2019 Annual Conference

2019 Annual Conference

Capital Innovation:
New Paths to Funding, Resources & Partnerships

Tuesday May 7th & Wednesday May 8th

Albany Marriott Hotel
189 Wolf Road
Albany, NY

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Havidán Rodriguez, President, University at Albany

Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Adrian Franco, Director of Community Development Finance,  Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Also featuring numerous workshops to spur growth in your community development efforts including hearing JP Morgan Chase, Amalgamated Bank, and Robin Hood Foundation experts explain what they look for when funding Community Development efforts!


Download the Agenda Here. 

Session Panelists

Jeanique Druses

Jeanique Druses is Vice President and Program Officer in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., a global leader in corporate philanthropy with more than $250 million invested in communities annually. In her role, she is responsible for the firm’s Small Business and Financial Health philanthropic strategy for the Northeast United States. She joined the firm in September 2016.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co., Jeanique was the Assistant Director of Resident Business Development in the Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability at the New York City Housing Authority. There she designed and launched the Business Development Unit, providing access to business building services to over six-hundred thousand persons. In addition to overseeing the unit, Jeanique collaborated with other city agencies and non-profit organizations to develop business programming, tailored to the specific needs of low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs.

Jeanique has also held management positions in Operations, Strategic Marketing, Finance, and Business Development at Verizon, Mercedes Benz, and American Express and taught Entrepreneurship and Marketing in the City University of New York system before launching The EIgnite Group.

A Wharton Business School Graduate, with a dual degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, she also holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jeanique lives on Long Island, NY with her husband. She is a member of the Leadership Council for Kiva US, the StartUp Newark Advisory Board and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a Coro Leadership New York alum. Her prior board service includes the Leadership Board of the Council of Urban Professionals and Community2Community, Inc.


Christine AuYeung

Christine is a senior program officer at Robin Hood, where she focuses on finding, funding and partnering with the most effective job training programs that help measurably, and sustainably lift New Yorkers out of poverty. Prior to joining Robin Hood in 2006, Christine worked for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors where she helped develop new funds, including the Gulf Coast Fund, a collaborative effort to rebuild areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Christine currently serves on the steering committee of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, New York chapter.  Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Hunter College of the City University of New York.


Sabrina Stratton

Sabrina Stratton currently serves as First Vice President, Commercial Banking for Amalgamated Bank. In this role, Sabrina leads the bank’s commercial banking and strategy for its social impact and labor clients in the Northeast. Prior to joining the bank, Sabrina took on roles or increasing responsibility at Wachovia Bank (acquired by Wells Fargo), SunTrust Bank, Arvest, and JP Morgan Chase. Sabrina holds a BSBA (Accounting) from Old Dominion University. She actively serves as a board member for the Fair Housing Justice Center, Center School, and PS 9 Elementary School.



Kim Jacobs, Moderator

Kim Jacobs is the President/CEO Community Capital New York, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving the Hudson Valley of New York.  Under her leadership, Community Capital provides loans to start up and emerging small businesses and provides over 5000 hours annually of business training, technical assistance and mentoring.  In addition, Community Capital provides flexible, innovative financing to developers of affordable housing and to not for profit agencies.    Prior to her work in Westchester Ms. Jacobs held positions in Economic Development in Rochester, NY, Marin County, CA and Sioux Falls, SD.  She has an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.  In 2000 she was selected as a Fannie Mae Fellow, Program for State and Local Executives, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She serves on the New York State Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.


Conference Event Highlights

(click to see full schedule)

Tuesday 1:30 am

Plenary Session: Investments to Combat Income Inequality, with Kim Jacobs (moderator), Jeanique Druses, Christine AuYeung and Sabrina Stratton

Tuesday 3:15 pm

Plenary Session: Benefits to being a CDFI, with Matthew A. Tipple (moderator), Cathi Kim, Melanie Stern, and Hubert Van Tol

Wednesday 8:30 am


  • HOUSING WORKSHOP: Investments for Aging Housing Stock

Wednesday 10:00 am


  • SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP – Attracting Innovative Investment in Small Business
  • CONSUMER WORKSHOP – Applying FinTech Fixes to Policy Problems


Event Sponsors

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Community Preservation Corporation
Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors:

Bridgehampton Bank
Capital One
Citizens Bank
Community Bank N.A.
Hanover Bank
People’s United Bank
TD Bank
Woodforest National


With additional support from:



Registration begins at 10:30 on the 7th and workshops will conclude by 12:30 pm on the 8th

Registration fees are as follows:

Members:  $150 (for first two, $125 for three or more)
Non-Members: $200 (for first two, $175 for three or more)

Want the member discount, but you’re not a member yet?  You can join here.


Details Price Qty
NYS CDFI Coalition Member $150.00 (USD)  
NYS CDFI Coalition Member - Group (3 or more attendees from the same organization) $125.00 (USD)  
Non-Member $200.00 (USD)  
Non-Member - Group (3 or more attendees from the same organization) $175.00 (USD)  



Book Your Hotel Here:

April 25 deadline to make reservations at the special conference rate

Reservations can be made online or by calling Marriott’s Reservation Center at 800-443-8952. If you call to book rooms, identify yourself as being associated with the conference.

To make online reservations please click here

Reservation deadline extended until Thursday, April 25!

Group Rate available 05/06/19 to 05/08/19. Please book by 04/25/19.

Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12205
(518) 458-8444

  • 2019 Annual Conference
    May 7, 2019 - May 8, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm