2019 Policy Summit

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Registration for this year’s Policy Summit is open! Early-bird discount through Nov. 15. Click here to register.

Join leading policy experts, community partners, non-profit leaders, grassroots organizers, and other advocates from around the state for The Commonwealth Institute’s 6th annual Policy Summit. TCI’s policy summit is a great opportunity to network and learn from others, including expert speakers who will address important issues facing Virginia.

Date: December 13, 2019
Location: The Omni Richmond Hotel. 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

8:30 am   Check-In (Continental breakfast available)

9:00 am   Welcome and Opening Plenary

Historical Legacies in Modern Day Policy Dr. Claudrena Harold, Professor, African American and African Studies and History, The University of Virginia


10:00 am   Breakout Sessions I

Medicaid Expansion, Work Requirements, and Healthcare Opportunities
Demographic Change, the 2020 Census, and Implications for Fair Representation and Funding
Center Stage: The Rise of Women of Color in Politics
Messaging 101 – Effective Messaging for Progressive Policies


11:15 am  Breakout Sessions II

From 1619 to 2019: The Legacy of Slavery in Virginia’s Prison System and Beyond

The High Price of Being Poor: How Public Policy Is Making it Worse, And How People’s Movements Are Changing it

Budget Matters: Digging into and Helping to Shape the Budget Process

Why and How to Go Public with Racial Equity


12:15 pm  Lunch & Networking


1:15 pm    Breakout Sessions III

Tax Policy and Racial Equity
Advancing School Funding Equity in Virginia
Panel Discussion: Policy to Build Pathways to Economic Security


2:30 pm   Closing Address

Closing Address Michael J. Cassidy, President, The Commonwealth Institute