Urban Consulate: Building an Equitable City


Are we building an equitable city where housing is a right and property ownership is within reach? On the next new episode of Urban Consulate Presents, host Naimah Bilal explores how Black city-builders are rethinking development, from prioritizing affordable housing, to expanding access to capital, to confronting the legacy of redlining and displacement.

Urban Consulate, a cross-city platform that brings people together to share ideas for more just and equitable communities, will host a public screening and dialogue on Tuesday, February 15 at 7pm at The Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati — and livestreamed for virtual guests — followed by interactive dialogue with guests featured in the episode. To RSVP for the screening and discussion, visit



Thursday, February 17, at 8pm on CET
Sunday, February 20, at 1pm on CET


Naimah Bilal

Host of Urban Consulate Presents: Equity in Education and Co-Host of Urban Consulate in Cincinnati

Naimah Bilal is co-host of Urban Consulate in Cincinnati, where she convenes dialogues about civic life through the lens of racial equity, amplifying voices and ideas to promote a culture of learning and exchange. As Chief Development Officer of the Children’s Literacy Initiative, she provides leadership, strategic vision, and direction to actuate and expand philanthropic support in service of Black and Latinx students. Bilal carries a unique blend of executive fundraising, performance, arts administration, and music pedagogy expertise. Combining an orchestral performance career with ten years of artistic planning experience, she has worked with the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and was a Management Fellow with the League of American Orchestras. She is the founder and host of “Bawse With a Cause,” the first podcast series to feature the stories, big ideas, and industry insights of Black and Brown leaders doing transformative work in the wider nonprofit space. She received her B.A. from Indiana University and M.A. from Case Western Reserve University/CIM. She is pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Economics from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business.

Kathryne Gardette

Kathryne Gardette

Civic Leader & Cultural Innovator

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  • Reggie Harris, Councilmember

    Councilmember Reggie Harris

    City of Cincinnati

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