Speakers
  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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New speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

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Ahmad Abu-Khalaf
Research Analyst, Enterprise Community Partners
 
Kevin Adams
Urban Designer,
Kevin Adams is an urban designer and master planner doing whatever he can to foster advanced yet timeless places. Kevin currently works in federal master planning with John Gallup and Associates in Atlanta, GA.
Julian Agyeman
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy & Plannaing, Tufts University
Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,‘ the full integration of social justice and sustainability. A recognized expert and thought leader, he is one of the top 15 most highly cited US and Canadian urban planning faculty ranked by Google Scholar in 2018. His wide-ranging and influential publications include Mind the Gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior? the most highly cited journal article written by a US or Canadian urban planning academic. In addition to its theoretical contribution, it has had widespread practical impact on think tanks and government policy and planning documents worldwide. He is the author or editor of 11 books, including Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005), Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013), Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (Routledge 2014) and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press 2015), which was one of Nature’s Top 20 Books of 2015. His latest book is Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press 2017). His next book, Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America, is under contract with MIT Press.
Trey Akers
Planner, Town of Davidson, NC
Mr. Akers received his B.A. in Religion from Davidson College and his Master's Degree in City & Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as the Robert E. Stipe Fellow in Urban Design & Historic Preservation. His experience encompasses a broad skill set that includes: Regional, comprehensive and small area planning; form-based codes; development review and project management; and, extensive LEED project review. He is a design-oriented planner that currently serves within the Town of Davidson, NC's Planning Department.
Joanna Alimanestianu
Co-founder, Council for European Urbanism
An international Architect and Urban Designer based in NYC and Southern France, Joanna is known for practicing "progressive traditional" urbanism that is culturally and people-focused. Joanna will be presenting the "Dakar Durable" project she is leading for the World Bank and Norwegian Development Fund, and how she and her team are leveraging international development funds to assist local government in making the capital of Senegal a truly resilient and thriving city.
 
Christina Anderson
City Planner, Community Planning & Development, City of Kalamazoo
Christina Anderson, AICP is the City Planner for Kalamazoo. Prior to taking this position, Christina served as the City's consultant for the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan process. Previously Christina worked as a planner/urban designer with Farr Associates in Chicago, focusing on sustainable development and form-based zoning. Christina has experience not only as a municipal employee and consultant, but has also served as a Zoning Board of Appeals member and a citizen volunteer for planning related working groups. Christina is an advocate for strong neighborhoods and local food production. She manages a garden in her neighborhood.
John Anderson
Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design
R. John Anderson is a developer, designer and builder who gained his early experience in the construction trades. John is best known for his leadership in training small scale developers via the workshop platform created with the Incremental Development Alliance (IncDev). He’s a principal for both Tolar Anderson|Kim Planning + Urban Design and the development firm Artifex DBD LLC. Through IncDev, John and the faculty have coached more than 1,000 participants in the design, finance and project management skills required for identifying and taking advantage of opportunities to address the growing demand for small-scale, multifamily rentals. Together with architects David Kim and Bruce Tolar and finance and development specialist Will Burgin, John formed Artifex to collaborate in development project with non-profits, governments and other private sector players in projects likely to benefit from the firm’s strategies and skill sets.
Libby Anderson
, City of Beaufort
Ms. Anderson has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master in City Planning from Boston University. Her department manages current and long range planning, building codes, and community development activities for the city. She has served in her current capacity since 1996 and previously worked with the City of Savannah, and the City of Greenville, NC.
Monte Anderson
CEO/President, Options Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Mr. Anderson began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities. His company developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas. He is also responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel, café and spa located in the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards. His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development currently under construction in Midlothian, Texas & he has just received the CLIDE Award. Mr. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community involvement. He currently serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Chapter of CNU and was its founding president.
 
Ryan Archibald
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Danielle Arigoni
Director of Livable Communities, AARP
Danielle Arigoni joined AARP in September 2017 as the Director of Livable Communities, after serving as a leader in national-level efforts to expand investment in sustainability and livability for nearly two decades. Prior to joining AARP, Danielle served as the Director for HUD’s Office of Economic Development, which supports communities and regions to make more sustainable communities through more effective and strategic investments in community-based planning, high-performance buildings, and resilient infrastructure. Danielle previously served as staff lead for Secretary Castro’s Climate Council, which achieved important new milestones across the agency to advance HUD’s climate mitigation and adaptation goals, and as HUD’s staff representative on the White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. She helped to co-lead HUD’s award of $1 billion to states and localities through the 2016 National Disaster Resilience Competition to pilot resilient disaster recovery approaches. She helped lead several interagency efforts, including serving as co-chair for the interagency Community Solutions Council Community of Practice, a co-lead for the Sammies Award-winning Urban Waters Federal Partnership, and as a central figure in the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities -- all of which seek to coordinate federal investments and policies to support more integrated, community-driven local land use and decision-making. Prior to HUD, Danielle served in a number of positions in EPA’s Smart Growth program, where she led efforts to better integrate affordable housing into the smart growth movement, and helped to lead the publication of two early seminal publications on smart growth, “Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection” and “Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation”. Danielle has also worked as a planner internationally, first as a Town Planner in Murang’a, Kenya, as a US Peace Corps Volunteer, and later as Strategy Team Director for USAID’s Urban Programs office. Danielle received the University of Oregon’s Distinguished Alumna award in 2016, and EPA’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service in 2013 in recognition of her efforts to advance the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Danielle received a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy and Management from University of Oregon in 1991, and a Master’s of Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1997.
 
Erik J. Aulestia, AICP
Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Mr. Aulestia is a Partner in the nationally acclaimed Architecture and Planning firm Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. and is a Design Leader in the Region and Town Planning Studio. He has been with Torti Gallas and Partners for 15 years. During his career, Mr. Aulestia has led planning and design efforts throughout the United States and abroad for both private and public sector clients.  His work centers on Town Planning and Urban Design at a variety of scales ranging from 5 acres to 40,000 acres and from low density to high density. Mr. Aulestia’s expertise includes Transit Oriented Development, Mixed-Use Town Centers, Traditional Neighborhood Design, Urban Revitalization, and Form-Based Codes. He also lectures often on the subjects of Smart Growth, Mixed-Use, and Form-Based Codes at the University of Maryland and other venues. As a design leader, Mr. Aulestia crafts plans that create a unique sense of place, while balancing the realities of development and construction economics, to create visionary, yet realizable, designs. Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Aulestia worked as a Planner and Landscape Architect in Alexandria, VA and as an Urban Designer for the Saint Louis Development Corporation. Mr. Aulestia studied Landscape Architecture at Utah State University and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis and is a Certified Planner. Mr. Aulestia is an avid sailor and recently enjoys participating in triathlons.
Steve Auterman
Principal, Urban Design Associates
Steve Auterman, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, is a Principal with Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. Experienced in Architecture, City Planning, and Urban Design, Steve's career began at UDA for five years before joining Looney Ricks Kiss in Memphis for 15 years where he rose to Senior Associate. His architecture and urban designs focused on urban neighborhood revitalization, district small area plans, new neighborhood design, street retrofits for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety, development feasibility and entitlement, architecture, and strategic plans for municipalities and community-based non-profit organizations. Since re-joining Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, Steve serves as Principle-in-Charge for urban design and planning projects across the country. He is skilled at finding strategies to unlock the full potential of communities by interconnecting thoughtful plans and architecture with activated public spaces. Steve is an AICP certified planner, AIA member, and NCARB-certificate holder licensed in Florida. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, holding a Bachelor of Architecture, and earned a Master of Urban Design from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Fady Barmada
Practice Leader, Strategy Advisory Services, Array Advisors
 
Judi Barrett
Director of Economic Development, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation
Judi Barrett is the economic development director for the Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and principal of Barrett Planning Group LLC. A veteran planner and community development professional, Judi has 30 years of experience in state and local government and the private sector. She has prepared numerous municipal comprehensive plans, neighborhood revitalization plans, zoning ordinances and bylaws, and housing plans, and is highly respected for her work in socioeconomic and fiscal impact analysis. In addition, she assists local boards with developer negotiations, often in her capacity as a Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) Chapter 40B Technical Assistance Consultant. Judi previously served as Director of Municipal Services for RKG Associates, Inc., of Boston, MA; Planning Director at Community Opportunities Group, Inc., in Boston; CDBG Program Director at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); and Community Development Director for the Town of Plymouth, MA. She holds an A.B. from Harvard and has completed graduate courses in planning, community development, and immigration studies at Tufts, Harvard, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. A frequent panelist at professional conferences, Judi also serves as a guest lecturer for graduate and undergraduate planning courses, a trainer for the Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), and an AICP exam prep course instructor. In addition to being a member of CNU, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter, American Planning Association, as Housing and Community Development Committee chair, and she also serves on the Housing and Economic Development Product Council of the Urban Land Institute, New England.
Dan Bartman
Senior Planner, City of Somerville, MA
Dan Bartman is a Senior Planner for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts and contributor to the original Tactical Urbanism series of guidebooks. Dan focuses his advocacy and research on urban design that supports the physical, social, and emotional needs of human beings. Dan joined the City to rewrite the 25 year old Somerville Zoning Ordinance into a user friendly document designed to change the City’s regulatory system into a customer-oriented, character driven means for shaping new development according to community expectations. Recently, Dan has coordinated the City’s first Public Space, Public Life survey with Gehl Architects of Copenhagen as part of Somerville’s ongoing data-driven planning efforts focused on people and how they live, work, play, and raise a family in the city.
Leiasa Beckham
Principal, Common Ground Urban Development
 
