Transportation Summit 2009 Speakers
Matthew Arnold, AICP, is an Associate at SERA Architects of Portland, Oregon, and Studio Leader for the firm’s Urban Design & Planning Studio. Matthew is a skilled project manager, planner, and GIS specialist with over ten years of professional experience working for firms and government agencies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon. His project experience includes neighborhood and downtown plans for large and small cities, revitalization plans for areas in decline, campus planning and design, and alternative-mode transportation planning. His current projects include circulation plans in the Portland metro region and on the Oregon Coast, a comprehensive plan for one of Oregon’s newest cities, and a community plan in Abu Dhabi.
Matthew serves as the Chair of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee, and is a member of both the City’s Bike Master Plan Steering Committee and the Portland Mayor’s Transportation Cabinet. Matthew received a BA from Brown University and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on transportation, urban design, and the innovative use of GIS. He is a National Charrette Institute (NCI) certified Charrette Planner and (in good times and bad) a Boston Red Sox fan.
Scott Bernstein is President and founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), which develops resources to promote healthy, sustainable communities. A native Chicagoan, Bernstein studied engineering and political science at Northwestern University and served on the staff of its Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA, an Environmental Fellow of the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC-Davis, a Trustee of the Institute for the Regional Community, and a Board Member of the Brookings Institution Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy.
Bernstein is a Founding Board Member of the Surface Transportation Policy Project and Smart Growth America. He also serves as a Board Member of the State and Local Public Policy Program at the Hubert Humphrey Institute and Imagine Chicago, and is a Fellow of the Center for Small Business and the Environment. Mr. Bernstein is author of “The Hidden Assets of Communities” and publisher of The Neighborhood Works Information Service.
In 2009, Scott was awarded a BPI “40 Who’ve Mad a Difference” award, as well as being chosen among the top 30 in Planetizen’s public poll for the top 100 Urban Thinkers.
Mr. Bernstein was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Council for Sustainable Development, on which body he served as the Co-chair of its task forces on State, Local and Regional Initiatives, and its Metropolitan Strategies Working Group. He also chaired a working group on Cross-Cutting Climate Issues intended to specify a U.S. domestic strategy and remains involved in an advisory capacity to the Federal government on a variety of issues, including environmental protection, sustainable communities, and human capital. In addition, he is Secretary of the Institute of Location Efficiency.
Mia Birk is a Principal of the Alta Design & Planning Firm since 1999. She is nearing 20 years experience in pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation. She is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, teaching Pedestrian and Bicycle Issues for graduate students in urban planning.
Ms. Birk was the Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99 and has developed more than 100 bicycle, pedestrian, trail, and corridor plans, and has managed the public process, design and implementation of over 500 miles of new bikeways and walkways. She has also been involved in such programs as Safe Routes to School, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly development codes, and bikeway/walkway maintenance. In addition, she is an engaging speaker and public process facilitator.
Ms. Brown has worked for Oregon Iron Works, Inc., for the past 11 years and has held a variety of positions during her tenure with the company. She is OIW's Vice President of Special Projects, Marketing & Security.
She is responsible for overall administrative, operational and marketing activities for all OIW Special Projects. She is also the primary point of contact for all Congressional Marketing activities and she markets on behalf of OIW in Washington, D.C. In the past 4 years, she has helped secure over $30 million dollars in defense funding for the company. Her most recent venture included garnering a transportation appropriation for the first prototype Buy America streetcar in the United States.
In addition to her work at OIW, she also serves on the Board of Directors of OSTP, Oregon Science & Technology Partnership, a non-profit consortium promoting relations between industry, government and universities. Her newest board position is as the Vice Chairman of PNDC, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, which is a newly formed non-profit for the advancement of defense work in the region.
Ms. Brown received a Bachelors degree in Marketing and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from Miami University. She successfully completed both degrees in 4 years and was a distinguished academic member of the Honors College.
Rex Burkholder first joined the Metro Council in 2001 to help create a sustainable region. Now in his third term, he is proud of the progress Metro has made towards this goal. He sponsored and now leads Metro's Regional Climate Action Strategy, working with regional businesses, governments and residents to combat climate change. He has also secured funding to support region-wide, conservation education for youth.
