New Webinar: Equitable Development: Back to Basics (Equitable Development Training Part 1)


Webinar Title: Equitable Development: Back to Basics (Equitable Development Training Part 1)

Webinar Date/Time: April 29, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

America Walks engages and empowers communities across the US to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move. Increasingly the infrastructure changes that make places more walkable are creating rapid change and potentially contribute to the displacement and disenfranchisement of some community members. To ensure that community improvements can allow residents to stay and thrive in place, a deliberate, inclusive plan that reflects community priorities and safe-guards local culture and affordability is required. This is the first in a three-part training in partnership with the 11th St Bridge Park Project that will explore the practice of Equitable Development and hear from experts on the ground who are on the path to creating communities for all.

Attendees of this part will:

  • Learn about what equitable development is and how to get started developing an Equitable Development Plan.
  • Hear from experts as to why equitable development is needed.
  • Explore the benefits of equitable development for communities.

Following this first session, registration will be made available for the second session, Equitable Development: Starting on the Path (May 20, 2019), and the third session, Equitable Development: Who’s at the Table? (June 17, 2019).

About the Panel

Adam Kent serves as a Senior Program Officer in the DC LISC office, responsible for a wide range of LISC investments and community development initiatives. Adam developed and currently leads LISC’s Elevating Equity Initiative, a $50 million effort devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge Park. In addition, Adam structures and underwrites loans that facilitate the creation and preservation of affordable rental and ownership housing in DC. He leads LISC’s corridor-specific economic development work, as well as LISC’s creative placemaking projects. Adam also 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. Adam also plays trumpet for the DC-based funk and soul band AZTEC SUN, which is consistently voted as one of DC’s Best Local Original Bands. He holds a BA in Economics from Macalester College, a MA in Teaching from American University, and a MPA from Princeton University.

Photo Credit: Jared Soares

Irfana Jetha Noorani is the Deputy Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a public/private partnership between the District of Columbia and the local nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River to build a civic space that spans the Anacostia River and connects the communities of Capitol Hill/Navy Yard and Anacostia/Fairlawn. Along with fundraising, Irfana works closely with local stakeholders to plan community-driven programs like the Anacostia River Festival and other placekeeping initiatives in the adjoining neighborhoods. She promotes the project’s equity-first model by providing planning and implementation support on the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan—a $56MM+ initiative to ensure that investments in nearby neighborhoods benefit current residents. Irfana recently completed a planning process with local artists and residents to develop cultural strategies to add to the Plan.

Previously, Irfana worked with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Performing Arts Program and for New York Live Arts | Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as the Manager of Institutional Giving. Irfana was an Arts Management Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a BA in Dance & Movement Studies and International Relations from Emory University in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.

Vaughn 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.

This webinar is in partnership with the 11th Street Bridge Project.