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Putting it all together: policies, programs and tools for the 2012 legislative environment
Karen Harris [Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law]
Wabasha 2 => Thu, Jun 07, 2012 (03:40 PM - 05:00 PM)
Lawmakers and advocates alike are examining policies that promote asset-building as anti-poverty strategies. Yet, in a volatile political environment and election year, how do advocates convince legislators to translate policy ideas into legislative action? How can advocates persuade governments to enact new asset-building policies and programs given huge state and federal deficits? Share strategies for moving legislation forward in difficult political and financial environments using some of the asset policies, programs and tools presented during the conference breakout sessions as examples and case studies, including: children’s savings accounts, predatory lending and credit building, savings, asset mapping, poverty indexes and scorecards, and asset coalitions and advocacy
KAREN K. HARRIS, Director, Asset Opportunities, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, became the supervising attorney of the Shriver Center's Community Investment Unit in October 2008. She has advocated for the development of asset-building policies and programs for low-income and minority communities, including an Illinois Task Force on Children's Savings Accounts, a statewide multi-entity public and private working group on improving financial education in Illinois schools, and a coalition to develop alternatives to payday loans by encouraging mainstream financial institutions to offer small dollar loan products. Harris has testified before the FDIC, as well as written and presented on numerous asset-building topics. In 2009 she initiated a national webinar series on topics such as universal voluntary retirement accounts, asset building in the disability community, integrating asset building into domestic violence advocacy and alternative credit reporting. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Harris worked in private law firms for more than 14 years in the area of health care law before coming to the Shriver Center.