Boot Camp Presenters
regional manager, The John Stewart Company
Leo Romero was an organizer in the Philippines, where he worked with students, tribal minorities, miners, retail workers, businesses, and NGOs. His day job is in affordable housing, as Regional Manager at The John Stewart Company, where he oversees apartment communities that provide housing and services to working families, seniors, people with disabilities, and the formerly homeless. JSCo houses over a hundred thousand people in California, and has begun to experiment with new ways to use existing resources to do a little more for their neighborhoods. Over the past year, Leo worked with other JSCo staff and community partners to organize a statewide National Night Out, get-togethers for leaders of CBOs and nonprofits, and a playground built by local residents.
As a hobby, Leo co-edits Our Blocks, an all-volunteer project that collects stories, scholarly articles, and videos about building community in neighborhoods. To prepare for his Boot Camp presentation on the “Best Practice of Using Best Practices,” Leo asked some friends about their own favorite resources, and has started posting their responses here.