Planning Team


City of Oakland

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Ed Manasse

City of Oakland Strategic Planning Manager

[BIO]

 
 

Alicia Parker

City of Oakland Strategic Planning Manager

[BIO]

 
 

Joanna Winter

City of Oakland Strategic Planning Manager

[BIO]


Dover Kohl

The Dover, Kohl & Partners team is focused on revitalizing traditional towns, building great new places, growing neighborhoods, and fixing sprawl — by design. We create visions that guide the future of neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Our revitalization plans, new community designs, corridor plans and regulatory tools nurture valuable places where people want to be. Since 1987, our projects have ranged in scale from the redevelopment of a single city block to master plans that cover thousands of square miles. We work directly with developers, community leaders and citizens in an interactive, engaging way. While each assignment is different, the keys are quality urban design, a collaborative multidisciplinary approach, and ready-to-use implementation tools.

 
 
 Emily Glavey, Assoc. AIA

Emily Glavey, Assoc. AIA

Emily Glavey, Assoc. AIA

Town Planner at Dover Kohl

Emily has a strong background in community planning, environmental policy and architectural design. Her combined experience allows for a unique understanding of the planning process, including issues related to sustainable development, the visual aspects of urban design, and the economic implications of city form. At Dover-Kohl, Emily works as both a Project Director and Town Planner, participating in public design charrettes, completing master plans and writing form-based codes.  She also worked closely with Victor Dover and co-author John Massengale on the publication of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, contributing research, drawings, photos and an essay titled, "Environmental Benefits of Complete Streets." 

 
 
 Amy Groves, AICP, CNU-A

Amy Groves, AICP, CNU-A

Amy Groves, AICP, CNU-A

Principal and Vice President of Dover Kohl

As Principal and Senior Project Director, Amy guides the work of the studio team to create visionary images and implementable plans using the principles of smart growth, sustainable planning, and traditional neighborhood design. Amy has participated in over 40 Dover-Kohl charrettes, functioning as both Project Director and Town Planner for downtown master plans, redevelopment plans and form-based codes, as well as new neighborhood and town plans. Amy’s education and professional practice in architecture and urban planning provides the perspective needed to understand complex planning challenges, and the ability to produce workable solutions at the scale of the building, neighborhood, city, and region.


Strategic Economics, Inc.

Strategic Economics, Inc. is a nationally recognized urban economics consulting firm. We provide governmental entities, developers, community groups, and non-profit organizations with the economic analyses and strategic approaches necessary to create sustainable, high-quality places for people to live and work.

 
 Derek Braun, MPL

Derek Braun, MPL

Derek Braun, MPL

Senior Associate of Strategic Economics

Derek Braun has wide-ranging experience in the analysis of real estate markets, employment and industry trends, the economic and fiscal impacts of development, and implementation and public financing strategies for area plans. He has extensive experience in conducting market analyses and developing implementation strategies for specific plans. Examples include the conversion of a suburban center to a transit-connected, walkable downtown near the Fremont, California BART station, opportunities in the market-constrained Midtown neighborhood along the Blue Line in Long Beach, California, and analyses in the Boyle Heights and Warner Center communities in Los Angeles. Additionally, he has conducted industry analyses to guide a number of General Plan updates and economic development strategies in California, and completed fiscal and economic impact analyses for property development proposals and large plan areas.

Derek holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Economic Development. Mr. Braun also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Case Western Reserve University.

 
 
 Nadine Fogarty, MPL, MSRED

Nadine Fogarty, MPL, MSRED

Nadine Fogarty, MPL, MSRED

Vice President and Principal of Strategic Economics

Nadine Fogarty leads a wide range of projects, providing expertise in market analysis, development feasibility, and public sector financing strategies with a focus on urban infill and transit-oriented development (TOD). She specializes in evaluating the implications of planning policies and public investments on development potential and developing “value capture” strategies to fund transit and other capital improvements.

Nadine has worked extensively to plan for and implement TOD across the US, including projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, Houston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Honolulu. Recent projects include estimating the potential economic benefits of proposed streetcar projects in Sacramento and Oakland, an exploration of the potential for value capture strategies to help pay for the proposed BART extension to San Jose and Santa Clara, and an infrastructure financing study for the Grand Boulevard Initiative on the San Francisco Peninsula.

She holds a Master in City Planning and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She received her B.A. in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves as faculty for the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, a joint program of the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute.


Toole

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Community-Based Equity Team


Asian Health Services

Asian Health Services, founded in 1974, provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. Our approach to wellbeing focuses on “whole patient health,” which is why we provide more than primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 27,000 patients in English and over 12 Asian languages:  Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, and Burmese.

