Aftab Erfan (she/her) is a long-standing scholar-practitioner in the field of inclusion and social justice, currently serving as the City of Vancouver first Chief Equity Officer. She was educated as an environmental scientist and urban planner. In 2013 Aftab completed a PhD in Community and Regional Planning at UBC, where she has since taught and completed a 3-year stint as Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement at the university’s Equity and Inclusion Office. Aftab is a first-generation Iranian settler on Coast Salish lands. She is cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.