Currently, he represents the Metro Council on the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (having previously chaired this committee for four years). He is spearheading the update of Metro's Regional Transportation Plan, focusing on how we can better use our transportation investments to increase job opportunities as well as improving health, safety and the environment. He is also co-chair of the Bi State Coordinating Committee, working closely with leaders of southwest Washington on economic development and transportation issues. On a national level, he is a board member of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
Burkholder helped found the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and worked as the policy director for the nonprofit organization, helping to make it one of Oregon’s most active grassroots organizations. He also has taught high school science and served as faculty at Portland State University Office of Student Development.
As a community activist for the past 20 years, he was a founding trustee of the nationally recognized Coalition for a Livable Future, which unites more than 50 citizen groups on the issue of sustainability. As a parent-volunteer, Burkholder helped establish the Northeast Community School, an innovative, diverse charter school in Portland. He has been honored as the 1998 Most Effective Citizen Advocate in the metro region by 1000 Friends of Oregon and as a 1999 founder of a New Northwest by Sustainable Northwest.
Burkholder received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a teaching certificate from Portland State University. He earned a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University in 1989.
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has devoted his entire career to public service. His academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
While still a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and Chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78. In 1978, he was elected to the Multnomah County Commission, where he served for eight years before being elected to the Portland City Council in 1986. There, his 10-year tenure as the Commissioner of Public Works demonstrated his leadership on the innovative accomplishments in transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation that have helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America’s most livable cities.
Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure. From 1996 – 2003, he served on both the International Relations Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he was a strong advocate for federal policies that address transportation alternatives, provide housing choices, support sustainable economies and improve the environment. Now a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee, Congressman Blumenauer also serves as Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Thomas Brennan, is a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard’s and manager of the firm’s Norwest practice. Thomas is an expert in transit service planning, transit oriented development, transportation demand management and multimodal transportation planning and performance measurement.
Thomas has worked on a number of transportation, TOD and parking plans in the Portland region and around North America. Thomas was instrumental in developing the Urban Village Transit Network plan for Seattle, a transit and land use integration strategy that is driving the development of transit services in that city. He also had a lead role in the Seattle Urban Mobility Plan, an effort to develop multimodal solutions for the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct segment of Highway 99 in downtown Seattle. Thomas has worked on high capacity transit planning projects in a range of environments from BRT system development in Vancouver B.C. to a High Capacity Transit corridor vision for SR 305 in Kitsap County, Washington. He has regional transit system planning experience in major urban areas including Portland, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver, B.C.
David Bragdon is Portland’s first ever regionally elected Metro Council President. Originally elected as Council President in 2002, Mr. Bragdon was re-elected to a second, four year term in 2006. Serving as Council President, Mr. Bragdon represents Portland’s entire metropolitan region, over one and a half million people. Mr. Bragdon’s responsibilities include planning for the future, protecting natural areas, handling solid waste and recycling, and managing regional facilities including the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center, and Expo Center.
Mr. Bragdon’s leadership and influence have greatly contributed to the development of Portland’s sustainable Metropolitan region. As Council President, Mr. Bragdon has created an environment of regional collaboration among local governments and non-governmental agencies, businesses and citizens. Mr. Bragdon is most noted for preserving over 10,000 acres of natural land, renewal of and improvements to the region’s ever expanding transportation systems, as well as his strong support for the preservation of the environment through recycling and solid waste reforms.
Carlotta Collette brings more than 30 years experience addressing complex infrastructure, livability and natural resource issues. Before her appointment to the Metro Council, Collette served as a member of the Milwaukie City Council where she helped guide revitalization efforts including Light Rail planning and downtown redevelopment. She also co-chaired the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee(C4). At C4, she worked across jurisdictional boundaries to build cooperation on transportation and land-use priorities while promoting economic, social and environmental sustainability. Collette also is a member of the Clackamas Community College Board of Education and represents that board on the County's Blue Ribbon Health Care Committee.
