In Pursuit of Equitable Development: Lessons from Washington, Detroit, and Boston


Friday, September 25, 2020, 12:30pm to 4:30pm


Online—Harvard Graduate School of Design

In this half-day virtual symposium, leading practitioners and scholars from three cities, Washington, DC, Detroit, and Boston, will explore efforts to bring equitable development to their communities and outline how they are responding to current challenges. The presentations and discussions will help students, scholars, community leaders, public officials, and others identify innovative strategies and successful approaches to advancing social justice in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Co-sponsored by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, and the Loeb Fellowship

Speakers will include:

  • Darnell Adams, EDM '00, Vice President of Program Implementation, Invest Detroit
  • Maureen Anway, Associate, Neighborhoods, Invest Detroit
  • Diane Clark, Associate Director of Real Estate Development, Nuestra Communidad
    Development Corporation
  • Sheldon Clark, Board Member, Douglass Community Land Trust
  • Kimberly Driggins, LF '16, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy; 2015-2016 Loeb Fellow
  • Angie M. Gates, Director, District of Columbia, Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment
  • Marc Norman, LF '15, Associate Professor of Practice in Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; 2014-2015 Loeb Fellow
  • Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager, Building Bridges Across the River
  • Jermaine R. Ruffin, Development Director-West Region, Detroit Department of Housing and Revitalization
  • Dana Whiteside, Deputy Director for Community Economic Development, Boston Planning and Development Agency
  • Darnell Williams, EDM '96, former Chair, Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee; former Executive Director, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Alex Krieger, MCU ’77, Professor Emeritus in Practice of Urban Design, Interim Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
  • David Luberoff, MPA '89, Deputy Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • Lily Song, RAE '17, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, GSD
  • Alexander von Hoffman, AM '81, PHD '86, Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies; Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, GSD
  • Sarah Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, GSD

Learn more about and register for In Pursuit of Equitable Development: Lessons from Washington, Detroit, and Boston.