Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Koya Brown

Sr. Product Engineer + Engineering Lead, Racial Equity & Social Justice Team | Esri

Koya is a product engineer supporting the Utility Network project and the technical lead for the Racial Equity and Social Justice team at Esri. An urban geographer who is passionate about growing and developing as a thought leader. She's worked in spaces from state and local government to Fortune 500 companies, and grown skills as a mashup of geography, business and IT. Their joy in this space, so far, has been applying conceptual frameworks to solve real business problems across industries like utilities, transportation, and human capital management but still kind of figuring things out.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Geographic Tools to Advance Racial Justice at the Community Level

Racial justice leaders have long understood the importance of data in advancing equity, but there are few accessible tools that allow them to see their communities through a geographic lens to build community power and equitable solutions. Geographic Tools to Advancing Racial Justice at the Community Level will guide community leaders through a systematic approach to assess disparate outcomes, identify solutions, and amplify community voices. At this session, we will provide community leaders with guidance about data and tools needed to assess and identify solutions, as well as equip participants with specific guidance on how to leverage these types of analyses to inform policy and co-governance. Opportunities will be provided for strategic dialogue and co-creation of important community-driven analyses that can be implemented by participants across geographies. We will demonstrate available tools and share how to use a geographic approach to address systemic issues. We will also show examples, showcase opportunities, and build an understanding and awareness of how using a place-based analyses can help to achieve racial justice.

Speakers: Raintry Salk, Clinton Johnson, Chris Messerich, Koya Brown