2013 Board Election Winners

CNU Membership Elects 3 New Board Members

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Winners of the 2013 CNU Board Elections

On June 1st, 2013, CNU announced the results of the second member-led election for seats on the Board of Directors. Online voting began March 5, 2013 and ran through earlier in the day on June 1st, 2013. The winners of the 2013 Board Elections are:

Read the bios of the 2013 Board Election winners

Erin Christensen, AIA, LEED®-ND AP

Seattle, WA
Neighborhood Planner & Architect, Mithun
CNU Member since 2007

Professional Bio

Erin Christensen, AIA, LEED®-ND AP, is an Associate Principal at Mithun. An urban designer and architect, Erin’s experience in urban redevelopment and neighborhood planning enables communities, both large and small, to achieve lasting vitality and strength. As a national leader in integrating public health and design, including pioneering health impact assessments in neighborhood planning, Erin brings innovative thinking to masterplanning and redevelopment strategies for local governments, housing authorities, transit agencies, and private developers. She is passionate about creating sustainable, high performance development that builds physical and social community and maximizes investment. Erin is an expert in ecodistrict planning and integrating environmental metrics to help guide stakeholders through a proactive decision-making process. Her recent work includes development of the EcoDistricts Assessment Method with the Portland Sustainability Institute - a guide to sustainable strategies for existing communities, and Mariposa – an award winning Redevelopment Masterplan for the 18-acre mixed-income TOD in Denver recently featured in the New York Times. The first decade of Erin’s career was dedicated to housing, including mixed-use, mixed-finance projects in Washington DC, the neighborhoods of Boston, and HOPE VI projects. She lectures nationally and serves on the board of CNU Cascadia and the USGBC LEED® Location and Planning TAG.

Chris Elisara

Julian, CA
Independent Film Producer & Communications Professional, First+Main Media
CNU Member since 2009

Professional Bio

A social entrepreneur, educator, and filmmaker, Dr. Chris Elisara has over 20 years experience producing award-winning broadcast documentaries with director, and First+Main Media co-founder, John Paget. Feature titles include Alcatraz Reunion and Almost Elvis. Titles in new urbanism include CNU17’s award-winning Built to Last, American Makeover, and Buffalo: This Place Matters. First+Main Media’s clients include Microsoft; Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Earth Justice and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ken Voigt

Brookfield, WI
Transportation Engineer, Ayres Associates
CNU Member since 2008

Professional Bio

Mr. Voigt is the current President and a founding member of the Wisconsin Chapter of CNU. He has served as the 2009 International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He has served as a technical reviewer of the recent CNU/ITE handbooks on ‘Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach’ and ‘Transportation Impact Analysis for Site Design’. Mr. Voigt has published papers and given presentations on ‘Rethinking Street Design for Living’, ‘Transportation’s Role in Sustainability’ and ‘Traffic Calming for Neighborhood and Arterial Streets’. In his role as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Voigt has taught courses on the environmental impact of transportation, complete streets, context sensitive design, pedestrian/bicycle facility design and roundabouts along with classes on traffic operation and roadway safety analysis. Mr. Voigt was actively involved in the initial development of the City of Charlotte Street Design Guidelines.