Fostering Social Equity and Inclusive Growth Series

This three-part series includes topics such as:

  • What social equity means
  • Frequently encountered planning issues and challenges
  • Ensuring diverse civic engagement
  • A three-tiered approach that addresses social, environmental, and economic needs
  • Implementation tools and other practical resources for planners

APA President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, moderates all three courses. The panel members come from different backgrounds, play different roles, and employ different approaches to social equity.

  • Carlton Eley, a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist in the Office of Environmental Justice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is an expert on the topic of equitable development. He elevated equitable development to the level of formal recognition within the EPA to encourage sustainable communities. 
  • Jess Zimbabwe, AICP, is Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership at the National League of Cities. Recently, she has been active in advancing the Prosperity Playbook and helping communities promote economic mobility, access to opportunity, and inclusive growth. 
  • Majestic Lane is Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment in the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. Majestic is hands-on in fostering an environment of innovation, success, and results in disenfranchised communities and low-investment neighborhoods.