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Staff PickThe Forum: Oakland and Its Urban Future – “Engineering” Equity, Creating the Most Diverse Economy in the U.S

August 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

| $15-$30
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Innovation • Social Equity • Restorative Justice • Diversity • Economic Participation
After struggling for years, downtown Oakland has become a destination — the kind of place a downtown is supposed to be. Eighty thousand people work downtown, and 20,000 live there. The place is dynamic, and culture and nightlife are thriving. – Robert Ogilvie, SPUR

theREGISTRY presents “Oakland and Its Urban Future,” an addition to its successful and popular Oakland real estate development forum series. The series seeks to advance progressive and innovative thinking on real solutions for holistic inclusion and equity in Oakland’s burgeoning landscape. Previous forums: July 2016 - Oakland … The New Frontier – A Changing Face in the Bay Area Landscape and June 2017 - Oakland … Blacks and the Urban Future

Industry and community experts will be present to discuss Oakland’s future development opportunities, challenges and solutions for diversity and inclusion. Panel discussion topics include:

  • Entire city blocks under development. Who owns all the cranes in Oakland’s skyline?
  • Grappling with the consequences of the Bay Area’s dizzying economic growth
  • The struggle: the costs of housing, transportation, childcare, food and healthcare … in this strong economy
  • The impact of inequality — by race, income, and geography — on the region’s capacity to innovate
  • Equitable participation – what it means, who makes it happen, how you participate

The forum also includes the presentation of an innovative initiative entitled “Leadership in Engineering Equity Participation” (LEEP). The LEEP program promotes equitable real estate sector opportunity and wealth creation by establishing industrywide real estate development standard(s)-of-practice, and the adoption of a rating system. Leveraging the real estate development process to maximize social equity and restorative justice, the LEEP initiative will provide a framework to achieve community-oriented priorities and outcomes.

  • Regina Davis, Principal,
  • Alan Dones, Managing Partner, SUDA, LLC
  • Darlene Flynn, Director, Department of Race and Equity, City of Oakland
  • Margaret Gordon, Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
  • Kyle Rawlins, Co-Founder and Development Director, Designing Justice+ Designing Spaces
  • Phillip Patrick Sun, Executive Director and CEO, Asian Community Mental Health Services
  • Deanna Van Buren, Co-Founder and Design Director, Designing Justice+ Designing Spaces
  • Rafael Zamora, Hispanic Engineers, Builders & Contractors of California
As America’s undisputed capital of the innovation economy, though, the Bay Area stands apart. Its path in the years ahead could serve as an exemplar to other regions for how to navigate economic inclusion in the 21st century — or as a cautionary tale.


$15/$20 Early Bird (limited quantity)
6:30pm (Doors open 6:00pm) • Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Suite 290

Sponsors & Promotional Supporters

100 Black Men of the Bay Area • 360 Total Concept • African American Employee Network (AAEN Bay Area) • Associated Real Property Brokers • Coalition of 100 Black Women (Oakland Bay Area Chapter) • China Harbour Engineering Company • City of Oakland • Designing Justice Designing Spaces • Glass House Communications • JRDV Urban International • LA Jones & Associates • Lane Partners • National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC Northern California) • National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Oakland Bay Area Chapter) • Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) • Onyx Community Connection • Proterra • San Francisco Board of Realtist • The Social Engineering Project • SUDA LLC • TechEquity Collaborative



August 1, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
(510) 637-0455
388 9th St. - Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607 United States