Keynote: Malo André Hutson, PhD, MCP
Malo André Hutson is an academic scholar and practitioner in the areas of community development and urban sustainability/equity; racial and ethnic inequalities and urban policy(metropolitan fragmentation, segregation and health); built environment and health. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Chancellor's Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) within the College of Environmental Design. Dr. Hutson has received numerous awards and grants for his research, writing, and practice. He also has over 15 years of experience working on numerous academic and community-centered projects, both nationally and internationally, in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, Santiago, Chile, and Toronto, Canada. Dr. Hutson earned both his bachelor of arts in sociology and master of city planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and his doctorate in urban and regional planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Professor Hutson was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Justin Gray is an affordable housing specialist with the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) located in San Francisco, CA. Prior to HUD, Justin worked as a Community Planner with the U.S. Coast Guard based in Oakland, CA. Previous experience includes community development positions with City government, community serving nonprofits as well as work as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, where he had the opportunity to work directly on smart growth, transportation and sustainability initiatives. Justin holds a Master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon. Interest in neighborhood history and the built environment was encouraged by early work with building deconstruction and architectural salvage. Current interests include connecting public policy and social history with visual storytelling.
Chris Roberts has covered urban issues in San Francisco since 2008, recently as editor in chief of SF Weekly, reporting on fatal fires, lead contamination, and sex offenders in San Francisco public housing.
Nato Green is a San Francisco-based comedian, writer, and union organizer. He writes a column in the San Francisco Examiner, hosts FSFSF on KALW public radio, and co-hosts monthly comedy shows Verdi Wild Things Are at the Verdi Club and Riffer's Delight at the Alamo Drafthouse. He's been named best comedian by SF Weekly, CBS, Huffington Post, and SFist.
Reneé Elaine Sazci
Renée Elaine Sazcı hails from suburban-rural Granite Bay, CA. She holds a B.A in Sustainable Community Development and a M.S in Urban and Regional Planning. Her professional experiences range from public health, e-waste recycling, specialized transportation planning, sustainable land use development, and digital & content marketing. Her passion for the built environment, hyperlocalism, storytelling, and marketing spurred the launch of The Global Grid: Urbanist news - Local views in 2010 during a four-year stint in Istanbul, Turkey. When Renée isn’t wearing her marketing cap or keeping up with built environment trends, she’s on the lookout for tiny house, conversion van, and stained glass inspiration. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn and follow The Global Grid on social media:Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Winnie was born in Hong Kong, raised in the dusty fields of Steinbeck country, and earned her production wings on the unpredictable streets of SF. She has freelanced with various studios and teams, but primarily works full time at Pandora Radio producing exclusive documentary-style artist content for the Custom Content organization. In her free time, you'll find her in a dark theater catching the latest foreign film, daydreaming about her next road trip, or asking questions of strangers.
John Moon leads outreach/engagement and oversees the regional managers for community development as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s District Manager. He has extensive social change experience in the public and private sectors including work at Living Cities, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, U.S Treasury’s CDFI Fund, Municipal Government, Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, and Fleetbank. As an investor, he facilitated and invested in community development transactions ranging from affordable housing projects, small business loans, commercial-real estate, transit development, and others using a wide range of public and private capital sources. John has also advanced national community development programs and policies, including those involving community/social investments, healthy communities, small business credit, and affordable housing and has published articles and papers and spoken nationally on these topics. He also serves on a number of regional and national advisory groups focused on health, racial justice, and investments. John graduated from UCLA Magna Cum Laude and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Keith Battle is a beige, somewhat squishy human of median age who works for social justice through digital storytelling and grassroots organizing. He is a master of the English language and knows enough Spanish, French, Cantonese, and Mandarin to get himself into some amusing situations. He is currently in post-production for his first feature-length documentary, Beyond the Gap, which aims to propose a diagnosis and treatment plan for the Achievement Gap for students of color. He shares his passion for visual storytelling in classes and workshops he conducts at Bay Area Video Coalition. He hopes you find something to laugh about today.
Dimitri Moore (aka the Hugger-In-Chief) has spent his many years on earth producing everything he can get his hands on from a youth leadership seminar in Chicago to a documentary about Bayview/Hunter’s Point that screened at Cannes. He likes long walks with a production team on the beach or anywhere there is a war to be fought. During peace time he can be seen wrestling with his one year old (and losing), rewatching episodes of 24, Lie To Me and the The West Wing with his loving and equally geeky wife and brooding like Bruce Wayne over his next project. He believes in truth, beauty, freedom and above all, love.
As Senior Executive Producer at Wondros, Priscilla has created award-winning content that is both socially responsible and visually compelling, bringing an authentic and compassionate voice to each new project. In 2008 she worked alongside Wondros Founder Jesse Dylan to produce the "Yes We Can" video on behalf of then-candidate Barack Obama. Together they have partnered with some of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations to craft film campaigns that spark passion, incite action, and catalyze change. She graduated from Vassar College and resides in Santa Monica with her husband, son, and dog, Blaze.
