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Don't Waste a Crisis - Prioritizing People-First Infrastructure Investments for an Improved "New Normal"

Barbara Lloyd May 27, 2021

We must build on the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among these are:

  • Lesson 1: Today’s Inequity is Dangerous and Intolerable.
  • Lesson 2: Preserving our Climate Saves Lives.
  • Lesson 3: Connecting Infrastructure to Serving People is Critical.

At the federal level, the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Proposal (The American Jobs Plan) takes a broad view of “Infrastructure” to include the essential services that enable more equitable participation in the economy by folks who traditionally have been left behind.

This provides a foundation for discussing what People-First Infrastructure could mean in practice, even when the strategies are deployed at regional and local levels. Key priorities for investment criteria may include:

  • Health Care: to address capacity gaps and systemic inequities.
  • Improved Coordination, Innovation and Technologies: to enable rapid response of people, equipment and supplies to the areas of greatest need.
  • Sustainability and Equality: to create lasting impact from the public dollars spent.

To make it work, HOW we do it matters:

  • Innovation is Critical
  • Inclusion is Essential

If approved, panel members may include the following or comparable subject matter experts (subject to confirmation of availability/scheduling):

Barbara A. Lloyd, CEO, IMPACTS USA Advisory Services : (can moderate)
Deborah Acosta, CEO, WeAccel :
Kome Ajise, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments :
Sarah L. Catz, Director, Center for Urban Infrastructure :
Joel Swift, Executive Director of Facilities Planning & Development, UC Davis Health (retired) :
Joshua Ramirez, Director, IMPACTS USA Advisory Services

See below for my article advancing these discussion topics:



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Sustainable Development

  • Equity & Inclusion


People-First Infrastructure Investment

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To broaden the definition of "infrastructure" and to prioritize investments that make an impact on people's well-being and opportunity to participate more equitably in our economy.


  • Government

  • Academia

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameBarbara A Lloyd
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationIMPACTS USA Advisory Services
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJoshua Ramirez
  • TitleDirector
  • OrganizationIMPACTS USA
  • StatusInvited
  • NameDeborah Acosta
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationWeAccel
  • StatusInvited
  • NameKome Ajise
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationSouthern California Association of Governments
  • StatusInvited
  • NameSarah L. Catz
  • TitleDirector
  • OrganizationCenter for Urban Infrastructure
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJoel Swift
  • TitleCo-Founder
  • OrganizationSwiftenvirons
  • StatusInvited
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