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Equity By Design Webinar Series: Built Environment Principles – Alleviate Disparities

Oct 22, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Antwi Akom
Professor and Founding Director @Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL), University of California San Francisco
Dr. Akom is one of the leading Health and Racial Equity, Structural Determinants of Health, Health technologists in the World whose work focuses on making livability communities for people of all ages. Named one of the world’s top innovators by President Obama--what makes Dr. Akom’s work unique is his extensive background in building collaborative, community-facing technology projects, designing for the public good, and developing new models of health innovation that make hospitals, health care providers, neighborhoods, and communities, more equitable, just, smart, and sustainable. Dr. Akom is also a University Professor and Founding Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL)— the first digital health research lab between the University of California, San Francisco (Medical School), and San Francisco State University's College of Ethnic Studies (http://soullab.co/).
Paul Williams
President and CEO @Project for Pride in Living, Inc
Paul Williams is President and CEO of Project for Pride in Living, Inc., one of Minnesota’s premier multi-service community development organizations. A St. Paul native, Paul brings an extensive background in affordable housing, economic development, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to PPL. PPL provides affordable housing to over 3,500 individuals and families on a nightly basis and delivers employment training and education to close to 8,000 individuals annually. Prior to coming to PPL, Paul served as St. Paul’s Deputy Mayor, where he led a wide range of community initiatives as well as directing day-to-day operations of the City. Paul also spearheaded community development investments for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), first as Twin Cities LISC’s Executive Director, and then for five years as LISC’s national Senior Vice President for Field Strategies, directing LISC’s operations in 30 cities across the country.
Stacey Epperson
President and Founder @Next Step Network
Stacey Epperson is a native of rural Kentucky and has worked in affordable housing throughout her career. In 2011, she founded Next Step Network and committed to Manufactured Housing Done Right – which prepares and supports homebuyers to buy better homes with fair loans. Her manufactured housing work began in Appalachia as a response to families living in outdated mobile homes, and for a decade she served as the President & CEO of Frontier Housing– a nonprofit housing organization based in eastern Kentucky. In 2012 Stacey was elected an Ashoka Fellow for her innovative approach to creating the only independent distribution channel for affordable manufactured housing. She was recognized as one of Prosperity Now’s Innovators-in-Residence and has completed the Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program at Harvard's JFK School of Government. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, and attended the University of Kentucky Patterson School.