Sara leads the Story Department at Wondros, a creative communications agency dedicated to ideas that change culture. Working with clients from the initial point of engagement through to campaign completion, Sara develops messaging, film creative, and copy for leaders in health, business, technology, public policy, philanthropy, and the arts, including Univision, Home Matters, Huawei, Seventh Generation, and the Harvard Football Players Health Study. She earned her BA with Honors in English literature from USC, where she was a Trustee Scholar. You can find her on Saturdays at 826 LA, and on Tuesdays on the LA municipal basketball court with The Controversy.
Ben is a serial tech entrepreneur currently working on ScreenMeet.com Previously, he started and sold the world’s largest VoIP audio conferencing service to Citrix Online, the owners of GoToMeeting. He then worked as the GM, Audio for GoToMeeting for 2+ years. He grew up in Reston, VA on Lake Anne and his grandmother Anne was married to Robert E. Simon, the founder of Reston for 10+ years. He and Bob were close friends until Bob’s death last year.
Kristen Hall is an urban designer and planner who specializes in complex urban infill projects. She has led the urban design of several high profile projects in San Francisco, including Mission Rock and Central Subway Chinatown Station. Through her experience both locally and internationally she has worked across many different scales and contexts to design masterplans, write guidelines, coordinate public outreach, and create implementation strategies. Kristen’s core area of expertise is delivering projects that require innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and stakeholder engagement.
Todd Darling recently directed the documentary feature, “Occupy The Farm”. His other films include: “Black Rock Horse” (2011), a 30-minute documentary about an audacious and nearly disastrous art project at Burning Man; “A Snow Mobile for George” (2009), a trip across America to tell stories about loosening environmental regulations and the impact on salmon fishermen, cowboys, firemen, and the snowmobile industry; and the MTV reality show “Laguna Beach: The Real OC” (2004 - 2006). In addition to directing, he’s worked on the broadcast of five Olympic Games, edited dozens of episodes of TV, and shot almost as many. A third generation Californian, he grew up in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley and UCLA film school. He and his wife Linda live in Berkeley and have two children.
Effie Rawlings was raised in California and in Illinois, where her family grew seed corn. Her interest in agroecology and community organizing was catalyzed by her family’s experiences in the seed industry, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her experiences as a student organizer at UC Berkeley. Her interests found a nexus at the Gill Tract Farm, where she joined the 20-year community struggle to protect the historic farmland by co-founding Occupy the Farm; the grassroots direct action collective for which the film is named. Today, she helps farm 2.5 acres at the Gill Tract and teaches a luminous group of preschoolers there with the Five Creeks Collective. She is currently a fellow with the Farmer Veterans Coalition, and organizes internationally with the Friends of the MST (Landless Workers Movement). She lives in South Berkeley, where she has shared a 25 person housing co-op called Cooperative Roots for the last 7 years. When she’s not overdosing on consensus processes, Effie likes to sing harmonies round the fire, study herbalism, and practice archery.
Scott Samels aka SCS
A Swarthmore College graduate with an Honors degree in French & English literatures, Scott Samels (who goes by the alias SCS) is a Hip Hop recording artist who focuses on topics of social justice and delivering positive messaging toward youth. Having lived in San Francisco ever since graduating back in 1999, SCS is also the Founder of his own Richland Records imprint which enables him and fellow artists on the label to get their music out to the world.
Ann Cheng is the creator and director of the GreenTRIP program which over the last 7 years has included developing the GreenTRIP Certification program, supporting over 23 cities around the Bay Area and Oakland in particular with smarter parking and TDM policies, and creating free online tools like the GreenTRIP Parking Database and now GreenTRIP Connect. To this role Ann brings over 15 years of professional planning experience and perspective as a councilmember and former Mayor of El Cerrito, in 2008-2012.
Michelle Brega is the California Regional Manager, Community Development and CRA (Community Reinvestment Act), for U.S. Bank. She is responsible for a team of community development managers in U.S. Bank's California footprint who partner with external stakeholders to achieve the bank's CRA goals. Michelle joined U.S. Bank June 2015 as a member of the company's new Community Relations team, and moved into Community Development and CRA in March 2016. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Michelle was a Corporate Social Responsibility market manager for Bank of America. Michelle is based in San Francisco, and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Asian Pacific Fund, GreenLight Fund and Enterprise Community Partners Northern California. A political science graduate of University of California San Diego, Michelle lives in the East Bay with her husband and three sons.
