimination and harassment in the legal profession.
Shannon McGuire is a nationally recognized leader in community health, and brings a diverse view and experience to the challenges surrounding food systems. She has a strong passion for food because of its dramatic effects on our social, environmental, economic and human development. Whether it’s urban farms, childhood obesity, food cooperatives, plant-based eating, or building food education and empowerment destinations, Shannon works to bring food to the forefront of the conversation. In 2017, Shannon was inducted into the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders program. She serves as Chief Empowerment Officer at Spark! Strategic Solutions a strategy firm that helps leaders build vibrant communities. She’s spent over 15 years working as a strategist, coach and facilitator to create a culture of health and prosperity. Shannon loves to create realities where health is the first wealth, communities are prosperous, and people feel good about being themselves.
Moderator: City Club of Boise programs committee member Jen Schneider, Interim Associate Dean, Boise State University School of Public Service.