Open Session at the 58th Annual Council on Foundations conference in Seattle, Washington

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2007

Location: Room 609, Washington State Trade & Conference Center, Seattle

Time: 8:30am – 11:00am

8:30am-coffee, breakfast and conversation
9:00am-Panel Presentations
10:00am-Questions, Comments and Dialogue

“Citizens Leading the Way: A New Plan for Rebuilding New Orleans”

Moderator: Christopher T. Gates, Executive Director, PACE

– The Honorable Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, New Orleans City Councilwoman
– Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, President, AmericaSpeaks
– Carey Shea, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

In the wake of a natural and human disaster, thousands of citizens have involved themselves in the recovery process in New Orleans by coming together to set city-wide rebuilding priorities at a unique set of town meetings held simultaneously in cities around the country. By learning from the mistakes that have occurred in previous civic engagement efforts, this foundation-supported project, the Unified New Orleans Plan, has worked assiduously to engage the true diversity of the New Orleans community and create a plan that they hope will be supported by the community at large. Panelists will include a representative of the funding community who supported this effort, the architect of the innovative process that was used and a representative of the community of New Orleans. Join us for a spirited conversation about how philanthropy has played a leadership role in addressing one of the most critical issues of our time-the rebuilding of New Orleans after Katrina.