Second Annual Poverty Summit

From Poverty to Possibilities Event to Focus on Policy and Systems Change with
Keynote Address by Dr. Michael McAffee, CEO Policy Link                                                                                          

Who:               United Way of Pierce County and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
What:              Second Annual Poverty Summit: From Poverty to Possibilities
Where:            Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA
When:             November 7, 2018 8am-12 noon
Why:              United Way of Pierce County, in partnership with The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, will present a half- day summit focused on dismantling the barriers that are in place, that prevent people living in poverty from succeeding. Building on the findings from the inaugural event, this year's summit will delve deeper into these systemic obstacles with a focus on policy implications (as they relate to employment), including access to affordable, quality childcare.

This is an opportunity for attendees to broaden knowledge, take ownership and make it a priority to create change in the systems, which are standing in the way of moving people out of poverty and into more sustainable, financially stable futures

About United Way: United Way of Pierce County has a bold goal to lift 15,000 households out of poverty and into financial stability by 2028, one family at a time. We will achieve this by mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, to make a long-term measurable difference in our community. Together, we are creating a stronger community. To learn more or to join our fight against poverty in Pierce County, visit

About Dr. Michael McAfee

Dr. Michael McAfee is President and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action organization dedicated to advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®. He has spent more than 20 years serving as a results-driven leader in the government, philanthropic, and human-service sectors. He has partnered with community leaders to build 3,000 units of affordable housing, create 5,000 jobs and provide hundreds of thousands of children and their families with the educational and community supports they need to thrive. Most recently, he was one of the catalysts for groundbreaking research that highlights the corporate advantage of racial equity in America.

Event Sponsors

WESCU, State Farm, KeyBank, Regence, WorkForce Central, Harborstone and Media Sponsor, The News Tribune

Media Contact:          Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing & Communications                   

Telephone:                 253.284.2549