New Webinar: Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities (November 15, 2017)

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Webinar Title: Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities

Webinar Date/Time: November 15, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

Jobs, affordable housing and transportation are three pillars of providing opportunities and supporting human potential and well-being. As advocates for active transportation and connected mobility options, these pillars are essential to our work and it is important that we continue to explore ways they come together in developing healthy, active, and engaged communities. By doing so, we create opportunities for new jobs, economic vitality, and community cohesion. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkability. 

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Expand their knowledge of work being done promoting different forms of community development 
  • Learn from those working to address some of these challenges and their views as to how their work intersects with walkability 
  • Strategies for public, private, civic, and neighborhood leaders to work together to support these new patterns of growth in their communities

About the Presenters

Rachel Bennett, MPH, MURP, works to promote social justice through the framework of public health. As an Associate Program Manager at Prevention Institute, Rachel does research, policy advocacy, trainings, and technical assistance related to healthy city and regional planning. She manages the Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use Network, a multi-sector collaborative working to achieve health equity through land use policies and practices in the nation’s second largest city and largest county, Los Angeles. She has organized and served as a speaker at convenings on displacement, violence prevention, transportation safety, and other issues, and has co-authored several Prevention Institute publications including Healthy Development without Displacement,Strategic Opportunities to Achieve a Healthy, Equitable Land Use System in Los Angeles, andCommunity Safety by DesignRachel earned dual Master’s degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Prevention Institute, Rachel worked as a research and teaching assistant to Dr. Richard Jackson, a founder of the Built Environment and Health field; she also did research and policy advocacy with the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative, and coordinated international health programs with Seva Foundation.

Maria Sipin is inspired by her peers at Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) and their collective work toward transportation justice. MCM is actively working to develop solutions to challenge top-down processes and raise the value of community engagement efforts in Los Angeles. She has served as an advisory board member since 2013 in supportive and leadership roles to steer the vision, strategies, and operations of the organization. She draws from her professional experience in communications and community mobilization for initiatives ranging from active transportation to adolescent LGBTQ health to inform MCM’s work in Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School, bike share, storytelling, and community engagement strategies. Maria is a former America Walks Fellow and is completing her joint-degree in Public Health (MPH) and Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) at OHSU-PSU in Portland, Oregon. Maria was born in the Philippines and raised in Manila and Los Angeles, and her commitment to addressing health inequities is driven by her immigrant identity, family’s labor history in Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley of California, and the connections between colonialism, racism, trauma, and disenfranchisement for communities of color.

Nate Storring is a writer and researcher at Project for Public Spaces who focuses on urbanism, public space, community engagement, and civic literacy. His writing has appeared in CityLab, Next City, Citiscope, Canadian Architect, The Globe and Mail, and The Metropolitan Revolution blog, and he is a regular contributor to the Project for Public Spaces blog. He has also curated exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Urbanspace Gallery (Toronto, ON), and BSA Space (Boston, MA). In 2016, he co-edited Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, a career-spanning collection of articles and speeches by one of the twentieth century’s most influential urbanists. He holds a B.F.A in Criticism & Curatorial Practices from the Ontario College of Art & Design, and an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Jennifer S. Vey is a Senior fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. Her work primarily focuses on the competitiveness and quality of life of cities in the innovation economy. She is the author of “Building from Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy,” “Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older Industrial Cities,” “Organizing for Success: A Call to Action for the Kansas City Region,” and “Higher Education in Pennsylvania: A Competitive Asset for Communities.” She has also co-authored numerous other Brookings publications, including “Connect to Compete: How the University City-Center City Innovation District Can Help Philadelphia Excel Globally and Serve Locally” and “One Year After: Observations on the Rise of Innovation Districts,” as well as co-edited Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America’s Older Industrial Areas, published by the American Assembly and Brookings Institution Press.


Prior to joining Brookings in June, 2001, Jennifer was a Community Planning and Development Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She earned a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and holds a B.A. in Geography from Bucknell University. She lives with her family in Baltimore.