Building Equitable Communities: A Housing & Parks Summit

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Casa Italiana

1051 N Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Infrastructure investments to improve our neighborhoods, such as bike lanes and urban greening, can bring improved public health and quality of life outcomes for residents, but can also contribute to gentrification, increased real estate speculation, and the unintended displacement of local residents. Concerned about the gentrification and displacement occurring as a result of LA River revitalization, the Los Angeles Regional Open Space & Affordable Housing (LA ROSAH) Collaborative was conceived in the Spring of 2016 by open space, affordable housing, and environmental justice organizations who want to ensure that a greener environment benefits low-income residents rather than contributes to their displacement. Since then, LA ROSAH has been working to improve coordination among parks and affordable housing sectors and build a better pathway for equity-oriented developments and public policy.

This two-day summit will delve into the challenges of “green gentrification” and offer new policy and development strategies to ensure low-income residents have access to affordable housing, parks, and nature. Come join us for this summit if you want to lead across silos as a policy advocate or are looking for new partnership opportunities and tools to develop and preserve affordable housing with public green space.

Day 1 wil introduce LA ROSAH's vision of building equitable communities in Greater Los Angeles and share policy and planning studies to mitigate the possible displacement impacts of parks and green infrastructure. The keynote speaker will be Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Antonio Hicks, Staff Attorney, Public Counsel

  • Enrique Huerta, Community Organizer, From Lot to Spot

  • Irma Muñoz, Chair, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and Executive Director, Mujeres de la Tierra

  • Ed Reyes, former LA City Councilmember, 1st District (2001-2013)

  • Melissa Smith, Budgets and Grants Officer, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

  • Sissy Trinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

  • Elva Yañez, Director of Health Equity, Prevention Institute

Day 2 will (1) take an in-depth look at the potential collaborations and intersections among the housing, jobs, parks, and transportation sectors to promote equitable developments and (2) share emerging site typologies and innovations for the Los Angeles region that prioritize authentic community engagement and total community health. The keynote speaker will be Scott Kratz, Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park project in Washington, D.C., who worked with local residents and stakeholders to develop a community-based equitable development plan to reduce the risk of displacement as a result of the park investment.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Alina Bokde, Deputy Director, Planning and Development Agency, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

  • Joe Donlin, Director of Equitable Development, Strategic Alliance for a Just Economy (SAJE)

  • Spencer Eldred, Staff Counsel, Mountains Conservation and Recreation Authority

  • Channa Grace, President and CEO, Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services (WORKS)

  • Robin Mark, Project Manager, Trust for Public Land

  • Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney and Director, Southern California Ecosystems Project, Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Guillermo Rodriguez, California State Director, The Trust for Public Land

  • Jacqueline Waggoner, Vice President and Southern California Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners

  • Thomas Yee, Initiative Officer, LA THRIVES


Full schedule and speakers list will be announced soon.


Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Getting to the Summit:

Limited on site parking will be available at Casa Italiana. Use of public transportation is highly encouraged, and detailed directions to the location can be found below the map (via car, walking, bus, and bike icons). Closest Metro is Gold Line - Chinatown station. Bike share stations can be found here.

The symposium will be co-presented by the LA ROSAH Collaborative:

  • Community Nature Connection
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • From Lot to Spot
  • Global Green
  • Leadership for Urban Renewal Network
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
  • Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
  • Mujeres de la Tierra
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Public Counsel
  • Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
  • Southeast Asian Community Alliance
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership
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