Speaker Biographies

Margaretta Wan-Ling Lin has served as a long-time leader in movements for racial justice, healing, and human rights. She seeks to support students to apply critical thinking and understanding of structural racism, forensics policy analysis, and humanitarian principles to solve public policy challenges. 

Margaretta's applied research and public policy development focus on repairing past policy and planning injustices through transformative community planning and policy design. Current initiatives include conducting the nation's first impact evaluation study of Fair Chance Housing laws, designing a local policy framework for the right to housing for unhoused residents applying international human rights standards and a statewide policy framework connecting the dots on air quality, transportation, and displacement, and developing a comprehensive countywide re-entry housing plan. 

As a government official, human rights lawyer, and activist, Margaretta’s work has resulted in the passage of national north star public policies and laws including on fair chance housing, foreclosure prevention and mitigation, anti-displacement, bilingual education, special education, economic justice, youth violence prevention, and environmental justice. She currently serves as the Founding Director of Just Cities, a policy justice organization. 

At the City of Oakland, Margaretta led federal stimulus efforts during the Great Recession, coordinating multi-agency efforts of over $300 million for green energy projects, jobs and other vital public services; created new racial justice policies and institutions; and launched initiatives to prioritize historically neglected neighborhoods including the development of the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone Collaborative with EastSide Arts Alliance. At the East Bay Community Law Center, Margaretta founded the Community Economic Justice Clinic to train law students in impact lawyering and organizing including on the Oakland Chinatown Pacific Renaissance housing justice struggle. At Public Advocates, Margaretta served as legal counsel on iconic educational justice cases, Larry P. v. Riles and Zambrano v. OUSD. In response to racial violence, Margaretta co-founded community institutions for inclusion and belonging--Youth Together, Youth Uprising, and the Skyline H.S. One Land, One People Center. 

Margaretta has a JD and Masters in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and BA from the University of Virginia. After law school, she clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit where, together, they challenged the racially disparate treatment of crack versus cocaine convictions in federal sentencing cases. 

Pam Dorr is the Executive Director of CLAM and has a successful career in developing and overseeing affordable housing organizations in hard-to-serve areas, including most recently as Director of Affordable Housing in a Menlo Park-based organization, SOUP, where she helped found the Valley Community Land Trust. Previously, Pam also led an HUD Housing Development Organization to create home ownership opportunities in a deeply underserved community in Alabama.  

Pam is passionate about developing innovative and reproducible models for housing that build stronger and inclusive communities and support families on their journey to own or rent permanently affordable homes.

Pam holds a BA in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and is an avid coastal hiker and beginning road bike enthusiast.

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