15th Annual Spring Symposium
May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
On Wednesday, May 26 the Housing Action Coalition will host its 15th Annual Spring Symposium!
With the theme of Building Momentum, this year’s program will showcase the growing movement for more equitable, affordable, and inclusive housing across the Bay Area and beyond. From ending exclusionary zoning to legalizing more multifamily housing, we’ll hear from the elected leaders and opinion leaders who are accelerating change.
Confirmed speakers include Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Jerusalem Demsas (VOX), Liam Dillon (LA Times), and Molly Solomon (KQED), with more to come!
Local Leadership and Regional Collaboration
Mayor Libby Schaaf
Mayor Libby Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland, which she proudly describes as, “The most unapologetic Sanctuary City in America.” During her tenure, Oakland has undergone an economic revitalization and building boom, as well as cut gun violence in half.
Her “17K/17K Housing Plan” has helped increase Oakland’s affordable housing production, stabilize rents, and decrease evictions. Her innovative public-private partnerships Keep Oakland Housed and Cabin Communities are credited with preventing 1,800 families a year from losing their housing, while resolving some of Oakland’s most unsafe street encampments. In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Mayor Schaaf to California’s first Council of Regional Homeless Advisors.
She created Oakland’s first Department of Transportation, whose equity-based paving plan is the first of its kind in the nation and will make previously underserved neighborhoods safer, while addressing the city’s decades-old infrastructure backlog.
Mayor Schaaf is most proud of launching the Oakland Promise, a bold cradle-to-career initiative to send more low-income Oakland kids to preschool and college. The Oakland Promise has sent more than 1,400 Oakland students (and counting) to college with scholarships and mentors, and will give every baby born into poverty a $500 college savings account at birth.
California and Beyond
Jerusalem Demsas works at Vox.com reporting on politics and policy with a particular interest and focus on housing and the economics of poverty. She has previously written on energy and environment issues for the Center for American Progress and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she received a degree in Economics & Government.
Liam Dillon covers the issues of housing affordability and neighborhood change across California for the Los Angeles Times. He joined the Times in 2016 and prior to this assignment, Dillon covered state politics and policy for The Times’ Sacramento Bureau. He’s a graduate of Georgetown University and grew up outside Philadelphia. Before coming to the Times, Dillon covered local politics in Southwest Florida and San Diego.
Molly Solomon reports on housing at KQED, focusing on homelessness, evictions, and the affordability crisis. Before that, she was the Southwest Washington Bureau Chief for Oregon Public Broadcasting and a general assignment reporter at Hawaii Public Radio. Her stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, Science Friday and Marketplace. Molly has won three national Edward R. Murrow awards and her work has been honored by the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association. Molly graduated from UC Santa Cruz. As a Bay Area native, she is hella excited to return home.
Kim-Mai Cutler (Moderator)
Kim-Mai Cutler is a partner at an early-stage venture firm called Initialized Capital that has backed companies including Coinbase and Cruise. She also serves on the board of SPUR, a Bay Area regional think tank promoting good governance, housing and transportation policies and San Francisco’s Local Homeless Coordinating Board, which oversees federal spending on homelessness in SF.
Thanks To Our Sponsors!
J. Abrams Law
562 Mission Street LLC
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
UC Hastings College of Law
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