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Finding Common Purpose: Confronting Regional Resegregation in the Bay Area

Thursday, January 24, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:30am PST
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
101 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Rising housing prices and displacement pressures are pushing low-income people of color in the Bay Area out of central cities to cities to neighborhoods where institutional resources and supportive infrastructure have not yet scaled to match shifting interests and needs. How can public, private, and nonprofit sector stakeholders respond to these trends, and close regional opportunity gaps? Join the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Northern California Grantmakers to engage in a dialogue about mobility patterns and resegregation trends in the Bay Area and roles we can play to ensure that economic opportunity is shared across the region. 

The event will feature a book talk by Alex Schafran, author of the newly published book, The Road to Resegregation, new research from the Urban Displacement Project and the California Housing Partnership Corporation, and responses from Bay Area leaders on the policy, practice, and funding changes needed to support low-income communities and communities of color residing outside of the region’s core cities. 

Please plan to join us from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, located at 101 Market Street in San Francisco, to identify pathways for regional partners to work in new ways to support equitable growth in the Bay Area.


Alea Gage, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Vallejo

Pedro Galvao, Regional Planning and Policy Manager, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Pedro leads NPH’s regional work, building coalitions across the Bay Area and conducting innovative policy research to make the Bay Area a more affordable place to live. He has successfully championed the incorporation of an affordable housing-focused Action Plan for the region’s 40-year strategic Plan Bay Area and authored “On Track Together,” NPH’s plan for linking transportation and affordable housing investments. Before joining NPH, Pedro worked with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on Plan Bay Area, documenting the region’s housing issues and trends, and creating technical resources for local government. Prior to that, he worked as a policy advisor for two San Francisco Supervisors and founded El Proyecto Voz Latina, a grassroots organization focused on Latino voting and representation. Pedro holds a B.A. in Politics from Whitman College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Dan Rinzler, Senior Policy Analyst, California Housing Partnership Corporation
Dan joined CHPC in 2016. As Senior Policy Analyst, Dan is responsible for policy and research initiatives which aim to expand the resources for affordable housing preservation and development in California, as well as increase their efficiency and social impact. Prior to joining CHPC, Dan worked at the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), where he managed a variety of strategic initiatives—such as around impact assessment, and the intersection of health care and housing—and contributed to program development and policy leadership. Prior to LIIF, he helped design and manage low-income housing programs at the state and local level, and worked as an urban planning consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dan earned a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013, and a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in 2007. 
Tony Roshan Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat
Tony has conducted extensive research focused on the politics of development and the marginalization of low-income communities, with an emphasis on housing, gentrification, and displacement. Since 2007 he has worked with the Right to the City Alliance as a resource ally, and currently serves on the Alliance’s national steering committee. Tony has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA from the City University of New York. Before joining Urban Habitat he was an associate professor of sociology at George Mason University. He runs the Cities and Globalization Twitter account at and most of his publications are available at

Alex Schafran, Lecturer, University of Leeds

Alex's research focuses on the contemporary restructuring and retrofitting of urban regions, with a particular emphasis on the changing dynamics of race, class and segregation across space and place. If asked to boil it down to one word, he study urbanization, defined broadly and in as many ways as possible, but always with a political eye. His work is multi-scalar in nature, spanning from individual suburbs to regions and megaregions and more recently urbanization globally. He considers myself a writer and teacher first and foremost.

He spent a decade doing social work, immigrant rights support, tenant organizing, housing policy and community development work between my undergraduate degree and PhD. During this time, he trained as an urban planner, and his work attempts to fuse critical, historically-rooted and place-based geography with a planner’s eye for policy, politics and the future. He hold a BA in History from Stanford University, an MA in Urban Planning from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a PhD in City & Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Most of his work to date has focused on the US in general and California in particular, with new research horizons that are more global in nature.

Miriam Zuk, Director, Urban Displacement Project, UC Berkeley

Miriam Zuk, Ph.D. is the director of the Urban Displacement Project and the Center for Community Innovation at UC Berkeley. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of environmental justice and equitable development. Dr. Zuk currently leads work on residential displacement for the Bay Area, replication of our work for SPARCC sites (Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis and Denver), and anti-displacement policy evaluation. Before returning to graduate school, she worked as the Deputy Director of Air Quality Research for the Mexican Ministry of Environment in Mexico City. Dr. Zuk received her Ph.D.. in City Planning from UC Berkeley, her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT and her B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Barnard College.


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