Speakers

Payton Chung

Payton is a housing developer and author who has written for the Urban Land Institute, Greater Greater Washington, the American Institute of Architects, and Streetsblog USA, among others. He is working on building environmentally responsible, moderately priced homes in the southeastern US. Payton is a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development, and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Follow Payton at @paytonchung  

Jenny Schuetz

Jenny Schuetz is a Fellow in Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. She is an expert in urban economics and housing policy, focusing particularly on housing affordability. Jenny has written extensively on land use regulation, housing prices, urban amenities, and neighborhood change. She has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, and Vox. Before joining Brookings, Jenny served as a Principal Economist in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Follow Jenny at @jenny_schuetz

Maya Rosas

Maya Rosas is the President and co-founder of the YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County, the first YIMBY Democratic club in the nation. The YIMBY Dems has emerged as a leading voice in San Diego politics on progressive, pro-housing policy and supports democratic YIMBY candidates in the region. Maya serves as Circulate San Diego’s Director of Policy, where she advocates for safe streets, transit, and smart growth. Maya serves as vice chair of the City of San Diego’s Mobility Board. Follow Maya at @msmayarosas

Jarrett Walker

Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, including the links between transit and all aspects of community planning and urban structure. His clients include transit authorities, cities, developers, and non-profits – anyone who wants to make better use of public transit as a tool to support resilient communities, individual liberty, and social inclusion. In his 28 years of transit consulting, Jarrett has worked on more than 200 public transit planning projects across North America, Australia, and New Zealand, in more than 100 cities, from small towns to major metro areas. Follow Jarrett at @humantransit 

Lynda Lopez

Lynda Lopez is a writer and transportation advocate in Chicago. Lynda is an Advocacy Manager with the Active Transportation Alliance and recently co-authored a report on fair equity in the Chicagoland region. She writes for Streetsblog Chicago focusing on equity issues around housing displacement, biking, and transportation in communities of color. Lynda is a core organizer with the Untokening, a national multratial collectivet centering the experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity and is a member of the Innovations in Transportation Equity for Latino Communities workgroup at UT Health San Antonio. Follow Lynda at @Lyndab08 

Conor Dougherty

Conor Dougherty is the author of Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America and an economics reporter at The New York Times. He is based out of the Times’s San Francisco office and previously spent a decade in New York covering housing and the economy for The Wall Street Journal. He grew up in the Bay Area and is scumbag single-family homeowner who lives with his wife and two kids in Oakland. Follow Connor at @ConorDougherty

Alex Baca

Alex Baca is the housing program organizer for Greater Greater Washington, a media and advocacy organization that works for a more accessible and sustainable DC region. GGWash’s housing program seeks to change the legal and cultural framework in Washington, DC, to ensure the fair distribution of the preservation, protection, and production of more housing, and more affordable housing. Previously the engagement director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the general manager of Cuyahoga County’s bikesharing system, she has also worked in journalism, bike advocacy, architecture, construction, and transportation in DC, San Francisco, and Cleveland. She has written about all of the above for CityLab, Slate, Vox, Washington City Paper, and other publications.

Lynda Lopez

Vivek Shandas is a Professor of Climate Adaptation and Director of the SUPR Lab at Portland State University. Dr. Shandas’ studies the effects of urban development patterns and processes on environmental health, with specific attention to the hyper-local feedbacks between climate change and human decision making. He also serves as Chair of the City of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission, and is a Principal at CAPA Strategies, LLC, a global consulting group that helps communities prepare for climate-induced disruptions.

Dan Reed

Dan Reed (he/they) is a writer, urban planner, and community advocate. Dan works with communities all over the United States to make their streets safer, enjoyable, and equitable. Their writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, CityLab, Architect Magazine, Greater Greater Washington, and Washingtonian Magazine. A resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, Dan has written a neighborhood blog for nearly 14 years at www.justupthepike.com and previously served on the board of Action Committee for Transit, a transit advocacy group in Montgomery County. Dan has bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and English from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
 

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