December 2020 Update:
The speakers listed below were confirmed for the YIMBYtown conference originally scheduled for April 2020. We hope to share more information in the months ahead about the possibility of hosting the conference in the fall of 2021, and we hope to invite all of these speakers to join us at the rescheduled date. This page will be updated when we have more information.
Julián Castro is a former Democratic candidate for President and served as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, and as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014. Castro also co-chaired the United States delegation to the United Nations Habitat III conference, spearheaded efforts to reduce homelessness, and created Connect Home, a public-private partnership to deliver broadband to public housing residents. As mayor of America’s seventh largest city, Castro brought a strong focus to expanding educational achievement and making San Antonio a leader in the 21st century global economy. A native Texan, Castro began his public service career in 2001, becoming, at the age of 26, San Antonio’s youngest city councilman in history at the time. Castro made history again in 2012, when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, the first Latino to do so. Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream was published by Little Brown in 2018.
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 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
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, Alex has written about bike advocacy, architecture, construction, and transportation for CityLab, Slate, Vox, Washington City Paper, and other publications. Follow Alex at @alexbaca
Julian Brave Noisecat
Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwépemc/Stitlimx’) is Vice President of Policy & Strategy for Data for Progress, Narrative Change Director of the Natural History Museum and a fellow with the Type Media Center and NDN Collective. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s and other publications. In 2019, he organized an Indigenous canoe journey to San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation. He has advised presidential candidates, senators and members of congress helping shape progressive platforms like the Green New Deal. Follow Julian at @jnoisecat
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
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
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 lives with his wife and two kids in Oakland. Follow Conor at @ConorDougherty
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
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 Tines, CityLab, Architect Magazine, Greater Greater Washington, and Washingtonian Magazine. A resident of Silver Spring, MD, Dan has written a neighborhood blog for nearly 14 years at www.justupthepike.
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.
Alice Lockhart cried her way through This Changes Everything in 2015 just in time for Shell No! She joined 350 Seattle shortly after that, and has since worked with 350 on numerous campaigns and in numerous roles. She presently works on 350’s transportation, housing, and Seattle Green New Deal teams, because the climate crisis demands we transform our cities to create low-carbon, transit-rich, and welcoming urban neighborhoods. Follow Alice and her team at @350_Seattle
Before becoming the Director of TransitMatters, Jarred served as a project manager for the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation where he managed a variety of complex affordable housing real estate projects and supported organizing efforts for better service on the Fairmount Line. Before that, he helped to start the “Love Your Block” mini-grant project and helped write the City of Boston’s first Volunteer Plan as a part of the Civic Engagement Office. He also has a wealth of grassroots organizing experience working on presidential, state, and Cherokee tribal races. He joined TransitMatters as a volunteer in the summer of 2015 and served on the Board since the fall of that year. Follow Jarred at @jarjoh
Andrew Riley (he/him) is a Portland-based community organizer, currently working as the Policy & Communications Associate for Unite Oregon. In that role, he works with on-the-ground organizers across the state to plan and execute a statewide, community-centered communications and policy agenda focused on racial, economic, and social justice. Other current focus areas include supporting anti-displacement organizing in Portland’s Southwest Corridor, and organizing around police abuses of vulnerable communities with the goal of abolishing police. He has previously served as a board member of the Community Alliance of Tenants; policy advocate for Anti-Displacement PDX; community engagement coordinator for 1000 Friends of Oregon; tenant organizer for Portland Tenants United; and labor organizer for the Amalagamated Transit Union Local 757. Follow Andrew at @[email protected]
David has been at the helm of TransitCenter since 2013, leading its reinvention as a civic philanthropy. He assembled the crew and sets direction for the foundation’s mission to improve urban transportation. He spent the early part of his career as a maritime and aviation freight dog, and was then elected to two terms as President of the Metro Council, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon area. He drove a taxi cab for a year, jump-seated a 747 freighter into the then-USSR, rode a Dutch container ship up the Strait of Malacca, and twice (once for two minutes in Minnesota and once for five minutes in Iowa) has been allowed to run the engineer’s throttle on a freight train, so he knows how to move big things.
