Mondale Dialogues

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Mondale Dialogues: The Continuing Fight for Fair Housing

Vice President Walter Mondale was a pioneer in U.S. housing policy. He championed the Fair Housing Act (1968) to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, and family status. 

How has this landmark law for fair housing impacted our challenges today with affordability and access? How does the Fair Housing Act empower communities today? 

This extraordinary program brings together national and state leaders in housing: Greg Squires (George Washington University) and Ingrid Gould Ellen (New York University) join Minnesota experts Edward Goetz (University of Minnesota, Humphrey School), Myron Orfield (University of Minnesota, Law School), Shannon Smith Jones (Greater Twin Cities United Way), and Maureen Michalski (Ryan Companies).

About this Series 

The Mondale Dialogues is a series of events that project the decency and fairness that guided the public life of Walter F. Mondale and the principles he long fought for. They feature prominent local, national, and international luminaries working on pressing issues of our time. Students, faculty, community members, as well as our online global audience, will find the Mondale Dialogues engaging, informative and thought-provoking. 

Event made possible by Penny and Bill George and the George Family Foundation.


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Edward G. Goetz

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Edward G. Goetz specializes in housing and local community development planning and policy. His research focuses on issues of race and poverty and how they affect housing planning and implementation. His most recent book, The One-Way Street of Integration: Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities (2018, Cornell University Press) examines the tension between the pursuit of integration and community development efforts that focus on building power and communities where people are. Goetz is a professor of urban and regional planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He has served on a variety of local and national advisory committees related to affordable housing and community development. He is a past-winner of the University of Minnesota's "Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education." Goetz is also the author of New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice and Public Housing Policy (2013, Cornell University Press); and, Clearing the Way: Deconcentrating the Poor in Urban America (2003, Urban Institute Press).

Ingrid Gould Ellen

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Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Faculty Director at the NYU Furman Center. She currently serves as the president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Professor Ellen's research centers on housing and urban policy. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles related to housing policy, neighborhood change, and segregation. She is also author of Sharing America's Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000), co-editor of How to House the Homeless (Russell Sage, 2010), and co-editor of The Dream Revisited: Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation and Opportunity (Columbia University Press, 2019). Professor Ellen has held visiting positions at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

Maureen Michalski

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Maureen Michalski is a vice president of real estate development at Ryan Companies where she leads the mixed use development team for the north region. With over 20 years of real estate development experience, Maureen has a background in multifamily, mixed use, and office development and specializes in complex projects and public private partnerships. She is the executive in charge of the 122 acre Highland Bridge redevelopment in Saint Paul, MN, which is re-shaping the former Ford Motor Company manufacturing site into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Maureen is active with several real estate professional organizations and is the board chair of the High Winds Fund at Macalester College, her alma mater.

Myron Orfield

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Vice President Walter Mondale called Myron Orfield “one of the nation’s leading experts on the Fair Housing Act.” Orfield served on the bi-partisan National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (2008) as an academic advisor to the Congressional Black Caucus, an advisor to President Obama's transition team for urban policy, to the White House Office of Urban Affairs, and as special consultant to the HUD's Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity during the Obama Administration At FHEO, Professor Orfield assisted in the development of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects Standard (the "disparate impact rule") (78 Fed. Reg. 11460) and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (80 Fed.Reg. 42272). Professor Orfield graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, was a graduate student at Princeton University, and has a J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he received the Patino Fellowship, served on the University of Chicago Law Review, and was a finalist in the Hinton Moot Court competition.

Shannon Smith Jones

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Shannon Smith Jones is a visionary and strategic leader with a passion for valuing and dignifying the work of community members. Smith Jones is the new senior vice president of community impact at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. She came to this role after serving as the executive director of Hope Community, a cutting-edge organization that does deep community building and listening work. Smith Jones has more than 15 years of experience in community development, affordable housing development, community engagement, and housing justice. With her deep commitment to community voice and asset-based frameworks, she has quickly become a leader in the anti-displacement field. Shannon serves in many other capacities. She is on the advisory board of the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity, community advisory board for Mapping Prejudice, and serves on the board of directors of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Shannon is also an adjunct professor teaching Neighborhood Revitalization: Strategies and Theories at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in their Master of Urban and Regional Affairs Program for the past six years. Smith Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in family social science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and has completed all coursework toward a master of arts degree in leadership and management from Concordia University, St Paul.

Gregory D. Squires

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Gregory D. Squires is a research professor and professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at George Washington University. Currently he is a member of the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C. and the Board of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC. He has served as a consultant for civil rights organizations around the country and as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. Previous employment includes positions with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, HUD’s Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published 17 books, 76 peer-reviewed journal articles, 32 book chapters and over 100 newspaper op-eds and magazine articles. His work has appeared in several academic journals and general interest publications including Housing Policy Debate, Urban Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Social Problems, New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, The American Prospect, The American Banker and many other national, local, and industry outlets. His recent books include, Meltdown: The Financial Crisis, Consumer Protection, and the Road Forward (with Larry Kirsch – Praeger, 2017) and his edited book The Fight for Fair Housing Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act (Routledge, 2018). He has received career achievement awards from several professional associations including the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Urban Affairs Association, the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, and the District of Columbia Sociological Society. His current research examines the impact of inclusionary zoning and related housing policies on community health, racial bias in home appraisals, and the adverse consequences of environmental degradation. He was recently appointed to serve as a regular columnist for the quarterly magazine Social Policy.