Program and Speakers

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m

Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Importance of Having this Conversation Now

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


  • Ann Jacobs, Director, Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President, The Fortune Society

A Place to Call Home—Why it Matters

Four leaders explore the vision and values that should drive public decisions related to housing for people involved in the criminal justice system.

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


  • Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


  • Ana Oliveira, President and CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation
  • Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director, Citizens Housing Planning Council
  • Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law

The Dynamics of Exclusion
Explore the many obstacles that people with justice involvement confront when seeking housing.

Time: 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


  • Alison Wilkey, Policy Director, Prisoner Reentry Institute


  • Alethea Simon, President and Executive Director, Greenhope Services for Women, Inc.
  • Casimiro Torres, Superinendent, The Fortune Society
  • Jasmyn Dennis, Senior Housing Counselor, The Osborne Association
  • Charles Nuñez, Community Advocate, Youth Represent

*Others Invited


Time: 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Drilling Down: The Barriers to Housing Faced by People with Justice Involvement
Examining the policies and practices that limit the options for housing for people with criminal histories and the organizations that seek to serve them.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30pm


  • Richard Cho, Behavioral Health Director, Council on State Governments


  • Vanda Seward, Program Administrator, Kings County District Attorney’s County Reentry Taskforce
  • Sideya Sherman, Interim Executive Vice President for Community Engagement & Partnerships, New York City Housing Authority
  • Linda Glassman, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Matthew Main, Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services
  • Elizabeth Gaynes, President and CEO, The Osborne Association
  • Michael Bosket, Deputy Commissioner for Customized Assistance Services, Human Resources Administration

*Others Invited

Networking Lunch

Lunch is provided by conference organizers.

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Promising Practices
Examples of successful housing models for individuals with conviction histories.

Time: 1:15 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Moderator and Presenter:

  • Erin Burns-Maine, Senior Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing


  • Rita Zimmer, Founder and Executive Director, Housing Plus Solutions
  • Max Lindeman, Senior Director of Housing, The Fortune Society
  • Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, Chief of Housing Community Activities, New York City Housing Authority

*Others Invited

Creating a New Paradigm
The elements of a pragmatic and multi-dimensional approach to housing for people with criminal justice system involvement.

Time: 1:50 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.


  • Laura Mascuch, Executive Director, Supportive Housing Network of New York


  • Marta Nelson, Executive Director, New York State Council on Community Reentry and Reintegration
  • Elizabeth Glazer, Director, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
  • JoAnne Page, President and CEO, The Fortune Society
  • Jocelyn Fontaine, Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center at Urban Institute
  • Kristin Miller, Metro Team Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing


Time: 2:50 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Translating Values into Action
A discussion of what we can do to create a system in which people with criminal justice system histories live in safe, affordable, and supportive housing.

Time: 3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.


  • Ronald Day, Associate Vice President of Policy, The Fortune Society


  • John Relman, Managing Partner, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC
  • Jessica Yager, Executive Director, NYU Furman Center*Others Invited
  • Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Margaret diZerega, Project Director, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice

Closing Remarks

Moving Forward with a Shared Perspective

Time: 4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President, The Fortune Society



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