Reed Benet
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When people ask what Reed does, he says "Entrepreneur." When they ask his dear wife (AKA "The Colonel's Daughter") she says, "Glorified unemployed." While her description has been frequently true over Reed's 30+ years of founding, funding, leading, and even once borrowing money from Mom to make payroll to feed his venture capital backed startup addiction, Reed is presently a paid Entrepreneur in Residence at a venture capital firm and via his venture capital startup HeroHomes.com. Perhaps proving that he can get a decent day job but he just doesn't want one because he aims to "Dare say to for once materially and scalably fix the world through philanthrocapitalism," Reed has worked for Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Booz Allen Hamilton, University of Texas Austin, Prudential Real Estate, and in international finance in Europe. And ensuring that he doesn't have an excuse for not being reasonably employed, Reed has an undergraduate degree from Princeton, an MBA from Harvard (AKA "The Bootcamp of Capitalism"), and he's ABD (all but dissertation) on a PhD from the University of California (in alternative fuels, vehicles, and energy). HeroHomes.com and meeting The Colonel's Daughter, though, come from Reed's 30+ years ago much appreciated, much learned from, and immunity to fear and things put into perspective inducing four years spent as a United States Marine Corps Infantry/Force Reconnaissance Officer. And finally note that Mom wanted him to be a lawyer, so she's not to blame either.
Scott Bernstein
President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Scott Bernstein is the president and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). Scott leads CNT’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally. He studied at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of its Center for Urban Affairs, taught at UCLA and was a founding board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center. President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies and to other Federal advisory panels on global warming, development strategy, and science policy. He helped write a climate change strategy for the 1st 100 days of the new Administration.
Philip Bess
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Philip Bess is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches graduate urban design and theory and from 2004 to 2014 directed the School of Architecture's graduate programs. His graduate urban design studios have completed master plan proposals for Lewis University (IL), Cooperstown (NY), Northampton (MA), Ventura (CA), and Skaneateles (NY), the latter of which won the 2011 Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Charter Award Academic Grand Prize. In 2011 his studios began a multi-year project focusing upon contemporary metropolitan Chicago called After Burnham: The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109, which received a 2013 Award for Best Regional Plan from the Illinois Chapter of the CNU, a 2014 Special Academic Charter Award at the national meeting of the CNU, and the 2016 INTBAU-London World Congress Excellence Award in Urban Design. In addition, his 2014 graduate urban design studio received a 2015 CNU Charter Student Award of Merit for their plan for LaFox, Illinois, and a 2016 CNU Charter Student Award of Merit for their plans for Historic Center Infill in Providence, Rhode Island.
Danny Bivins
Senior Public Service Associate, University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Danny Bivins is a Senior Public Service Associate with the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Mr. Bivins specializes in working with local governments utilizing an asset based, community development approach. Mr. Bivins co-developed and manages the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, an initiative with multiple key partners: UGA, Georgia Municipal Association, the Georgia Cities Foundation, and the Lyndhurst Foundation for the Institute of Government. His efforts through the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership have led to the successful implementation of sustainable community redevelopment initiatives. Mr. Bivins also coordinates Downtown Develop Authority Training for the Institute of Government. With experience in design, historic preservation, planning, and strategic planning, Mr. Bivins holds two degrees from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a Master's degree in Historic Preservation and is a native of Georgia. In addition to his studies at UGA, Mr. Bivins has lived and studied at Portland State (Oregon), Hunter College (NYC), University of Charleston (South Carolina) and Avignon, France. In 2009, Mr. Bivins was recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine's 40 Under 40. In 2017, Mr. Bivins was awarded the UGA's Water Bernard Hill Award for Distinguished Public Service in the area of downtown development.
Howard Blackson
Urban Design Studio Director, AVRP Skyport
Howard Blackson is a national leader in crafting innovative urban design and planning ideas and techniques for over 25 years. He has professional experience in Singapore, South Korea, and throughout North America, and his education pursuits led him to London, England. A noted lecturer, writer, and innovator, Mr. Blackson’s articles and drawings have been published in the Charter for the New Urbanism, 2nd Edition (2013), American Planning Association’s, Planning and Urban Design Standards (2006), and RIBA’s Urban Design Practice: An International Review (2012). Mr. Blackson is a former board member of Civic San Diego, Program Manager of the City of San Diego’s Civic Innovation Lab, and currently sits on the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Implementation Committee and General Services Administration Design Excellence Peer Review Committee.
 
Sydney Blankers-VanKuren
Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator, Farr Associates
Sydney Blankers VanKuren is the Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator at Farr Associates. She focuses on sustainable urbanism projects including managing the production of the second edition of Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Sydney has professional experience in biology, research analysis, science communication, and environmental planning and policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources as well as a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy.
 
