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Cristina Garmendia on St. Louis’ Equity Indicators Baseline Report

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Join Next City for another event in our online seminar series, this time with guest presenter Cristina Garmendia, author of the City of St. Louis’ Equity Indicators Baseline Report, on Wednesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. eastern time.

Garmendia will share her approach to developing a racial equity benchmarking process for the City of St. Louis that aligns with the calls to action from the Ferguson Commission. Learn methods for having conversations about racial equity with institutional leaders, gaining access to data, and designing equity metrics that can guide policy and process reform. Participants will learn techniques they can apply to their own city or organization for evaluating hard-to-measure equity concepts such as justice, opportunity and well-being.

Garmendia is the author of the City of St. Louis’ Equity Indicators Baseline Report, which was released in January 2019. In this role, she led the design and selection of racial equity metrics, bringing to bear her unique background in government innovation, data and technology, and impact assessment. In the spring of 2004, she fell in love with St. Louis at first sight while visiting Washington University in St. Louis, later graduating from its Sam Fox School of Design with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. For a few years, her work centered on understanding effective neighborhood redevelopment strategies, making films on the subject, advising on neighborhood plans, and managing a health impact assessment of a redevelopment project. She then left St. Louis to pursue a graduate degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. While in graduate school, she co-founded a civic technology company that partners with governments to bring underutilized government-owned real estate to market. In her role as Chief Customer Officer, she advised government clients on structuring their data to inform policy-making. Prior to her return to St. Louis, she served as the inaugural Senior Research Fellow in Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. Her research agenda there led to the creation of the City of Newark’s Equitable Growth Advisory Commission. In 2017, she served on the Gubernatorial Transition Advisory Committee on Housing for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. In 2014, she was named a Next City Vanguard Fellow, one of country’s top 40 urban innovators under 40. Her work has been profiled in several publications, including the New York Times, Next City, CityLab and Government Technology.

This seminar is pay what you wish to register. Pay any amount that you would like or nothing at all. Those who become sustaining members paying at least $5 a month, or making a one-time donation of $20, will receive our latest print magazine, “15 Solutions for Cities,” and a Next City winter hat as thank-you gifts. Your contribution toward this seminar will be used to find even more amazing guests, cover hosting fees, and organize seminars like this one more frequently. A video of the webinar will be made available to those who register.


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