For 14 years, Collette was a public involvement strategist with the four-state Northwest Power Planning Council (now called the Northwest Power and Conservation Council). The Power Council's mandate is to protect Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife, while also providing adequate water for power generation, irrigation and navigation across an area roughly the size of France.
Following her work at the Power Council, Collette formed her own consulting firm developing public involvement and marketing strategies for government agencies and non-profit organizations. Her areas of focus included energy policy, energy efficiency, renewable resources, fish and wildlife recovery, transportation planning and neighborhood involvement. Collette has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Marylhurst College.
Joe Cortright is President and principal economist with Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Joe is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is the chief economic analyst for the Oregon Business Plan, a multi-year, private sector-led effort to develop the state economy and senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders. He has served as an advisor to state and local governments, private businesses, foundations and advocacy groups in more than a dozen states, Canada and Europe.
Joe's work casts a light on the role of knowledge-based industries in shaping regional economies. Joe's latest report is City Vitals--a tool for benchmarking urban economic health--published by the national organization CEOs for Cities. Cortright is the author of three publications on industry clusters published by the Brookings Institution: Making Sense of Clusters (2006) -- a review of academic literature on industry agglomeration -- Signs of Life (2002) -- a benchmark analysis of the clustering of the U.S. biotechnology industry and High Tech Specialization (2001).
Cortright has also written extensively on the migration of talented young workers among metropolitan areas in a series of studies entitled The Young and Restless for cities around the nation. His work is quoted regularly in the media, in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to The Economist, Business Week and USA Today.
Joe is currently Chair of the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, has served on the editorial board of Economic Development Quarterly, and is co-founder and editor of EconData.Net, the web’s leading guide to regional economic data.
Prior to starting Impresa, Joe served for 12 years as the Executive Officer of the Oregon Legislature’s Trade and Economic Development Committee. Joe is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Andrew C. Cotugno
Andy Cotugno has 35 years of professional experience in the transportation and planning fields. He received a bachelor's degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California in 1974, and has done graduate work in public administration at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
Mr. Cotugno was appointed as Metro's Transportation Director in 1980 (Metro is a regional government encompassing a tri-county metropolitan area). In 2000, the Transportation and Growth Management Services departments were merged into one, the Planning Department which Mr. Cotugno had responsibility of managing until 2008. In 2008, Mr. Cotugno was appointed to the position of Senior Policy Advisor to the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Metro, he worked as a transportation planner for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio.
Gail Curtis is a land use and transportation planner with 30 years of experience in local, regional and statewide planning. She currently works closely with the City of Damascus, as an ODOT Senior Planner, who administers state and federal grants the city has received for land use and transportation planning.
Previously, Gail helped develop the Oregon Transportation Plan, the state TSP serving as Project Manager; served on Metro's MTAC and worked as a land use planner for the City of Portland for 16 years before joining ODOT.
Stan Curtis joined IBM's Smarth Cities Research team as an industrial sector strategy consultant and has worked with industry leaders in Auto, Aero and HighTech supply chains. He helped pilot competitiveness recommendations and global innovation practices in Detroit, Munich, and Tokyo.
While on foreign assignment in East Asia, Mr. Curtis updated those innovation practices, helping to set up partnerships with key city-state development councils in ShenZhen, Shanghai, and Beijing. Technology incubation models from Japan and Korea were benchmarked against European and U.S. practices. Business development models for China industry adoption were featured in the early IBM Auto, Aero and HighTech joint development programs.
With a systems engineering background, a graduate degree in operations research from Berkeley, and research with MIT, Mr. Curtis has also helped set up IBM’s community outreach collaborative research programs. Many of the practices from technology standards groups are now being leveraged by IBM innovation centers. Mr. Curtis is a founding member of IBM's Open Innovation Council and has facilitated several IBM Global Innovation workshops. Recent workshops were featured in IBM Smart Cities research; in particular CEOs for Cities, GOSCON, and The Competitiveness Institute in Portland. Mr. Curtis helped incubate collaborative practices in IBM's Dublin Innovation Centre and developed key partnerships with CH2M and IBM Venture Capital to assist with global and local sourcing of pilots in Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai.
Joe has over 29 years of planning experience and is a principal in Otak’s Planning, Architecture and Urban Design Group. He specializes in land use planning, transportation and growth management, and development regulations.
A consultant since 1986, Joe has had extensive experience in managing multidisciplinary design teams, community consensus building, and Smart Growth implementation. He has participated in over 25,000 acres of concept planning and implementation for new communities within the Portland Metropolitan Urban Growth Boundary. Raised in San Francisco, he moved to Oregon in 1972 and attained Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Geography at Oregon State University. Joe is a member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners and Congress of the New Urbanism.
Lawrence D. Frank, Ph.D.
Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chair-holder in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, Senior Non-resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and President of Urban Design 4 Health. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality; and health and the fuel consumption and climate change impacts of urban form policies. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for 20 years.
Dr. Frank works directly with local governments to help translate results from research into practice based tools that provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals.
John Fregonese operates a full-service planning firm, Fregonese Associates, that specializes in visioning, comprehensive and small area planning, implementation strategies, and public involvement strategies.
John has been a planner for 30 years and has earned the rare reputation of being able both to create an energizing vision for communities and to develop concrete, workable solutions to urban problems. John is known for his work in Portland, Oregon, where he served as the planning director for five years of the regional government, Metro, and was the primary author of the regional growth concept known as Metro 2040.
John has served the role of key consultant in the Envision Utah process, lead consultant for Chicago Metropolis, the initiative by the Chicago Commercial Club to reprise the seminal Chicago Plan of 1909 and consultant for Compass, the regional vision for SCAG, the regional government of Southern California. In South Louisiana, John was a key leader in Louisiana Speaks, a regional visioning process that involved 27,000 citizens in a strategic vision for the regions economic development, growth, transportation, and storm protection.
Come learn more from a man renown as a national planning award recipient whose planning projects include some of the most nationally significant regional plans in recent decades.
Norman Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut and Director of UCONN’s Center for Transportation and Urban Planning. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, especially as they relate to sustainability, placemaking and urban revitalization. His writings on sustainable street design and parking policies have been widely disseminated both to an academic audience and to the wider public through the press, radio and TV. He is a 2008 recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Wootan Award for Best Paper in policy and organization.
In addition to his academic and research career, Dr. Garrick has worked as transportation consultant on a number of design charrettes, nationally and internationally, including urban revitalization projects with the Prince of Wales Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica and Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2004, he was proud recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, which afforded him the opportunity to live in Kingston, Jamaica and devote four months to study up close the evolving nature of the urban form, the transit system and the state of motorization in the Kingston metropolitan region.
Regina Gray earned a doctorate in Political Science and Policy Studies at the University of Maryland and is a housing policy analyst in the division of Affordable Housing Research and Technology for the Policy Development and Research office of HUD.
She develops, manages, and conducts research on land use policy, growth management, and affordable housing issues. She also teaches courses on housing and public policy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, has prepared papers for academic journals,
and presented her work at professional conferences around the country.
Her research interests vary widely, from regional planning, workforce investment strategies, and social policy issues, to the broader scope of state and local politics and policy. Currently, she is investigating how local governments and municipalities implement innovative strategies for overcoming regulatory barriers to affordable housing.
Dave Green, P.E., Vice President of CH2MHill, is a seasoned project manager with over 25 years of experience working with municipalities and utility clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and California. Much of his work has been focused on wastewater projects in the Pacific Northwest. He’s also worked on a variety of other water-related projects, including reclaimed water, economic analyses and long-range planning projects.
Dave has been working with the City of Damascus since 2006, leading CH2M HILL’s work on infrastructure planning, ecosystem services, and sustainable solutions for Damascus.
Jacquelyne D. Grimshaw
Jacky Grimshaw is Vice President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago where she directs the center's transportation and air quality program and is responsible for research and community development activities. She has extensive experience developing consensus in support of less-polluting transportation options and initiating programs that assist the revitalization of inner-city neighborhoods.
