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Data, Dialogue and Deliberate Steps to Achieving Equity in Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Released at the Achieving Equity convening on March 2, 2017, An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region provides data, analysis and narratives around five themes: demographics, economic vitality, readiness, connectedness and neighborhoods. The profile is intended to equip leaders in the private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors with the data and narrative in order to spur dialogue and action about how to put all residents on the path to economic security through equity-focused strategies and policies to grow good jobs, build capabilities, remove barriers and expand opportunities for the people and places being left behind.

While the nation is projected to become a people-of-color majority by the year 2044, Los Angeles reached that milestone in the 1980's. Los Angeles’ diversity is a major asset in the global economy, but inequities and disparities are holding the region back. The report underscores how closing racial gaps in economic opportunity and outcomes will be key to the region’s future.

Join SCG in partnership with the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) to learn more about the report’s findings, hear about steps the Weingart Foundation is taking to advance equity and inspire new thinking about what roles philanthropy can play in advancing a regional equity agenda in Los Angeles.

About the Report

An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region highlights the widening inequities in income, wealth, health and opportunity in Los Angeles County. The report was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and is supported by the Weingart Foundation. View the report here.


Jennifer Ito, Research Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Jennifer Ito is the Research Director at USC PERE where she conducts research on issues of regional inclusion and social movement building. Jennifer has co-authored several PERE publications including Linking Innovation with Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego and Changing States: A Framework for Progressive Governance. Before joining PERE, she was the Research Director for Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a grassroots organizing and movement building organization based in South Los Angeles. Appointed by the California Assembly Speaker, she served on the California Commission on the 21st Century Economy in 2009. In 2015, she served on the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. She currently serves on the boards of the Economic Roundtable, California Budget and Policy Center and Asian Pacific Environmental Network Action. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.


Edward-Michael Muña, Data Analyst, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Image result for Edward-Michael MunaEdward-Michael Muña is a data analyst with USC PERE. He holds dual Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Planning from the University of Southern California and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at USC, he worked at the USC Price Center for Economic Development and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute to produce qualitative and quantitative data analysis on economic development in the aerospace industry and rollout of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. His practicum project focused on creating an index of gentrification susceptibility for the City of Los Angeles for which his team was awarded the Biller Award for Best Public Policy Analysis. Prior to joining PERE/CSII, he was a City Hall Fellow for the City and County of San Francisco and a Program Assistant for Prevention Institute.


Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC) where he currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). He is the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC and holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His most recent books are Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration and Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas. He currently serves as a Public Member of the Strategic Growth Council in California and has previously served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly and as a member of the Regional Targets Advisory Committee for the California Air Resources Board. In 2012, he received the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award for social justice research partnerships. His current research culminates in the release of his forthcoming book State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future in April 2018.

Joyce Ybarra, Director of Learning, Weingart Foundation

As Director of Learning, Joyce Ybarra is responsible overseeing the ongoing review and analysis of the Foundation’s grantmaking and programs to assess impact and promote continuous program improvement, learning and knowledge sharing. Joyce joined the Foundation in 2009 as Program Officer. Prior, she served with Southern California Grantmakers as a Program Specialist while also serving as a Consultant Program Officer for the Los Angeles Immigrant Funders’ Collaborative. Joyce received her Master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from University of California, Irvine.



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