Chris Bonarrigo
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Hazel Borys
Managing Principal, PlaceMakers, LLC
Hazel Borys is principal and managing director of PlaceMakers, a planning, coding, marketing, and implementation firm working throughout the US and Canada. She is coauthor of codesstudy.org and blogger on PlaceShakers.com.
Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA
Principal, Stephanie Bothwell Urban & Landscape Design
Stephanie Bothwell, fcnu asla, is a leader in new urbanist landscape architecture, focused on beautiful, healthy and sustainable, human and natural communities.  She is a CNU Fellow, CNU DC Founder and President, and former CNU Executive Committee Board Member and Treasurer. As creator and director of the American Institute of Architects' Center for Livable Communities, she helped bring NU into the political spotlight through the development of HUD’s HOPE VI program and other efforts.  She has taught on the faculties of the Rhode Island School of Design, Auburn University and the National Charrette Institute. She is Town Landscape Architect for East Beach, a new town in Norfolk, Virginia, and is principal of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design LLC in Washington, DC.
Scott Boylston
Professor of Design for Sustainability, Savannah College of Architecture and Design
Scott Boylston is professor of Design for Sustainability at SCAD, as well as co-author and graduate coordinator of the program. He’s published two books on design, and a book of poetry, and his essays and short stories have been published widely in books, magazines, and journals. Scott is co-founder and president of Emergent Structures, an award winning non-profit organization that transforms construction waste into community wealth. He is a member of the Founders Circle of the Winterhouse Institute, past member of the state board of directors for USGBC-Georgia and past member of the Governing Council of the National Academy of Environmental Design. He speaks internationally on design and sustainability.
Patrick Braga
Vice President of New Market Development, Visum Development Group
Patrick Braga is Vice President of New Market Development at Visum Development Group, a growing real estate development company in Ithaca, NY. He has spoken at previous CNUs about land use in Southwest Florida, transportation and urban design in Brazil, and how ideas of walkability have changed over time. Patrick is a recent graduate of Cornell University, where he wrote an opera about Le Corbusier for his honors thesis, and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford. Starting this fall, he will be pursuing a Master in Urban Planning at Harvard University.
David Brain
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, New College of Florida
Professor Brain’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, and on sociological issues related to the planning and design of good neighborhoods, humane cities, and sustainable development at the regional scale. In addition to research and theoretical writing on these topics, his work has led to practical involvements that include both independent consulting and neighborhood-oriented action research that engages students in collaboration with local community groups. Locally, he and his students have worked with city and county government as well as neighborhood and community groups. He has been recognized internationally as an expert on contemporary efforts to transform the way cities are built, and as a frequent contributor to educational programs for citizens and professional practitioners— in collaboration with the Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development, the Seaside Institute, the Seaside Pienza Institute for Town Building and Land Stewardship, the Knight Program in Community Building, and the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions.
Sean Brandon
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Sean Brandon currently services as director of Mobility and Community Connections with the City of Savannah. In that role, he’s tasked with integrating the city’s parking and transportation system to ensure that all options of traveling (including bicycles, transit, walking) can be done in a safe and easy manner. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York where he grew up and later attended Hampton University for a Bachelors in Finance. He later received a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is an avid cyclist and likes to see the best parts of the Coastal Georgia region from outside of a car.
 
Ben Brown
Principal | Storyteller, PlaceMakers
Ben connects, helping build environments of trust so planning can be about testing ideas instead of protecting turf and battling through cynicism. With solid communications and facilitation skills, he fosters a genuinely inclusive process and coaxes fence-sitters and doubters towards common ground — a place where shared goals stand in bold relief against divisive perspectives. Leveraging skills acquired through training and years of experience in fiercely competitive, deadline-driven arenas, Ben helps keep the promise of placemaking as a community-building exercise.
 
Byron Brown
Mayor, City of Buffalo
 
Eric Brown
Principal, Brown Design Studio
Eric is a Savannah-based architect who works in New Urbanist places across the US. While he works in a broad range of building types, he is best known for his attached unit types such as Main Street buildings and townhouses. His practice focuses on traditional architecture in new construction, urban infill and historic preservation/re-use. He also has significant experience in Smart Code/Form-Based Code calibration, product planning, land planning and infill/sprawl repair design as well as community land planning and town center urban design.
 
 
Jason Burdette
Planning Director, City of Davidson
Mr. Burdette graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs/Political Science and earned a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. Since 2014 Mr. Burdette has served as the Planning Director for the Town of Davidson, NC, a forward-thinking small town that promotes walkability, celebrates public/open spaces, and emphasizes high-quality architectural design. He has successfully managed a variety of projects and plans, including a comprehensive update to the Town’s form-based code (2015) and the award-winning Rural Area Plan (2017). Prior to arriving at Davidson, he held a variety of planning positions in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Burdette has also been actively involved in NC APA, serving as the program chair for NC APA’s Great Places program for the past three years.

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Peter Calthorpe
Principal, Calthorpe Associates
Peter Calthorpe’s long and honored career in urban design, planning, and architecture began in 1976, combining his experience in each discipline to develop new approaches to urban revitalization, suburban growth, and regional planning. In 1983, Peter Calthorpe founded the award-winning firm of Calthorpe Associates devoted to sustainable urban design and planning globally. Throughout his honored career in urban design, planning, and architecture, he has been a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban revitalization, community planning, and regional design. For his contribution in redefining the models of urban and suburban growth, Calthorpe was awarded ULI’s prestigious 'J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development' in 2006. He is one of the founders and the first board president of Congress of New Urbanism. Metropolis Magazine claims: “The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books define the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations”.
Daniel Carey
President and CEO, Historic Savannah Foundation
Daniel was hired as President and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation in December of 2008. He came to Savannah after serving nearly 18 years in various field positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Daniel worked in state and local government in Kentucky before joining the National Trust. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Western Kentucky University. He also earned a certificate in law and public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. Daniel leads a strong organization in Historic Savannah Foundation with a seasoned staff of 8, a board of 22, a membership of over 800, and an annual budget of $1.2 million. HSF is proud of its outstanding museum—the Davenport House, its nationally recognized Revolving Fund, and its strong educational and advocacy programs. For more than 60 years, HSF has been the voice for preservation in Savannah—saving buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future.
Monica Carney Holmes
Urban Designer, City of Charlotte
With a background in urban design and planning, Monica is committed to building livable communities. She has extensive charrette design experience, working with stakeholders to reach sustainable, implementable solutions. Prior to joining the city she consulted over 40 communities. She is experienced in placemaking, neighborhood design, graphic design, and project management. With public and private sector experience, Monica designs spaces and places that inspire people to have fun, get engaged, and love their community. She now brings her international design experience to her own backyard, the City of Charlotte, where she is building an urban design program.
 
Shane Carpani
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Eduardo Castillo
Principal, Castillo Arquitectos, Guatemala
Eduardo Castillo is a founding principal of Castillo Arquitectos, an architecture and urban design firm based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Castillo has collaborated on many projects in the United States and Asia, and is currently working on projects throughout Central America and the Caribbean, including one of the first municipal form-based codes in the region, for the town of Curridabat in Costa Rica. The work of his firm has won several awards, including a CNU Charter Award for La Candelaria in Antigua Guatemala, a collaborative effort between Castillo Arquitectos and Dover Kohl and Partners. He lectures frequently all over Central America on the importance of place making, urban design and form based codes. In 2010 he co-wrote and published an ‘Urban Design Manual for Central American Municipalities’. Sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and distributed to municipalities and towns throughout the region, the publication is a comprehensive how-to guide on New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles that can be applied in the region. He was recently selected as a fellow of the FBCI (Form-based Codes Institute).
Dan Cathy
Chairman, President, and CEO, Chick-fil-A
 
Ross Chapin
Principal, Ross Chapin Architects
Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect, neighborhood planner and author based near Seattle, WA. He is a passionate advocate for pocket neighborhoods, a term he coined for small groupings of households around shared commons, which he sees as building blocks for vibrant and resilient communities. Since 1997, Ross has designed and partnered in developing seven pocket neighborhoods and has designed dozens of communities for developers across North America, many of which have received international media coverage, professional peer review and national design awards. Ross’s work and ideas have been featured in more than 40 books and in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, AARP Bulletin, Forbes, Planning Magazine, Architectural Record and Professional Builder. Ross’s own book, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World, has been widely read, shifting the thinking of homebuyers, architects, developers and policy makers.
Dede Christopher
Founder, Christopher Illustration
 
Anthony Cissell
Senior Associate and Registered Architect, Sottile & Sottile
Anthony Cissell is a Senior Associate and Registered Architect at Sottile & Sottile, a Savannah based urban design firm working extensively in Nationally Registered Historic Districts. His work includes civic design, architecture, master planning, and community design, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis, and community-wide engagement. Mr. Cissell graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art & Design, where he earned a Masters of Architecture, and was awarded the Bronze Medal from the National Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts. After practicing in Chicago, Mr. Cissell returned to Savannah to focus on the development of sustainable urbanism and civic growth, inspired by Savannah’s internationally recognized model of urban design. Currently, along with his professional research and practice, Mr. Cissell holds a faculty position as Professor of Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design. As a member of Sottile & Sottile, Mr. Cissell has played a key role on numerous projects that have been recognized by over fifty awards, including three international Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, awards from the American Planning Association, the South Atlantic Region AIA, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and two National Honor Awards for Urban Design and Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.
Walter Clapp
Founder and Director, Community Adaptation, LLC
All you really need to know about Walter is that his endearing love of humanity is matched only by his love of honest electricity. Walter is an explorer. A builder. A doer. A philosopher. And, sometimes regrettably, a Georgetown educated lawyer working on poorly drafted HOA issues. In his spare time, Walter is quietly developing the first Tiny City. To promote the TinyCity, Walter often goes by tinycityguy on Twitter, and other equally pugnacious outlets of "social media." Walter enjoys reading more than writing, and speaking almost as much as he enjoys reading. Walter aspires to be a jack of all trades - at least conversational in all of the sciences that it takes to build the seeds for our 21st Century Cities. Walter as been lucky. He fancies himself well on his way to mastery of the many. He looks forward to meeting you, reader, and learning what you know about Cities – or, electricity. Or angel investors. Or honesty.
Laura Clemons
Founder & CEO, Collaborative Communities
Ms. Clemons is a Certified Floodplain Manager with a diverse professional background. She enjoys working through complex issues around social vulnerability that consider connections between climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, sustainable community planning, systems design, infrastructure upgrades and community-driven initiatives. She specializes in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and uses her knowledge of FEMA policy and Placemaking to advise clients on the post-disaster declaration Public Assistance program as well as 406 and 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs to rebuild better places. Her approach to disaster recovery and hazard mitigation allows her clients to simultaneously maximize their federally eligible reimbursements while aligning their recovery with existing pre-disaster comprehensive planning efforts to create co-benefits through fiscally responsible project alignment. Ms. Clemons started Collaborative Communities because she recognized the need for partnerships to be established between siloed groups so that individual projects could be integrated and leveraged for wider, more meaningful impacts. She loves helping small communities learn how to identify existing and planned projects that can be enhanced by grassroots initiatives to value-engineer solutions. She calls this approach “Disaster Recovery Through Placemaking”.
 
Robert Connavino
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Jim Constantine
, Looney Ricks Kiss
Jim Constantine is Principle of Planning at Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), a nationally recognized full-service architectural, planning, and interior design firm. With expertise in urban design, master planning, historic preservation, community relations, and qualitative research, Jim oversees planning and community relations for numerous Smart Growth, Traditional Neighborhood Development, Transit-Oriented Development, and New Urbanism projects. He has worked with land owners, developers, builders, government agencies and citizen groups on downtown revitalization, mixed-use town and village centers, high-density infill, redevelopment of suburban highway corridors, transit-oriented development and master-planned communities. Jim has worked as a licensed professional planner in more than 30 states, Canada, and Latin America. Jim is a Rutgers University graduate and resides in Princeton, NJ where he served on the Historic Preservation COmmission for 22 years.
 
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEEP-AP
Owner, Town-Green
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, Town-Green and The National Charrette Institute – Steve, architect, urbanist, and planner, is founder and principal of the design firm Town-Green (www.town-green.com), and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute (NCI), a non-profit organization that trains professionals in the art and practice of collaborative planning (www.charretteinstitute.org). He and his colleagues design and repair buildings, neighborhoods and towns throughout the country and Southeast Asia. A contributing author of the Charrette Handbook, he just authored Resilient Communities: Making Places Healthy and Whole, that will be published by John Wiley & Sons. With John Anderson, Paul Crabtree, and Martin Dreiling, Steve co-founded Townworks + DPZ, a multi-disciplinary firm in collaboration with that extraordinary Miami firm. With the State of California, Steve pilots the Emerald Cities program that develops sustainable community plans for local communities.
Paul Crabtree, P.E.
President, Crabtree Group, Inc.
Paul Crabtree is a Civil Engineer who has focused his work on the integration of intelligent urban infrastructure with New Urbanism and Smart Growth Planning. Paul is the founder and president of the Crabtree Group, Inc. He is a leader in the Congress for New Urbanism Rainwater Initiative, as well as an author and lecturer on sustainable infrastructure, from water to transportation. Paul is a founding member of the Transect Codes Council, and a contributing author of Sustainable and Resilient Cities (Wiley, 2011).
 
Kenny Craft
Principal, Craft Design Studio
 
 
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Ann B. Daigle
Urban Regeneration - Design & Strategy , The CityBuilding Exchange
Ann B. Daigle is an urban planner and designer specializing in humane approaches to community building. Her passion is the regeneration of historic neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful and walkable places. She happily lives and works in the great City of New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is a community activist and serves as advisor to Smart Growth Bywater. Ann’s past posts include Manager of the New Orleans “Culture of Building” and Crafts Apprenticeship Programs for the Prince’s Foundation for Community Building, Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, CA, and Special Advisor to the Mississippi Development Authority for the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. She is also a partner in The Company Farm Pecan Grove & Market, a family-owned farm in North Louisiana. Her educational background is in Architecture, Communications and Social Psychology.
 
Susana Dancy
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Omar Davis
Urban Landscape Planner, East City of Detroit Department of Planning & Development
 
Ujijji Davis
Project Manager, SmithGroupJJR
Ujijji Davis is a project manager at SmithGroupJJR, where she focuses on Detroit-based design and planning efforts including landscape and urban design, master planning, and strategic implementation. Her complementary background in urban planning is driven by a passion for authentic community engagement, and research as foundational to successful design. Her research includes topics on anti-gentrification, environmentalism and the African-American experience, and the relationship between arts and the economic success of cities. She holds a Bachelor of Science of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Ward Davis
Founding Partner, High Street Real Estate & Development
Ward, along with Morgan Hooker, is a founding partner of High Street Real Estate & Development, a real estate company focused on urban and New Urban properties in vibrant, growing cities and towns.   He formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Village at Hendrix, a 112-acre traditional neighborhood in Conway, Arkansas.  Prior to that he led the acquisitions team for Medical Properties Trust, a public real estate investment trust (REIT), and was a corporate finance investment banker for Stephens Inc. Ward currently serves as President of the National Town Builders Association, a national trade organization for leading developers of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods and town centers.  Ward has a BA in Economics from Davidson College, a General Course Diploma in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from The University of Virginia.
 
The Honorable Eddie DeLoach
Mayor, City of Savannah
 
Elizabeth Demetriou
Director of Economic Development, LISC
As the Director of Economic Development at LISC, Elizabeth delivers a comprehensive package of grants, technical assistance and capital to opportunity districts around the country. LISC supports programs and invests in projects that result in job creation, business expansion and the development of healthy, desirable, and equitable communities. Prior to joining LISC, Elizabeth was Deputy Director of the NYC Regional Economic Development Council at Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), NY State’s economic development arm. The council was created to develop a long term strategic plan for the region and implement a community based, bottom up approach to redefine the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth. She held several positions at the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) before joining ESD ending her tenure as Deputy Director. Working at SBIDC Elizabeth had the opportunity to work directly with businesses, policy makers, and community leaders to help grow manufacturing and create pathways to help residents access local jobs. Elizabeth has over fifteen years of experience working on economic development, commercial revitalization and workforce development in the non-profit and government sectors. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), she has a Masters of Urban Planning from Hunter College (CUNY) and is on the board of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance.
Bill Dennis
Architect & Urban Designer, B. Dennis Town and Building Design
Bill Dennis attained his professional Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and has practiced as an architect and planner since 1979. He is a charter member of The Congress for the New Urbanism and board member of New England CNU. He has also served as the director of the CNU Council for housing and codes in Sant Fe and team leader for the Governor’s Katrina Commission for Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Mr. Dennis has designed more than 120 New Urbanist neighborhoods, villages and towns, as well as all housing types, retail, office and civic buildings. His most significant projects in the last 25 years have been collaborated with such noted design firms as Moule & Polyzoides as well as Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Placemakers, Mr. Dennis has vast experience in forming and running complete teams of talented consultants for design charrettes to working on plans and buildings on his own. Mr. Dennis is a proud recipient of CNU awards for his Crewkerne, England; Dona Ana, New Mexico and Rio Nuevo, Arizona projects.
 
Manny Dominguez
Office of Business Opportunity Director, City of Savannah
Manny Dominguez is the Office of Business Opportunity Director for the City of Savannah. The Office of Business Opportunity is responsible for administering the City's economic and small business development programs to foster a strong local economy, spur business and job growth, and provide for a better quality of life in Savannah. Prior to joining the City, Manny served as the Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions at the New York City Department of Small Business Services, where he oversaw a network of 17 centers that offer direct assistance to over 10,000 business owners a year across all five boroughs. In an effort to help businesses start, operate, and expand, NYC Business Solutions provides free business courses, financing assistance, legal advice, and recruitment services. Before joining SBS, Manny worked at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Accion USA, helping entrepreneurs access financing and expand their ventures. He has also worked with entrepreneurs in Latin America through the Somos Amigos program and Development Alternatives Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm. Manny holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, is an alumnus of Leadership Savannah, the Coro Leadership New York program, and is a WAAB fellow. Manny also serves on the board for the Deep Center and is a Co-Chair for the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition Economy Team. He is passionate about the impact that entrepreneurship can have on a community and in ensuring that local government, community-based organizations, and key partners play a role in making Savannah the best city in the world to start and grow a business.
Bruce F. Donnelly
Urban Planner, Office of Bruce F. Donnelly
Bruce F. Donnelly is an urban planner in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He coordinates New Urbanist plans, codes, and initiatives. He also helps frame ideas for public consumption. He has written chapters in some books on New Urbanism, and is generally a contributing intellectual and constructive meddler within the New Urbanist community.
James Dougherty
Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning
James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books. James was honored with CNU Florida's 2012 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. James is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and has been honored with Awards of Excellence in their Architecture in Perspective 24 & 25 jury competitions.
Victor Dover, CNU-A
Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners
Urban designer Victor Dover, FAICP, CNUa, is a charter member of CNU. As principal-in-charge of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning in Coral Gables, Florida, Dover has won multiple Charter Awards, as well as the John Nolen Medal for contributions to urbanism. He was founding chair of the CNU Florida Chapter, the first of its kind. Dover served as CNU’s national board chair from 2010-2012. He is the co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (2014).
Scott Doyon
Principal, PlaceMakers, LLC
Scott Doyon tells stories that help connect people. To the idea of place. To productive, collaborative participation. To opportunities that build community ties and inform successful implementation. In his work with cities and towns, he helps navigate the politics of public engagement with communications strategies rooted in context. A long-time resident of Decatur, Georgia, he’s spent two decades contributing to local growth and development efforts across multiple fronts — as a citizen advocate, a professional advisor, and member of the city’s Planning Commission since 2010. Leveraging a degree in mass communications, ten years with global branding powerhouse J Walter Thompson, and 15 years since as a partner with PlaceMakers, Scott delivers clarity of both purpose and value to the myriad endeavors that bring us together.
Andrés Duany
Principal, DPZ CoDESIGN
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad.
 
