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Brian Larkin

Director, National Land Bank Network

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Brian Larkin is the Director of the National Land Bank Network (NLBN) at the Center for Community Progress, the first membership-based community of practice for the land banking field that connects land bank leaders to the tools, networks, and resources they need to return vacant properties to productive use.

Larkin began his career as a neighborhood planner, which fostered his enduring commitment to equitable revitalization. A sought-after trainer and public speaker, Larkin connects with dozens of land banks across the country each year and leads multiple online and in-person educational sessions for Community Progress. He is passionate about getting land bank leaders excited about their potential to spark meaningful change.

Over the last two decades, he has served as a local government administrator and a program officer helping to build national community development strategies. That work has included managing philanthropic efforts, programs, and partnerships for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Michigan governor, local leaders, and midwestern land banks. His local government experience includes serving as chief of staff, director of planning and development, and director for local chambers of commerce in Genesee County and his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Larkin serves on various boards including the City of Flint Charter Review Commission and the Flint Public Library Board of Trustees.

Larkin holds a Master of Science in Planning from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College. He is based out of Flint, Michigan.