Abundant Cities: Inclusive Cities, April 2023
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Abundant Cities: Inclusive Cities, April 2023

Groups of people sit on an outdoor hillside watching a band perform on a stage with a view of the MInneapolis skyline in the background.
Irreversible Entanglements featuring Moor Mother, June 3, 2021. Photo: Elizabeth Camp. Courtesy Walker Art Center.

We envision Minneapolis as a place where everyone is valued and seen as essential to our city’s economy and culture. How can our city become a place that fully embodies that spirit of inclusion?

In this free talk, a panel of community leaders will share their ambitious visions for creative placemaking, art and design in public spaces, and other innovative approaches to building urban realms that are accessible and welcoming to everyone.

Please note RSVP does not guarantee entry and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive 15 minutes early to be seated.


Kate Downing Khaled is founder and CEO of Imagine Deliver, a nationally award-winning strategy and insights firm using community centered and equitable design methods.

Rochelle Riley guides Detroit’s investment and innovation in the creative economy as the city’s director of arts and culture.

Steven Bosacker is the senior vice president of innovation at the German Marshall Fund and directs the GMF Cities program, supporting local-level policymakers and practitioners in building inclusive, sustainable, and globally engaged cities

Event moderator Adair Mosley is CEO of the African American Leadership Forum, which builds cross-sector networks of leaders and institutions to improve the lives of African Americans in Minnesota.

Abundant Cities is a series of three talks copresented by the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Foundation. Moderated by Adair Mosley, CEO of the African American Leadership Forum, this series was established to generate meaningful discussions on how we can pour resources, energy, and community voices into our civic life. Continue the conversation during a post-talk reception in the Walker lobby.

This program will have ASL interpretation.

To request accommodations for this program or for more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email access@walkerart.org.

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

Kate Downing Khaled is founder & CEO of Imagine Deliver, a nationally award winning strategy and insights firm in Minneapolis. For almost a decade, the firm has partnered with bold, intersectional leaders in healthcare, government, philanthropy, and financial services to redesign systems by listening to the genius of their most marginalized users. Using a range of community centered, equitable design methods, Imagine Deliver puts community, employees, and customers in the design seat in order to develop inclusive systems transformation strategies that rebuild world for everyone. A graduate of McGill University and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, in 2022, she was named to both TCB Magazine’s Tech20 and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and Imagine Deliver was selected for its second Best for The World B Corp recognition in four years.

Steven Bosacker is the senior vice president of innovation at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and also directs the GMF Cities program. The urban portfolio supports local-level policymakers and practitioners in North America and Europe by facilitating the transatlantic exchange of knowledge for building inclusive, sustainable, and globally engaged cities. Before joining GMF, Bosacker was the principal for public sector & partnerships at Living Cities, where he focused on finding and furthering promising practices in large city governments to get better results for low-income people. The public sector innovation portfolio included projects such as the City Accelerator, Civic Tech & Data Collaborative, and Racial Equity Here, an initiative devoted to operationalizing racial equity in city government operations. From 2006 to 2012, Bosacker served as the city coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, where he championed accountability and transparency in services across municipal government. He began his career in elected government, serving as chief of staff for both US Congressman Tim Penny and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.

Rochelle Riley ended a nearly 20-year career as an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist in 2019 to become the City of Detroit’s director of arts and culture. She guides the city’s investment in the creative economy and creates opportunities for transformative innovation. Her first major project was the United States’ first city-wide memorial to victims of Covid-19: 15 funeral processions that circled the city’s Belle Isle past 924 photo billboards of victims. The installation gained international attention and provided closure for families across the city who could not hold funerals. More than 25,000 cars visited; millions viewed it online; and it was featured during national coverage of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Riley is co-author of That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed The World (2021) and author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (2018). Learn more at rochelleriley.com.

Moderator Adair Mosley is CEO of the African American Leadership Forum, which builds cross-sector networks of leaders and institutions to improve the lives of American Americans in Minnesota. Previously, he was president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities, where his work included leading a $1 million community health partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and a $1 million investment from Kresge Foundation. In 2020, he launched Justice Built Communities, an equitable economic development corporation created to prevent gentrification and displacement, along with prioritizing wealth creation in black and brown communities. As Pillsbury’s chief innovation officer, he led a $7 million dollar capital campaign to build North Market, a first-of-its-kind grocery store that is transforming food access and economic vitality in North Minneapolis. Mosley is a member of the Itasca Project and serves on the boards of MinnPost, Center for Economic Inclusion, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. In 2019, he represented the Twin Cities region at Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. He received the Local Legend Award from General Mills Foundation for embodying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision and legacy. He earned a certificate in human-centered design at Stanford, and is currently a candidate for an executive global master’s in cities from the London School of Economics, having previously attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan’s Executive Leadership Institute.