Community Sources: Featured Speakers on Social Equity

Speakers at local conferences, rallies, and radio programs addressing social equity

Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program, June 10, 2011

Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program

In 2006, environmental justice advocates helped pass California's first-ever climate change legislation (AB 32), which requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The passing of AB 32 was a significant victory for environmental justice communities, and set a precedent for future federal legislation. However, in April of this year, environmental justice advocates won a federal lawsuit that brought the implementation of AB 32 to a halt, claiming that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) did not adequately evaluate alternatives to its proposed cap-and-trade program, which could disproportionally impact low-income communities and communities of color.

On June 10, 2011, environmental justice advocates, decision makers, and policy experts from throughout the Bay Area discussed AB 32, the lawsuit that halted its implementation, and identified equitable alternatives to CARB's cap-and-trade program. Chione Flegal, Senior Associate at PolicyLink and member of the CARB's Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) shared the concerns and recommendations raised by the EJAC; Adrienne Bloch, Staff Attorney at Communities for a Better Environment and one of the lead attorneys in the aforementioned lawsuit provided an overview of the case and the opportunities it is providing environmental justice advocates; and Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice for Urban Habitat presented on challenges and opportunities of conducting an equity analysis. Other advocates from throughout the Bay Area were also on hand to provide updates on their environmental justice work as well.

Read the speakers' bios and hear the podcast of their presentation:

*Chione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
*Adrienne Bloch, Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment
*Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice, Urban Habitat

Chione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLink

Chione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLinkChione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLink Chione works to ensure that infrastructure policy promotes social, economic, and environmental equity. She leads PolicyLink efforts to address infrastructure disparities in low-income unincorporated communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley and to promote equitable solutions to climate change. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Flegal managed Latino Issues Forum’s Sustainable Development program and directed the organization’s environmental health and justice work. Flegal advises the California Air Resources Board on the implementation of climate policy by serving on the AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. She holds a Masters in City Planning and a BS in environmental science, policy, and management from the University of California, Berkeley.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program.

Evelyn “Evvy” Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing of Northern California

Evelyn “Evvy” Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing of Northern CaliforniaEvelyn “Evvy” Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing of Northern CaliforniaEvelyn “Evvy” Stivers has rejoined Non-Profit Housing of Northern California to coordinate regional initiatives including the Zone for Homes campaign and the Great Communities Collaborative as their new Field Director. She also works with housing and land use advocates, including NPH’s nine-county network, to advocate for affordable housing, carry out research and issue analysis, develop new advocacy tools, and provide technical assistance and organizing training. Evelyn is an experienced political organizer who has worked on campaigns at the local, state and national level. She prefers work at the local level though, where the impact is the most immediate. She spent the last six months working on political campaigns for local government offices. Prior to that she spent six months on an incredible travel adventure. She and her partner purchased a boat in Brisbane, Australia and explored the Great Barrier reef.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis. 

Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Oakland

Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, City of OaklandMichelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Oakland Michelle Byrd is currently the Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the City of Oakland. As Deputy Director of HCD, Ms. Byrd is responsible for the overall management of HCD which is responsible for the creation and preservation of decent affordable housing; funding organizations that provide economic development, public facilities, infrastructure, and social services for low and moderate income communities; managing HUD grant programs, developing housing policy and information, and administering the Rent Arbitration Ordinance. Ms. Byrd previously held the position of Manager of the Community Development Block Grant Program for the City of Oakland for seven years. In this position she was responsible for the overall management of the CDBG Program which is approximately 10 million dollars in the City of Oakland used to rebuild and revitalize depressed areas and sustain neighborhoods with full access to life-enhancing services. Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State, Hayward and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Davis.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis. 

Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing

Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of HousingBrian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of HousingBrian Cheu is currently the Director of Community Development for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, where he oversees programs focusing on economic advancement, homelessness, homeownership and tenant counseling, capital improvements for community facilities, down payment assistance, and inclusionary housing. Before coming to the Mayor’s Office, Brian served as executive director for three different community based organizations in San Francisco. Brian has also worked at the S.F. Human Rights Commission enforcing the city’s civil rights ordinances, and began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Please listen to his presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis.

Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager, Union City

Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager, Union CityMark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager, Union CityMark Evanoff has been the Redevelopment Agency Manager for the City of Union City for twelve years. During that time Mark oversaw the conversion of the Tropics Mobile Home Park to a non-profit housing organization that stabilized rents for 545 households and created a rental assistance fund for very low and extremely low income residents. Mark also managed the development of the Mission Gateway apartments with 120 affordable units, and the remediation and development of the former 60-acre Pacific States Steel Corporation property. Mark is currently managing the development of the Union City Station District that involved the purchase and remediation of a 30-acre former PG&E pipe yard, reconfiguration of the BART Station to make the station accessible to pedestrians and buses, the construction of 593 housing units, and the pending construction of 900 residential. Mark worked for ten years as the East Bay Field Director for Greenbelt Alliance where he was instrumental in getting Measure AA, an East Bay Regional Park District $225 million bond measure on the ballot in 1988.

Please listen to his presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis.

Tony Iton Keynote Speech - State of the Region 2011

[3] SOR 2011 C. 2011 Scott BraleyAnthony Iton, Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, Senior Vice PresidentAnthony Iton is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation whose mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Prior to his current role at the California Endowment, Dr. Iton served for seven years as the Alameda County Public Health Department Director and Health Officer, where he oversaw an agency with a budget of $112 million with a focus on preventing communicable disease outbreaks, reducing the burden of chronic disease and obesity, and managing the county’s preparedness for biological terrorism. Dr. Iton’s primary interest is the health of disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography, and employment to health status. He has asserted that in every public health area of endeavor, public health practitioners must recognize that they are confronted with the enduring consequences of structural poverty, institutional racism, and other forms of systemic injustice.

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