Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Friday, May 19 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Fighting Gentrification: Designing for Social Equity and Cultural Richness
TRACK: Equity + Youth

Does your project contribute to social justice in your community? Even with the best of intentions, community development projects can often lead to gentrification and further disenfranchise current inhabitants.  How do we create vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities that all people can enjoy and benefit from?

This interactive workshop will start with a presentation by community leaders and design professionals that is an exemplary approach to designing for equity and that is actively fighting gentrification and embracing a rich cultural heritage. Through discussion and interactive exercises we will then examine what this project was able to accomplish and explore how we can apply these same principles and approaches to other projects - both the design process and the design itself.

By looking at a project that begins with the power of community and cultural richness, we can learn valuable lessons on how to design for equity.  We will create strategies and approaches that will allow us to holistically create buildings and communities that thrive at the intersection of sustainability and social justice.

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Evelyn Thomas Allen

Founder and Director, Village Spirit Center, Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Western Washington
Evelyn Thomas Allen has worked for 25 years with Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Western Washington. She is the Founder and Director of the CCS “Village Spirit Center for Community Change & Healing,” a housing, services, and economic development initiative focused on Black families in Western Washington. Ms. Allen holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Antioch University Seattle, two Graduate Certificates in... Read More →
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Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Nori Catabay works for the GreenTools program in King County Washington and leads the internal King County Green Building Team. She provides green building technical assistance and training to County capital projects and manages the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard.  She led the County’s Green Building Ordinance renewal adding the Living Building Challenge to King County Code as an alternative to the Scorecard or LEED... Read More →
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Al Doggett

Founder and Owner, Al Doggett Studio
Al Doggett moved to the Pacific Northwest after a successful career as an illustrator in the advertising art industry in New York City. He opened Al Doggett Studio in Seattle in 1967, producing art projects for the advertising and graphic arts industries. He built one of Seattle’s top studios, specializing in illustration, graphic design and photographic retouching. While overseeing the studio's variety of accounts and guiding a staff of... Read More →
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Joanna Gangi

Communications Director, International Living Future Institute
Joanna has 10 years experience planning and managing multiple communications strategies, executing brand awareness campaigns, and designing various communications platforms. Joanna oversees the Institute's Communications Department, PR efforts, social media, graphics and Trim Tab, the Institute's quarterly magazine. She directs the writing, messaging, and design of all the Institute's collateral and... Read More →
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Wyking Garrett

Chief Strategist, Africatown Seattle
Wyking Garrett is a third-generation community builder, social entrepreneur and recognized change agent from the Africatown-Central District neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. Wyking designs programs and initiatives that catalyze, mobilize and activate communities for sustainable social impact. He is the chief strategist for the Africatown SeattleRead More →
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Chris Persons

CEO, Capitol Hill Housing (CHH)
Chris Persons has led Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) as CEO since 2007. With more than three decades of senior nonprofit leadership experience, Chris has led CHH through the development of two strategic plans and has refined a vision framework to drive the organization forward. In 2010, he oversaw the creation of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation to develop resources to support CHH's work to build vibrant and engaged communities. Under Chris's... Read More →
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Michelle Purnell-Hepburn

Vice-President/Controller, Salal Credit Union
Michelle Purnell-Hepburn joined Salal Credit Union as its Vice-President/Controller in August 2012. Prior to that, she was SVP/Chief Financial Officer at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union from 1999 to 2011, and Vice-President of Finance at Group Health Credit Union from 1989 to 1999.  She has worked in the accounting and finance field since 1982 in both the high-tech industry as well as credit unions.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and governments working to adopt advanced measures of sustainability related to the Living Building Challenge. She also directs the... Read More →
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Patti Southard

Program Manager GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard is creative director for the award winning EcoCool Remodel Tool and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Westin: Elliott Bay (Lobby Level)