Katie Rispoli the Executive Director of We Are the Next, a nonprofit organization with the mission to create a sense of place and promote civic engagement by embedding historic cultural resources in our everyday lives. Katie will receive her Master of Heritage Conservation from USC in May. She relocated from Northern California to earn her BA in Art History at California State University, Long Beach in 2008. Since moving to Southern California, Katie has worked with the CSULB Environmental Science and Policy Club, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the 4th Street Business Association, the Art Theatre of Long Beach, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Downey Conservancy, and the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability. Katie’s focuses include conservation, new urbanism, placemaking, and policy. In 2014, Katie coordinated the relocation of the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot for the City of Long Beach. Her current projects through We Are the Next include educational workshops for Long Beach youth at the historic Jennie A. Reeve house in Virginia Country Club, programs with the Gamble House in Pasadena and the Los Angeles Conservancy, and the relocation and adaptive reuse of the first ever Taco Bell, located in Downey.
How did they do that? Learn about the process of moving the depot and why it is important to conserve our spaces.