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ACSP Welcomes J. Phillip Thompson as Keynote for #ACSP2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019  
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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from a fellow planner whom is currently serving as Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives for the city of New York. Deputy Mayor Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Urban Planning at MIT but is currently on public service leave following his appointment last year. He has worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. He is a frequent advisor to trade unions in their efforts to work with immigrant and community groups across the United States.

ACSP is thrilled to be hosting Deputy Mayor Thompson to deliver the 2019 keynote address. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his professional role as well as academic work focused on efficacy of public health programs in black communities, labor unions and economic development programs. Regarding his role as Deputy Mayor, Thompson states “the state used to be really active in affordable housing. Now everyone looks to the city to deal with affordable housing issues and the state has sort of dropped out of the picture. And so, to me, I think that we need to look at also what the state can do and I think they have an important role to play.”

Following his appointment New York City Mayor de Blasio states, “Phillip is one of the foremost experts on how to better serve and lift up low-income neighborhoods, and has spent decades fighting in the trenches for progressive causes. He will make sure our agencies are working together to make New York City the fairest big city in the nation."
We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 26 at the Luncheon and Faculty Award Ceremony to welcome Deputy Mayor Thompson.

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