Southside First, Dallas Fed to host Conversation on Economic Equity Symposium

October 10, 2017

Luncheon to feature Federal Reserve Senior Advisor, Ray Boshara




SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 27, 2017)– Southside First Economic Development Council in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-San Antonio Branch are co-hosting the first Thriving Together Symposium: “Conversation on Economic Equity” at Texas A&M – San Antonio campus on the city’s South Side, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The half-day symposium will feature various community leaders, experts and others focusing conversations on wealth inequality, equitable development, cultural sustainability, education and workforce. Following the Symposium is a paid Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Texas A&M’s Vista Room. Symposium attendance is free, but requires registration to ensure a seat. To register and/or purchase luncheon tickets visit


“Southside First is a grassroots organization created to assess the economic conditions of the South San Antonio and provide resources and strategies to help build bridges between neighborhoods, businesses and schools. This Symposium and luncheon are a critical part of our mission and will set a tone for our advocacy,” said Andrew M. Anguiano, Executive Director, Southside First Economic Development Council. Three nationwide studies over the past five years from Pew, the Economic Innovation Group and City Lab, suggest that San Antonio continues to lead the country in income inequality.  


With recent talk from the City of San Antonio on eyeing its budget with an “Equity Lens,” the partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank – Dallas is timely.


“Our goal is to work with Southside First, other organizations, and residents to address the structural barriers to upward mobility for low- and moderate-income residents. We must have a historical perspective and understand the root causes of income inequality in order to create a healthy and inclusive economy where all can attain financial stability and thrive,” said Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor in Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.


Additionally, the Symposium will conclude with a paid luncheon featuring Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and the Director of the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis. Boshara will address economic mobility and wealth building for San Antonio families, particularly on the Southside. Over the past 25 years, Boshara has advised three presidential administrations and he is also a senior fellow in the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute, where his work focuses on the future of building wealth. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Southside First, a 501©3 non-profit.


“To have this caliber of speaker and to bring together such talented and well-versed experts to the Southside to begin these discussions is milestone in the continued development of our local economy,” said Anguiano. “The future for San Antonio is bright, we’re very happy to be a part of it.”




About Southside First Economic Development Council

Southside First is a 501©3 Non-profit created to be the voice of economic prosperity, community bridging and responsible development for the Southside (South San Antonio and South Bexar County). The 15-member board reflects a cross-section of community members, businesses and Southside institutions. Its primary role is to be a convener and to assist in facilitating programs, services or partnerships that move forward the Council’s goals of investment, engagement and accountability. Visit for more details.


About the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

As one of twelve regional Reserve Banks in the Federal Reserve System, the Dallas Fed serves the Eleventh Federal Reserve District, which consists of Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico.


Our Mission is to serve the interests of the American public by informing and influencing our nation's monetary policy, fostering financial stability and delivering quality services to the United States government and the financial institutions in our region.


Our Core Values are honesty and integrity; diversity, inclusion and mutual respect; and outstanding public service.


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