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[GARE Members] Register now for the 2019 GARE Annual Membership Meeting: GAREing up for Impact!

April 16, 2019 - April 18, 2019

Special Event

$125 – $420

GARE is happy to announce that the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host our 2019 Annual Membership Meeting!

As a GARE  member, the City of Albuquerque has furthered its commitment to advancing racial equity. Mayor Tim Keller’s newly formed Office of Equity and Inclusion  has focused on equity in city employment, procurement, and capital improvements.

April 16th-18th, 2019


Core Membership jurisdictions are eligible for a limited number of complimentary registrations. Please contact your jurisdiction point of contact for further details.

Last year, many of you were able to join us in Chicago for the most successful membership meeting to date, where more than 320 representatives from 66 jurisdictions came together to swap tactics, gain inspiration, and build momentum for this growing movement to advance racial equity.

This year promises to be even more sensational as GARE moves into its fifth year of building a national network of local government! GAREing Up for Impact will explore how, as this movement comes of age, we demonstrate that the change we believe is critical for our communities is not only possible, but is happening.

The event’s theme is GAREing Up For Impact!, exploring how as our movement comes of age, we are demonstrating that the change we believe is critical for our communities is not only possible, is happening. The event will be designed to support teams representing the breadth of knowledge and skill-level of your jurisdiction.  The event will feature some of the things you’ve loved about past gatherings and some new features incorporated by popular demand.


New Mexico Congresswoman, Deb Haaland

Congresswoman Haaland grew up in a military family; her father was a 30-year combat Marine who was awarded the Silver Star Medal for saving six lives during Vietnam, and her mother is a Navy veteran who was a federal employee for 25 years in Indian education. As a single mother, she volunteered at her daughter’s pre-school in order to afford an early childhood education. Like many New Mexicans, she had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent, has lived paycheck-to-paycheck, and struggled to put herself through college. Though hard work and determination, she earned degrees from the University of New Mexico and UNM Law School. For several years, she ran her own small business producing and canning Pueblo Salsa and later became the first Chairwoman elected to the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors. She is a 35th generation New Mexican who is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and has Jemez Pueblo heritage. After a lifetime of organizing communities to stand up for New Mexico families, Congresswoman Deb Haaland was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress


Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute

    • Darrick Hamilton is the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. In addition, Professor Hamilton holds a primary faculty appointment in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, with courtesy appointments in the departments of economics and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.Professor Hamilton is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar in the field of stratification economics, which fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, nativity, etc. inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society towards greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation.


    Professor Hamilton was born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY, and now resides in the Short North section of Columbus, OH. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina. He is frequently cited in the media, consults with various public official and serves as an advisor to/fellow with several non-profit and think tank organizations.



    • A working version of the Program is available here
    • The program will feature Keynote Speakers, Regional Caucuses, , Learning Labs, Networking Sessions, and more.
    • Site visits in partnership with the City of Albuquerque.


The 2019 GARE Membership Meeting is in Albuquerque April 16 to 18. This annual event is open only to members, so if your jurisdiction has been considering joining GARE, now is an opportune time. If you aren’t a member, there will be opportunities to participate in workshops on April 16th

Types of Breakout Sessions

  • Learning Lab: Lab sessions are 2 hours time blocks for skill-building and in-depth trainings led by members and GARE Staff.
  • Breakout Session: Breakout sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes long and provide an opportunity for members to lead panels, peer exchanges, or workshops.
  • Networking Session: Open space will be provided during the conference to give members an opportunity to connect in more informal settings regarding their work. Networking proposals can include a particular topic and/or an offer to lead an open space.


GARE has two official conference hotels. There is limited availability at the Doubletree by Hilton and at the Hyatt Regency.

Click here to register for the 2019 GARE Membership Meeting!

Please note that this event is open to GARE Members only. To learn more about applying for membership please visit our Membership page or contact rwyant@raceforward.org.

A special thanks to our Membership Meeting Planning Committee made up of the following GARE Members:

    • Michelle Melendez, City of Albuquerque
    • Torri Jacobus, City of Albuquerque
    • Brittany Ortiz, City of Albuquerque
    • Mariela Ruiz-Angel, City of Albuquerque
    • Peggy Rowe, City of Asheville
    • Helen Chin, Culver City
    • Theola Carter, Dane County
    • Manisha Paudel, City of Des Moines
    • Toriana Pettaway, City of Madison
    • Joy Stephens, City of Minneapolis
    • Benjamin Duncan, Multnomah County
    • Judith Mowry, City of Portland
    • Diana Falchuk, City of Seattle


Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 United States
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