2018 Housing California Annual Conference
Sacramento Convention Center
March 7-9, 2018

March 9, 2018 Speakers

Miriam Rodriguez has been a leader with the Residents United Network since fall 2015, representing San Diego in meetings with legislators and fighting for the passage of critical bills that would alleviate the housing crisis. Miriam has also been a volunteer and leader in the San Diego Unified School District for the past 11 years. Miriam’s inspiration for her volunteer work is her family, her children, and her community. Her vision is to prepare and inspire a new generation with healthy goals, and to make a better place to live for all, in a positive and loving environment.


Miriam’s dedication to serve and lead started at a young age. The oldest of five girls, she helped her immigrant, monolingual single mom care for her younger sisters while growing up in Los Angeles. Now a parent of three, she helped to establish and run the Hoover Cluster Wellness Council, a California Endowment pilot project in her children's school. She currently serves as coordinator of Hoover leadership mentor trainings, and represents the council for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) in City Heights.

Dr. Antwi Akom will take the audience on a tour through the historic context of “race, space and place,” with his talk: Agents of Change: Building Power and Self-Determination Through the Community-Driven Data Revolution and Story Mapping.

Dr. Akom is an urban technologist with an extensive background in collaborative, community-facing technology projects; designing for the public good; human center design; and developing new models of urban innovation in the 21st century that make cities smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable. Dr. Akom is a Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL), a joint research lab between San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the University California, San Francisco (UCSF). SOUL use Participatory Technology, Big Data, and geospatial approaches to address biomedical research questions that are relevant to local communities.


Dr. Akom is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Vulnerable Populations located at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where he researches and deploys new health information communication technologies that improve data literacy, health care delivery, and promote equitable community development with vulnerable populations. Prior to joining UCSF/CVP in 2016, Dr. Akom co-founded and launched Streetwyze, which has been recognized and/or collaborated with Google; Aclima; the Obama administration; Race Forward/the Center for Social Inclusion; PolicyLink; EcoDistricts; Mithun, Perkins + Will; the Movement Strategies Center; Iron Bound Community Corp; Enterprise Community Partners; countless grassroots organizations and the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities. Dr. Akom’s work has also been featured in The Atlantic's CityLab, The Root, Tech Republic, Green Biz, and TechCrunch.


Dr. Akom holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, M.A. from Stanford University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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