Grimshaw previously served as the Deputy Treasurer for Economic Development for the Treasurer of City of Chicago and was Director of the Chicago Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She chairs the Transportation Research Board’s Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee and is a member of the Women’s Issues in Transportation Committee. She also chairs the Steering Committee of the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, co-chair’s CATS’ Community Mobility Task Force, and serves as a CNU Executive Committee board member.
Stuart Gwin is a Senior Transportation Planner with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. He is involved in LRT station area planning with an emphasis on creating new transportation networks in suburban station locations. Prior, he was the lead transportation planner assigned to the Gateway Regional Center Plan. The original plan was done by Peter Calthorpe and featured many New Urbanist principles.
Mr. Gwin's past experience includes planning for the current yellow line to North Portland and recently opened Green Line to Clackamas Co. He was Manager of Public Transportation for the Idaho Transportation Department and was involved in creating public transportation opportunities for the citizens of Idaho. He also was liaison for FTA Planning activities with Idaho’s MPO’s.
Since joining the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in 1994, Dr. Haas has expanded CNT’s research, geographic information systems (GIS), data, and technical analysis capacity. He has developed the geographic analysis of social, environmental and economic data to produce ground breaking tools for measuring sustainability in urban areas.
Dr. Haas has been integral in the development of CNT’s location efficiency metrics, and developed its Housing+TransportationSM Affordability Index, co-produced with the Brookings Institution. He acted as the Analytical Director for the 22 member CNT Research Team producing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and 33 mitigation strategies for the Chicago Climate Action Plan. His work in GIS, web development and data analysis have come together into the Geographical Research and Information Department (GRID) at CNT, where Dr. Haas and his colleagues work to provide technical, geographical and analytic input to all of CNT’s programs.
Prior to CNT, Dr. Haas was a systems manager at Sieben Energy Associates, Adjunct Faculty at the William Rainey Harper College, and post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University’s Laboratory for Nuclear Studies, and The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Dr. Haas has a Ph.D. in particle physics from Ohio State University.
Rick Hall, P.E., is President of HPE. Based on his extensive transportation planning and conceptual design experience, the firm focuses on both Planning and Preliminary Engineering, especially the vital interface between Planning and Design. Transportation aspects of community plans, subarea/sector plans and corridor studies are key HPE emphasis areas. Expert witness, public participation and charrette tasks are routinely performed by HPE and traffic engineering, site impact studies and private and public growth management related studies are also special skills. Other practice areas of the firm include hurricane evacuation studies and calculation of the all important evacuation clearance times and specialty data collection including origin/destination and trip generation studies.
Mr. Hall serves as a Visiting Professor in the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches land use and transportation courses at the master's degree level. Extensive readings in the "New Urbanism," Neo-traditional neighborhood design and other emerging concepts led to a strengthened commitment to land use based transportation planning. His academic background combined with active charrette and workshop design experience have made him uniquely qualified to deal with controversial transportation and land use projects.
Eric Jacobson is a city planner and senior project manager with the Portland Development Commission, the city’s urban renewal and economic development agency. He is involved in a variety of redevelopment projects in the central city, including the recently completed Director Park and transit mall revitalization projects. He helped prepare the city’s recently adopted economic development strategy and is currently working to support the design and activewear industries. He also is involved in developing a new neighborhood park and railroad quiet zone in the Pearl District, and on several public/private redevelopment projects.
Mr. Jacobson holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in economics.
Rick Krochalis has been the Regional Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration’s Region 10 office in Seattle, Washington since May 2002 where he is responsible for the administration of FTA's capital, operating and planning programs in the four-state Western region, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. In addition, he provides technical assistance to grantees and State, local and private sector officials on a wide range of matters affecting urban and rural transportation.
Prior to joining the FTA, Rick served as director of design, construction and land use for the city of Seattle from 1992 to 2002. In that position, he substantially improved the performance of Seattle’s primary regulatory agency, which is responsible for land use and construction permitting, environmental review and enforcement activities. Under his direction, the agency refined its processes to use new technologies and techniques to enhance customer service, established public partnership agreements to guide capital project development and provided leadership for local and state regulatory reform and housing initiatives.
From 1972 until 1992 he served as a Civil Engineer Corps officer in the U.S. Navy in a series of facilities construction and management positions, including deputy public works director, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, planning and real estate director for the Navy’s West Coast operations and program manager for development of the Navy homeport at Everett, WA.
Mr. Krochalis holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in city and regional planning and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in environmental systems engineering. He is an officer of the Seattle Federal Executive Board, Co-Chair of the University of Washington’s College of Ocean and Fisheries Science Capital Campaign Committee, Co-Chair, Dean’s Advisory Committee, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Urban Land Institute. He is a registered Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey.
Thomas Kronemeyer is a Senior Associate Principal with the Oakland based urban design and planning firm Community Design + Architecture (CD +A). His experience includes a broad variety of planning and design projects for multi-modal transportation corridors, transit facilities, and walkable communities. His work focuses on the successful integration of urban design, land use, and transportation planning with an emphasis on pedestrian- and transit-oriented design.
Mr. Kronemeyer holds Master Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in City Planning and Landscape Architecture as well as a Landscape Architecture engineering degree from the University of Hannover, Germany. For the past two years, Mr. Kronemeyer has been leading CNU’s initiative for Sustainable Transportation Networks.
Mike Krusee has represented District 52 of the Texas House of Representatives since 1992. An established leader on issues related to the rapid growth of the Central Texas region, Representative Krusee serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and is a member of the Executive Council of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
His passionate interest in quality urban planning and design led him to a seat as a board member of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) in 2005. In his role as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Krusee has ushered in landmark improvements for both the Central Texas region and the entire State of Texas. His authorship of House Bill 3588, an omnibus transportation statute, is now widely held as one of the most comprehensive and visionary in Texas history; the legislation is now a national model for state transportation funding.
Mike has been honored by many business and family organizations, including the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, The Free Enterprise PAC, the Texas Eagle Forum, and the Free Market Foundation, for his commitment to conservative principles and free enterprise. A former litigation paralegal, he works for a document retrieval company with offices throughout the state.
Robert Liberty, a Portland resident and attorney with 27 years land use planning experience, was elected to the Metro Council in November 2004, and re-elected in 2008. He is involved in promoting redevelopment in town centers and main streets, increasing transportation and housing choices, conserving natural areas in and out of the urban growth boundary, and giving citizens a stronger role in the regional planning decisions.
Councilor Liberty serves a role to the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), Transit Oriented Development Steering Committee, the Oregon Zoo Foundation Board, TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Steering Committee, and Multnomah County's Sellwood Bridge Policy Advisory Group. He too serves as a lead councilor on the Investing in Our Communities project to find ways to accommodate expected growth and make our communities livable.
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps to expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation techniques, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
Jeff Mapes is senior political reporter for The Oregonian. He has covered Congress, state government, and numerous local, state, and national campaigns. He is also author of the blog, Mapes on Politics.
He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Karen. They have two grown children. He is a longtime bike commuter. His last bike purchase was a cargo bike rated to carry up to 400 pounds, not that he's ever carried anywhere near that much. But he says that doing the weekly shopping by bike is a snap.
Wesley E. Marshall
Wesley Marshall is currently a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver specializing in transportation planning, safety, and sustainability as well as urban design, congestion pricing, and parking. Recent research involves defining and measuring the street network and an empirical study considering the role of street patterns, connectivity, and network density in road safety and sustainability. The parking research includes analyzing mixed-use centers in small New England cities, investigating the effects of parking on urbanism, and a reassessment of on-street parking.
Having spent time with the UConn Center for Transportation and Urban Planning, Sasaki Associates, and Clough, Harbour and Associates, Mr. Marshall has been working on planning and site design issues related to civil and transportation engineering for more than the last ten years. A native of Watertown, Massachusetts, he is a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia, a 2006 recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, and more recently received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut.
