Center for American Progress

: Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas


Our nation’s urban centers are the engines of the U.S. economy, and in recent years, more Americans are moving to these communities. Despite the growing popularity of living in urban areas, these communities face a number of ongoing challenges, from housing and transportation to education and workforce accessibility.

The Center for American Progress and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, along with former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, are pleased to present this discussion by an expert panel focusing on these issues. This event brings together a small group of public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to discuss challenges that our metropolitan regions face, as well as emerging solutions, laying the foundation for a vision of a thriving urban America that supports national prosperity.

Due to overwhelming demand, this event is closed, but will be livestreamed. Please bookmark this page to view the livestream of the event on Monday, March 23.

Featured guests:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State
Lee Saunders, President, AFSCME
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, California
Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Glenn Hutchins, Co-founder, Silver Lake
Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program and The Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Brookings
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Randi Weingarten, President, AFT
Beth Williams, President and CEO, Roxbury Technology, LLC

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress