Affordable Housing


Los Angeles is facing a significant and complex affordable housing crisis.Angelenos are grappling with questions on how to pay their rent and whether they will ever be able to buy a home. According to a 2018 report by Atttom Data Solutions 58% of renters in Los Angeles spend more than 30% of their income on housing, while a third spend more than 50% of their income on housing.

What can the city due to slow down or even reverse this trend? What roles do the private sector, technology, and civic engagement play in ensuring that Angelenos have access to affordable housing? Are municipal policies such as rent control effective?

In this next session of Defining the Next Decade, we host a distinguished panel for an open conversation on affordable and alternative housing to discuss these and other questions.

Distinguished Speakers
Prophet Walker, Brent Gaisford, Eric Hayes, AlisaBelinkoff Katz, Tina Hovsepian

Moderator: Phylizia Carrillo

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

6:30 - 8:30 pm

About Defining The Next Decade

In today's world, it's increasingly becoming more difficult for next-generation leaders to be optimistic about the future. Defining The Next Decade is a movement to get people thinking differently about the world. We are changing the conversation by bringing together pioneers across disciplines who are actively building the optimistic future. 

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Phylizia Carillo

Phylizia is a futurist at the nexus of emerging tech, creative economies, and infrastructure systems She's a Program Manager at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), where she oversees countywide programming for industry cluster development in Advanced Transportation, Aerospace + Defense, and Digital Media + Entertainment. Over the past five years, she has championed the development of national blockchain initiatives and tech communities in the Philippines; leveraged open data portals and policy recommendations for the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, California State Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives; strengthened entrepreneurial communities and ideas for the World Economic Forum, TEDx, and Creative Capital Philippines; and conducted anthropological fieldwork re: migration, education, and innovation in Bolivia, Cuba, and Morocco. A proud graduate of Mount Saint Mary's University — a women's university based in Los Angeles — Phylizia holds a B.A. in Political Science and Global Politics with double minors in Philosophy and Film, Media, and Social Justice. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology at USC's Iovine and Young Academy.


Distinguished Speakers


Prophet Walker

Prophet Walker is the CEO and co-founder of Treehouse Co-Living, a Los Angeles based tech enabled real estate company that is building the first ground-up co-living community in Los Angeles. Prophet grew up in Watts and is an advocate for prison, education, and housing reform. His work has been widely supported and recognized, including by Steven Spielberg and Michelle Obama. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Loyola Marymount University.


Brent Gaisford

Brent Gaisford is the CFO and co-founder at Treehouse Co-living and the Director of Abundant Housing LA. Abundant Housing LA advocates for more affordable housing prices by ending the housing shortage. Treehouse Co-Living is a Los Angeles based tech enabled real estate company that is building the first ground-up co-living community in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA.


Tina Hovsepian

Tina Hovsepian, an architect and social entrepreneur, graduated from the University of Southern California with her Bachelors of Architecture in 2009. In 2007 she designed and built a prototype of a temporary shelter made of folded cardboard, Cardborigami. Tina received a Prize from the Steven's Institute of Innovation for Cardborigami as Most Innovative at the 2009 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Creative Work. Since then, Tina has successfully launched a non-profit with the shelter as the centerfold and designed programs to support those who have lost their homes. Hovsepian’s shelter has been requested by over 92 different countries and she is featured on the Huffington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Interior Design Magazine, and Archinect.


Alisa Belinkoff Katz

Alisa Belinkoff Katz served for nearly 30 years as Chief Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. She oversaw the development and implementation of Proposition A of 1996, a parks funding measure that has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for park improvements and open space protection; led the team that envisioned, designed and won approval for the San Fernando Valley Family Support Center, a $175 million integrated social services building in Van Nuys; and managed the effort to build the Santa Monica Boulevard Transitway in West Los Angeles. Since 2014, Alisa has served as Associate Director of the “Los Angeles Initiative” at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where she co-authors the UCLA Luskin Los Angeles County Quality of Life Index, and co-teaches courses in both the Luskin School and the UCLA Department of History. She is a Fellow of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy where she served as lead author of a history of rent control in Los Angeles.


Eric Hayes

Eric Hayes is an Associate Economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s Institute for Applied Economics. Since joining the IAE in 2017, Eric has been heavily involved in the department’s research agenda, including the annual Los Angeles County Economic Forecast, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Forecast and the SCAG Economic Update. His personal research interests are broadly related to urban and regional economics, with particular emphasis on the issues of housing, transportation and family demography. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MS in Statistics from San Diego State University.