Creative ecology partners

Jeremy Liu is an award-winning artist, community development strategist, social entrepreneur, and real estate developer. He is the co-founder of Creative Ecology Partners, an art and design studio for economic and community development innovation that created the Creative Determinants of Health framework and the National Bitter Melon Council that addresses social bitterness through the literal and poetic potential of Momordica charantia. As a Senior Fellow at PolicyLink, he leads an initiative to integrate arts and culture into equitable development, including health equity and policy change.  

Jeremy invents, samples, and remixes for equitable community development, from neighborhood film festivals to digital solutions for generating empathy and linguistic access; from real estate development to building social enterprises that create vital career ladders; and from artist-led community planning to adventurous campaigns for elected office that crack open leadership opportunities. He also led the strategic repositioning of a nationally-recognized community development corporation from a focus on the activity of housing production and service provision to a performance focus on the social determinants of health.  

His award-winning art projects often operate at the intersection of community planning, art, and creative placemaking. His work has been exhibited and/or recognized by the Artadia Awards, ArtPlace America, with the Best in Show Prize at the Topsfield Fair; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts, and the Smart Museum of Art. His writings have been published in the National Endowment for the Arts' How to Do Creative Placemaking book, Shelterforce Magazine, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Architecture Boston magazine, and elsewhere.

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He has advised or served on the boards of directors of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Institute for the Future. He has served on review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, the California Arts Council, and the California College of the Arts.