The Heartland-Kalmanovitz Fellowship wrapped up its first exciting, successful summer with a road trip to New York City on Friday, July 21. The group took a 5:30 AM Amtrak from Washington to get to the city. You might be able to tell from a few selected photos that the Fellows had a great time.
The project was piloted this summer as part of a mutual collaboration between Heartland Capital Strategies and Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. We are thrilled to have been able to work with such a smart, diverse group of fellows for our inaugural class!
This was the itinerary for the day:
KPS Capital Partners: David Shapiro, a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of KPS, provided a history of KPS’ formation and growth, starting from a fund of a little over $200 million to $5.2 billion today. The firm is investing in turnarounds and corporate restructurings and, through it’s investments, saved over 40,000 good jobs (many union) in manufacturing and other industries in North America and Europe.
David Shapiro and Shavonne Johnson Correia meet with the Fellows at KPS
Federal Reserve Bank of New York City: The group toured the Fed Reserve and heard and saw a history of how public banking came about in America. They also got to see the gold vault!
Amalgamated Bank: Peter Neiman, Excutive VP and Chief Marketing Office, Deborah Silodor, Executive VP and General Counsel, and Drew La Benne, Executive VP and CFO, told the great story of the bank’s founding in the 1920s (when banks wouldn’t make loans to working people) and the inspiring work of the Amalgamated Bank. The bank, with branches on both coasts, is providing affordable housing loans, leading responsible investment and impact investment campaigns and “banking” the progressive movement in the US. And, the bank provided a wonderful lunch!
Peter Neiman, Deborah Silodor, and Drew LaBenne met with the Fellows at Amalgamated Bank
Our inaugural class of fellows this year, recruited by KI, and their hosts:
Georgetown University, BS in Business Administration
Georgetown University, BA Political Economy, Mathematics
KPS Capital Partners
Georgetown University, BA Economics, Sociology
LIUNA Corporate Affairs
Smart Growth America: LOCUS
And from our partners at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT):
University of Chicago
BA Public Policy Analysis and Finance
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
BA in Politics
University College Dublin, Ireland
Higher Diploma of Social Policy
Thanks to all of the hosts for the New York field trip! And a special thanks to the sponsors and hosts for the Fellows. It was a pleasure to work with such great, ambitious and conscientious students!
Not in NY but part of the Fellowship program:
Students with DNC Director Tom Perez in Washington, DC as part of the Bag Lunch series
The Fellows with Tom Croft, Monica Parikh, Dawn Carpenter, and Steve Sleigh at the end of year dinner.