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Zoning and Affordable Housing

Requiring cities to zone for affordable housing in job and transit-rich communities can be an effective strategy for ensuring that the region’s affordable housing needs are met. In this session, we brought together affordable housing advocates and developers, elected officials, government staff and land-use policy experts from around the region to assess the magnitude of the problem and to identify strategies and policy tools at the local and regional level to help advocates ensure that each city zones for its fair share of the region’s affordable housing needs.

Richard A. Marcantionio - SOR 2011 C. 2011 Scott BraleyPRESENTER BIOS
Richard A. Marcantonio is managing attorney at the nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization, Public Advocates, where he works on civil rights issues in the areas of affordable housing, transportation equity, and insurance redlining. Marcantonio received his A.B. from Princeton University and graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law. After clerking for the Hon. Robert L. Carter, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Marcantonio practiced civil and appellate litigation for five years at the Howard, Rice law firm in San Francisco.  Marcantonio then served as director of litigation at Legal Aid of the North Bay for nine years, specializing in housing issues in Marin and Napa Counties.  Richard has served as lead counsel in a number of housing law suits, including Urban Habitat Program v. City of Pleasanton.
[Shamus Roller- SOR 2011 C. 2011 Scott Braley
Shamus Roller is executive director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA), which is in its 21st year promoting affordable housing and increased opportunities for low income people and the homeless.  In 2007, the SHA, Legal Services of Northern California, the Environmental Council of Sacramento and other organizations launched the Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE), a coalition building, organizing and policy advocacy project made up of over 20 organizations and individuals working strategically to improve the pattern of development and investment in the Sacramento region.  Roller’s previous work includes managing street outreach programs for homeless youth in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, directing a meditation and yoga program for youth in juvenile halls, and working as a civil rights attorney. Roller is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Vu-Bang- SOR 2011 C. 2011 Scott BraleyVu-Bang Nguyen is the land-use program coordinator for Urban Habitat, and began his journey into the world of land use planning after studying Architecture at the University of California (UC) – Berkeley, with an emphasis on City and Regional Planning and Design in the Third World, while also working for the City Planning Departments of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley, CA.  He continued his studies at UC - Berkeley and completed a masters in City and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Community Development and Land Use Planning.  His research included working with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency on increasing community engagement in the City’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, especially among San Jose’s Vietnamese American population.  After City Planning positions for the City of Berkeley and Town of Los Gatos, Vu-Bang switched to the private development side as a project manager for a real estate development company in San Jose, CA.  He is Urban Habitat's site coordinator for the Great Communities Collaborative, working in several planning efforts throughout the Bay Area including Sunnyvale and East Palo Alto.  Vu-Bang is a member of the American Planning Adhi Nagraj- SOR 2011 C. 2011 Scott BraleyAssociation (APA), and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Adhi Nagraj is currently a project manager at Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition where he is developing affordable housing projects across the Bay Area. Nagraj worked previously at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation as a project manager, building housing for the formerly homeless and seniors.  An attorney by training, Nagraj was an associate attorney at Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco and Meyers Nave in Oakland. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oakland’s Youth Uprising, the Restoration Association for Improving the Landmark 16th Street Station in West Oakland, and the Oakland Housing Authority.