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Bottom Line Conversations: Mortgages, Municipal Bonds & Other Ways Money Moves Around Cities

Watch Next City’s Senior Economics Correspondent Oscar Perry Abello for the first in a webinar series that goes beyond the issues of equitable economic development to talk to the people who do the work. 

November 17, 2021

On Wednesday, November 17, at 1 p.m. Eastern, join Next City’s Senior Economics Correspondent Oscar Perry Abello for the first in a webinar series that goes beyond the issues of equitable economic development to talk to the people who do the work.

You’ve read about their work in the Bottom Line Newsletter or other Next City coverage over the years. But who are they and how did they come to be doing such interesting work at such interesting organizations? How have their career paths (and maybe lives) unfolded to get them to where they are today? What unexpected past experiences have helped guide their work? Where did they get the inspiration to get to where they are today?

Joining Oscar for his first conversation is Heron Foundation Portfolio Manager Barbara VanScoy. VanScoy is featured in Oscar’s long-form story “Whose Dollars Are These Anyway? Foundations Rethink Their Model,” which examines how roughly 120,000 philanthropic foundations in the U.S. choose to invest the more than $1 trillion they hold in their investment portfolios — and what a few of those orgs are doing to ensure that the portfolio investments representing 95% of their holdings match the ethics and missions guiding the 5% they’re required to give away each year.

Next City’s series “The Bottom Line” explores scalable solutions for problems related to affordability, inclusive economic growth and access to capital. The series is made possible with support from Citi.

Host

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Oscar Perry Abello is Next City's senior economics correspondent. He previously served as Next City’s editor from 2018-2019, and was a Next City Equitable Cities Fellow from 2015-2016. Since 2011, Oscar has covered community development finance, community banking, impact investing, economic development, housing and more for media outlets such as Shelterforce, B Magazine, Impact Alpha, and Fast Company.

Guest

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Barbara VanScoy is an experienced Fixed Income Asset Manager known as a pioneer, innovator and expert with over 20 years in Community Development Impact Investing. She has a proven background of success in the industry funneling more than $6B in assets to community development funds through effective market research, portfolio management and new product development in support of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable initiatives. In 2008. Barbara was named one of the “20 Rising Stars of Fixed Income” by Institutional Investor Magazine.

She is a well-regarded author, speaker, thought leader and expert on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and Impact Investing. Among her many accomplishments, Barbara created one of the first Healthy Communities and Green/environmentally-friendly high credit quality fixed income portfolios; and she created social impact reporting, which has become the industry benchmark for impact investing.

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