Los Angeles City Planning Hires First Chief Equity Officer
"The Los Angeles City Planning Department Monday named its first chief equity officer to lead racial justice efforts within the department," according to an article published by MyNewsLA.
Faisel Roble will be the first to serve in the position, according to the article. The article includes a statement from Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni, who has the following to say: “Faisal has gained prominence at City Planning for mentoring planners by instilling confidence and guiding them professionally. He has been an advocate for many planners of color as well as helping create opportunities for advancement….As public servants who inform land use, we face a pivotal moment in time where we reflect on the social, political and economic injustices that have challenged our Black, Indigenous and communities of color for generations.”
Roble will be tasked with leading an effort to craft a new Racial Equity Action Plan for the city, to "guide diverse outreach and engagement to inform 35 distinct communities within the city planning process," according to the article.
More on Roble's history as a planner in Los Angeles, and his hopes for the position and the future of planning, are included in the source article.
Roble is on Twitter at @faisalroble19.