Bright Shiny Old-New UN

On Wednesday, January 27, New York Loeb fellows were treated to a fascinating two-hour tour of the renovated United Nations buildings by Michael Adlerstein (LF ’86), who recently stepped down as assistant secretary general and executive director of the now-completed eight-year, $2.15 billion renovation. Adlerstein’s love of the architecture and the institution was apparent throughout the tour, as he peppered his remarks on what had been restored with tales of his own interactions with UN leadership–he called it a remarkably unbureaucratic organization in comparison to his previous experience with the National Park Service–and anecdotes from the UN’s original design process. read more

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Robin Chase at the Inter-American Development Bank

Robin Chase (LF ’05) will be in Washington, DC, this Thursday morning for a conversation with Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank. It’s the second event of the Open Knowledge Series, and they will unpack the collaborative economy: finding excess capacity and unleashing it to reinvent the way we create value. All that over breakfast.

The event is from 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM at the Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC. Contact knl-mgr@iadb.org to attend.

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Job Openings at NYCEDC

New York City's primary organization for strengthening businesses, growing jobs, and helping neighborhoods thrive, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, has announced 4 positions open in its Real Estate Transaction Services Group: Associate, Assistant Vice President, Vice President, and Senior Vice President. read more

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Jim Gray for US Senate

This week it’s official: Jim Gray, 1997 Loeb Fellow and 2-term mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, has thrown his hat in the ring to challenge Rand Paul for his Senate seat in November. read more

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Loeb Video Profile: Euneika Rogers-Sipp

Euneika Rogers-Sipp helps Deep South communities with a rich agricultural heritage but persistent poverty transform to sustain a better quality of life for their residents. Her particular talent lies in helping communities recognize the value of their assets to uncover opportunities that will build a sustainable economy. At the center of how she measures the outcomes are equity and the redress of historical racial injustice.

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Loeb Video Profile: Janelle Chan

Janelle Chan found inspiration in the resilience and tenaciousness of Boston’s Chinatown community, which reclaimed a part of the city that had been taken away during urban renewal. She views herself as an enabler: helping residents keep their goals for affordable housing and respect for the built environment at the forefront of new planning. With cutting edge tools like a 3D video game, her Asian Community Development Corporation has involved everyone, from youth to elders, in shaping their environment for the future.

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Welcoming Toni Griffin

Dean Mohsen Mostafavi has announced the appointment of Toni L. Griffin (LF ‘98) as Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the GSD, where she will lead a Design Lab this spring. read more

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Loeb Video Profile: Neha Bhatt

Neha Bhatt wants to be close to decision makers so she can help them make change happen. When she began to work in local government, she was surprised not to find the gridlock she expected; instead she came to appreciate the power of great political leaders who are working for success for their cities. Bhatt is finding new ways to support these champions throughout the US so they can achieve their goals of sustainable equitable development.

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Affordable Housing Rx

Matthew Kiefer (LF '96) has partnered with Samuel Tyler, president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, on a roadmap that will enable Boston's newly revised inclusionary housing policy to achieve its objectives of increased affordable housing production without chilling private investment. Their op-ed is in today's Boston Globe.

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Loeb Video Profile: Shane Endicott

Shane Endicott has made a career of unearthing and elevating untapped resources; he built Our United Villages to reclaim and redistribute old building parts that were destined for landfill. By creating jobs and recycling construction materials, his organization has advanced environmental goals and helped community members become agents of their own change.

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