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September 15 — LA River Housing Panel Discussion

“New Rivers of Multifamily Housing:  Opportunities through the LA River Development”


Don SpivackDonald R. Spivack, AICP, FRSA, is a planning and urban development consultant with over 40 years of professional transportation, land use planning and urban redevelopment work in local government. He currently consults with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust on developing funding for parks and open space in under-served inner city communities in Los Angeles and with the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice, a consortium of community-based organizations, on a policy to reduce adverse effects of industrial pollution resulting from concentrated industrial uses in densely developed neighborhoods. He is also an adjunct professor in the Sol Price School of Social Policy at the University of Southern California, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a local economic development entity (which he helped create) targeting water quality and habitat improvements matched with sustainable urban development. In addition to transportation system development and planning work in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, Mr. Spivack served on staff of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), from which he retired in 2010 as Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy, where he was responsible for developing long-range redevelopment and revitalization policies and strategies, including land use, industrial development, transportation and transit oriented development, job development, business attraction, open space and financing options in an era of declining tax revenues. While at the CRA/LA, Mr. Spivack was also in charge of drafting, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, an updated Industrial Land Use Policy for the City, and CRA/LA’s Healthy Neighborhoods Policy and Neighborhood Conservation Strategy, both of which dealt with fostering appropriate economic development in ways that were both protective and sustainable. Earlier in his tenure at the CRA/LA Mr. Spivack managed several of the agency’s redevelopment project areas including those in Downtown Los Angeles and along several major transit corridors. Mr. Spivack holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of City Planning from Yale University.


Claire Bowin cropClaire Bowin joined the Los Angeles Department of City Planning nine years ago. During her tenure their she has led such innovative initiatives as the City’s Green Building Ordinance, the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles and most recently, Mobility Plan 2035. Claire’s background in architecture, art direction and community development provide her with skills that complement the urban planning field. In her current position as Senior City Planner for the Citywide team Claire will continue to push ideas forward that make for a healthier, equitable and more sustainable Los Angeles.

Shane PhillipsShane Phillips is a recent graduate of the USC Price MPL/MPA dual-degree program and assisted with the development of the LA Business Council Institute’s April 2015 publication, “LA’s Next Frontier: Capturing Opportunities for New Housing, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development in LA River Communities”. He currently works as Project Director for the non-profit Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc., overseeing the project design contract and managing partnerships with the City and other key project stakeholders. Shane’s primary interest lies at the intersection of housing and transportation policy, seeking creative ways to reduce automobile dependence, improve health and safety outcomes, and make cities like Los Angeles more affordable places to live. Outside of work, Shane frequently writes about these topics and performs original research, analysis, and data visualization at his blog, Better Institutions.

Daniel TellalianDaniel Tellalian is an economic development specialist focused on attracting investment to low-income neighborhoods.  He was recruited by the City as a founding board member of the LA River Revitalization Corporation and served as its board chair for three terms.  A proponent of neighborhood-scale development, Daniel has extensive experience in place-based community investment initiatives and the absorption of capital into underinvested urban environments.  In addition to his leadership role at consulting firm Emerging Markets, Inc., he has enjoyed successful career stints as a real estate and land use attorney, commercial developer, certified public accountant, nonprofit executive, and alternative lender.  Daniel is currently consulting on several potential river-adjacent housing projects.

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