Community Health and Development: New Avenues in Partnership & Financing

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Donald Hinkle-Brown


Donald Hinkle-Brown leads a staff of more than 90 highly skilled financial experts, research analysts, community developers and other professionals at Reinvestment Fund, a catalyst for change in low-income communities. Reinvestment Fund integrates data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income towns and cities.

Mr. Hinkle-Brown is widely recognized as an expert in mission investing and capacity building through his work developing new programmatic initiatives, raising capital and creating new products that improve opportunity, equity and health for underserved people and places. Under his leadership, Reinvestment Fund launched ReFresh, the nation’s first practitioner network of community lenders committed to improving access to healthy food for all Americans. He has also been instrumental in shaping strategies that leverage efforts at the intersection of health and community development to build thriving communities, including Reinvestment Fund’s pioneering multi-sector initiative in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Invest Health.

Mr. Hinkle-Brown’s Forum presentation focused on ways in which a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) could help build wealth and opportunity within low-income neighborhoods, with emphasis on the intersection between community development, health and equality. How cities can use data as a driver for change and to create a framework for assessing impact within a community was also discussed.

Presentation: 52:20