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Kenyatta McLean

Kenyatta McLean is an economic and community development specialist. She is interested in ensuring marginalized communities have access and opportunity to rebuild their own neighborhoods leveraging both traditional and innovative urban planning and economic development tools. She believes all social change begins with empowerment. As an economic development practitioner, she has held positions within NYC local government, CA state legislature, and planning focused non-profits. Kenyatta currently does independent consulting on economic development, non-profit capacity building, and commercial revitalization projects. In addition, Kenyatta is a co-founder of BlackSpace, a collective of Black urbanists in the New York City. BlackSpace works to nurture and support Black people in fields of influence that shape social and spatial environments. BlackSpace promotes and protects Black communities through collaborations that strengthen Black assets. Their work focuses on bridging gaps between policy, people, and place to realize equity and justice. BlackSpace demands a present and future where Black people, Black spaces, and Black culture matter and thrive.