A Rant about Income Inequality, Small Businesses, and the Need for Radical Solutions

  Lately, I’ve been on a mission to find resources to replenish LURN’s Semi’a Fund, a low interest loan fund that caters to street vendors and other low-income entrepreneurs who do not qualify for capital from nonprofit lenders or banks. It’s been a bit challenging and I’ve learned a lot about how capital flows (or … Continued


The Power of Habit, A Book Review

Over the the winter break, my colleague, Rudy, and I decided to read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg, a New York Times Best Seller. We wanted to begin the new year with an inspiring read, to generate some personal reflections of the last … Continued


On Defending Boyle Heights

I’m writing to share my work and perspective on gentrification in Boyle Heights, especially in light of the recent public actions by Defend Boyle Heights, a collective of activists who are concerned about gentrification. This post is simply my perspective on gentrification and displacement; an issue that I’m deeply concerned about. After Defend Boyle Heights’ … Continued


3 Reasons to Attend LURN’s “Disrupting the City” event on June 10th

This is a repost from Investing in Place Sometimes I feel like I don’t have time to think; to relax a bit and think creatively about the problems we’re trying to address. Do you ever feel like that? Every year, LURN organizes an event called the Planning and Land-Use Strategies Summit (PLUS2). It’s an opportunity … Continued


Investing in Change: How Can Nonprofits Attract Huge Investors?

I’ve thought about money since I was a kid. Back then I wondered why other kids had things that I didn’t and now I wonder why community organizations who are doing amazing work are struggling to make ends meet.