2020 Annual Meeting: Racial Equity

ANCA Annual Meeting: Racial Equity

ANCA’s 2020 Annual Meeting will focus on how racial justice and equity need to be part of rebuilding post-pandemic local economies. With our five-year strategic plan hot off the press, we will focus on how racial equity is essential for a stronger, more resilient North Country region, as businesses and communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Invited speakers will address how racial equity is possible and essential for various sectors of the North Country economy, including local food systems, the clean energy sector and entrepreneurial systems. 

Please join us for this important conversation:     

What: ANCA 2020 Annual Meeting: Racial Equity
When: Friday, September 18, 2020, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Choose your own fee ($10-$100)

** Registration Closed**


View the Annual Meeting Program Guide for the meeting agenda and other meeting contents.

On its surface, racial equity implies the fair treatment of all people, regardless of race. However, America’s fraught history of race exposes how Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been disproportionately denied access to systems, structures and pathways that result in fair opportunities and outcomes for all. By centering racial equity in our communities, we can increase the collective economic and social success for all who live and work in the North Country region. 

ANCA's 2020 Annual Meeting will feature presentations about how racial equity relates to three economic sectors: local food systems, the entrepreneurial economy and the clean energy sector:

  • Structural racism in the U.S. food system, presented by Adam Dewbury, PhD, Local Food System Coordinator, ANCA
  • Racial equity in developing and maintaining “solopreneurships,” presented by Valerie D. White, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NYC 
  • Addressing racial equity in workforce development within the clean energy sector, presented by Bryana DiFonzo, Director of New Economy, PUSH Buffalo

Meet the speakers:

Valerie D. White: Executive Director, LISC NYC

Valerie is responsible for building on $3.1 billion in LISC NYC investments to spur affordable housing, business development, health and jobs in economically vulnerable neighborhoods through New York City. In this role, Valerie leads the team in developing a vision and advancing strategic policies and programs that foster economic equity and inclusion in impacted communities.

She holds a law degree from Fordham University, as well as a master’s degree and certificate in organization development from The New School.



Dr. Adam Dewbury: Local Food System Coordinator, ANCA

Adam is an economic and environmental anthropologist whose research interests include the relations between people, capitalism and nature; social and environmental conflicts; the interdigitation of conservation and development; and critical race theory.

Adam joined the ANCA team in March 2020 to lead our Local Food Systems program.

He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University.




Bryana DiFonzo: Director of New Economy, PUSH Buffalo

Bryana (she/her/hers) was first connected to PUSH Buffalo in 2009. Her work in the New Economy department brings together PUSH’s efforts to build power through family-sustaining jobs that address the climate crisis, and to transition assets to community members in a way that improves their well-being and follows regenerative principles.

She brings an MBA education and continuous self-work in anti-oppression to her work of managing social justice enterprises.




Read more in ANCA's press release announcement.




Friday, September 18, 2020 - 13:00 to 15:30