Brian co-founded and leads California YIMBY, a statewide pro-housing advocacy organization. Pundits hailed California YIMBY’s first bill, SB 827, as possibly the “biggest environmental boon, the best job creator, and the greatest strike against inequality that anyone’s proposed in the United States in decades.” The bill died in committee, but garnered more than 500 press articles and redefined the scale of the policy response necessary to solve the housing crisis. Brian also co-founded the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA), which sues cities that violate state housing law. CaRLA’s novel impact litigation strategy yielded victory against Berkeley, lead to the passage of major housing bill, and generated enormous press coverage for the YIMBY movement. Before a career in housing, Brian spent 10 years working for the US EPA and the US Forest Service. Follow Brian at @hanlonbt
Diane Linn joined Proud Ground as the new Executive Director in December 2013 after nearly six years in Marin County, California serving as Director of Ritter Center, which provides services to low-income, working poor, and homeless families. Diane is the former Multnomah County Chair (2001 – 2007), and served as Commissioner (District 1) prior to serving county-wide. While with the County her top priorities were providing fairness and justice for communities of color and LGBTQ individuals, and vital services to the County’s most vulnerable people. Diane served as Director of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the City of Portland and, prior to ONI, she was the Executive Director of Oregon NARAL. Diane grew up in Portland, raised her two children here, and has worked to better serve vulnerable and under-served families throughout her career. Follow Proud Ground CLT at @proudground
Cary Westerbeck is the principal of westerbeck|architecture, based in downtown Bothell, WA, specializing in modern works of architecture including remodels, custom homes, multi-family, and mixed-use commercial projects. These days, Westerbeck is focusing on development and is currently building a mixed-use four-plex across from the downtown Bothell Library. He’s excited about Bothell’s revitalization, and serves as Chair of the city’s Landmark Preservation Board. Cary also recently created an urbanist community group called BoPOP (Bothellites for People-Oriented Places) to work with other community members interested in creating complete neighborhoods and a safe, walkable city with everyday shops and services close at hand and more diverse and affordable housing choices. Follow Cary at @carywesterbeck
Anabelle Rondon is a passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive civic engagement driving community change. She has over 15 years of experience organizing communities to effectively engage in the creation of vibrant places policies that center the communities they will impact. Anabelle currently serves as the Great Neighborhoods Network Director at the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and has had the privilege of serving on numerous boards and advisory committees across Massachusetts and New York City—two communities she has dedicated herself to investing in since moving to the United States from her native Dominican Republic. Follow Anabelle at @anabellerp.
Bandana Shrestha is the Director of Community Engagement for AARP Oregon. She leads AARP’s livable community work in Oregon including growing and supporting the Network of Age-friendly Communities in the state, advocating for policies and programs that enhance affordable and accessible housing options, and expanding transportation and mobility options for all. Before joining AARP, Bandana served as Director of Model Programs and Partnerships for the Points of Light Foundation. She has a BA from Linfield College and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Originally from Nepal, Bandana is passionate about and committed to empowerment-based, people-centered solutions to social change. She serves on the board of Asian Pacific Islander Network of Oregon and Metro’s Regional Affordable Housing Bond Community Oversight Committee. Follow Bandana at @bandana1.
Aaron Brown is a rabblerousin’ community organizer for housing, transportation, and climate justice based in Portland, Oregon. He’s held leadership roles in successful electoral campaigns to raise over $1.6 billion in municipal and regional funding for parks, schools, teachers, and streets. Aaron helped pass legislative regulations on dirty diesel engines in 2019 and first-of-its kind legislation to expunge nonviolent marijuana criminal records in 2015. Aaron’s a lead organizer of the No More Freeways campaign to stop ODOT’s Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion into the backyard of Harriet Tubman Middle School, a founding member of Portland:Neighbors Welcome, and a former Board President of Oregon Walks, the state’s pedestrian advocacy organization. He spends his free time collecting scarves from soccer clubs, riding the bus, and instagramming his cat, who is kind of a jerk.
Allan Lazo is the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, an organization with the mission to end housing discrimination in Oregon through access to education, advocacy, and enforcement. He has been a long-time community advocate for civil rights and social justice, especially in the areas of housing, homelessness, and racial equity. Allan currently serves on the City of Portland Housing Bureau’s Affordable Housing Bond Oversight Committee and is a long-time resident of Portland.
