Urban Resilience

20 Years Of Life – Public Health and Political Power

Topic: Urban Resilience Series – Addressing public health disparities Guest & Organization: Suzanne Bohan covered health and science for 12 years with the Bay Area News Group, a 650,000-circulation newspaper chain which includes the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and Oakland Tribune. She previously worked for the Sacramento Bee, and her writing has…

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Art and Creative Place Making

Topic: The arts and community engagement as highly effective community and economic development strategies Guest & Organization: Juanita Hardy is the Senior Visiting Fellow (SVF) for Creative Placemaking at the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Her work supports the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by deepening and broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking through content, the ULI District Council network, and…

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The History and Power of the Built Environment

Topic: Urban revitalization and land regeneration Guest & Organization: Dekonti Mends-Cole serves as the Director of Policy for the Center for Community Progress. Prior to joining Center for Community Progress in September 2015, Dekonti worked in Detroit as the Deputy Director of Dispositions for the Detroit Land Bank Authority overseeing disposition, property management and compliance…

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Puerto Rico and Disaster Capitalism

Topic: Post-disaster relief efforts to rebuild and revitalize Puerto Rico Guest & Organization: Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. A national leader in climate justice movement, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Climate Justice…

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Recovering from Wildfire in Northern California

Topic: Wildfire recovery in wine country Guest & Organization: Chris Coursey grew up in a military family, and by the time he graduated from college had never lived in any city for more than three years. He came to Santa Rosa in 1980 to take a job that he thought would be a brief stop in his…

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