UDC Talks

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Event posted Apr. 04, 2018 - 6:00 am | updated Jun 06, 2018

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UDC Talks @NOON | 2018



COR Museum
220 Fayetteville Street

Role of Design and Technology in Fostering Civic Engagement and Good Government
Speaker: Jake Levitas

In 2015, Jake co-founded the nonprofit Our City to help city leaders develop more creative models for civic engagement. He previously served in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, where he focused on creative approaches and policies for engaging with public space. Prior to that, as research director at the arts nonprofit Gray Area, he co-designed the model for urban prototyping festivals, which has since been adopted by cities around the world.

As an organizer, his projects have generated more than 40,000 hours of civic engagement, and have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, and other outlets. His projects have received funding from the Super Bowl 50 Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, The Adobe Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, and American Express, among others.

As a designer, he has worked with government agencies to improve their digital interactions with citizens, including the San Francisco Human Services Agency, San Francisco Public Works, and San Francisco Office of Resiliency and Capital Planning, among others. He has also taught urban cartography workshops to more than 200 students.

A Raleigh native, Jake attended college at Washington University in St. Louis before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area for nine years. Since returning back to Raleigh in 2017, Jake has been appointed to the Raleigh Appearance Commission and been elected co-vice chair of the East Citizen Advisory Council, the neighborhood where he also attended elementary and high school. He is currently pursuing dual masters degrees in public administration and city and regional planning at UNC-Chapel Hill as a Rothwell Scholar. Between semesters this summer he is working with Wake County to implement the county’s Affordable Housing Plan and improve library data collection.

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Education Credits:
UDC Talks will qualify for education credits via self-submittal for AICP, AIA, and NCBOLA.


  • Jun 20, 2018
  • Noon - 1:30 pm


  • COR Museum
  • 220 Fayetteville Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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