As we transition into the new administration and a post-COVID economy, California and the Bay Area continue to face serious challenges around housing supply and affordability, homelessness and displacement, and the question of how to ensure broad and equitable economic development.

On March 12th, the Berkeley Opportunity Lab is excited to host an afternoon of talks and discussion aimed at generating new insights and solutions in these areas. The convening – California Housing and Homelessness in a post-COVID Economy: Lessons from Research and Practice – will bring together Berkeley’s world-class faculty, California and Bay Area elected officials, practitioners, policy analysts, and journalists in order to share insights and strategies for effective local and regional development and poverty alleviation.

The agenda for the day is included below. Please note that speakers are still being added, so the agenda is subject to change.

2-2:15 Keynote address from Senator Scott Wiener

2:15-3:15 Panel Discussion on Housing

Moderator: Liam Dillon, LA Times


  • Enrico Moretti, UC Berkeley
  • Catherine Bracy, TechEquity Collaborative
  • Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink
  • Nick Josefowitz, SPUR

3:30-5 Panel Discussion on Homelessness

Moderator: Carolina Reid, Terner Center for Housing Innovation


  • Tomiquia Moss, All Home
  • Carolina Reid, Terner Center
  • Janey Rountree, California Policy Lab
  • Emily Cohen, San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
March 12th
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Online Event