2017 SHECP Symposium Speakers

Paul Butler, J.D.

Mr. Butler clerked for United States District Court judge, Mary Johnson Lowe, and has taught at George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania as well as Georgetown. He served for a time as a prosecutor in the U.S. Justice Department and as defense attorney for the Williams and Connolly, a Washington, DC, law firm. He is the recipient of a Soros Justice Fellowship. Mr. Butler is widely published in law journals and newspapers, magazines, and the on-line press. His forthcoming book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men, will be on sale at the symposium.

James Forman Jr., J.D.

James Forman Jr. is one of the nation’s leading authorities on race, education, and the criminal justice system, and a tireless advocate for young people who others have written off.

Professor Forman attended Yale Law School, and after he graduated, worked as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. After clerking, he took a job at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented juveniles and adults in felony and misdemeanor cases.

Professor Forman loved being a public defender, but he quickly became frustrated with the lack of education and job training opportunities for his clients. So in 1997, along with David Domenici, he started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested. The Maya Angelou school has been open for almost twenty years, and in that time has helped hundreds of vulnerable young people find a second chance, begin to believe in themselves, graduate, get jobs, and attend college.

Professor Forman started teaching law in 2003, and he currently teaches at Yale Law School, and this year is a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School. Professor Forman teaches a course on Race and the Criminal Justice System and a clinic in which his students fight against the school to prison pipeline by representing young people facing expulsion from school for discipline violations. Last year he took his teaching behind prison walls, offering a seminar on criminal justice which brought together, in the same classroom, 10 Yale Law students and 10 men incarcerated in a CT prison.

Professor Forman has written many law review articles, in addition to pieces for the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the Nation, and the Washington Post. His new book is titled Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Robin Steinberg, J.D.

A graduate of NYU Law School, and visiting teacher at Columbia University Law School, Ms. Steinberg has led the Bronx Defenders in gaining a reputation for a client-centered, holistic defense that incorporates social work into a legal defense. She has been honored by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the New York Bar Association for this distinctive leadership in criminal defense and for her many civic initiatives in behalf of criminal justice. Ms. Steinberg has spoken at many forums and published in multiple law journals, including the Washington and Lee Law Review, on holistic criminal justice.


Sarah Farmer, Ph. D.

Sarah Farmer is as an associate research scholar at Yale Divinity School and directs the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Sarah received her M.Div. and Ph.D from Emory University, where she taught as an adjunct faculty and co-directed a Certificate in Theological Studies Program at a Women’s Prison. Sarah Farmer co-founded the Youth Arts and Peace Camp in Chester, PA and worked with the Youth Hope-Builders Academy at Interdenominational Theological Center. Sarah’s co-authored book with Anne E. Streaty Wimberly—Raising Hope: Four Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth—is set to be released in Fall 2017. Sarah has done extensive research on the concept of hope as it is operationalized in the lives of marginalized populations, particularly those who experience “confinement.” Her current research explores the role of rituals in nurturing adolescent joy and flourishing with youth in juvenile detention facilities. Sarah teaches in the areas of psychosocial identity and faith formation, community building, congregational studies, social change and transformative pedagogy.

Previous Symposium Speakers

Maryanne Wolf, Ph.D.

John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service Director at the Center for Reading and Language Research; Tufts University


Greg Duncan, Ph. D.

Distinguished Professor in Education and Economics  at the University of California, Irvine


Marcy Carlson, Ph. D.

Professor of Sociology and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Walter Gilliam, Ph. D.

Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University


Victoria Brown, MPA

Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Victoria Brown will be the banquet speaker.

Victoria Brown will be the banquet speaker.

 Effective March 1, 2015, Brown joined the Foundation as senior program officer on the Childhood Obesity team. Previously, Brown worked with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, where as vice president of Strategic Alliances she led negotiation and implementation for all voluntary agreements to change business practices to lead to healthier and more affordable foods and beverages and improved access to healthcare with the food, beverage, and health care industries while exploring new business ventures with industry partners to combat childhood obesity. Her negotiations lead to a global agreement with the McDonalds Corporation to introduce healthier products and stop marketing soda to kids in their top 20 markets representing 85% of all sales. In 2014, she directed negotiations for an agreement with the American Beverage Association, the Coca Cola Company, PepsiCo and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to reduce beverage calories consumed by 20% for all Americans within the next ten years.   Prior to the Alliance, Brown’s experience included senior policy analyst in the director’s office of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services; research and evaluation in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and public affairs in the private sector, with clients including the United Nations, Prudential, and several conservation organizations and political campaigns.

Brown holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in public policy from Washington and Lee University.

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP

President, American Academy of Pediatrics and Medical Director, AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight

Dr. Hassink is president of President of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP)

Dr. Hassink is president of President of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP)

Dr. Hassink has spent her professional career caring and advocating for children with obesity. She is a past Board member and the current President of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the Medical Director for the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. She has testified before Congress on childhood obesity and has served as faculty for the “Be Our Voice” advocacy training and at the AAP Legislative Conference.

