April 5, 2017
2806 Clearwater St
Los Angeles, CA
During this event, Flaming and Espinoza will speak from their experiences combatting income inequality locally, and present effective strategies from other cities’ initiatives to close the income gap.
This event is part of Clockshop’s Counter-Inaugural, a series of talks addressing local and national politics through a cultural lens.
Dan Flaming is the President of the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit urban research organization that creates knowledge for the common good. The Roundtable carries out large-scale data analyses to identify actionable solutions to crucial social, economic and environmental problems facing communities, including economic growth, industry energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, raising the wage floor, affordable housing policy, and homelessness. Before joining the Roundtable in 1991, Flaming worked for Los Angeles County, coordinating delinquency prevention, managing community development and affordable housing programs, and administering job training and research programs. He has a Ph.D. in urban studies and has led more than 50 research projects at the Roundtable.
Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), a community development organization designing innovations to responsibly revitalize low-income, urban areas. At LURN, he leads their advocacy efforts in support of the working poor and their micro-finance initiatives that support micro-entrepreneurs. Rudy specializes in identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities, researching the informal economy, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods. Rudy has worked at Emerging Markets Inc. and the AARP Foundation where he designed and managed place-based initiatives with financial institutions, foundations and regional non-profits. Most recently he worked at a CDFI in South LA providing micro-loans and business assistance to street vendors. He serves on Board of Transportation Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles, the Advisory Boards of the LA Development Fund, Investing in Place and the LA Food Policy Council, and the Board of Directors for the LA Kitchen and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. Rudy holds degrees in Business Administration and Urban Planning.