Session 3: Racial Equity Planning to Practice: Local Responses / by Tiffany-Ann Taylor

Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Partner, HR&A Advisors

Dr. Aletha Maybank, Deputy Commissioner/Founding Director of Center for Health Equity, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

Asima Jansveld, Principal, HR&A Advisors

Roxanne Franklin, Director, New Orleans Equity Strategy

Erika Bernabei, Founder, Equity and Results

In recent years, city governments have begun to grapple with the exclusionary practices and approaches to planning and governance that have defined the history of this country and play a tangible part in city life today. Increasingly, cities have enacted equity plans and mandated implicit bias trainings in order to address racial disparities. However, institutionalizing a racial equity lens in governance must go the next step beyond rhetoric and high-level planning in order to generate better outcomes on the ground. The panelists will discuss their experiences and lessons learned from on the-ground work translating vision into policies for Boston, Seattle, and New York. The speakers will address attempts to institutionalize a racial equity lens within city government, and the challenges and lessons learned in moving beyond equity planning into material policies and outcomes.