 
 
 Sherry Hirota

Sherry Hirota

Sherry Hirota

Chief Executive Officer at Asian Health Servies

Sherry M. Hirota is a founding board member of AAPCHO and is currently chief executive officer of Asian Health Services (AHS), based in Oakland, CA. In addition to her executive responsibilities at AHS, her professional and community affiliations include: member of The California Endowment’s Board of Directors; appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health; member of the Governing Board, Alameda Alliance for Health; and member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s National Center for Cultural Competence. She is a member of the executive committee of the Community Voices for Immigrant Health Project; a board member of the Community Health Centers Network and the 2005 Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alameda Health Consortium. Ms. Hirota’s numerous awards include The California Wellness Foundation’s 2005 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award, Outstanding Woman of the Year in Health-Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award, and Woman of the Year, 16th Assembly District of California.

 
 
 Julia Liou, MPH

Julia Liou, MPH

Julia Liou, MPH

Director of Program Planning and Development at Asian Health Services

Liou oversees program planning and grants, fundraising as well as leads various community projects. During her 17 years at AHS, she also led the Revive Chinatown! project, a community transportation and urban planning effort, and in partnership with the City of Oakland, secured funds to implement innovative pedestrian and traffic safety capital improvements. She led a community engagement project related to the City of Oakland’s Lake Merritt Specific Planning process, which has resulted in the adoption of the community’s vision into the city’s final plan. Julia has received “Excellence in Advocacy” Awards from the Community Health Center Network, and has served on several boards, including the Women’s Foundation of California Community Action Fund, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Julia holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles where she served as the Public Health Student Association President. As its co-founder and manager, Julia manages the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, an award winning statewide effort to address the health and safety issues nail salon workers face in their work environment. Julia has helped grow the Collaborative from a small six member coalition to a statewide coalition with over 25 statewide partners.

 
 
 Michael Lok, MPP

Michael Lok, MPP

Michael Lok, MPP

Planning Associate at Asian Health Services

Lok has been active in the Oakland Chinatown community since he was in high school volunteering at Asian Health Services. Since then, Michael has worked as a Research Associate for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) where he researched alternatives to incarceration and co-launched The Spot Youth Center in Downtown/Chinatown. He also has coordinated the Asian & Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program at Laney College dedicated to helping API students reach their academic goals. As Planning Associate at Asian Health Services, Michael supports AHS’ strategic coalition-work including outreach, policy and advocacy projects involving the Oakland Chinatown Coalition and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.


Center for Social Inclusion

Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) catalyzes communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. Its vision is to translate America’s changing demographics into a new source of power and prosperity for a society where all people can participate in solutions that help us all thrive.

 
 
 Nora Liu

Nora Liu

Nora Liu

Project Manager for Racial Equity Here

Liu is the project manager for Racial Equity Here, a joint project of Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE)/CSI and Living Cities, that supports a new cohort of cities to proactively advance racial equity. Nora brings over twenty years of experience working with communities to improve racial and social equity. Most recently she was the Community Development Manager for Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) where her work created policy, tools, and practices to leverage public and private investments to meet community goals and to support the ability of historically marginalized communities to shape their own futures.

 
 
 Dwayne Marsh

Dwayne Marsh

Dwayne Marsh

Vice President of Strategic Capacity Building at The Center for Social Inclusion

Dwayne Marsh serves as Deputy Director of Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE), a core program of CSI. Marsh brings his expertise and considerable experience in coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change. Prior to GARE/CSI, Marsh was, for six years, a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he helped advance sustainable planning and development through interagency partnerships, departmental transformation, and funding initiatives managed through OER.


I-SEEED + Streetwyze

Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED) is a national research, education, and technology institute working to ensure racial justice, equitable development, and just sustainability for all. I-SEEED ensures that communities have a voice in the decisions that impact their daily lives and builds power and self-determination in low-income communities and communities of color by increasing civic participation, improving local economies, bettering our environment, transforming education, and increasing access to opportunity for our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Streetwyze: Discover the power of local knowledge. An example of People-powered place-making.  Streetwyze is a mobile mapping and SMS tool that integrates both official data and local knowledge that users upload or add while using it. Invited to participate in the White House’s initiative Opportunity Project, Streetwyze integrates features that allows residents to “ground-truth” the Opportunity Project data, create real time feedback, and improve the validity, reliability, and accuracy of data at the street level. Read more here.

 
 
 Antwi Akom, Ph.D

Antwi Akom, Ph.D

Antwi Akom

Ph.D, Executive Director/Co-Founder of I-SEEED + the CEO/Co-Founder of Streetwyze

Dr. Akom is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health, and STEM Education at San Francisco State University. He co-founded I-SEEED to focus on building sustainable schools and communities through policy, research community responsive participatory planning practices to improve the lives and living conditions of poor people of color around the world. Dr. Akom has held academic appointments at UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Health Policy Institute. His forthcoming books are Building Sustainable Cities and Schools (with Pedro Noguera) and Ameritocracy: The Racing of Our Nation’s Children.

