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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: