40th Anniversary Research Symposium & Bash

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:00am to Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 3:45pm


Woodstock Institute's 40th Anniversary Research Symposium & Bash, Babies, Boomers, and Beyond: Economic Security, Community Prosperity, and Equity Across the Lifespan, was an opportunity for hundreds of advocates, researchers, and industry representatives from across the country to engage with leading thinkers, researchers, and other advocates and explore issues relating to economic security, community prosperity, and equity across the lifespan.

Panelists & Presentations

Session A: Advancing Retirement Security

Spencer Cowan, Woodstock Institute
Anna Rappaport, Society of Actuaries
Hon. Daniel Biss, Illinois State Senator

Session B: Saving for College and Reducing Student Debt

Margaret Clancy, Washington University in St. Louis
William Elliott LLL, University of Kansas
Caroline Ratcliffe, The Urban Institute

Session C: Exploring Emerging Technologies: Mobile, Prepaid, and More

Lauren Saunders, National Consumer Law Center
Max Schmeiser, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Angela Peoples, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Session D: Accessing Credit and Avoiding Debt Traps

Nick Bourke, Pew Charitable Trusts
Spencer Cowan, Woodstock Institute
Amy Traub, Demos

Session E: Rebuilding Wealth: Homeownership, Savings, and Debt Before and After the Recession

Jim Carr, Center for American Progress / The Opportunity Agenda
William Emmons, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Rebecca Tippett, University of North Carolina

Session F: Increasing Equity by Re-Thinking Old Systems

Aleta Sprague, New America Foundation
Gabriela Sandoval, Insight Center and Center for Family Policy and Practice
Josh Silver, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Note: Not all speakers used PowerPoint presentations


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Keynote Speakers

Steve Antonakes is deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and also serves as the bureau's associate director for the division of supervision, enforcement, and fair lending. In his position at the CFPB, he is responsible for the supervision of all banks and non-banks under the bureau’s jurisdiction and the enforcement of federal consumer protection and fair lending laws. Mr. Antonakes most recently served as the CFPB’s Assistant Director of Large Bank Supervision and was charged with establishing the consumer protection supervision program for the largest financial institutions in the country which collectively account for over 75 percent of the nation’s banking assets.

Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil is the director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging and professor of social welfare and public policy at the University of California-Los Angeles. His research and expertise has lead to six books and more than 100 publications on topics such as long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging. Dr. Torres-Gil has also received three presidential appointments to positions in the Carter, Clinton, and Obama administrations.

Julia Stasch is Vice President of US Programs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  She is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s major grantmaking in the U.S.  Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, she served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and as Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing.  Stasch also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Shorebank Chicago Companies. 

During the first Clinton Administration Stasch was Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.  Previously, Stasch was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago-based real estate development firm Stein & Company.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University, and has a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Currently, she is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, and the board of directors of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  She also served as the chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide.


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