John Paul Shaffer, Memphis, TN

BLDG Memphis Executive Director, Community Development Council of Greater Memphis

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John is a Memphis native with a BA in Jazz Studies from University of New Orleans, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from University of Memphis, and over 8 years' experience in planning, policy, and community engagement. He currently chairs the board of statewide advocacy organization Bike Walk Tennessee and serves on the board of Explore Bike Share, which is currently fundraising to launch bike share in Memphis in early 2017.


  • Community organizing / civic engagement

  • Permitting/navigating regulatory requirements

  • CDCs/ CDFIs

  • Tactical urbanism

  • Activating vacant lots / vacant spaces

  • Transportation-related projects


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