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  • Erin Welk
    Erin Welk

    Erin is deeply invested in creating a future of inclusive growth and full participation for everyone in society. Her work is rooted in the local; she is most energized convening a diverse group of community changemakers to understand complex social challenges and catalyze positive outcomes. At Urban Matters CCC, she works with communities across Canada to align action on a host of complex challenges such as climate change, affordable housing, homelessness and coordinating responses to the opioid overdose crisis. Erin draws on years of facilitation and collaboration expertise in her work – often aiming for a fine balance between facilitating group trust and moving from talk to action.

    Recently Erin cofounded PEOPLE Employment Services, a social enterprise which provides meaningful employment opportunities for people with lived experience in poverty and/or addiction. Erin founded the initiative within Urban Matters CCC before spinning it out into a stand alone organization that em-loves over 30 individuals.

    Erin lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband and daughter. She spends her free time mountain biking, skiing, trail running and dancing.

  • Grant Ervin
    Grant Ervin

    Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City
    Planning for the City of Pittsburgh. Grant oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City
    services, programs and policy. He works to make the City of Pittsburgh a smart, sustainable and resilient
    city by fostering partnerships, leveraging assets and finding creative ways to solve civic problems. Prior to
    joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a
    statewide sustainable development policy organization; and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh
    Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) – a community based organization serving Pittsburgh’s 90
    neighborhoods.
    Grant serves as an integrator of city activities by working across departments, agencies and sectors to
    form public policy and market based solutions. He brings deep experience, intersecting the worlds of
    environmental, community & economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and
    sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations and state
    agencies. In his role with the City of Pittsburgh, he oversees the development of the City’s energy
    transition strategy, climate policy, environmental social and governance (ESG) analysis, district scale
    sustainability and circularity.
    Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs and decision support activities
    including: Pittsburgh’s participation with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
    creation of the ONEPGH Resilience Strategy, Pittsburgh Equity Indicators, Pittsburgh Climate Plan,
    Pittsburgh’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative; the United States
    Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge, the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation
    District, District Energy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System,
    participation in the Urban Transitions Alliance and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.
    Grant serves on the board of directors of Eco Districts, Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal (PACT)
    District Heating Company, American Institute for Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh Chapter and is a Fellow of
    the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN).
    Grant resides in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.

  • Oswaldo Ortega
    Oswaldo Ortega

    Oswaldo Ortega was born and raised in New York City and got his first taste of architecture in a class at Brooklyn Technical High School. This propelled him to Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, where he not only earned his bachelor’s degree, but took on leadership roles that included founding the Society of Multicultural Architects and Designers and joining Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

    After graduating from SU, Ortega attended Columbia University, where he earned a Master’s in Science of Urban Design and Architecture. During that time, he worked for the Urban Technical Assistance Project, where, through a grassroots process that included interviewing community leaders, residents, and store owners, he assisted in designing the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza in Harlem.

    In 2007, Ortega joined the Washington, D.C. office of HOK, one of the world’s largest design practices, where he operated as the project architect for four office buildings, one biotech laboratory facility, one office building renovation and several conceptual design packages for international clients. He also continued to develop his leadership skills through the Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins University and by leading the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentoring program at Wheaton High School Maryland.

    Ortega became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009 and a licensed architect in the state of Maryland in 2013. He then decided to refocus on design and joined Gensler. At Gensler, Ortega led architectural and interiors projects. Most recently Ortega was the project architect for the JCI Headquarters in Shanghai, where he frequently traveled to represent his team.

    Ortega is very passionate about giving back. As the Past-President of the Illinois chapter of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) he is constantly developing programs to inspire the youth, such as Project Pipeline and the ACE Mentoring program.

    In 2019, Ortega was named 2019 Architects to a Know by Architizer, was awarded the National AIA Young Architect Award and the SAH (Society Of Architectural Historians) Pathfinder Award and recently Ortega, has been featured in the October issue of Contract Magazine.

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Date

Nov 10 2020

Time

EDT (New York Time)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cost

Free

Type

Inspire

Intrapreneurs Re-Imagining Cities

A League of Intrapreneurs Pathfinding Conversation
How can we co-create urban spaces that foster thriving and equitable communities? 

Tuesday 10th November at 12 PM EDT (New York time)

While many are lamenting 2020 as the year they wish never was, others are grateful for the massive spotlight it has provided to illuminate challenges that may have been previously invisible to many. From inequality to poverty, addiction to climate change, this year has made clear that many of our systems – including our cities – need help. 

