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New Webinar: Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion (March 21, 2017)

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Webinar Title: Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion

Webinar Date/Time: March 21, 2017 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific

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About the Webinar
Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of a community to enjoy health, social and economic benefits in a variety of forms. In this webinar we will aim to look at how to protect and promote the identity and culture of a community, while making room for new development and change. We will feature an example of a community lead equitable development plan, will provide a toolkit of approaches used to prevent displacement and make sure that evolving communities remain affordable and diverse, and hear how affordable housing developers have re-oriented their efforts to build whole communities, by supporting small businesses, protecting the culture of a place, and re-asserting the primacy of resident engagement and the importance of listening.
Join America Walks as we share some of our recent work on the issues of gentrification and displacement and hear from three people working with and in communities around the US who are tackling this challenge. Attendees will:
  • Hear about our research into some of the resources, techniques, and current best practices available for advocates working in this area
  • Learn about a toolkit that provides strategies for communities that have been or may be affected by gentrification
  • Explore community projects that are working with these issues on a daily basis
About the Presenters

ADK_photo1Adam Kent is a Program Officer in the Washington, DC office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). There, he is the lead Program Officer responsible for LISC DC’s Elevating Equity Initiative, a $50 million effort devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge Park. He also leads LISC DC’s corridor-specific economic and small business development strategies, as well as LISC DC’s creative placemaking work. In addition, Adam monitors DC legislative and budget activities and provides analysis on issues that affect community development in the District. Prior to joining LISC, Adam worked as a high school math teacher in DC Public Schools and as a researcher at the Urban Institute. He holds a BA in Economics from Macalester College, a MA in Teaching from American University, and a MPA from Princeton University.

Kate KraftKate Kraft is the Executive Director of America Walks. Prior to joining America Walks staff in 2013, Kate was an independent consultant in the area of environmental and policy approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles and creating health-promoting built environments. As a former Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she was the primary architect of the RWJF Active Living portfolio. A hallmark of Kate’s work is connecting disparate community sectors and cross-disciplines in re-assessing how to design communities and care systems that facilitate healthy lifestyle choices.

She is a recognized expert in how structural environments impact health, and serves as a spokesperson for the emerging “Active Living” movement. Her past work resulted in collaboration between transportation, planning, design, and public health professionals to identify new methods of place-making for health.

headshot1Lauren E. Nolan is an Economic Development Planner at The Voorhees Center for Neighborhood & Community Improvement—a research and technical assistance center housed in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her background includes work in community and economic development, data analysis and management, and policy analysis. Lauren served as a lead member of The Voorhees Center’s Research and Technical Assistance Project—a multi-year project in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense tracking economic, housing market, and demographic conditions in defense-impacted communities. She has worked on a variety of community-based projects and research reports including Planning Transportation for an Aging Illinois, the Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey Report for Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, Socioeconomic Change in Chicago’s Neighborhoods: The Gentrification Index, and The Impact of a Minimum Wage Increase on Housing Affordability in Illinois. In addition to her work at the Voorhees Center, Lauren teaches Policy Analysis Methods at the University of Illinois at Chicago.   She holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Lauren is a certified planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

UntitledVaughn Perry is the Equitable Development Manager for the 11th St Bridge Park Project. His role is to oversee and implement the 19 deliverables for the Equitable Development Plan which fall under three major categories: housing, small business, and work force development. Vaughn’s research interests focus on ecojustice pedagogies, community engagement and green job/skill development. Vaughn holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT from Strayer University and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.