The Los Angeles City Planning Department Monday named its first chief equity officer to lead racial justice efforts within the department.
Faisal Roble will help address any implicit bias within City Planning policies and outreach, and he has more than 30 years of experience with the department, most recently holding the title of principal city planner.
“Faisal has gained prominence at City Planning for mentoring planners by instilling confidence and guiding them professionally. He has been an advocate for many planners of color as well as helping create opportunities for advancement,” Director of City Planning Vince Bertoni said. “As public servants who inform land use, we face a pivotal moment in time where we reflect on the social, political and economic injustices that have challenged our Black, Indigenous and communities of color for generations.”
Roble will help craft City Planning’s Racial Equity Action Plan that will guide diverse outreach and engagement to inform 35 distinct communities within the city planning process.
According to City Planning, Roble has a robust history of serving various community groups around Los Angeles. His experience includes managing visions for South, Southeast and West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert communities.
“The current national movement has shed light on a systemic racism that permeates in every sphere of our civic lives, including but not limited to climate events, housing, health disparities, inequitable zoning practices and lack of economic development in communities of color,” Roble said. “It would be irresponsible to not recognize and atone for the discriminating land use practices our local government has contributed, which produced inequities. I look forward to guiding the department in more racially equitable practices.”
Part of Roble’s work helped address racial injustice, equity and economic divestment. His leadership in more than 20 projects has helped bolster affordable housing and sustainable communities, according to City Planning.
Most recently, he oversaw projects of significant importance to the South Los Angeles community, including the redevelopment of Jordan Downs from 700 units of public housing into a 1,073-unit mixed-use, mix-income neighborhood with a full-service grocery store, commercial and community services and more than five acres of parks and open space.
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