Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event


Diane Linn, Executive Director, Proud Ground


Brian Harper, Senior Regional Planner, Metro
Frank Alexander, Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Center for Community Progress, Sam Nunn Professor of Law, Emeritus, Emory Law
Sharon Wade Ellis, Board member, Proud Ground and resident leader

Panel highlights the Catalytic Land Cohort, a 3-year initiative between Grounded Solutions Network and Center for Community Progress, as a strategy for promoting housing with lasting affordability at scale by leveraging land and philanthropic support in three focus cities. The Portland Cohort is led by Proud Ground, in partnership with Metro and resident leaders. Panelists will also speak to lessons learned in Atlanta and Houston, two cities where similar cohorts are a few years ahead. The project theme is centered around the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to identify housing needs, collaborate on solutions to further inclusive growth in the Portland area. Second, the project will identify and evaluate potential strategies to increase land ownership to develop lasting affordable housing at a scale that is both efficient and sufficient to meet the needs of Portland regional residents, specifically BIPOC communities.