Eric Shaw MUP ’00 has been recognized as one of 2017’s Top 20 LGBT+ Public Sector Executives by the professional membership network OUTstanding and the Financial Times. This is a new category for the annual Leading LGBT & Ally Executives lists, which began four years ago. It recognizes public sector executives at the highest levels of their organization that are working to make their office and community more welcoming.

From the announcement: “Being an out and proud member of the LGBT+ community, Eric has helped set the tone for employees and agency partners that his office is an inclusive environment. He has directed staff to ensure that lgbt+ issues are included in the office’s community planning program. He also secured resources to incorporate lgbt+ narratives into the urban design and historic preservation strategies for the District. In line with expressing his goal of supporting and mentoring of LGBT+ students, their office has seen a noticeable increase in the number of LGBT+ identified interns. Externally, Eric serves on the UCLA Alumni Association Board and Harvard Design School Alumni Council where he advocates for the support and mentorship of LGBT+ students, and for increased LGBT+ representation in the fields of planning and architecture. He has participated in UCLA Student Affairs LGBT+ Round Table bringing together staff, students, faculty and alumni to identify strategies to create a more inclusive environment for the LGBT+ at the university.”