October 13, 2021
Transportation systems are vital to cities and their residents. They connect communities to each other, to local amenities, and to economic opportunities. But these networks can also divide, cutting people and communities off and concentrating adverse effects in some areas while sparing others. Even a quick glance at mid-20th-century urban planning in the U.S. shows how transportation decisions ripped apart Black and brown communities in order to build interstates that better connected white suburbs to downtown cores. We can and need to do better— and data can help. Hear from Replica General Counsel Kiran Jain about one of the most powerful tools public agencies can use to assess inequities in the built environment — and how Replica, a data platform for the built environment, is working with cities to create more equitable infrastructure.
Kiran Jain is the General Counsel for Replica, a privacy-first enterprise data platform for the built environment. Kiran is the former Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland where she focused on the intersection of equity and civic design in deepening resilient communities and the infrastructure they rely on to live, work and play. During her tenure, she co-founded the Civic Design Lab and the Oakland Fund for Public Innovation. She also served as a senior deputy city attorney focusing on land use, urban redevelopment and municipal law. She currently serves on the State of California's Green Bond Development Committee and lectures on innovation, strategy & leadership at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. Kiran has advised venture-backed technology companies and local governments on cutting edge legal and public policy issues including blockchain municipal bonds, real-time curb management, broadband deployment and community-owned microgrids. She has a J.D. from Georgetown University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and an A.B. in economics from Barnard College.
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