In Pursuit of Equitable Development: Lessons From Washington, Detroit, and Boston


April 17, 2020
1:00pm - 5:30pm


Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Equitable development, a new concept in planning and community development, holds great promise for helping low-income and minority communities become places that provide economic opportunity, affordable living, and cultural expression for all residents. It is built on the basic principle that current residents will play a central role in shaping the projects, programs, and policies that affect them and their community.

However lofty its goals, achieving equitable development is complicated and challenging. At this half-day symposium, leading practitioners and scholars from Washington, DC, Detroit, and Boston will explore three notable efforts to bring equitable development to their communities. The presentations and discussions will help students, scholars, community leaders, public officials and others identify innovative strategies and successful approaches to advancing social justice goals in low-income and largely minority neighborhoods.

Speakers will include:

  • Darnell Adams, Vice-President Program Implementation, Invest Detroit
  • Maureen Anway, Associate, Neighborhoods, Invest Detroit
  • Kimberly Driggins, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy, 2015-2016 Loeb Fellow
  • Scott Kratz, Director, Building Bridges Across the River, Washington, DC
  • Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager, Building Bridges Across the River, Washington, DC
  • Jermaine R. Ruffin, Development Director-West Region, Detroit Department of Housing and Revitalization
  • Christopher Herbert, Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • Alex Krieger, Professor in Practice of Urban Design, Interim Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
  • Alexander von Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, GSD

Co-Sponsor(s): GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design , Loeb Fellowship , GSD Office of Communications and Public Programs

Learn more about the event HERE.

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Racial Equity
Real Estate Development


Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies