2022 Equity Summit

Based on the keynote presentations and panelist conversations of each day, these guides are designed to facilitate dialogue between you and your colleagues, you and your community, or with yourself about what you heard (or missed!) at the Summit.

Consider how to improve your smart growth advocacy where you live or work. You can certainly do this on your own, but to maximize the impact, we recommend doing this with a small group of colleagues, friends, or other people in your community. Think of it like a book discussion group. Listen to this year’s Summit content, read the summaries of each session, and then think about the discussion questions together as a group—perhaps over a few weeks. For those of you that are ready to take the next step, you can put together a plan of action.

Use the tabs below to look through the recordings and discussion guides.


2022 Summit information

Majora Carter presented the primary keynote during the first half of day one of the Equity Summit (January 11, 2022). Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. Read her full bio in the “speakers” tab.

Day 1: Tuesday, January 11

Land use and development

Day 2: Wednesday, January 12

Transportation and thriving communities

Day 3: Thursday, January 13

Economic development

Theme: Historic injustices in land use and development have led low-income communities and communities of color to be disproportionately impacted by climate change. Learn about the science behind understanding climate and community vulnerability, and discover how leading practitioners are advancing racial and social equity through land use strategy and climate adaptation.

Theme: Transportation planning continues to use decades-old models and tools that contribute to a legacy of harm for communities of color, whether by directing limited resources away from them, bisecting and destroying those communities, or failing to connect them to opportunities to build wealth. Join a conversation about ways technology can be used to replace those outdated tools to better identify and address racial inequities and elevate community voices in transportation decisions.

Theme: The decades-long rise in demand for living and working in walkable places—especially with good access to transit—is good news for the fight against climate change, our health, and our economy. But too often, current residents of these neighborhoods are left behind—or pushed out. For future growth and development decisions, how can these mistakes be avoided and instead support economic mobility, wealth-building, and shared prosperity?

11:15 a.m. - SUMMIT KEYNOTE presentation by Majora Carter

11:08 a.m. - Keynote presentation by Vignesh Swaminathan ("Mr. Barricade"), CEO and President at Crossroad Lab. This will be followed by a fireside chat with Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America

11:08 a.m. - Keynote presentation by Martin Muoto, Founder and Managing Partner of SoLa Impact

12:15 p.m. - Keynote presentation by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences

12:00 p.m. - Panel discusssion, moderated by Dr. Regan F. Patterson, Transportation Equity Research Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, featuring:

  • Tiffany Chu, SVP at Via, CEO and Co-Founder, Remix

  • Bob Dean, CEO, Center for Neighborhood Technology

  • Kim Lucas, Acting Director of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure 

Day ends at 1 p.m Eastern

12:00 p.m. - Panel discussion, moderated by Calvin Gladney, President and CEO of Smart Growth America, featuring:

  • Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee, Brooklyn, NY

  • Mayor Keith James, Mayor of West Palm Beach Florida

  • Marla Bilonick, President & CEO, NALCAB

You'll also be hearing from The Hon. Chris Zimmerman, Vice President of Economic Development, Smart Growth America

Day ends at 1 p.m. Eastern

1:00 p.m. - Panel discussion, moderated by Camille Manning-Broome, President and CEO, Center for Planning Excellence 

  • Zelalem Adefris, VP, Policy and Advocacy, Catalyst Miami

  • Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County

  • Sharai Lewis-Gruss, Lead Adaptation Specialist, First Street Foundation

Throughout the day, you'll also hear from:

  • Calvin Gladney, President and CEO, Smart Growth America

  • Katharine Burgess, Vice President of Land Use and Development, Smart Growth America

This day ends at 2 p.m. Eastern


Closed-captioning was provided during the 2022 Equity Summit, thanks to the support of AARP.