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Keith Battle has been working in the video industry for 15 years producing content for Bay Area schools, non-profits, musicians and martial artists. His current project, “Beyond the Gap”, will tackle the complex issue of the “achievement gap”, in which many students of color find themselves left out of the tremendous benefits and opportunities of the tech boom. He shares his passion for visual storytelling in classes and workshops he conducts at the Bay Area Video Coalition. He is the co-instructor of SFUFF’s storytelling for urban planners workshops alongside Dimitri Moore. Keith has been building imaginary cities, skateparks, and community centers from an early age influenced by his mother who is an architect and city planner.
Julie Doherty is a career fundraiser who is passionate about cities and civic engagement, and the vital role that visual arts can play in building community. Currently she serves as the Development Director for North Beach Citizens, a frontline resource center for homeless and low-income San Franciscans. Prior to that she raised significant funds and awareness for affordable housing at TNDC and for Project Inform, a national HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy organization. For her, fostering effective partnerships among staff, volunteers and a wide array of stakeholders is both a privilege and a joy.
Adhi Nagraj is Senior Vice President of McCormack Baron Salazar, a leading national developer of affordable and workforce housing, and in this capacity leads all development activity for MBS’ Bay Area Region. Mr. Nagraj has financed over 1,600 affordable apartments in the Bay Area in his career. He previously served as Director of Development for BRIDGE Housing, overseeing a team of project managers on entitlements, predevelopment, and construction activities for BRIDGE’s Northern California pipeline. Mr. Nagraj lives in Oakland and was an Oakland Planning Commissioner for two terms, serving as Chair of the Commission for two years. He was also appointed by Governor Brown, and re-appointed by Governor Newsom, to the Board of the CA Housing Partnership Corporation, the state’s leading affordable housing finance and public policy organization. Mr. Nagraj is a licensed attorney, and a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School.
Lydia Tan is Managing Director, Real Estate for the Oakland Athletics, where she leads efforts to build the Team’s new Howard Terminal ballpark and mixed-use district, and redevelop the Oakland Coliseum site. Prior to joining the A’s, Tan was Senior Vice President and U.S. Head of Development at Bentall Kennedy, one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisors. Tan has additional experience as Executive Vice President and Director of Northern California Operations at Related California. She was also the Executive Vice President at BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Tan and her husband are Resident Fellows at Stanford University, where they work to create an enriched residential experience for 270 undergraduate students. She holds a BA in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from Stanford University. She is a Registered Architect in California.