Event COTE Meeting

June 3, 2021 - 5:30pm

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COTE Transportation & Land Use Committee:
Equitable Land Development & Affordable Housing

The Austin Climate Equity Plan is our chance to prepare for the impacts of the climate crisis while redressing racial and other inequities in the city. The design, construction and real estate industry impacts climate and equity by what we build and where we build. This course will address challenges and opportunities involved with planning for complete communities and increasing affordable housing through a period of major urban growth. Nefertitti Jackmon, CoA’s Community Displacement Prevention Officer and Mandy De Mayo, CoA’s Community Development Administrator, will discuss their strategies for addressing these challenges and opportunities in Austin.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe Austin’s new Climate Action Plan related to responsible land use development.
  2. Recognize the past, present, and future effects of gentrification and displacement in the City of Austin and how the City is addressing them.
  3. Identify how the City plans to preserve and enhance affordable housing development in Austin.
  4. Analyze overarching strategies for designing for equitable communities.


Mandy Headshot
Mandy De Mayo is Community Development Administrator for the City of Austin.  In this position, she is responsible for managing housing and community development programs funded through local, state, and federal resources.  In addition, De Mayo is responsible for developing and fostering strategic relationships in the community to further the mission of the City of Austin’s Housing and Planning Department.  Prior to working for the City of Austin, De Mayo served as Executive Director of HousingWorks, a nonprofit research, education, and advocacy organization that is dedicated to increasing affordable housing in Austin.  De Mayo holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of affordable housing and community development.

Nefertitti Jackmon - Head Shot
Nefertitti Jackmon is a Cultural Strategist and currently works for the City of Austin as the Housing and Policy & Planning Manager for the Housing and Planning Department spearheading their Displacement Prevention efforts. As the former executive director of Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District she brought passionate and visionary leadership to the development of projects that preserve, educate and sustain black arts, history, and culture in Central East Austin.  

In 2017, Mayor Steve Adler appointed her to serve as the co-chair of the Anti Displacement Task Force, she also served as a representative for the city with Policy Link All-In Cities Initiative on Displacement. She has spoken on many college campuses, including TSU, HT and UT about gentrification and has become a trusted voice on issues of displacement especially as it relates to the negative impact on authentic black cultural production. She has presented at numerous conferences across the country including in Washington D.C. at the 48th convening of the Congressional Black Caucus.

At present she and her team are developing a portfolio of work to provide tenant stabilization services to vulnerable renters and analyzing the effectiveness of the department’s 15 displacement prevention strategies and collaborating with other City departments to develop a comprehensive city-wide displacement prevention strategy.

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About COTE

AIA Austin Committee On The Environment (COTE) reflects the profession's commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, and is dedicated to preserving the earth's capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. COTE typically meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is an American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community working with architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that allow people, communities, and our planet to thrive.

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Committee Chair: Kendall Claus, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Committee Chair-Elect: Ashley Grzywa, AIA
Past Committee Chair: Miguel Walker
Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman