Jeremy Liu is a community builder, urban planner, real estate developer, organizer, and artist with a passion for civic, social, cultural and political entrepreneurship. In December 2009, he became the new executive director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) which works with neighborhoods to build long-term and sustainable community well-being for residents of Oakland and the East Bay Area.
For over a decade he led the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) – a community-based, not-for-profit developer of affordable housing that works to build vibrant, healthy and just neighborhoods for all. For over 15 years he has worked for and with communities of color, seniors, and youth, to creatively confront issues of social and environmental equity, sustainable development, affordable housing, and community empowerment. He has written and lectured in the U.S. and abroad about participatory planning, technology, and the community development role for arts and culture; he has created arts-based community development projects in the U.S. and Asia. He is a co-founder of the National Bitter Melon Council.
He has received an Artadia Artist Prize, a Visible Republic Artist Grant, and several LEF Foundation Contemporary Work Fund grants. His work has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition, The Ford Foundation, Neighborworks America, and The Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab. He is currently a 2009-2011 Barr Fellow. He serves on the boards of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and is a member of the PolicyLink Advocacy Results Project Advisory Committee.