Dr. Hassink began the weight management clinic at Nemours/AI DuPont Children’s Hospital in 1988. She has collaborated in basic research efforts to identify pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity, centering on the role of leptin, and has lectured widely in the field of pediatric obesity. In addition, she has authored A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity, Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care, and Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight Management.

Dr. Hassink dedicates a significant portion of her time to advocacy and policy development on obesity prevention and treatment. She has served on the IOM committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention and was an author on the Expert Recommendations for Obesity. Dr. Hassink also holds a Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Elaine Waxman, Ph.D. 

Vice President of Research and Nutrition, Feeding America

Dr. Waxman is the author of "A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity."

Dr. Waxman is the author of “Hunger in America.” (2014)

Dr. Waxmam is Vice President of Research and Nutrition at Feeding America, where she also previously served as Director of Social Policy Research and Analysis. At Feeding America, Dr. Waxman recently oversaw the completion of Hunger in America 2014, the largest study ever conducted of emergency food assistance in the United States and also directed the completion of Hunger in America 2010 and the Map the Meal Gap project, which provides the first county-level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. She has over 25 years of experience in social policy research and consulting. Dr. Waxman is a lecturer and field supervisor for the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago, where she also received her Ph.D. Dr. Waxman also holds a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include the intersection of food insecurity and public health, the nature of low-wage work and place-based anti-poverty initiatives.

2014 Shepherd Consortium Teaching Symposium Speaker Bios

Jeanne DuBois

Executive Director, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation

Jeanne DuBois

Jeanne DuBois

Jeanne DuBois is executive director of the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) in North Dorchester, a diverse, low-income mixed neighborhood in Boston. Dorchester Bay has a 35-year history of economic and affordable housing development with a strong commitment to organizing.

DuBois has been at Dorchester Bay for 19 years. Under her leadership, its staff has grown from 12 to 25 people and its housing production to 935 rental units and 179 home ownership units. DBEDC has developed 209,260 square feet of commercial space through eight commercial or mixed-use projects, and it is developing two more factories. It has created more than 1,100 jobs and loaned $7 million to small and start-up businesses.

Along the nine-mile Fairmount Rail Line, DBEDC helped a coalition of community transit organizers and development corporations (CDCs) secure $200 million for four new stations, lower fares and increased service along the line. To prevent displacement near the new stations, the CDCs have 1,000 new housing units completed, in construction or in predevelopment. DBEDC also is taking the lead in commercial real estate business loans and job creation. The Fairmount Indigo Rail Line corridor has been featured by the EPA in a video posted on the White House website as part of its Sustainable Communities Partnership program.

Dorchester Bay and the City of Boston won one of the first five HUD Choice Neighborhoods grants of $20 million. The grants funded rehabilitation of a distressed, 129-unit, low-income rental housing development, helped complete a 50-business kitchen incubator and food production center that will create 150 jobs, and enabled work with local partners who are providing services and public safety organizing for local residents.

Raised in California, DuBois earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has spent the past 36 years in community development and organizing following seven years as a high school social studies teacher. As co-chair of Roslindale Village Main Street, DuBois spearheaded a community organizing and development effort in the 1990s that created the Roslindale Village Market, which served as an anchor that turned around the business district in that Greater Boston neighborhood. DuBois’ many years of community organizing and community policing have supported Dorchester Bay’s approach to real estate development, tenant mobilizing, community security and asset management.

Timothy S. Jost

Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Tim Jost

Tim Jost

Tim Jost holds the Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a coauthor of a casebook, “Health Law,” used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law and now in its seventh edition. He has written numerous monographs on legal issues in health care reform for national organizations and blogs regularly for Health Affairs, where he is a contributing editor, on regulatory issues. Jost is much in demand to speak about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare, with at least eight presentations in the summer of 2014. The national news media turns frequently to Jost for commentary on healthcare reform, and he is especially interested in its impact on poverty and low-income Americans.

A consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a member of the Institute of Medicine, Jost holds a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated cum laude and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Dr. David L. Longworth

Chair, Medicine Institute


Dr. David Longworth

Cleveland Clinic

David Longworth is chair of the Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic and associate chief of staff for Clinical Integration Development. In the latter role, he leads the clinic’s value-based care initiative.

Longworth received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.D. from Weill Cornell University Medical College. He completed training in internal medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, followed by fellowship training in infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s and Beth Israel hospitals.

A specialist in infectious diseases, Longworth joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1986 as a staff physician in the department of infectious diseases, which he chaired from 1992 to 2002. He subsequently moved to Baystate Medical Center, the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, where he served as chair of the department of medicine and as professor and deputy chair of the department of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He returned to the Cleveland Clinic as chair of the Medicine Institute in 2011.

