MATT "TK" DEVINE
TK is an intentional living advocate and homeless housing activist, and a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Florida. And, of course, the creator of the Tiny (Toilet) Home Project. His work aims to raise awareness about intentional lifestyle choices, particularly among urban professionals, emphasizing the growing need in our economy for creative alternatives to traditional housing. His work on intentional living can be found on www.devinediaries.com.
Tada is a partner at the Los Angeles-based design/build firm United Environment Architecture. He is passionate about his craft, seeing his work as an opportunity to explore how high-quality design shapes peoples' experience of objects, space, and place. Tada's been part of the program since the idea's origin and is excited for the opportunity to make an impact in his community.
Lucia Hwang is an urban planning and social justice advocate familiar with the difficulties of affordability and space in the area. At UC San Diego, she majored in Urban Studies and Planning and learned how social and environmental justice intersect manifesting in complex problems but equally endless solutions. Lucia believes that tiny homes can not only change our urban environment but also the way people think about space and homes.
Michael works in both urban planning and television media, currently examining the costs of rapid urbanization in northern Vietnam. He has a Masters of City Planning from UC Berkeley and a passion for solving homelessness, as both he and family members have experienced periods of homelessness. Like Tada, Michael was among the very first involved with the program and is proud to see the concept grow from idea to practice.
Lori Neville is the Director of Operations for the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles and has worked with various charities, including her own Pay It Forward for a Better LA, Motor 4 Toys, and BookEnds. Lori is also the owner of Queen of Alignment, a mechanic shop in the valley. Having grown up in Inglewood and the surrounding area, Lori is committed to building a stronger community through the creation of tiny living space for the homeless.
Jane is our "Jane-of-all-trades" strategist and implementer, a visionary in the creative and practical art behind concept development. She received degrees from Evangel and Harvard Universities and has worked with nonprofits from AmeriCorps to Habitat for Humanity. Her passion for using storytelling and technology to connect people and her skills in urban planning position her perfectly to make a big impact with Our Backyard Homes.
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