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DeKoven Ashley is Co Founder and COO of thrdPlace, an online platform for community planning an development. DeKoven’s experience is diverse but focused on urban design. He describes himself as an urbanophile – someone who specializes in articulating what makes space have a sense of ‘place.’ As such he has positioned thrdPlace to disrupt community outreach so that the City can serve as a digital platform for community engagement. Prior to founding thrdPlace, DeKoven worked in federal and municipal policy, built environment design and community organization. He was a first-responder on the ground in post-Katrina New Orleans. While there, he witnessed the difficulty of the City to bring diverse community stakeholders together to build their shared communities. He brings those insights to thrdPlace. DeKoven is a graduate of Tulane University and received his master’s degree in urban planning from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a serial entrepreneur, an Ambassador for FWD.us/LA, a mentor at FENLA – Future Entrepreneurs of Los Angeles, and an advisor for Mayor Garcetti's inaugural Great Streets Program. DeKoven may work for a digital company but his passion is in boots-on-the-ground development. As he would say: “I believe in the ‘City as Platform.’ But we are all local. So we are all designers, too.”
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thrdPlace is an enterprise software company focused on resource management including philanthropy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), volunteer and material management. We offer both custom enterprise solutions and a web-based marketplace for community and economic development found at www.thrdPlace.com. Learn more about the business: https://angel.co/thrdplace Visit our website: http://www.thrdplace.com/home.php