Allied Organizations: Upcoming Events and Programs

Northern Section strives to deliver events and programs to help you achieve your professional development and networking goals. Our allied professional organizations also offer events and programs in a variety of formats that you may find align well with your professional and continuing education goals.

Below are some notable upcoming event or program opportunities selected by the Northern News team.


Budget 101

11:00 a.m. | Thursday, February 8, 2024 | Online
Fee: Free

Accessing public funding and championing regional and statewide public funding measures are core objectives of TOGETHER Bay Area. The budget overview session will shore up our knowledge and understanding of the State budget process and timeline, along with key moments in the process for advocacy.


Planning for Rebuilding During War: Voices from Ukraine [In-Person Event]

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. | Friday, January 26, 2024 | SPUR Urban Center, San Francisco, CA
Fee: Free

Join SPUR and the Center for Innovation for a conversation about rebuilding in Ukraine. An estimated 1.4 million Ukrainian homes have been damaged or destroyed since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, 2022. The Center for Innovation has invited a dozen Ukrainian leaders to the Bay Area to learn advanced means and methods of design and construction in preparation for peacetime reconstruction. In this presentation, members of parliament, architects and a university leader will share their stories and seek advice from the Bay Area community about how to rebuild a resilient and democratic future.

Small bites and refreshments will be served after the program.

Book Talk: 9 Ways to Make Housing for People | David Baker Architects [In-Person Event]

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Thursday, February 1, 2024 | SPUR Urban Center, San Francisco, CA
Fee: Free

The need for attainable housing is pressing in all regions of the country. David Baker Architects delivers on this need in California, the Southeast, and beyond; the firm has been working creatively with affordable housing developers and agencies for many years — proving the power of design, even on tight budgets, to create vibrant places. This discussion explores the nine ways they have developed to design affordable and market-rate housing that lifts and supports people and thriving, resilient communities. These are approaches that citizens, property owners, developers, and designers can use today to create housing and other buildings that support healthy, equitable neighborhoods, and they have been crystallized in the firm’s book, 9 Ways to Make Housing for People (ORO Editions). Speaking about the ways and the book will be Bay Area principals David Baker, Pedram Farashbandi, and Katie Acklerly.

Ballots and Brews: 2024 Voter Guide [In-Person Event]

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. | Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | SPUR Urban Center, San Francisco, CA
Fee: Free

Join us at the SPUR Urban Center for a party to celebrate the release of our 2024 Voter Guide! Before every local election, SPUR researches select ballot measures and prepares a voter guide for the public. Our analysis includes the background behind the measures, pros and cons, and a recommendation on how to vote. The goal of the SPUR Voter Guide is to offer objective analysis and advise voters on which measures will deliver real solutions. We’ll be sharing our analysis of this election’s ballot measures and celebrating the voter guide over food and drinks.

What It Took To Win: Keeping Transit Moving

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Tuesday, February 20, 2024 | Online
Fee: Free

Senator Scott Wiener and a coalition of advocates led by SPUR and Transform—collectively known as the Survive and Thrive Coalition—successfully won $5 billion that can be used to temporarily avert transit’s “fiscal cliff”. Facing a huge statewide deficit, this campaign was far from easy. Peek behind the scenes of this collective impact campaign to learn how local, regional, and state advocates worked together with public agencies to persuade elected officials to ensure the Bay Area keeps moving.

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