“The Future of Great Cities: Development Policy and Social Justice in Urban America”
All events begin at 7:30 p.m.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
September 17, 2007
As San Francisco’s 42nd mayor, and its youngest mayor in 100 years,
Gavin Newsom has brought fresh ideas and renewed energy to the City
and County of San Francisco and has earned a reputation as an urban
innovator. In 2005, Newsom earned an honorable mention as one of Time
Magazine’s Best Big City Mayors and was named one of the World
Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Major initiatives undertaken
during the first Newsom administration include issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples, pursuing economic development focusing
on green technology, biotechnology and tourism, eradicating
homelessness, providing universal health care to San Francisco
residents, expediting construction of market rate and affordable
housing, securing free citywide WiFi, and combating global warming.
Mayor Newsom graduated from Santa Clara University in 1989 with a
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery
October 8, 2007
Mayor McEnery presided over the revitalization of the city's downtown
and helped bring the Sharks to San Jose. He has since authored the book,
The New City-State: Change and Renewal in America's Cities.
October 15, 2007
Assembly Members Mark Leno, Sandre Swanson, Lori Saldaña, and Anna
Caballero. These four legislators chair the Assembly committees on
Appropriations, Labor and Employment, Housing and Community Development,
and Local Government, respectively.
October 22, 2007
Quintin Mecke is Program Director for the Safety Network Partnership,
a citywide public safety program promoting community-driven responses
to crime and violence in San Francisco's neighborhoods.
He is a graduate of Dickinson University where he studied religion.
After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps as an agro-forestry
volunteer in Niger to combat erosions and deforestation in the Sahara
desert. And came to San Francisco where he made his mark in the
non-profit community. He is a member of the Shelter Monitoring
Committee, which is charged with inspecting the city’s homeless
shelters to ensure that individuals and families experiencing
homelessness are treated with dignity and respect, and helped organize
the South of Market Anti-Displacement Coalition (SOMAD) to try and
address the displacement of neighborhood businesses, nonprofits and
community groups that was occurring during the heated land use
speculation during the dot.com boom.
October 22, 2007
Melina Kennedy is a former assistant deputy mayor and deputy mayor ofthe City of Indianapolis.She worked under famed urban innovator and Mayor Bart Peterson on domestic violence and violence prevention and
served as the city’s Director of Economic Development where she
oversaw the city’s effort to grow high-tech, high-wage jobs in
Indianapolis. She helped lead efforts to create BioCrossroads, the
central Indiana life sciences network, and BuyIndyFirst, a plan to
promote the use of local business in the greater Indianapolis area.
Kennedy earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s
degree from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and law
degree with honors from the IU School of Law in Bloomington.
She has served on the boards of the Julian Center, an Indianapolis
shelter for victims of domestic violence, and the Indianapolis Bar
Association, where she chaired its Women and the Law Division. Kennedy
started her career in public service as an attorney that worked at the
Indiana Supreme Court, where she helped review scores of criminal and
civil legal appeals and has practiced law with a local Indianapolis
Kalamazoo Mayor Hannah McKinney
October 29, 2007
Mayor McKinney is a Professor of Economics at Kalamazoo College and
co-author of the book Tapping the Power of City Hall to Build Equitable
Communities (used in this semester’s seminar).
November 12, 2007
Malik Rahim, founded Rebuild Green and Common Ground Collective in New
Orleans to work with community-based organizations efforts to advance
social justice and environmental sustainability as New Orleans rebuilds.
He is the subject of the documentary, Welcome to New Orleans.
Secretary Henry Cisneros
November 28, 2007
Mr. Cisneros is the former Mayor of San Antonio, Secretary of Housing
and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration, an advocate for
affordable housing and housing developer.