Housing Our Community - Exploring Different Approaches to Addressing the Housing Crisis
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About the Event
Our intriguing speakers from the Tech Equity Collaborative, Landed, and CA YIMBY spoke to the different ways they are using big tech, startups, and legislative advocacy to address the housing crisis and opportunities to work together.
Learn more about our speakers below:
Director of Advocacy and Organizing | TechEquity Collaborative
The TechEquity Collaborative advocates for a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that
works for everyone. They are a member-driven organization made up of individuals and
companies that share our values. They are organizing the tech community to advocate
for a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone. They believe the
tech industry can and should generate widespread opportunity instead of inequality and
Megan is the Director of Advocacy and Organizing for the TechEquity Collaborative.
Before coming to the TechEquity team, she worked as Deputy Director of Mobilization
at Common Sense Kids Action, where she developed and launched an organizing
program to engage parents in advocacy around tech issues that affect their children like
cybersecurity, screen time, and tech addiction. Prior to her work with Common Sense,
Megan was an early employee of Airbnb’s Public Policy team where she co-founded
their first organizing and mobilization program. A unique initiative to deploy traditional
grassroots organizing tactics within a tech company, her initial organizing model in San
Francisco has now been replicated by Airbnb in markets globally. That work builds on
her more than 6 years of experience as an organizer and campaign operative for
unions, issue advocacy campaigns, non-profits, and candidates.
Regional Organizing Director | California YIMBY
California YIMBY’s mission is to ensure that California is an affordable place to live,
work, and raise a family. They advance their mission by: addressing and correcting
systemic inequities in California housing laws, and in related laws and regulations;
empowering Californians across the state to engage their elected representatives at the
state and local levels on housing and related policies; ensuring that California housing
laws and local regulations are evidence-based, equitable and inclusive; and drafting and
advocating for proven legislative solutions that accelerate the pace of home building.
CA YIMBY believes that an equitable California begins with abundant, secure,
affordable housing. They focus on housing and land use policy at the state level to
ensure grassroots organizers and city leaders have the tools they need to accelerate
home building at the local level.
Aaron grew up in Iowa after his parents were forced out of the Bay Area by high
housing costs and underfunded public schools. He moved to California two years ago,
where he was taken by the beautiful landscape, amazing produce, and obscenely high
rent. He is excited to apply his organizing experience from the 2012 Obama campaign
and his YIMBY experience with East Bay for Everyone to the task of ending California’s
Partnerships & Business Development | Landed
Landed is on a mission to help essential professionals (starting with educators) build
financial security near the communities they serve. They invest alongside teachers and
school staff when they are ready to buy a home in expensive cities like San Francisco,
Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Landed is always growing, and we now offer
financial wellness education and resources for essential professionals, too.
Nikki has spent her career at the intersection of real estate, education, and social
impact where she’s been driven to find innovative solutions to increase access and
equity across diverse communities. Her past experience includes stints at Project Frog,
where she worked with California public schools to replace aging portable classrooms
with greener, healthier, prefab buildings, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where she
co-developed programming and strategy with the Bay Area’s 2,000+ members. Outside
of Landed, Nikki is actively involved in her native Bay Area community where she
proudly serves as the programs co-chair for ULI San Francisco and an assistant swim
coach for the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco. Nikki holds an MBA from UC
Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania.