CNU Staff

John O. Norquist  

John O. Norquist
President and CEO
Email: jnorquist@cnu.org

John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and transportation policy.

Norquist served as Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He oversaw a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. Named a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year during his tenure, Norquist also received widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway. In 2008, he received the Bacon Prize, named for visionary Philadelphia planner Ed Bacon.

At CNU, he has joined local activists in numerous cities as a key champion of plans to replace freeways with boulevards. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University.

Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977, and earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Before becoming Mayor, he represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to former CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.

A springtime view from John's office.

 
Mindy Martinez  

Mindy Martinez
Executive Assistant
Email: mmartinez@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x10

 

 
Abigail Bouzan-Kaloustian  

Abigail Bouzan-Kaloustian
Administration and Finance Director
Email: abkaloustian@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x13

Abby joined CNU in March 2008 as the new Administration and Finance Director. Prior to joining CNU, she received a degree in Biology from Bucknell University and worked as the Director of Administration and Programs for the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a not-for-profit located in Chicago. In her spare time, Abby enjoys running along the lakefront and traveling home to Maine.

 
Alex McKeag  

Alex McKeag
Program Manager
Email: amckeag@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x16

Alex McKeag joined the CNU team in November 2012, first as a communications intern, and then stepped in as CNU’s Interim Communications Director from January to March 2013. Alex now manages the annual Congress program and CNU initiatives. Before working at CNU, Alex earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and spent two years working and teaching abroad. He’s also spent two years as communications and project support for a small economic development organization in his hometown of Moline, IL.

 
Tim Halbur  

Tim Halbur
Communications Director
Email: thalbur@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x12

Tim joined CNU in early 2013 after several years as the Managing Editor of Planetizen.com, a news website covering urban planning and design. There he authored a children's book teaching kids about the urban transect and produced a 2-disc DVD called The Story of Sprawl. Tim has also worked at Reconnecting America promoting and researching transit-oriented development and at ArtPlace advocating creative placemaking as a catalyst for economic development. Before delving into the field of urbanism, Tim produced audio tours for museums and historic sites including the Johnson Space Center, Millennium Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Juantiki Jones  

Juantiki Jones
Membership Assistant
Email: jjones@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x19

 

 
Matt Wilson  

Matt Wilson
Development Manager and Chapter Coordinator
Email: mwilson@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x15

Matt Wilson joined the CNU team in October 2013 as the Development Manager. Before joining CNU, Matt served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in southern Ethiopia from May 2011 to May 2013. While in the Peace Corps, Matt’s primary assignment was to develop and strengthen the English departments of three government primary schools. Before joining the Peace Corps, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science as well as in Middle East Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In his free time Matt enjoys playing hockey, golf and watching the Blackhawks.