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Lisa Mensah Participates in Asset-Building Conference

May 2, 2012  • Institute Contributor

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, and Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security (Aspen IFS) Executive Director, Lisa Mensah, spoke at the New America Foundation’s [email protected]: Lessons from the Past, Directions for the Future event. The symposium brought together practitioners, researchers, policy analysts, and funders on the 21st anniversary of Michael Sherraden’s book that initiated the call for policies that encourage asset-building, Assets and the Poor. This event served as an opportunity for attendees to reflect and discuss the future of the asset building field.

Lisa Mensah participated in the “Accessing Financial Services” panel along with Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO for the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and Devin Fergus, History Professor at Hunter College. Mensah discussed the need to focus on federal policies that both ease asset-building for low- and moderate- income Americans, and also receive support from the financial industry.

For more about the event click here.