Peaceful public assembly can escalate to something else entirely, quickly and unexpectedly. As building owners, property managers, and service vendors in today’s climate, it is ever more important to consider the impact of such events. How do we prepare, respond, recover, and communicate?
Join us for a panel discussion, where we’ll hear from property managers in the center of our community, first-responders on the ground, and the City of Oakland’s Communications Director, Karen Boyd. Let’s learn from those who have experienced civil disturbance first-hand.
Sara de la Riva
Property Manager, Westcore Properties
Sara de la Riva has been in the commercial property management industry for over twenty years with experience in a diverse range of property types. Her current position as Property Manager with Westcore Properties at 1221 Broadway in downtown Oakland has provided additional experience in dealing with civil unrest. 1221 Broadway is located above a major transit hub and just a block away from Frank Ogawa Plaza. The last year has inspired Sara and her team to develop processes and procedures that prepare the tenants and property for demonstrations, protests and rallies.
Real Estate Manager, CBRE
Liz has been a commercial property manager for over 13 years. She studied Facilities Management at Cornell University and began her career in the facilities department of the Olympic Village for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, before switching to the property management side after moving to San Francisco in 2003. Liz has worked for CBRE, Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation & Woodmont Real Estate Services. She is currently a Real Estate Manager with CBRE at 475 14th Street in Oakland.
Communications Director, City of Oakland
Karen Boyd has more than 25 years’ experience in public administration and strategic communications for corporate and government agencies. During her 20-year tenure at the City of Oakland, Karen has advised top City officials—including five Mayors—on a wide range of complex, high-profile and sensitive issues. In her role as Communications Director for this $1 billion municipal corporation, Karen is no stranger to addressing difficult topics in the media: police conduct, road failures, landslides, natural disasters, civil unrest, chronic multi-million dollar budget shortfalls, police radio failures, and executive leadership turnover. Since the tumultuous protests following the BART police killing of Oscar Grant in 2009, through the more recent Ferguson and presidential election protests, she has been the City’s chief communications strategist during dozens of protests, marches and demonstrations.
Members: $25 on/before end of day April 19; $40 after April 19
Public: $40 on/before April 19; $60 after April 19
Registration closes end of day April 24!