As a founder of CAST architecture, Matt Hutchins has spent more than twenty years working to increase the vitality of the city and protect the environment. Through his design and policy work, Matt is an advocate for better density, abundant housing options, vibrant urban spaces, open space, and sustainable building. In 2017, He co-founded the grassroots group MOAR (More Options for Accessory Residences) to support zoning reform for accessory dwellings in Seattle. He co-chairs AIA Seattle’s Housing Task Force, and serves on the City’s Southwest Design Review Board. Follow Matt at @HutchinsMatt
Dylan Casey lives in Oakland, CA, and works as the President and Executive Director of California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA). Dylan’s work at CaRLA has focused on ensuring local compliance with state housing law, including the Housing Accountability Act and Accessory Dwelling Unit Law. Before joining CaRLA, Dylan worked as a land use lawyer for New York City government since graduating law school from New York University in 2012. Dylan worked on permitting for individual developments and neighborhood rezonings resulting in tens of thousands of new housing units approved, and helped develop the city’s inclusionary housing program first at the Department of City Planning and later at the New York City Council.
Nicole Johnson is the Community Engagement Manager with 1000 Friends or Oregon. Her B.A. in Social Work program at Portland State University sparked her passion for environmental justice issues when she worked with a local nonprofit to help refine a transit access and improvement tool. Nicole’s efforts led to several years working in the non-profit sector advancing solutions and strategies to achieve environmental justice, affordable housing, anti-displacement and youth leadership development. She believes everyone should have access to information and have a seat at the table to inform decisions that directly impact them. Prior to joining 1000 Friends of Oregon, she shifted her career focus, resulting in positions ranging from youth organizer, Politcorp fellow and youth leadership development coordinator. Nicole is excited to further the work of 1000 Friends of Oregon through a diversity and equity lens and with meaningful community engagement activities.
Lindsay develops and implements innovative programs and policies to support sustainable communities and conserve natural resource lands throughout Washington State in her position as the Senior Director for Policy and Communities Programs at Forterra. She specializes in engaging communities in planning and policymaking; facilitating community visioning and collaborative decision- making processes; and providing research, analysis and program development for local, regional, and state issues concerning land use, ecosystems, community equity, food systems, and economic revitalization. Lindsay has played an integral role in the design and coordination of the Forterra facilitated Cross Laminated Timber Statewide Coalition since 2015, which aims to accelerate a market for cross laminated timber and other mass timber products that are sustainably sourced, produced and used in Washington State.
Jesse Kanson-Benanav is founding chairman of A Better Cambridge, a citywide pro-housing organization in Cambridge, MA and the largest, most active YIMBY group in Massachusetts. Jesse has been working with a large group of housing activists across the Greater Boston region to found Abundant Housing Massachusetts which will launch this spring and focus on convening grassroots pro-housing activists and organizations and provide them a voice in the Massachusetts State House. Jesse currently works as an affordable housing developer for B’nai B’rith Housing, where he is responsible for managing the organization affordable housing work, including the design, permitting, financing and construction of new developments.
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Paul is the Founding Principal of Ethos Development, a human-centered development company based in Portland Oregon; prioritizing accessible pricing and resident experience throughout its 1,000-unit pipeline. With experience that spans construction, finance, and civil service, Paul’s perspective on the real estate industry and housing market is broad-based. Serving on the real estate advisory boards of Proud Ground, a Portland Community Land Trust, and Central City Concern, an integrated housing and healthcare services platform addressing those affected with houselessness and addiction. While not contemplating housing, Paul likes to spend time outdoors with his wife Lisa, young son Drea, and two dogs Luna and Boom.
Ezra is the Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs for the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metropolitan Portland. In that role, he oversees regionwide and local advocacy efforts on behalf of the HBA and those involved in the land development, homebuilding, and remodeling industries. Prior to joining HBA, Ezra worked as a land use attorney at one at one of Los Angeles’ premier land use law firms, where his clients included local, regional, and national development companies entitling and building throughout Southern California. Ezra also served as the Senior Planner for Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Council District 11 on the Los Angeles City Council.
Lisa Byers has been the Executive Director of OPAL Community Land Trust in Eastsound, WA (Orcas Island) since January 1996. During her tenure, OPAL has grown to provide housing for over 6% of the island’s year-round population. She was a co-founder and first Board President of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition and the Grounded Solutions Network, the national association for community land trusts and affordable housing solutions that last for generations. Lisa also teaches classes and provides consulting on organizational development & sustainability, fundraising, finance, and stewardship practices for community land trusts.
Michael Allen is a partner in the civil rights law firm of Relman Colfax PLLC where his practice focuses on litigation under the Fair Housing Act and related civil rights laws. He joined the firm in June 2006, after 11 years of litigation and other advocacy on behalf of poor people and people with disabilities at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and a decade at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. He is a 1979 graduate of Georgetown University, and received his law degree in 1985 from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Michael has written, lectured and consulted widely on civil rights and NIMBYism.
