Featured Speakers

Opening Plenary Speaker Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. A celebrated author, his newest book, Poverty, by America, will be released the week of NAHRO’s conference. Desmond’s 2016 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. As principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography.

Afternoon Plenary Session Speaker Abby Phillip is CNN’s senior political correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics Sunday. She joined the network in 2017 and served as White House Correspondent through 2019. Phillip joined CNN from The Washington Post where she served as a national political reporter, covering the White House. Before joining the Washington Post, Phillip was a digital reporter for politics at ABC News. She has also covered the Obama White House for POLITICO as well as campaign finance and lobbying.

Closing Plenary Session speaker Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America. The Jersey City product of a single mother and horrific poverty and violence, Kevin has gone on to be a poet and journalist and the author of 15 books, including Grocery Shopping with My Mother, his new poetry collection; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. Additionally he has penned articles, essays, and blogs for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and major websites. As an activist, Kevin is committed to democracy, justice, diversity, inclusion, and equality for the American people.