Evita Chávez

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Academic Background: Occidental College, B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy

Favorite City/Place: California. But I also deeply love Mexico City, Mexico, Medellin, Colombia and a lot of other major Latin American cities.

What were you doing before Harvard? I spent three years working as a Legislative Assistant for a California State Senator, where I worked primarily on housing and transportation policy. I spent most of my time there working on California’s accessory dwelling unit (ADU) law.

What aspects of planning are you most interested in? Innovative solutions to housing; community investment and development; the impact of tech on communities; and finding answers to the questions: How do we invest in communities without displacing them? How do we resolve the injustices we’ve done to communities impacted by redlining and environmental injustice?