David C Brown
Mr. Brown leads the Home Matters® movement, which was launched in 2013 by a group of visionary housing professionals and leaders that identified a gap in public discourse. Fundamental social challenges in our nation – from health to education, to public safety, the economy and individual success – all have a common denominator: their connection to Home. Home Matters’ mission is to raise awareness of the need for affordable homes and better communities across the nation. The movement has a coalition of over 340 partner organizations – corporations,government agencies and nonprofits – working together on ambitious, but necessary goals over the next decade to make the New American Dream a reality for all.
Ken Fisher is the founder and chief creative at Truth Be Told, an awarded San Francisco filmmaking shop on a mission to help good causes tell emotional and cinematic stories. His documentaries have shifted mindset, impacted culture and influenced legislative change. As an ethnographer and investigative reporter Ken is passionately curious, a talent that has lead him to the powerful truths of organizations working to solve climate, education, poverty & human rights issues around the world. His films have been official selections on the international festival circuit, have aired on PBS, VICE and the History Channel and have helped nonprofits raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. He is currently directing this feature documentary on economic equality that explores the premise of Universal Basic Income; he leads an immersive media initiative as a co-founder of Story Code SF and is launching innovative solutions for supportive housing & services for the homeless called Saint Francis Village. He loves woodworking and cycling. Ken lives in San Francisco’s Castro district with his wife, son and Boston terrier.
Leah Nichols is a designer and filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her work explores social justice themes and local community politics through a range of visual storytelling techniques, from street art to short films. She has collaborated with artists as a StoreFrontLab grant recipient, and written about neighborhood change for MissionLocal and TraceSF.
As a public health nurse and clinical educator, Erin works with underserved communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, homelessness and substance use. This film project is a return to her creative and artistic roots and an exploration into her interests in gender equality and representation.
Kevin D. Wong is a Bay Area-based director, editor, and producer. After a stint in visual effects at ILM, he ventured out into the world of independent filmmaking. His narrative films include "Forgetting," an adaptation of an epsiode of "Radiolab," and "Be My Baby," a family drama that was featured on Comcast's "Pinoy TV." Wong's feature screenplay "Nellie" was a 2nd round selection in the 2013 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Todd is a documentary filmmaker and television producer currently based in San Francisco. In 2007, Todd produced and co-directed “Red Without Blue,” which received the Audience Award from the Slamdance Film Festival and the Jury Award from the Frameline Film Festival. He has also produced live events and behind-the-scenes programs for Fox, MTV and Spike. Todd currently works as a freelance editor, and was recently awarded a Qatar Foundation International grant to produce a series of shorts on the Pacific trash gyre.
Robin Abad Ocubillo
Robin is a Planner and Urban Designer at the San Francisco Planning Department. His current and past work has focused largely on public space design, management, and policy. He currently manages the Central Waterfront-Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, a multi-agency effort to scope and program streetscape and open space infrastructure projects into the City's capital implementation plan. He also serves as core staff with SF Pavement to Parks, helping to test community-generated public space ideas and stewardship models in neighborhoods across San Francisco. He is the Lead Policy Planner or Places for People, a legislative package that creates a framework for amplified tactical urbanism activity in San Francisco’s streets and open lots. He has written and spoken widely regarding his research on citizen-generated open space.
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, grew up in the East Bay, attended U.C. Berkeley, and moved back to San Francisco. He never left. He is a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine. Previously he worked at SF Weekly as a staff writer, editor, and columnist from 2007 to 2015. He was a staff writer at J., the Jewish News Weekly prior to that, and, prior to that, he worked a series of jobs that instilled valuable life lessons such as how to use a tape gun and why you should never buy nachos at an outdoor festival.
Twilight Greenaway is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Salt (NPR's food blog), the Guardian, Food & Wine, Mother Jones, Gastronomica, Modern Farmer, and on Grist, where she was the food editor in 2011 and 2012. She is currently the managing editor of CivilEats.com.
Randy serves as Director of Legislation and Public Affairs for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Toll Authority. MTC is recognized across the nation as a premier transportation planning and financing agency. It is Mr. Rentschler’s job to advance the legislative, public outreach and external communications objectives of the 21-member Commission at the local, state and federal levels. Before joining MTC, Randy worked as an investment banker, structuring local government debt. From time to time, he also guest lectures on the subject of public finance or transportation at UC Berkeley, Stanford and the University of San Francisco.
Sibella Kraus has long called upon cities to embrace the farms at their borders and in their regions and on regional agriculture to link its vitality to healthy cities. She is founding president of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 to revitalize agricultural places near cities where farming and local food culture can thrive and be celebrated. She founded and directed from 1991-2000, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and created its signature program, the acclaimed San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. Sibella has received national recognition her work from agricultural, food, planning and public market organizations. Most recently, she received the national 2014 Growing Green Regional Food Leader Awardfrom the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute. Sibella has produced numerous influential publications and is an acclaimed, in-demand public speaker. Most recently, she received the national 2014 Growing Green Regional Food Leader Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute.