Economic Mobility & Well-Being Conference

August 14-17, 2022

Marriott Savannah Riverfront  |  Savannah, GA

Join Us in Savannah, GA

We are pleased to welcome you to the 2022 Economic Mobility & Well-Being Conference produced by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) for the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA).

Our Commitment to Meeting Safely

APHSA takes the safety and well-being of our attendees seriously as we continue to plan in-person events for 2022. All attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination to attend any in-person event through our secure portal. If an attendee is not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test (home tests are not accepted) is taken within 48-72 hours before arriving at the event to attend an APHSA event. APHSA will provide a secure upload portal for attendees to provide their information. Each attendee will be required to present either their vaccination card or, if they are not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a pharmacy/lab showing the date and time administered, their name, and results at the time of check-in at registration. The accepted test type for a COVID-19 test for travel is the PCT/NAAT, administered by local pharmacies and/or labs. Results are typically returned to individuals electronically within 1-2 days showing the date, time, individual’s name, and test results. No home tests will be accepted as proof of negative tests.


Latest Announcements

Overflow Hotel Rooms Available

The host hotel block is at capacity and has extended as many additional rooms as possible to accommodate attendees at the per diem and standard rates per contract. In addition, due to the compression of hotel room availability in Savannah, per diem-rated rooms are no longer available at hotels near the conference hotel. However, APHSA negotiated an overflow hotel agreement with Homewood Suites Riverfront and The Kimpton Brice Hotel, a 3 to 5-minute walk to the conference hotel.

Reservations can be made directly with the hotels using their online portal. Click below to learn more.

2022 Agenda-At-A-Glance

Below you'll find the conference schedule and agenda-at-a-glance for 2022. We'll keep this updated regularly with the latest announced speakers and sessions. Be sure to keep checking in! (Last Updated July 13, 2022)


Featured Speakers & 2022 Highlights

Sunday, August 14 – Highlights

Welcome General Session  |  4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

APHSA & Georgia Welcome

Advancing Economic Mobility Through a Race Equity Lens


Tracy Wareing Evans

President and CEO, American Public Human Services Association

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Wesley Merritt

Assistant Deputy Commissioner Field and Quality Operations, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services

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Van R. Johnson, II

Mayor, City of Savannah

Monday, August 15 – Highlights

General Session  |  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening General Session

Creating a Just, Equitable, and Sustainable Food System

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Stacy Dean

Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services


Carrie Calvert

Vice President, Agriculture and Nutrition Government Relations, Feeding America


Rachel Spencer

Senior Manager, Food Systems & Home Region Giving


Swati Chandra

Director, LA County Food Equity Roundtable

Moderator: Helena Bottemiller Evich

Food and Agriculture Reporter

If the past two years have shown us anything, it’s that we cannot solve hunger or economic inequality alone. As we look toward the impending end of the national public health emergency and opportunities such as the 2023 Farm Bill, it is essential that we are led by those most affected by hunger, and create partnerships across the public, private, and community sectors to build interconnected systems that create meaningful access to food. This general session will explore how to leverage SNAP and other nutrition supports in partnership with community to work toward a food system that is just, equitable, and sustainable for the long term.

Tuesday, August 16 – Highlights

General Session  |  11:45 AM – 1:45 PM

Creating Community-Led Paths to Economic Mobility


Lillian Singh

Senior Vice President of Family Economic Opportunity, Share Our Strength

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Amanda Cage

President and CEO, National Fund for Workplace Solutions

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Denise Harlow

CEO, Community Action Partnership

Moderator: Derrick Anderson

Executive Director, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice

During this session, a panel of leading national and community voices will draw on their experiences to reflect on how our public systems can work in alignment to support families in their path to family-sustaining wages and remove structural barriers communities face to achieve upward mobility. Particular focus will be given to how we can redesign the way we deliver services by listening to the voices of the people we serve and working in partnership with the community. Through this conversation-style format, panelists will reflect on what has worked and where we have fallen short to promote economic mobility in our country and what changes in policies, practices, and infrastructure are needed to lay the building blocks for a future where all Americans have the tools they need to realize their full potential.

Wednesday, August 17th – Keynote Speaker

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Closing General Session  |  9:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Are You Ready to Unleash Your Inner Winner?

​Natalie Fikes CNE,CDE,CNC
Speaker & Facilitator; Named “Best Speaker of Today”

Everyone wants to win but not everyone knows how to be a winner. A winning mindset, like success in business, isn’t handed to you. You have to build a winning mindset over time and Natalie Fikes, our closing keynote speaker, will light your way. You have unlimited, untapped potential inside of you, waiting to be discovered. It's time to connect with your purpose and activate, master, and unleash your inner winner. Be inspired to dream big, trust yourself, embrace a positive attitude, and celebrate progress not perfection.


Countdown to August 14 – Join Us In Savannah

Early Registration Ends July 15

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2022 Registration

Registration is open! To register, you will log in using your email associated with your APHSA membership profile.

If you do not have a profile, you must create one to register for the conference.

Questions on registration profiles should be directed to Member Services at

NOTICE: Registering for this meeting is an agreement to pay the stated fees. If you register prior to receiving travel approval and you do not attend the conference, your organization will be responsible for payment of the registration fees. All registration fees are due at the time of registration with a credit card. If they cannot be paid by credit card, they must be paid prior to the start of the conference, or a purchase order must be on file.

Hotel & Travel Info

The Marriott Savannah Riverfront is the home of the 2022 Economic Mobility & Well-Being Conference. Located in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia, explore the warmth and beauty of Georgia's oldest city from our riverfront location, with many top attractions, shops, and restaurants just a short stroll away.