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In November 2018, Compass Working Capital staff and FSS stakeholders from across the country for two days of learning and networking. This event was an opportunity to:

  • Connect with practitioners, leaders, and other experts innovating around FSS.

  • Learn from industry leaders about some of the most pressing challenges and exciting innovations in financial coaching, FSS, and the asset-building field.

  • Share and discuss new ideas, program successes, and common challenges with others doing similar work.


Keynote and Spotlight Speakers

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Thomas Shapiro, Author of Toxic Inequality
Thomas Shapiro directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is the David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Shapiro's primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy. He is a leader in the asset development field with a particular focus on closing the racial wealth gap. Read full bio.

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Ben Chase,
Ben Chase is the Managing Director of's Equity Practice. Based in's New York studio, he helps build partnerships, support and guide program teams, and chart a course for the New York studio to make an impact on both local and global challenges. Prior to joining, Ben directed strategy teams at Purpose, a mission-driven consultancy and creative agency. Read full bio.

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Anice Chenault, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Anice recently relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, to serve as the Network Opportunity Agenda Liaison (NOAL) for the South East Network (SEN). She continues her work as the Program Manager for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program and a Grant Manager for the Jobs Plus program. She has held various positions in HUD’s Office of Public Housing Investments since 2005. Read full bio.

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Sherry Riva, Compass Working Capital
Sherry is the Founder and Executive Director of Compass Working Capital. Under Sherry's leadership, Compass has launched and expanded an innovative asset-building model for the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, an employment and savings program for recipients of federal housing assistance. Read full bio.


Barbara Sard, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Barbara Sard rejoined the Center as Vice President for Housing Policy in 2011 after 18 months as Senior Advisor on Rental Assistance to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. She previously held the director's position at the Center between 1997 and 2009. Sard is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the Associated Press. Read full bio.