 
 
 Ethan Chang

Ethan Chang

Ethan Chang

Graduate Student Intern at I-SEEED

Ethan is a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research draws on critical policy studies and equity-oriented, collaborative, community-based research approaches. He is interested in exploring how and why particular policies emerge as urgent national priorities and how partnering with local communities can mobilize policy changes that are responsive to multiple inequities within and beyond schooling. His prior teaching experiences in Durban, Palestine, and Hawaii inform his political and ethical commitments as a research analyst and advocate for justice.

 
 
 Tessa Cruz

Tessa Cruz

Tessa Cruz

Program Manager for Community Engaged Design and Equitable Development at I-SEEED + the Community Engagement Director for Streetwyze

Cruz worked as a public programming and public policy intern at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) assisting with organization’s community outreach and education as well as ballot analysis research for San Francisco, CA and earned a BA in environmental studies at Oberlin College. Cruz  has expertise is in administrative communications and outreach, and management of community engagement facilitation, and data collection.

 
 
 Dave Javid, AICP LEED AP

Dave Javid, AICP LEED AP

Dave Javid, AICP LEED AP

Principal and Founder of Plan to Place + Contractor with I-SEEED

Dave has over 15 years of experience leading a diverse range of award winning community-based planning efforts of varying scale. Dave’s experience as a project manager on vision, corridor, strategic and specific plan projects has provided invaluable insight on the opportunities and the challenges of balancing jurisdictional needs while meeting community expectations. By implementing a range of engagement and communication tools, Dave has forged relationships with key community leaders to establish partnerships and a common dialogue that has led to successful policy outcomes on projects throughout Bay Area and beyond.

 
 

Dhoryan Rizo

Graduate Student Intern at I-SEEED

Dhoryan is a graduate student studying socio-cultural anthropology at San Francisco State University. His work emphasizes the idea of equity and the right to the city, or in his case the right to the suburbs, specifically concentrating on space and mental–physical wellbeing and activist anthropology. Dhoryan has worked as a community organizer in San Francisco and is currently involved in organizing work within his community in the Eastern Contra Costa cities of Bay Point/Pittsburg/Antioch, focusing on migrant rights. Intertwined with his work as an activist, is his as a photographer which is grounded in visual ethnography and social documentary.

 
 
 Aekta Shah, Ed.M

Aekta Shah, Ed.M

Aekta Shah

Program Director of Technology and Community Engagement at I-SEEED + the COO/Co-Founder of Streetwyze

Shah has been recognized by National organizations for her commitment to providing college and career opportunities to traditionally underserved youth, and presented for the UN on issues of sustainable development and education. Shah’s expertise includes research and development of participatory technology, GIS mapping, and sustainable community development led her to cofound Streetwyze. Aekta holds an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from Harvard and a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and Education from Dartmouth College. Shah is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University in science and technology design.

 
 
 Kris Tyler

Kris Tyler

Kris Tyler

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Evaluation for I-SEEED + Streewyze

[BIO]


Khepera Consulting

Khepera works with organizations to think and act strategically for transformative change. We provide community engagement services, racial equity training and organizational development advice in the foundation and non-profit sector.

 
 
 Gregory Hodge

Gregory Hodge

Gregory Hodge

Owner and Principal Consultant

Greg is the owner and principal consultant with Khepera Consulting. As a strategist, meeting designer, facilitator and coach, Gregory’s clients include The California Endowment, the Association for Black Foundation Executives, Sierra Health Foundation, and Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Achievement. Greg is a leader in his community and served two four-year terms as a member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education beginning in January 2000, including a year as president of the board. He served nine years on Workforce Investment Board, City of Oakland. In addition, he serves as the Chief Network Officer for the Khepera Consulting works with organizations to think and act strategically for transformative change. We provide community engagement services, racial equity training and organizational development advice in the foundation and non-profit sector. Brotherhood of Elders Network, an intergenerational network of African descent men.


Mesu Strategies

Mesu Strategies is a small, Oakland-based strategic change firm committed to creating a more just and inclusive society. We support public policy, organizational development, and community change efforts in California and nationwide. Our partners include nonprofit organizations, agencies, funders, and collaboratives targeting racial equity and healthy and sustainable community change. We create strategies and custom tools, design and implement trainings and evaluations, and provide research, writing, and facilitation services. We highly value working in collaboration with others, and bring to all of our efforts a strong commitment to creativity, learning, and cultural humility.

