5/30/17 OAKLAND, CA - The YIMBYtown 2017 conference hosted by East Bay Forward will feature Sasha Marshall and Emily Hamilton as keynote speakers.

Sasha Marshall is a Houston, Texas native and is currently employed at the City of Houston as a Planner III in the Grants Management Division. In this role, Sasha leads the effort to reduce the stigma against federally funded housing through the “Say Yes!” educational and public awareness campaign to encourage the development of affordable homes for all incomes in all areas of Houston. Sasha earned a Master’s degree in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma. Her entire career has been focused on improving the quality and availability of homes for low and moderate income people. Sasha brings her education and experience working in the planning department to talk about her city's campaign to make in impact in housing affordability by engaging with all citizens and encouraging them to "Say Yes" to housing.

Emily Hamilton is the policy research manager for the State and Local Policy Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She writes for the blog Market Urbanism, and her writing has appeared in USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, Economic Affairs, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Emily is an alumna of the Mercatus Center’s MA Fellowship at George Mason University, and she is currently a PhD student in economics at George Mason University. Emily's academic background will set the stage for the conference as she discusses research behind the land-use policies of cities and their impact on important economic factors such as housing affordability. 

The full schedule for YIMBYtown is available now at and features topics like How LA Defeated Measure S, Why housing teachers is important, and intersectional YIMBYism. There's still time to register, so bring your friends!

East Bay Forward is an unincorporated coalition of advocates dedicated to solving the housing-affordability crisis in the Bay Area. They meet monthly in Oakland, and spend their free time showing up at city meetings in the East Bay to fight for more housing. Find out more at or email for further details.