Paulo Nunes-Ueno is an expert in sustainable transportation and effective solutions for transit, mobility and parking. He started his career as a program manager at King County Metro’s Commute Trip Reduction Program and then became Director of Transportation and Sustainability for Seattle Children’s Hospital. At Children’s, Paulo led the development of Seattle Children’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the associated Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Initiative. Nunes-Ueno went on to become Transit and Mobility Division Director at Seattle Department of Transportation where he was responsible for the innovating the city’s transit, parking and shared mobility portfolio. He now consults directly with organizations to help them design and implement cutting edge enterprise commute programs.
Margaret Morales is a researcher at Sightline Institute, a non-profit sustainability think tank in the Pacific Northwest. Her work on Sightline’s housing and urbanism team focuses on zoning codes and how housing policy influences the climate and access to opportunity. She also leads Sightline’s Farms and Forests research program.
Juan Carlos González
Juan Carlos González joined the Metro Council in 2019, representing the northern urban areas of Washington County on the Metro Council. Born in Forest Grove, raised in Cornelius, and now living in Hillsboro, Juan Carlos is a first-generation Mexican-American who has dedicated his life to giving back to the communities that have given so much to him. Juan Carlos returned to Washington County after college to join Centro Cultural de Washington County, a nonprofit that works with local Latino families to create self-sufficient and engaged citizens. Today he is the organization’s director of development and communications, leading the work on workforce development services, and civic leadership and advocacy initiatives in the community.
Randy Shaw is the Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco’s leading provider of housing for homeless single adults. Shaw’s latest book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, highlights the pricing out of a new generation of working and middle-class residents from the nation’s progressive cities. Shaw’s book discusses over a dozen cities and offers specific strategies for expanding affordability and combating climate change. Shaw’s prior books include The Activist’s Handbook, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century, and The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco. Shaw also edits BeyondChron.org.
Victoria Fierce is a queer and trans community organizer based in downtown Oakland, California. While she doesn’t call herself a YIMBY anymore, she’s been deeply involved with the movement since its early days in 2014. Victoria produced YIMBYtown 2017 as part of her work with East Bay for Everyone, a housing organizer collective she co-founded shortly after getting involved with the movement. Victoria drafted EBFE’s first Code of Conduct and intersectional bylaws and has been a tireless advocate for feminism and LGBTQA+ inclusion in YIMBY spaces. She believes that if we’re going to make cities for everyone, that requires putting more than just loud white men in the drivers seat.
Kathleen is one of the founders of Engine 6, a voluntary association of pro-housing activists in her Metro Boston suburb. They formed in 2013 to support the conversion of a defunct firehouse in her neighborhood into permanent homes for nine chronically homeless adults, which the City initially supported but then blocked, when opposition got ugly. Engine 6 has continued to rally around multifamily housing proposals of varying shapes and sizes. They have forged coalitions with local transportation, climate, economic-development, senior, racial-justice, and disability-rights activists.
Rose is the Director of Real Estate Development for Hacienda CDC, and is leading the redevelopment of the Phase 1 Las Adelitas project, a new 142 unit affordable housing project and the mixed-use redevelopment of the Villa de Clara Vista, Hacienda’s oldest housing project. Rose is also leading other development services projects, including the innovative Equity First Affordable Small Home’s project, and Phase II Las Adelitas commercial project which plans to include a child care center. Rose brings more than 26 years in the real estate industry after working at US Department of HUD, Mt Hood Community Mental Health, and CASA of Oregon.
Steve began his 25-year Habitat for Humanity career working at Habitat’s International headquarters in Georgia. Since taking the helm at Habitat in Portland 16 years ago, the organization has tripled the number of people served annually, and currently has plans to triple this number again over the next three years. Under Steve’s leadership, Habitat has been recognized as the Green Home Builder of the Year by Earth Advantage, one of Portland Business Journal’s Most Admired Nonprofits, and received the Rotary Oregon Ethics in Business Award. Steve currently serves as vice chair of the US Council of Habitat International and is an active member of numerous local housing committees.
Rebecca Winterich-Knox is a community organizer with the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, a non-profit that helps local chapters across MA implement clean energy solutions at the community level. Rebecca’s passion for social justice and grassroots organizing stems from her involvement with community service while a student at Wellesley College. She is the point person for MCAN’s Better Buildings Campaign, an initiative to support healthy, equitable, and Net Zero construction in MA and beyond.
