White House urban policy czar to speak at UB

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Adolfo Carrión Jr., director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy, a position created by President Barack Obama last year to focus federal investment in cities for the first time in several decades, will present the Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) Lecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at 1 p.m. April 23 in 146 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception for Carrión.

A Democratic politician of Puerto Rican descent with a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College, Carrión served two terms as New York City’s Bronx borough president before being tapped by Obama to create jobs and better housing, and ensure that federal money for urban America is effectively spent.

“The fact that Carrión has a graduate degree in planning appealed to us, as does the fact that he worked on a number of initiatives, including a project that led to the building of multiple affordable housing units in the Bronx,” says Kimberley Moore, president of the GPSA who helped arrange the visit.

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