Chloe is an urban planner, sociologist, social advocate, and Director of Real Estate Development for the Brownsville Community Development Corporation. She offers technical assistance to understanding the City of Brownsville’s permitting processes, advises on policy recommendations, and strategizes with Taller de Permiso for just economic development in the Buena Vida neighborhood.
Community Engagement Strategist
Hilda is the Director and Founder of the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center, and the Community Services Director of the Housing Authority for the City of Brownsville. Hilda assists Taller de Permiso in community outreach, community recruitment for youth and entrepreneur programming, public events, and resident led arts interventions.
Industry Specific Business Incubation Instructor
Veronica is a food sovereignty advocate, the Executive Director of the Brownsville Wellness Coalition, Founder of Cocina Alegre, and manager of the Brownsville Farmer’s Market. Veronica co-designed and will teach curriculum for food specialized small business incubation classes, and will assist in management of the Taller de Permiso Mercadito.
Linda is the Center Manager of the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center (ECC) of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Through the ECC, Linda facilitates small business incubation courses for residents of the Buena Vida neighborhood, and provides program development assistance for Taller de Permiso.
Carla is CEO for the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB). Under her leadership, the HACB was awarded a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant for the Buena Vida neighborhood, and positioned residents as valuable leaders in shaping their neighborhood’s future. Carla extends Choice Neighborhood’s community engagement and leadership structure to support Taller de Permiso initiatives.
Traci has served as President and CEO of the United Way of Southern Cameron County since 1996, after a sixteen year career in banking. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Brownsville Economic Development Council and United Brownsville. Traci advises on economic development, financial sustainability, and fiscal oversight for Taller de Permiso.
Lynn is an urban planner, researcher, and Founder of Go Collaborative. She has presented on Creative Placemaking Evaluation for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a 2014 recipient of Artplace America. For Lynn guides research, evaluation, and the development of theory of change for Taller de Permiso, and devices metrics to hep understand how the project instills increased civic agency.
Lori is an activist, educator, and co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. Incubated through MIT’s CoLab, Design Studio for Social Intervention partnered with the Fairmount Cultural Corridor on the implementation of their 2014 Artplace America grant. Lori advises Las Imaginistas on social engagement strategies and the successful deployment of social justice tools.