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Mission Statement

Cities have long served
as engines for prosperity,
innovation, culture
and mobility.

Introducing the Metropolitan Abundance Project, a new policy center that will arm the urban wing of the abundance movement with the tools necessary to create the prosperous, vibrant, small-d democratic cities of the future.

 

We believe cities are humanity’s greatest invention. But entrenched interests have been preventing America’s cities from realizing their full potential. We aim to break down the barriers that stop cities from building abundant housing, great transportation systems, and responsive and effective governments.

 

Stay tuned as for our forthcoming reports, events, communications tools, model legislation, and more.

 

Read our introductory blog post here.

Staff Academic Advisory Committee Advisory Committee *

Meet our team.

The Metropolitan Abundance Project was born at California YIMBY and is expanding nationwide. Scroll down for career opportunities!

Brian Hanlon
CEO
Nolan Gray
Research Director
Ned Resnikoff
Policy Director
Sarah Anzia
Academic Advisory Committee
Alain Bertaud
Academic Advisory Committee
Francis Fukuyama
Academic Advisory Committee
Stan Oklobdzija
Academic Advisory Committee
Alexander Sahn
Academic Advisory Committee
Donald Shoup
Academic Advisory Committee
Anika Singh Lemar
Academic Advisory Committee
Jessica Trounstine
Academic Advisory Committee
Opportunities

Help abundance
advocates succeed
nationwide.

Join the team

Projects Manager
Remote
Full-Time

California YIMBY is seeking a Projects Manager to oversee a diverse array of projects, primarily related to MAP. Projects may include: guiding long-term research projects to completion, coordinating the publication of reports and white papers, organizing events on behalf of MAP, and managing MAP’s relationships with activists, practitioners, and policymakers nationwide. Approximately 25% of the project manager’s time will be committed to managing non-MAP projects within California YIMBY’s 501c(3) Education Fund.

The Projects Manager will report directly to the CEO of California YIMBY.

The Special Projects Manager will:

  • Maintain MAP’s production and events calendars, and work with senior staff to set deadlines for MAP project milestones.
  • Oversee every stage of the production process for MAP literature, including but not limited to design, copy editing, and promotion.
  • Organize MAP events, including panels and convenings.
  • Coordinate the hiring process for MAP staff, interns, and research fellows.
  • Manage relationships with affiliated coalitions, committees, and MAP’s external fellows.
  • Collaborate with senior staff to write grants and other development efforts.
  • Assist California YIMBY’s policy director and research director with other 501c(3) work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess exceptional project management abilities, excellent judgment, and diplomatic problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution abilities, strong writing and communication skills, strong organizational, analytical, and project management abilities, and be comfortable working on a distributed team.
  • Have experience analyzing policy and drafting policy proposals.
  • The successful applicant will have a passion for ending the housing crisis and a minimum of three years of relevant professional or academic experience.

Preferred Qualifications

A minimum of three years of relevant experience leading important initiatives in a fast-paced environment where timeliness matters. Domain expertise in housing, land use, climate, or transportation policy.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: 

These are not just words at California YIMBY. These values are key to furthering our mission to make California an affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. Representation matters, especially in our work to end the housing crisis. A crisis that, by design, continues to disproportionately impact communities of color. To address that historic and ongoing inequity, we are building a YIMBY movement that reflects California’s rich diversity and we actively seek diverse candidates with broad professional and lived experience.

California YIMBY is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. California YIMBY recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. California YIMBY will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Location

Remote, optional offices full-time in San Francisco or Sacramento.

Salary

$70,000 – $90,000 a year with great benefits. Salary dependent upon experience.

Application Process

Email your resume, cover letter, and two to three work samples for which you were the sole or principal author to jobs@metroabundance.org, using the subject line “MAP project manager.” Candidates who reach the second interview stage will be asked to provide professional or academic references as well as additional work samples.

External Publications
When Community Input Goes Wrong
Ned Resnikoff & Brian Hanlon
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Published Work
11-27-2023
Why the Right Is Winning Its War on Unhoused People
Ned Resnikoff
The Nation
Published Work
8-24-2023
How Houston Halved Homelessness—and What California Can Learn From It
Ned Resnikoff
The Nation
Published Work
12-6-2023
Does Building Luxury Condos Create More Affordable Housing?
Ned Resnikoff & Brian Hanlon
The Nation
Published Work
8-6-2023
From the Labor Question to the Housing Question
Ned Resnikoff
The Nation
Published Work
8-6-2023
Want a Thriving Arts Scene? Build More Housing
Ned Resnikoff
The New Republic
Published Work
9-2-2024
California’s homelessness crisis is a symptom of its housing crisis, that’s why Housing First makes sense
Ned Resnikoff
The Orange County Register
Published Work
9-2-2024
A Critical Analysis of America’s Homeless Crisis
Ned Resnikoff
Skeptic
Published Work
5-5-2023
Why Even The Most Progressive Cities Are Failing Their Car-Free Residents — Streetsblog USA
Ned Resnikoff
Streets Blog USA
Published Work
5-18-2023
Steph Curry’s NIMBY ‘scandal’ is more complex than meets the eye
Ned Resnikoff
MSNBC
Published Work
2-7-2023
City Planning’s Greatest Innovation Makes a Comeback
M. Nolan Gray
The Atlantic
Published Work
2-15-2024
What the YIMBY Winning Streak Means
M. Nolan Gray
Bloomberg
Published Work
11-28-2023
The 6 Zoning Reforms Every Municipality Should Adopt
M. Nolan Gray
Strong Towns
Published Work
11-1-2023
The UCLA Students Who Live in Their Cars
M. Nolan Gray
The Atlantic
Published Work
8-3-2023
Can Hawaii Solve Its Housing Emergency?
M. Nolan Gray
Bloomberg
Published Work
7-31-2023
As Texas Housing Costs Creep Up, So Do Zoning Reform Efforts
M. Nolan Gray
Bloomberg
Published Work
6-1-2023
As the California Interior Burns, Coastal Cities Continue to Block Housing
M. Nolan Gray
The Orange County Register
Published Work
5-8-2023
Huntington Beach's NIMBY Temper Tantrum
M. Nolan Gray
The Orange County Register
Published Work
11-3-2023
YIMBY Zoning Reform Sweeps the Mountain West
M. Nolan Gray
Bloomberg
Published Work
3-7-2023
Is There a Future for the City of Tomorrow?
M. Nolan Gray
reason
Published Work
2-1-2023