James McGrath has ten years of diverse professional experience in the independent, private development, academic, institutional and design sectors. He provides strategic leadership for conceptualization, process management, team coordination and technical research and design. James is a student of cities and their symbiotic relationships: among infrastructure, ecological systems and human settlement; between buildings and their contexts; between people and design thinking—all in the creation of environments that empower communities and invite stewardship of the public realm. He has an instinct for technical resolution and necessary research for the design issues he resolves.
James anticipates sensitive issues and is an effective communicator with stakeholders and the public on design alternatives. He also navigates, facilitates, and resolves complex design issues among various City, County, Metro and State agencies. James is identified as a civic and business leader in Portland and has been selected for both the 40 under 40 Award and the Leadership Portland program. He serves on the Board of the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, is chair elect of the AIA Downtown Urban Design Panel and is Young Leader member of Greenlight Greater Portland and the Urban Land Institute.
James serves as project architect for the Portland Transit Mall Revitalization, Director Park Enhanced Streets and the Portland to Milwaukee alignment. His prior experience includes the Russell Development Company, Hennebery Eddy Architects, Historic American Building Survey, UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for more than 25 years in New York City and Portland, Oregon. In 1995, she founded Urbsworks, a Portland-based firm, and redirected her expertise to the often-neglected space between buildings. In 2007 she merged her company with SERA to continue to broaden her urban design influence and work with SERA’s talented and diverse team of professionals, creating one of the strongest urban design studios in the Northwest.
Marcy’s portfolio consists of town plans, infill and redevelopment strategies, zoning and form-base codes, public involvement, and the integration of transit and transportation facilities into communities. Award-winning projects include the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan, the Roseway Vision Plan, the New Columbia HOPE VI community and school, and NorthWest Crossing.
In 2004, Marcy was appointed to chair the Transportation Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism. This is the group that initiated the joint ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) and CNU street design manual for context sensitive design, and the Neighborhoods and Transportation Networks initiatives.
Marcy served as an appointed member of the Portland Planning Commission from 1997 until May of 2002 and she is a founding member of the Portland metropolitan region Coalition for a Livable Future, a network of 60 non-profit and community-based organizations working together for regional growth management. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts.
John Norquist is the President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. His work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as a big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform.
John was the Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2003. 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 has overseen 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. He has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee.
Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Marquette University.
Scott Polikov started his professional life in law, focusing on public policy litigation and legislation. Leaving a successful law practice with the D.C. firm, Patton Boggs, he returned to Texas in the early 1990s to be more involved in local affairs. Once back home, he was appointed director of the Texas’ Alternative Fuels Program and recruited to serve on the board of his local transit authority and the Austin region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. He also began working with the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council on the first comprehensive governance effort for the 22-county Central and South Texas Region — quickly recognizing the imperative of regional collaboration.
Today, as a town planner and President of Gateway Planning Group, Polikov works principally with fast-growing communities and developers to harness their growth into walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Whether in a downtown context, or a suburban greenfield, he believes that sustaining America’s urban renaissance requires a focus on the basics: implementing land development codes that promote urbanism; providing for a robust mix of housing types in each neighborhood; letting the market dictate how uses change over time, and facilitating meaningful transportation choice by designing streets for cars, transit and people.
Joseph has a 30-year career in design, architecture, and urban design. Joseph’s projects range in scale from regional- and city-scale projects to individual design projects as small as the building, the room, and the object. Large scale projects include: regional plans, city plans, urban design; campus design; and hospital and healthcare facility master plans, Architectural projects include: hospitals and medical office buildings; wineries, restaurants, retail stores, and food-service facilities; residences; and “one-of-a-kind” projects – Center for Extreme Ultra-violet Astrophysics at U.C. Berkeley or C-141 Flight Simulator, Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California. Industrial design projects include:furniture design; interior design for the British Air Concorde; and surgical equipment – Arthroscopy stand surgical support equipment. Graphic design projects include: corporate identity graphics for Nissan Motor Corporation of America; graphic marks and logotypes; and typefaces.
Joseph is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered to practice architecture in Oregon and California. He is also certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a LEED accredited professional and passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification examination.
