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Shaina Doar

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Shaina Doar' Bio
Shaina Doar is President and COO of FactoryCo at Sidewalk Labs with deep expertise in urban policy, economic development, and incubation and scaling of technology investments and ecosystems. At Sidewalk Labs, Shaina has led incubation and investment teams across civic technology, digital identity, real estate, and healthcare, including the creation of Cityblock Health, an urban healthcare company. In her current role, she oversees the creation of Sidewalk’s development of a factory-made mass timber construction business that can improve the sustainability of our built environment through offsite, efficient production of timber buildings.

Before Sidewalk Labs, Shaina served as the Chief of Staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Economic Council in Chicago. In that role, she created the city’s economic development agenda for both terms under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership. Upon his election and with the support of over 150 leaders in Chicago, Shaina led the creation of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a comprehensive plan for the city to build economic clusters, foster small business growth, invest in critical infrastructure and develop a 21st century workforce. In this capacity, Shaina led job creation efforts leading to the relocation of major corporations into Chicago. She advised on critical infrastructure financing projects that leveraged public money with private investment, including the build of the Riverwalk, a $800M investment, a $200M energy retrofit program, and led the creation of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. To build the innovation ecosystem in Chicago, Shaina helped Chicago leverage private capital and federal dollars to launch a med-tech incubator, MATTER, a hardware incubator, MHUB, and a $350M applied R&D institute for digital manufacturing.

Prior to her role in Chicago, Shaina was a consultant at McKinsey and Company where she worked with local governments around the world on economic development efforts, workforce development efforts, retail growth and transforming higher education.

Shaina has served on several civic non-profit economic development boards, including Accion Chicago, a nonprofit organization that supports underserved entrepreneurs with capital, and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Chicago. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BS from the University of Notre Dame. Shaina  lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three daughters. 


Rick Holliday

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Rick Holliday' Bio
Rick is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a social entrepreneur, and a pioneer in affordable housing construction. He has more than four decades’ experience building affordable and market rate housing across California. In 1978 he helped create Eden Housing, which builds affordable homes for workforces and formerly homeless Californians. In the early 1980s, he and visionary housing leader Don Terner teamed up to establish BRIDGE Housing, which builds homes for families of modest means who have been priced out of the market. These remain two of the most successful non-profit housing corporations in the nation. In 1988 he founded Holliday Development, and went on to become a leader in leveraging the benefits of private development to create vibrant, sustainable communities the the Bay Area and beyond.

Today he is founder and CEO of Factory OS, an ambitious effort to ease the housing challenge by scaling the off site production of multifamily housing. Factory OS is a new approach to housing construction, integrating the design and build processes, powered by local union labor and pioneering in-house research and innovation. Having successfully developed the largest prefab home construction project in San Francisco history, Rick knows firsthand how powerful this technology can be.


Yemi Amu

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Yemi Amu' Bio
Yemi Amu is the Founder and Director of Oko Urban Farms, Inc. In 2013 she established NYC’s first and only publicly accessible out door aquaponics farm – The Oko Farms Aquaponics Education Center.  She directs all of Oko Farms’ programs including education, design/build projects and community related activities. Yemi is one of NYC’s leading aquaponics expert and is a committed educator. Over the past decade, she has facilitated the creation and maintenance of over 20 edible spaces throughout NYC; created and implemented various culinary, nutrition and gardening programs for both youth and adults; and promotes aquaponics as a tool for environmental awareness and stewardship. Yemi has a M.A. in Health and Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was awarded Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, Rising Star in NYC Food Policy (2016).