The Urban Land Institute has engaged Calvin Gladney through his firm, Mosaic Urban Partners, LLC, to serve as ULI’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Equity. Calvin will help the organization reflect on how it thinks about equity and advise on opportunities to integrate social, economic, and health equity considerations into ULI’s convenings, communications, and content.
When we think about social and economic equity within ULI, we are considering the definition from PolicyLink:
Equity means just and fair inclusion. An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prosper. The goal of equity must be to create conditions that allow all to reach their full potential.
From a land use perspective, we are seeking to find solutions and identify best practices that can assist our members, and the larger real estate community, with investing and developing in ways that promote equitable growth in cities. Equitable growth provides greater access to economic opportunity, is beneficial to a broad cross-section of the population, and can help prevent or minimize commercial and residential displacement in communities.
This work will involve the following activities:
- Interviews, meetings, and discussion groups with ULI staff, member & leaders
- Scan of ULI content, communications and convenings, including publications, District and Product Council programs, and other ULI work products
- Formulation of overall equity assessment
- Development of recommendations for ULI, including social equity definition, messages for different segments of the ULI membership, and next steps
- Preparation of best practices and case studies of real estate and land use projects that have a strong health equity focus
- Advising staff on opportunities to integrate social equity into ULI’s ongoing programs, new content and future convenings.
About Calvin Gladney
Calvin Gladney has spent the past 15 years working around the country to ensure that the revitalization of neighborhoods and corridors is done equitably, and that people in those areas have an equal shot at participating in the prosperity that can result from change.
Mr. Gladney is Managing Partner of Mosaic Urban, and is a public-private partnership strategist, real estate developer, and trusted advisor to organizations seeking to sustainably transform urban communities. He is a trustee of ULI and a member of its national Public Private Partnership Council.
This project is being managed by the Building Healthy Places Initiative. Its scope is broad, encompassing ULI’s work in the Americas.
ULI is grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its support of this project.