Jake Levitas is a Co-Founder of Our City, a new nonprofit organization that empowers residents to imagine and build the future of their communities—by helping governments, cultural institutions, and individuals make their cities better together, through imaginative public design festivals, workshops, and installations.
Over the past eight years, Jake has worked across four sectors to develop new models for civic engagement. With a specific focus on innovative work in public space, he has helped coin and shape the concept of urban prototyping as a tactical complement to conventional urban planning processes.
Jake’s projects have generated over 40,000 hours of civic engagement, and have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, CityLab, The Associated Press, and other domestic and international outlets. They have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Adobe Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, American Express, and Waze, among others.
Most recently, Jake has served as Senior Advisor to the San Francisco Planning Department and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on the Market Street Prototyping Festival. He’s also served full-time as a Mayor's Innovation Fellow in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, where he focused on creative approaches and policies for engaging with the public realm.
Jake also co-founded Civic Design Camp, an international series of local gatherings to improve design in government.