The Heartland-Kalmanovitz Fellows Take New York!

 

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:

 

Dalric Fields

Georgetown University, BS in Business Administration 

Ullico, Inc.

 

Robert Frants

Georgetown University, BA Political Economy, Mathematics

KPS Capital Partners

 

Casey Doyle

Georgetown University, BA Economics, Sociology

LIUNA Corporate Affairs

 

Clare Heine

Georgetown University

Smart Growth America: LOCUS

 

And from our partners at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT):

 

Annina Beltrano

University of Chicago

BA Public Policy Analysis and Finance

 

Ryan Whittemore

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

BA in Politics

 

Domhnaill Harkin

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.

 

 

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