Troy P. Russ
Troy Russ is the director of the Urban Design and Transportation Practice with the Community Planning and Design Firm, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc.
For eighteen years, Troy has been at the forefront of providing public and private clients integrated land use and transportation strategies and implementation focused design solutions for revitalizing urban and suburban environments. Troy’s work experience ranges from guiding regional growth strategies around premium transit investments in Edmonton Canada and developing specific transit oriented design solutions for five premium transit corridors and 64 stations in Charlotte, North Carolina to facilitating neighborhood and corridor revitalization strategies in Albuquerque New Mexico and urban center master plans with the fully funded $1.2 billion Downtown Orlando Venues Master Plan.
Mr. Russ is a regular panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts’ Mayor’s Institute on City Design and is leading member of the Congress of the New Urbanism, where for the past three years he has been organizing the CNU’s Transportation 202 Session.
Troy has a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado. Troy leads the Denver office of Glatting Jackson, where he lives with his wife Maureen and two daughters Quinn and Sophie.
Patrick Siegman is a Principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a unique transportation planning firm devoted specifically to the creation of livable communities. Over the past decade, he has worked with many urban designers to draft plans that create beautiful and pedestrian-friendly places.
Mr. Siegman's recent projects include the Central Petaluma SmartCode and Pasadena's Traffic Reduction Strategies Study, which aims to reduce rush hour car trips by 25%. He is currently completing mobility and parking plans for the cities of Ventura, Pasadena and Glendale.
Timothy Smith, AIA, AICP, is a Principal at SERA Architects, where he directs the Urban Design & Planning Studio. Tim is a certified planner and a registered architect with over 30 years of professional experience. He draws upon training in architecture, city and regional planning, and urban design to craft solutions to complex planning and design problems. He has directed planning and design studies for transit-oriented development, new towns and villages, the revitalization of existing villages, corridor planning projects, land use studies, town center planning and design projects, and community involvement initiatives.
Mr. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in Smart Growth, and design and planning for sustainable communities – including a Progressive Architecture Research Award for “Sustainable Communities in the Urban-Rural Interface.” He has served as Vice President of the Portland Planning Commission, on the Portland Chapter AIA Urban Design Committee, and the Mayor’s Central City Roundtable. He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture (Building Technologies) from the University of Michigan, and Masters Degrees in Architecture (Urban Design) and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Maria Choca Urban
Maria Choca Urban currently serves as Transportation and Community Development Program Director at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. She joined CNT in 2008 to lead CNT’s initiatives in land use, transportation, housing and economic development. She works with state and local government officials as well as civic groups and other constituents.
Prior to joining CNT, Maria served as the General Manager for Policy and Strategic Solutions at the Chicago Transit Authority where she coordinated staff teams developing a strategic plan for the CTA to implement a system-wide Transit Oriented Development strategy and addressing the CTA’s absenteeism problem. Maria has also served as an Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning under the Washington Administration, directing the Department’s Neighborhood Planning Division and at Chicago Metropolis 2020, where she worked on transportation issues, including freight transportation with a particular emphasis on the south suburbs, economic development and housing. Maria was also Vice President at Woodstock Institute where she conducted research on alternative community financial institutions and provided technical assistance to banks and community representatives in the design and implementation of community lending programs.
Maria currently serves on the Board of the Woodstock Institute and has held numerous positions on the Board of the St. Francis Xavier School and the PTA, including President, and has served as the Chair of the Wilmette Youth Commission and as a Board Member of the Shore Line Place, the Interfaith Housing Council of the North Shore and Association House of Chicago. She is a member of Leadership Greater Chicago. Maria has a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.
Anita Yap is the Community Development Director for the City of Damascus and has over 20 years working in local and regional planning agencies. She has worked for Lane Council of Governments, the regional MPO providing transportation and city planning assistance to communities in Lane County. Ms. Yap also worked for Lane Transit District in Eugene on Metropolitan Transportation Planning, Bus Rapid Transit environmental project management and local city transportation planning assistance.
Anita is working on several innovative planning concepts for the new City of Damascus including urban agriculture, ecosystem services and alternative infrastructure systems.