Nimby to Yimby: Cultivating housing advocates & changing the narrative

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Thursday, October 5, 2017
11:25 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. PDT

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Continued growth in multi-family residential development throughout the region over the past 3-years has pushed some communities NIMBYs into over-drive. This is in stark contrast to HCD’s recently issued report which indicates that California is in the midst of a housing crisis. Housing production is falling behind and the projected housing need throughout the state is estimated at 1.8 million new units by 2025. Decades of resistance to new housing, especially in coastal communities, have contributed to record high rents, worsened inequality, and displacement of low-income residents. This session will bring together housing advocacy representatives to share their ideas for how O.C. Cities can change the narrative from NIMBY to YIMBY.


Brent Gaisford

Brent Gaisford serves as the Director of Abundant Housing LA (AHLA) and is responsible for coordinating efforts of the organization with the AHLA steering committee and runs general meetings. When he isn’t volunteering with Abundant Housing, Brent works as the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Upwell Real Estate ... Read More

Chris Gaarder

Chris Gaarder works as a Policy Advisor on transportation, public works, and finance for Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do. He previously worked as a District Representative for State Senator Bob Huff. Chris also serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Fullerton, a position he has held since January ... Read More

Elizabeth Hansburg


Matt Foulkes

Matt Foulkes, is the Vice Director for Membership for the Orange Section of the American Planning Association (OCAPA), and has served as a board member for the past several years. He currently works as Senior Planner for the City of Fullerton. While working as a Senior Management Analyst for the ... Read More

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