Neighborhood Sustainability Symposium

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Expo Center
3980 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Healthy Living & Sustainable Communities | Transit
Youth Issues | Community Organizing | Disaster Prep

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  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Tote Bag & T-Shirt
  • Workshop Sessions
  • Access to Vendor Booths
  • Organic Gardening & Cooking Demonstrations
  • Financial Literacy Workshops & more...


  • $10 individuals
  • $20 for Families (up to 4 people)

Group registration available (10 or more persons) - contact


Symposium Schedule

9:00 a.m.      Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.      Opening Keynote Speaker: Ron Finley
South L.A. Guerrilla Gardener & TED Talk Speaker

10:00 a.m.     Opening Integrated Panel
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, METRO, Board of Directors
Paul Simon, L.A. County Dept. of Health
Rigoberto Reyes, Department of Consumer Affairs
Mayor Aja Brown, City of Compton

Workshop Session I: 10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1. Gentrification & What's Happening in Your Neighborhood—Tools for Identifying Real Estate Market Shifts and Neighborhood Change
Chancela al-Mansour, Housing Rights Center
Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, Esperanza Community Housing
Isela Gracian, East L.A. Community Corporation
Teresa Taylor, Neighborhood Housing Services of L.A. County

2. Faith Communities and Economic Development – How to Get Involved with your Church and Use it to Mobilize Your Community
Bob Combs, Metro CDC
Cheryl Branch, L.A. Metropolitan Churches
Richard Parks, USC Center for Social Innovation
Robert Rubin, Vermont Village CDC

3. How Schools Create Active, Engaged Community Members
Dr. Julie Marsh, USC School of Education
Andrea Canty, LAUSD
Larry Fondation, Green Dot Charter Schools
Keisha Gu, Independent School Alliance (invited)

4. Healthy Families & Vibrant Communities
Neelam Sharma, Community Services Unlimited
Robert Egger, L.A. Kitchen
Rick Nahmias, Food Forward
Malcolm Carson, Community Health Councils

5. Starting & Financing Your Small Business
Constance Anderson, Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Center

6. HOPE Homebuyer Workshop
Neighborhood Housing Services of L.A. County

7. Youth Employment & Green Jobs

LUNCH: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Healthy Cooking Demonstrations / Vendor Fair

WORKSHOP SESSION II: 12:55 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

8. Organizing Your Neighborhood to Advocate
Grayce Liu, City of Los Angeles, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Community Coalition
Cynthia Strathmann, SAJE
Kevin Taylor, Reseda Neighborhood Council

9. Transit-Oriented Development: How are these Factors Changing Neighborhoods and Businesses
Damien Goodman, Crenshaw Subway Coalition
Dean Matsubayashi, Little Tokyo Service Center
Michelle Boehm, California High Speed Rail Authority

10. HOPE Homebuyer Workshop
Neighborhood Housing Services of L.A. County

11. Greening Your Small Business, Conservation and Utilities
Samuel Sasu


Jan Perry, Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department
Bruce Saito, L.A. Conservation Corps



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