Alan Kessler (he/him) is an attorney and activist living in Portland Oregon. After working for years as an intellectual property attorney while advocating for safe transportation and abundant housing on the side, Alan flipped his focus. He now runs a solo legal practice focused on public records and government accountability litigation. His recent victories include forcing the state to investigate a historic landmarks commissioner who tried to block affordable housing across the street from her home; obtaining an order enjoining the City of Portland from overcharging for public records; and using the public records process to reveal secret negotiations between the City of Portland and ODOT which would have allowed construction of a freeway lane over our waterfront esplanade. Follow Alan at @alankesslr.
Neil is an urban planner + designer with a focus on aligning municipal regulations with the kinds of development outcomes a community wants to see. This is accomplished using a real estate development pro-forma-based approach that quantifies the physical and financial effects of various policy decisions. He also helps to educate small developers to translate zoning code language into beautiful site layout plans. Alongside his wife, Neil is a small-scale developer using owner-occupied strategies to provide additional housing options and a positive rental experience for his tenants. Follow Neil at @nbrhoodwrkshop
Nicholas is a licensed architect and contractor with nearly 20 years’ professional experience across the United States and Europe. He holds Masters Degrees in both Architecture and Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2014, he founded infillPDX, a design and research collaborative focused on the development of financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable models of infill housing models to address Portland’s housing crisis. He has served on multiple design and awards juries, organized and presented at numerous symposia, and served on several graduate school admission boards. He currently teaches at the University of Oregon and lives in SE Portland with his wife and two daughters.
Dottie educates elected officials and business leaders about development issues and coaches them through implementation strategies. Recently, she has developed tools and services focused on healthy aging. Dottie is also an elected official in her town of Easton, MA serving as the Chair of the Select Board. During her tenure, she spearheaded the effort to get Easton designated as an Age and Dementia Friendly community and has led efforts to increase affordable housing in town from 3% to 10% of the housing stock. Dottie has worked with town officials to leverage housing development to negotiate mitigation that catalyzed sewer infrastructure, roadway improvements, fire station renovation and helped advance a primary school project through the MA School Building Authority program. Dottie serves on a statewide policy committee for the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and also chairs the MMA Women Elected Municipal Official committee.
Bill Cunningham is a planner with the City of Portland, Oregon. Bill led work on the recently-completed “Better Housing by Design Project.” Bill also recently led work on the urban design and development components of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update, focusing on policies for creating complete neighborhoods. Previous to this, Bill’s work included the Portland Courtyard Housing Design Competition, the award-winning Infill Design Project, and the Mixed Use Zones Project.
Rebecca Lewis (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and the Co-Director of Research for the Institute of Policy Research and Engagement. She is an affiliate of the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. She studies land use policy, transportation finance, and the nexus of land use, transportation, housing and climate change. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute for Transportation and Communities, Bullitt Foundation, the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.
Charlie Hales has focused his life’s work on the growth of cities, seeking to make them more livable, sustainable and equitable. He served 14 years in local public office, first as Portland’s City Commissioner for parks, planning and transportation, and later as Mayor. His accomplishments included building new community centers and parks, planning the Pearl District and South Waterfront, and building the Portland Streetcar to make those new dense districts happen. He led the action on both Portland’s Climate Action Plan and the city’s Comprehensive Plan, and now serves as transit planning and urban design director for HDR.
Cameron Herrington manages the anti-displacement program for the Living Cully coalition. Living Cully is a partnership of four community development organizations that are active in the Cully neighborhood: Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda CDC, NAYA and Verde. Cameron leads Living Cully’s efforts to ensure that neighborhood change and investment creates more opportunities for people of color and low-income households to live and thrive in Cully and beyond, rather than leading to their displacement as housing costs increase.
Jamey Duhamel is the Policy Director for Commissioner Chloe Eudaly with Portland City Council. Jamey specializes in housing and tenant protections and is the author of the historic Renter Relocation Assistance law as well as the new Fair Access in Renting policies that reforms security deposit and screening criteria regulations. Jamey believes that all policy should center racial equity and must support solutions that come from people most impacted by current disparities.
Eli Spevak has been developing affordable housing communities in Oregon for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer construction supervisor with Habitat for Humanity. In 2006, he launched Orange Splot, LLC to build new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing development – ideally within an easy bike ride of his house. Eli was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard GSD, co-founded www.accessorydwellings.org, co-founded Portland for Everyone, and now serves on Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission.