UCABA Brunch: Meet Urban-Community Developers Reverend Dr. Leon Finney & Leon Walker

Moderated by reporter Renee Fergusson


Effective urban planning, economic development, and property development enhances the lifestyle and well-being of a neighborhood. Rev. Dr. Finney and Mr. Walker have dedicated their lives to revitalizing urban communities. Learn how their work is reinvigorating disinvested neighborhoods here on Chicago’s South Side.

renee.ferguson.photoRenee Ferguson, Moderator
Award-winning investigative reporter Renee Ferguson brings more than 30 years of reporting experience to the NBC5 News team. During her career, she has covered major stories locally, nationally and internationally with insight and expertise. Click here to read Renee Ferguson's full bio.

leon.walker.photoLeon Walker, Managing Partner
Over the past 15 years, Leon I. Walker, Esq. has spearheaded cutting-edge community development projects that have generated thousands of new jobs, and brought grocery stores and health care services into the food and health care deserts on Chicago’s south side. Click here to read Leon Walker's full bio.


Reverend Dr. Leon D. Finney Jr.
dr.-finney-photoIn 1966 after his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps where he served the Provost Marshall’s Office as a Criminal Investigator/Counter Intelligence Officer, Leon Finney Jr. was invited to join the staff of the late Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) as a Community Organizer assigned to The Woodlawn Organization (TWO). During his tenure he not only led TWO to become one of the most influential organizations of its type; his mass based power organizing skills distinguishes him as one of our nations most sought after organizers and advisors on community development, race relations and organizing for the empowerment of marginalize peoples. Click here to read Reverend Dr. Leon Finney's full bio.


Event Information

Registration info:

  • Early Bird Rates: March 14 - April 17
  • Regular Rates: April 18 - May 29
  • On-Site Rates: June 6 - 9


11:00AM - 1:00PM Sun 9 Jun 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Performance Penthouse)
915 E. 60th St. 9th floor
Chicago, IL 60637

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UChicago Alumni Association