Margot Prado Lederer, Senior Economic Development & Brownfields Specialist, City of Oakland, is a certified land use planner working with local government for the past fifteen years. Margot has a decade long passion and commitment to retaining and growing new manufacturing and industrial vocational oriented jobs in the San Francisco East Bay, and is a member of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. She co founded Oakland Makers and has contributed to the Impact of the Maker Movement. Margot has a B.A. in World Arts & Cultures from UCLA, and a MCP in City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. Margot specializes in commercial industrial business retention and recruitment, specifically Food Processing, Healthcare/Lifescience and Logistics & Trade sectors. She created the Oakland Waterfront Food Trail, a sector branding strategy for the City. Margot also manages a City loan and grant program for brownfields assessment and cleanup, and has obtained over $5million for the City in streetscape, Brownfields and infrastructure grants.
Margot spent the 1990’s working for non-profits in local economic development, child care, arts and housing, including the National Economic Development & Law Center, the LA Festival, and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. She was a Steering Member for the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council for the years 1992-2004. and served as a appointed Steering Member of the Oakland Food Policy Council.
Margot has led Panels Sessions for the American Planning Association on Live-Work (San Francisco 2005, Palm Springs 2004), Child Care (San Francisco 2005, Philadelphia 2007), Brownfields (Philadelphia 2007) and Industrial (National Conference in Chicago, 2002, Anaheim 2006, San Jose 2007) Articles on the industrial-residential policy research conducted by Margot Lederer have appeared in the San Francisco Business Times, the East Bay Business Times, the Contra Costa Times, the Northern Alameda County Rental Housing Association magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.