The first in our Civic Brown Bag panel Series with a special presentation on Latino Urbanism by James Rojas, and panelists Kiran Jain and Jamie Parks moderated by Sarah Filley, Cofounder of Popuphood.
James Rojas holds an MA in City Planning and an MS in Architecture Studies from MIT. He works as a city and transportation planner, and is the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness of planning and design issues facing low-income Latinos. He has written and lectured extensively about how culture and immigration are transforming the American front yard and landscape. PLACE IT! is a design-based urban planning initiative... that uses model-building workshops and on-site interactive models to help engage the public in the planning and design process.
Kiran Jain, will also join in us in the conversation to round out our conversation and frame the workshop in terms of both policy and possibility. Kiran Jain is the Senior Deputy City Attorney for real estate, land use and urban development in the Oakland City Attorney's Office. In 2010, she was appointed to the League of California Cities' Municipal Law Institute and co-organized "Cities on the Cutting Edge," exploring municipal innovation in an era of severe budget cutbacks. Kiran is an advisor to Kiva.org, serving as the tech nonprofit’s first attorney. Currently, she is leading efforts to bring Kiva Zip, a direct peer-to-peer lending platform, to Oakland and onboard the City as its first municipal trustee to increase access to capital for local entrepreneurs.
Kiran is a member of the Governance Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future and is also a Leading by Design Fellow at the California College of the Arts focused on redesigning bureaucracy, deploying tools and methods to empower the entrepreneurial bureaucrat and improving citizen experience design within City Hall.
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