 
 
 Jme McLean

Jme McLean

Jme McLean

CEO & Founder

Jme Suannah McLean has been working on issues of race and social justice for 15+ years. She brings expertise in healthy, equitable community change strategies and measures. She has played a key role in pioneering efforts to operationalize equity and health in public policies and interagency processes in Richmond, Seattle, and the State of California, and equitable systems change in the field of philanthropy. Before founding Mesu Strategies, Jme served nearly a decade at PolicyLink, where she created Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR) – a resource to support planning & evaluation of equity-focused advocacy – and helped launch and grow the Convergence Partnership. She earned a master's degrees in urban planning and public health from UC Berkeley, a bachelor’s from Middlebury College, and is a former fellow with New Leaders Council and the US Department of Education. Jme serves on the boards of several youth development organizations. She is of multicultural heritage and feels lucky that her two small kids are growing up in Oakland.


Oakulture

Oakulture is a website which focuses on the diverse range of cultural expression emanating out of Oakland, particularly that which originates out of populations underserved by mainstream outlets. Oakulture’s coverage has touched on music, spoken word and poetry, theater arts, movement and dance, film, cultural events, and cultural celebrations – as well as addressing current sociopolitical and socioeconomic topics, such as cultural resiliency in the face of displacement and gentrification.

 
 
 Eric Arnold

Eric Arnold

Eric Arnold

CEO and Founder

A writer, journalist, editor, and photographer specializing in cultural arts and social documentary who has worked extensively in terrestrial and digital media platforms for local and national outlets, including SF Chronicle, East Bay Express, Oakland Local, Vibe, Alternet, New America Media, Wax Poetics, OkayPlayer.com, SF Weekly, Billboard.com and Making Contact. The founder of Oakulture.com, he is a member of YBCA’s Urban Futures think tank, and the official photographer for the Othering and Belonging conference presented by the Haas Institute. Arnold has also worked extensively in the non-profit sector. Currently the Communications and Policy Director for the Community Rejuvenation Project, he has worked with the Ella Baker Center, Greenlining Institute, Urban Releaf Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, Community Coalition for Equitable Development, Center for Media Justice, the Media Consortium, and the Future of Music Coalition.


PolicyLink

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Headquartered in Oakland, California, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works focuses attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. PolicyLink work is grounded in the conviction that equity – just and fair inclusion – must drive all policy decisions.

 
 
 Kalima Rose

Kalima Rose

Kalima Rose

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Kalima brings three-decades of work to advance equitable development policy. She has helped win new resources and jobs for disinvested communities, underemployed workers, and firms and artists of color. Over the last decade, Kalima played leadership roles in implementing the federal Sustainable Communities initiative, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, equitable development initiatives in New Orleans’ Katrina recovery, and as a strategist in local anti-displacement policy work. Her recent publications, Healthy Communities of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Addressing America’s Housing Challenges, and A Roadmap Toward Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland, California, and Creative Change: Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development — A Policy Primer, lay groundwork for addressing some of our communities’ most challenging problems.

 
 
 Tracey Ross, MPA

Tracey Ross, MPA

Tracey Ross, MPA

Associate Director of All-In Cities Initiative

Tracey is an Associate Director of the All-In Cities Initiative at PolicyLink, works with U.S. cities on policies and practices to promote equitable growth. Prior to PolicyLink, Tracey worked at the Center for American Progress focused on urban poverty and environmental justice issues. Tracey has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including The Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, and EBONY.com. Tracey began her career in the office of former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). She received a BA from UC Berkeley and her MPA from Princeton University.


Popuphood, LLC

Popuphood is a social enterprise and the first retail incubator in the US. Cofounded in 2011 in Oakland, CA, Popuphood designs innovative solutions for municipalities and real estate developers at the intersection of local economic development, marketing, and placemaking working with entrepreneurs with hearts of gold to transform communities we love.  The model has now propagated to cities across the US, was featured in the in the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture, and the 2013 Venice Biennale in Chicago. Popuphood has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Sunset Magazine, and included in several global reports.

 
 
 Sarah Filley

Sarah Filley

Sarah Filley

CEO & Cofounder of Popuphood

Sarah is an artist, international public speaker, and social entrepreneur bringing design thinking to city scale she advocates for micro- entrepreneurs, designs adaptive spaces, creative places, strategic policies, and innovative systems to accelerate inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth for the cities of the future. She has designed seminars for the California College of Arts ENGAGE and Design / Build programs. With the support of the Rauschenberg Foundation, she is part of a six-person team involved in redesigning arts education for the 21st century.


Community Advisory Group (CAG)/Steering Committee

80+ Community-Members
The Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed over the last 2 years (2015-2017) and consists of over 80 community-members.  This group will continue to evolve over the next year.  Participate in upcoming events and through online forums to share your thoughts on the form and function of the CAG.