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Designing Cities In Response to COVID-19

June 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Faced with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, how will home builders adapt to create even safer spaces and homes now and in the future? Join co-hosts San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) and ULI San Francisco to begin answering this question. Co-presented by SFHAC and ULI San Francisco

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Xiomara Cisneros – Xiomara is director at the Bay Area Council, supporting the organization’s housing policy efforts. Her experience includes various roles in community outreach and project management in the land use and commercial real estate industry, both in the nonprofit and private sector. Prior to joining the Council, she oversaw the public affairs program for Universal Paragon, managing the community engagement and entitlement strategy for some of the largest mixed-use developments in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business at Mills College and of  UCLA. She sits on several board and committees, including: the Bay Area Housing Advocacy Coalition, the 501c4 arm of SFHAC; San Mateo County’s Housing Leadership Council; ULI’s Housing the Bay Steering Committee and Policy & Public Process Committee; the Casita Coalition; and San Francisco’s Community Investment Fund Advisory Board.

John Hempelmann – John is one of the founding partners and the Chairman of Cairncross & Hempelmann, a full-service Seattle law firm. He has over 40 years of experience as a land use, natural resources and real estate development attorney. One of John’s focus areas is transit oriented development. He is the Co-Chair of the Transit Oriented Development Council of the Urban Land Institute’s Northwest District Council and is the immediate past Chair of ULI’s national TOD Council. John has worked extensively to help form the legislation that governs Washington’s land use law. He assists clients with real estate development projects, including their land use, zoning and environmental matters, and with their natural resource permit processes.

Chris Meany – Chris Meany is co-founder and managing partner of Wilson Meany, where he strives to create real places that offer the kind of life we all aspire to – where we get to engage with one another in an authentic community. Previously, Chris had his own development practice specializing in high value mixed-use and retail properties. He began his real estate career in the New York office of Aston Development Corporation where he served as a Senior Analyst. Chris is a graduate of Georgetown University; a City of Hope, Spirit of Life Recipient; and a member of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Reserve Association, Urban Land Institute, and Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. He lives in San Francisco.

Kate White – Kate is an Associate Principal and Planning Policy Practice Leader in Arup’s San Francisco office. In her 25 years in the sustainable mobility and development fields, she has championed innovative public policy, programs, and projects. As a Governor Jerry Brown appointee, Ms. White served as Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy at the California State Transportation Agency, where she worked across dozens of state, regional, and local agencies to advance sustainable growth and climate policies. Kate executed policy reforms, conducted legislative analysis, drafted statewide plans, oversaw grant programs, and represented the administration in diverse venues across California. Ms. White is a social entrepreneur, launching mission-driven initiatives, including serving as the first executive director of the Urban Land Institute Bay Area chapter and as co-director of San Francisco’s first car-sharing service. Kate was also the first Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.


June 26, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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Zoom Virtual Meeting
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