Shane Phillips is an urban planner and policy expert based in Los Angeles. He is currently managing the UCLA Lewis Center Housing Initiative, writing a book about housing policy with the publisher Island Press, and teaching public policy as an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California. Shane previously worked as the Director of Public Policy for Central City Association, a Downtown LA business advocacy organization, as well as roles with the Los Angeles Streetcar project and in City Hall. He’s also kept a blog on housing and transportation issues, Better Institutions, for many years.
Originally from Seattle, Shane has an eclectic background including time as a supervisor at UPS and a cable technician at Comcast, and over three years as a tuberculosis research scientist at the University of Washington. He’s proud to have been the first person in his family to go to college, earning a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UW and later moving to LA to pursue a dual-degree Masters program in Urban Planning and Public Administration. Shane’s been car-free for over a decade and is a fan of sci-fi books and DIY home renovations.
Outside of his day-to-day work, Shane has also contributed to a few interesting articles, reports, interviews, and events:
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed: Why is L.A. too pricey? Blame low vacancy rates, not luxury high-rises
Central City Association: Regional Housing Needs Assessment: The Need For Reform in Future Cycles
Central City Association: Micro-Units in DTLA: New Housing Choices for L.A.’s Fastest Growing Neighborhood
Central City Association: Mass Timber: A Faster, More Affordable, More Sustainable Way to Build Housing
Los Angeles Business Council Institute Report: L.A.'s Next Frontier: Capturing Opportunities for New Housing, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development in LA River Communities
Los Angeles Business Council Institute Report #2: Housing Pays: Capturing the Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Increased Housing Production in L.A.
NPR Radio Interview: That Man on the Bus Is Saving You Money
Online Mapping Workshop: USC Data Mapping Lab (Walkthrough)
USC Panel Discussion: New Rivers of Multifamily Housing: Opportunities through the LA River Development