Longworth brings to the symposium a deep knowledge of healthcare policy, especially the Affordable Care Act in relation to the quality of providing for the overall health of indigent patients and their families. He is exceptionally well qualified to speak about “The Affordable Care Act and Low-Income Americans: Implications for Care Delivery.”

2013 Shepherd Consortium Teaching Symposium Speaker Bios

New-Image-Edin_500Kathryn Edin

Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School

Kathy Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers who focuses her work on direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women and men. She is particularly interested in questions about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives?

Kathy is the author of six books and more than 50 journal articles. The most recent, Doing the Best I Can: Fathering in the Inner City, written with Timothy Nelson, was published in May 2013 by the University of California Press.  A strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men, who are so often dismissed as “deadbeat dads,” Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. The book reveals a radical redefinition of family life, one that has revolutionized the meaning of fatherhood among inner-city men.

In the award-winning Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage, Edin and her co-author, Maria Kefalas, sought to answer the question of why so many low-income women were having children without marrying.  Based on in-depth interviews and observations, the authors found that, rather than undervaluing marriage, low-income women held marriage to a very high bar.  Child rearing was so central to their views of themselves that they were unwilling to postpone starting families until they could find suitable husbands, which could take years, if ever.  In its review, the Wall Street Journal said the authors, “overthrow decades of conventional wisdom.”

The Russell Sage Foundation published Edin’s first book, Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work, written with Laura Lein. This work shed new light on a question that was central to the ongoing debate about welfare reform: Why weren’t single mothers working?  Edin and Lein found that most mothers were working – largely off-the-books – and combining resources from several sources (welfare, work, the fathers of their children, grandmothers) in order to make ends meet for themselves and their children. The book generated widespread interest and debate, and led to a profile of Edin in the New York Times Magazine.

A frequent commentator for print and broadcast media, Edin has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on welfare and marriage issues. She is chair of Harvard’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy.  She is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, a member of ASPE’s Self Sufficiency Working Group, and on HHS’s advisory committee for the poverty research centers at Michigan, Wisconsin and Stanford. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.


Ron Haskins

Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution

Ron Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. From February to December of 2002 he was the senior advisor to the president for welfare policy at the White House.

Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, Haskins spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. From 1981-1985, he was a senior researcher at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also taught and lectured on history and education at UNC, Charlotte and developmental psychology at Duke University.

Haskins was the editor of the 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the Green Book, a 1600-page compendium of the nation’s social programs published by the House Ways and Means Committee that analyzes domestic policy issues including health care, poverty, and unemployment. Haskins is a senior editor of The Future of Children, a journal on policy issues that affect children and families. He has also co-edited several books, including Welfare Reform and Beyond: The Future of the Safety Net (2002), The New World of Welfare (2001) and Policies for America’s Public Schools: Teachers, Equity, and Indicators (Ablex, 1988), and is a contributor to numerous edited books and scholarly journals on children’s development and social policy issues. He is also the author of Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (2006) and the co-author of Creating an Opportunity Society (2009) with Isabel Sawhill and Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America (Pew, 2008). He has appeared frequently on radio and television and has written articles and editorials for several newspapers and periodicals including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, State Government News, American Enterprise, National Review, and the Weekly Standard.

His areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support, marriage, child protection, and budget and deficit issues. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (2000); the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Human Services from the American Public Human Services Association (2005); and the Lion Award from the Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (2010).


Kirsten Lodal

CEO and Co-Founder of LIFT

Kirsten Lodal co-founded LIFT in 1998 as a sophomore at Yale University and has devoted herself since then to guiding the development of LIFT’s innovative program model.

LIFT currently runs centers staffed by trained volunteers in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, to serve low-income individuals and families. LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Simultaneously, the LIFT experience pushes volunteers to grapple with our country’s most challenging issues related to poverty, race, inequality, and policy. As LIFT’s CEO, Lodal guides the organization’s strategic vision, external affairs, policy, and national partnership efforts.

Lodal is committed to changing the conversation about poverty and opportunity in the United States from one about arbitrary income thresholds to one about genuine well-being and quality of life; from one marked by insidious stereotypes about the deficits of “poor people” to one about harnessing the extraordinary talents and strengths of the people in our society who are finding a way to get by even in the toughest of times, often with the least support.

Lodal plays a leadership role in numerous poverty-related policy initiatives, including Opportunity Nation. She is the chairman of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a powerful model for restoring childhood to children living in shelters.  She also serves on the Board of DC Greens, a non-profit focused on making healthy food more accessible through farmers’ market incentive programs and seed-to-table education.  She is a frequent and passionate public speaker on the topics of poverty, economic and social opportunity, and innovation; Lodal’s leadership with LIFT has been featured by the NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and MSNBC.  She is the proud recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.