Fri, 5/21/2021 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
We invite you to join Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) and Green Building United (GBU) for our joint online presentation and discussion on the federal government’s new priorities and how they might impact the City of Philadelphia!
To start, Khalil Shahyd from the Natural Resources Defense Council will present an overview of the Biden-Harris priorities with an emphasis on the nexus of housing and climate change. Shahyd’s presentation will be followed by a discussion with Philadelphia Councilmember Katharine Gilmore Richardson and Philadelphia Chief Resilience Officer, Saleem Chapman on how to best connect these federal priorities with on-the-ground needs in Philadelphia.
Senior Policy Advisor, Equity Environment And Just Communities, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, NRDC
Khalil Shahyd focuses on federal policy and national strategies that create just solutions for environmental and climate crises—specifically by integrating clean energy and energy efficiency with affordable housing and community development. He has more than 20 years of experience in community and economic justice organizing, planning, and policy advocacy. He has worked on just, sustainable development in urban and rural settings domestically and abroad in Mexico, India, and Brazil. Shahyd holds a bachelor's degree in history from Tulane University, a master's degree in sustainable international development from Brandeis University, and a PhD (ABD) in energy and environmental policy with a specialization in urban political ecology from the University of Delaware. Away from work, his passions are astronomy and soccer. Shahyd is based in NRDC's Washington, D.C. office.
Councilmember At-Large, City of Philadelphia
Katherine Gilmore Richardson is serving her first term as Councilwoman At-Large for the City of Philadelphia. Gilmore Richardson’s demonstrated track record of service and leadership within the community helped her to become the youngest woman ever elected City-wide and the youngest African American woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council in November 2019. Gilmore Richardson previously served as a staff member for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for 11 years in roles ranging from Constituent Services to Chief of Staff. During her tenure, she helped secure passage of progressive policies affecting and advocating for women, children, people of color and more. Katherine is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls and West Chester University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Science degree in public administration. She also completed the Women's Campaign School at Yale University, the Center for Progressive Leadership and the Zeta Organizational Leadership Program.
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Philadelphia
Saleem Chapman serves as Philadelphia’s first Chief Resilience Officer. In this role, he oversees the creation and implementation of climate preparedness and resilience strategies. Before joining the City of Philadelphia, Saleem amassed a vast array of experience in the sustainability field, including professional work in urban policy analysis, environmental justice, and sustainable economic development.