The Vanguard conference is a gathering of rising urban innovators working to make change in cities. Designed to bring together professionals working across disciplines and sectors, each Vanguard class includes policymakers and politicians, architects and urban planners, artists and mediamakers, all selected through a competitive application process.
Tre Borden is Principal of the placemaking and creative consultancy Tre Borden / Co. His team curates events, public art projects, community-based programming and space activations with an eye towards equity and engagement.
Jessa Ciel is an artist and filmmaker based in Sacramento, CA. Recent projects include directing the short film Like Home, and working on the Oscar-nominated film Lady Bird. Ciel holds an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BA in Film from CSU Los Angeles.
Kimberly Garza is a design professional providing services in art, landscape architecture and planning. Her research-based design approach, coupled with her ability to manipulate virtual models, helps to identify and illustrate complexities and opportunities hidden within a site. Her work aims to provide innovative platforms for cultural, educational and social engagement.
Allison S. Joe, AICP has professional experience in public infrastructure finance, real estate market and financial feasibility analysis, economic development, housing policy, and industry sector analysis. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute, and is also a Commissioner on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.
Dan is a California artist trained as an architect, organic farmer and greywater irrigation specialist. He designs systems and makes art to explore the complex connectivity between water, food, community and climate change. Additionally, he serves as a designer with Lincoln Training Center whose mission is to improve quality of life for individuals with disadvantages or developmental disabilities.