2018 National Planning Conference

Barriers and Innovations to House Oakland

Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198010

Location: 3018

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  • Learn about the basics of real estate development financing, including the different types of capital available to developers.
  • Understand the barriers to producing and preserving housing in Oakland, and see the innovations being used to overcome them.
  • Identify opportunities to use a new technology or start a new collaboration to overcome barriers to housing security in your jurisdiction.


Oakland is on the cusp of something precedent-setting: technological innovation, political attention, a housing crisis, and mass homelessness are all coexisting amid construction boom times. What is going on? Hear from developers, advocates, and researchers who are confronting different pieces of the housing crisis. Learn about the financing struggles Bay Area developers face, the construction industry’s first innovation in decades, the technological tools being developed to prevent displacement, and how policymakers and advocates are confronting social and political forces in Oakland. Hear and learn from the people on the other side of the planning counter, and get a better understanding of Oakland, often-mischaracterized city.

Session Speakers

Denise M. Pinkston
TMG Partners
San Francisco, CA

Gloria A. Bruce
East Bay Housing Organizations
Oakland, CA

Darin Ranelletti
City of Oakland
Oakland, CA

Lynette Dias
Urban Planning Partners
Oakland, CA

Antwi Akom
UCSF & SFSU, I-SEEED.org, Streetwyze.com, and Social Innovation and Urban Opport

Patrick Kennedy
Panoramic Interests
San Francisco, CA