Fostering Social Equity and Inclusive Growth Part 3

American Planning Association


Tuesday, May 29, 2018
noon - 1 p.m. CDT

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Fostering Social Equity and Inclusive Growth

Part 3 -  The final webinar highlighting resources, solutions, case studies, and best practices that APA members can use in their communities.

Social equity is the defining issue of our time. In light of today's political uncertainties and challenges, how can planners foster broad-based, inclusive growth, and ensure they are creating more just and equitable communities? What should the planner’s role be?

In a first-of-its-kind educational opportunity, APA — in conjunction with NPC18 — hosted three related educational sessions about social equity. Covered in the webinars: 

  • What social equity means
  • Frequently encountered planning issues and challenges
  • Ensuring diverse civic engagement
  • A three-tiered approach that addresses social, environmental, and economic needs
  • Implementation tools and other practical resources for planners

APA President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, will moderate all three sessions. The panel members come from different backgrounds, play different roles, and employ different approaches to social equity.

  • Carlton Eley, a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist in the Office of Environmental Justice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is an expert on the topic of equitable development. He elevated equitable development to the level of formal recognition within the EPA to encourage sustainable communities.
  • Jess Zimbabwe, AICP, is Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership at the National League of Cities. Recently, she has been active in advancing the Prosperity Playbook and helping communities promote economic mobility, access to opportunity, and inclusive growth.
  • Majestic Lane is Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment in the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. Majestic is hands-on in fostering an environment of innovation, success, and results in disenfranchised communities and low-investment neighborhoods.


Cynthia Bowen, FAICP

Cynthia Bowen is the Immediate President of the American Planning Association. She is the Director of Planning for Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA), a national planning, urban design and land architect firm founded in 1979. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Cynthia has significant design and ... Read More

Carlton Eley

Carlton Eley is a national expert on equitable development. He is the Chair of the American Planning Association's Social Equity Task Force. Carlton is a former civil servant whose career with the federal government spanned twenty years. He was the first urban planner hired by the Office of Environmental ... Read More

Majestic Lane

Jessica Zimbabwe

Jess Zimbabwe is the Principal of Plot Strategies. Until recently, she served as founding Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership—a partnership of the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and ... Read More