Jason Karpman

Project Director


Jason Karpman (he/him) is a project director at the Luskin Center for Innovation. He works at the intersection of climate change, labor, and the built environment, and researches the economic and employment impacts of decarbonization and sustainable land use. He currently leads a five-year long evaluation of the first round of grant projects funded through the Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program. Jason also works on research to inform the strategic siting of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Southern California.

Prior to graduate school, Jason spent seven years between San Francisco, New York, and Madrid working on a variety of urban planning issues, including housing discrimination, criminal justice, energy and water conservation, and carbon sequestration. While working on those topics, he held a number of roles, including researcher, policy analyst, technical assistance provider, and community services coordinator.

Jason holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley. He is also an alumnus of the City Hall Fellows Program in San Francisco.