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Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, June 13th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Maggiano’s
5:30 Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 Program

“Attainable Housing: A Market-Based Response to NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard)”

Featured Speaker:
Lee M. Kleinman, City Council Member, District 11

As our public officials, the real-estate community and growing families know, Dallas’ affordable housing stock for first-time buyers, the middle class and the economically challenged is declining, forcing people to move farther out. Possible long-term, negative consequences for the City of Dallas include loss of employers and jobs to the suburbs, a shortage of skilled workers, increased congestion due to increasingly long commutes, and ultimately, a decaying core with a high crime rate.

Prior efforts to address this growing problem have been met with “NIMBY.” But now, Council Member Lee M. Kleinman is leading efforts to address this issue in an entirely new way, using a market- and incentive-based approach and working in partnership with the development community. His proposal would substantially increase affordable housing stock without concentrating that stock in only certain parts of the city and without imposing onerous government regulations on developers. One of the many benefits to the City of Dallas would be to create a sustainable and resilient system that withstands economic volatility and budget pressure.

About the Speaker

Lee M. Kleinman has built a very successful career managing high-growth and start-up companies while maintaining his dedication to the community, applying business principles to the benefit of many civic and nonprofit organizations. Lee strives to improve the quality of life for Dallas residents by addressing transportation issues, supporting education and providing a clean, safe living environment. In particular, he believes that strong neighborhoods are the key to a safer city.

As a Dallas City Council member, Lee currently chairs the Transportation & Trinity River Project and Ad Hoc Legislature committees, and serves on the Economic Development and Budget, Finance & Audit committees. His outside board commitments have included the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund, Downtown Dallas Inc., the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and the Regional Transportation Committee.

Lee’s many civic leadership roles include serving as a board member for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Dallas Zoological Society and Trinity Commons Foundation. He earned his MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Pitzer College, with additional coursework at the London School of Economics.


Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. Annual Memberships are $75 per person or $130 per couple. Please RSVP Here

Maggiano’s, Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75225-4499 / Phone: 214-360-0707

Meeting is on the 2nd floor; a receptionist will direct you to the room. Surface, garage and valet parking are available. Maggiano’s entrance is on the south side of the mall. You can also enter from inside the mall.


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