And as we look to rebuild, we risk not dreaming big enough. We risk going back to the sub-optimal status quo. What we need now are dreamers. Dreamers who do. Passionate change agents who think in systems and act like entrepreneurs. Creatively and collaboratively harnessing the assets of our influential institutions for impact. We need intrapreneurs. 

Meet three intrapreneurs who are dreaming and do-ing in the urban environment. Together, we’ll explore questions such as:

  • What is your dream? Where does your fire come from?
  • What is becoming clear at this moment about our cities and urban spaces?
  • What new interconnections are you seeing?
  • What are trends or new trajectories emerging for rebuilding cities post 2020?
  • What experiments are you developing? Or would you love to develop?
  • What more is needed? And what role for intrapreneurs and systems-preneurs?

As with all League events, this will be an open, authentic and uncensored exploration of the reality of making #changefromwithin. 

We look forward to having you as part of this inspiring conversation!


Speaker Bios

Oswaldo Ortega

Oswaldo Ortega was born and raised in New York City and got his first taste of architecture in a class at Brooklyn Technical High School. This propelled him to Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, where he not only earned his bachelor’s degree, but took on leadership roles that included founding the Society of Multicultural Architects and Designers and joining Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

After graduating from SU, Ortega attended Columbia University, where he earned a Master’s in Science of Urban Design and Architecture. During that time, he worked for the Urban Technical Assistance Project, where, through a grassroots process that included interviewing community leaders, residents, and store owners, he assisted in designing the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza in Harlem.

In 2007, Ortega joined the Washington, D.C. office of HOK, one of the world’s largest design practices, where he operated as the project architect for four office buildings, one biotech laboratory facility, one office building renovation and several conceptual design packages for international clients. He also continued to develop his leadership skills through the Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins University and by leading the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentoring program at Wheaton High School Maryland.

Ortega became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009 and a licensed architect in the state of Maryland in 2013. He then decided to refocus on design and joined Gensler. At Gensler, Ortega led architectural and interiors projects. Most recently Ortega was the project architect for the JCI Headquarters in Shanghai, where he frequently traveled to represent his team. 

Ortega is very passionate about giving back. As the Past-President of the Illinois chapter of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) he is constantly developing programs to inspire the youth, such as Project Pipeline and the ACE Mentoring program.

In 2019, Ortega was named 2019 Architects to a Know by Architizer, was awarded the National AIA Young Architect Award and the SAH (Society Of Architectural Historians) Pathfinder Award and recently Ortega, has been featured in the October issue of Contract Magazine.

Erin Welk

Erin is deeply invested in creating a future of inclusive growth and full participation for everyone in society. Her work is rooted in the local; she is most energized convening a diverse group of community changemakers to understand complex social challenges and catalyze positive outcomes. At Urban Matters CCC, she works with communities across Canada to align action on a host of complex challenges such as climate change, affordable housing, homelessness and coordinating responses to the opioid overdose crisis. Erin draws on years of facilitation and collaboration expertise in her work – often aiming for a fine balance between facilitating group trust and moving from talk to action. 

Recently Erin cofounded PEOPLE Employment Services, a social enterprise which provides meaningful employment opportunities for people with lived experience in poverty and/or addiction. Erin founded the initiative within Urban Matters CCC before spinning it out into a stand alone organization that em-loves over 30 individuals. 

Erin lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband and daughter. She spends her free time mountain biking, skiing, trail running and dancing. 

Grant Ervin

Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh. Grant oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. He works to make the City of Pittsburgh a smart, sustainable and resilient city by fostering partnerships, leveraging assets and finding creative ways to solve civic problems. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide sustainable development policy organization; and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) – a community based organization serving Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods.

Grant serves as an integrator of city activities by working across departments, agencies and sectors to form public policy and market based solutions. He brings deep experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community & economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations and state agencies. In his role with the City of Pittsburgh, he oversees the development of the City’s energy transition strategy, climate policy, environmental social and governance (ESG) analysis, district scale sustainability and circularity.
Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs and decision support activities including: Pittsburgh’s participation with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creation of the ONEPGH Resilience Strategy, Pittsburgh Equity Indicators, Pittsburgh Climate Plan, Pittsburgh’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative; the United States Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge, the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, District Energy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System, participation in the Urban Transitions Alliance and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative. Grant serves on the board of directors of Eco Districts, Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal (PACT) District Heating Company, American Institute for Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh Chapter and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN).

Grant resides in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.

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