Roberto Bedoya is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland where he most recently shepherded the City's Cultural Plan, Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan. Throughout his career he has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. His essays U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential and Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. He is a Creative Placemaking Fellow at Arizona State University.