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Alexander Dukes
Community Planner, United States Air Force
 
Ellen Dunham-Jones
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an architect and professor of urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011, 2013.) Its documentation of successful retrofits of aging big box stores, malls, and office parks into healthy and more sustainable places received a PROSE award and has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, PBS, NPR, TED and other prominent venues. She is a CNU Fellow, lectures widely, conducts workshops and maintains the world’s only database tracking successful retrofits.
Bill Durrence
Alderman for the Second District, Savannah’s City Council
Bill Durrence is a professional photographer with a bit of wanderlust and curiosity about what things might look like around the next bend. He particularly enjoys travel and location oriented assignments, using photography as a method for exploring the world. Mostly retired now, he still does some occasional work as a photography instructor and consultant. Bill worked for Nikon USA first as an employee and then a contractor for almost 30 years and helped create the popular Nikon School of Photography program, teaching it for 22 years. Bill was graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (ABJ) and a minor in Art/Photographic Design. He has over 50 years experience as a photographer shooting editorial and commercial assignments, as well as a variety of personal work, and taught photography for over 40 years, both basic and advanced classes in undergraduate academic programs and various seminar/workshop formats. Bill is a native Savannahian and in 2016, ran for and won a seat on Savannah’s City Council. He currently serves as the Alderman for the Second District, the heart of Savannah’s urban core, including its Landmark Historic District.
Kevin Dutt
Clean Tech Entrepreneur, Rainbank
Mr. Dutt is a clean tech entrepreneur who has successfully launched several ventures. He has extensive expertise in leading rapid growth of operations and revenues. For the past ten years, he has worked with clean tech companies focusing on strategy, operations, and product development. He previously oversaw operations within Bayer, AMP, and International Paper. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at Princeton University and his MBA at Boston University. Kevin has worked alongside Anthony and Hanging Gardens for several years, and his company, Rainbank, has worked to conceptualize and create the smart valve technology that will be used in integrated stormwater management systems. An ivy league graduate, Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge about the engineering side of these stormwater management technologies, using raw stormwater calculations and long-term data to demonstrate the true functionality of these systems. Dutt will speak about the smart valve product and how it integrates with grey and green infrastructure systems to significantly increase their stormwater detention capabilities.

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Clinton Edminster
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Clinton Edminster is the owner and founder of Starlandia Supply, an art store that trades reclaimed materials for in-store credit. Since it's opening in 2015 Starlandia has saved over 11,000 lbs of art supplies and creative materials and redistributed them at a low cost to artists and students in the community. He is a board member of Visit Savannah, a Destination Marketing Organization for the region, and First City Network, Georgia's oldest LGBT advocacy organization. Clinton is also president of the Thomas Square Neighborhood Association and board chair for the Creative Coast, a non-profit organization supporting creative and innovative entrepreneurs. He loves pickles, biking, self-driving cars, and thinking about the future.
David Edwards
CEO, Purpose Built Communities
David Edwards is the Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit, pro-bono consulting firm founded in 2009 by Tom Cousins, Warren Buffett and Julian Robertson to help struggling neighborhoods replicate the successful revitalization of the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. Purpose Built Communities uses a holistic model of neighborhood revitalization focused on defined geographic areas led by local nonprofit “community quarterback” organizations. The model includes high-quality mixed income housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline and community wellness programs and facilities. The goal of Purpose Built Communities is to transform neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into places where children and families can reach their fullest potential. There are currently 12 Purpose Built Communities Network Members across the United States. Mr. Edwards has a deep and diverse background in the public, private and nonprofit sectors working on innovative initiatives addressing some of the greatest challenges facing cities around the world. As CEO, he is responsible for expanding the number of Purpose Built Communities across the country and insuring that they deliver transformative outcomes for families and children.
 
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Chris Elisara
Producer, First+Main Media
A visionary educator, social entrepreneur, and filmmaker, Dr. Chris Elisara has produced compelling documentaries for First+Main Media with director John Paget for over twenty years. Drawing on his academic training as a cultural anthropologist, his experience in a variety of organizations ranging from the board of Congress for New Urbanism (2013-2016), national conservation organizations, and local civic groups, Dr. Elisara has a unique skill set that enables him to produce irresistible stories for clients and audiences alike.
 
Diane Elshout
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Jenna Elswick
Senior Planner, City of Holland, Michigan
Jenna Elswick, the Senior Planner for the City of Holland, Michigan has Masters Degrees in both Urban and Regional Planning and in Conflict Resolution, a specialization in transportation planning, and 15 years of experience working domestically and abroad. Having traveled to nearly 20 countries, Jenna has seen firsthand creative ways to turn a space into a place. In addition to focusing on everything city planning and working to bridge gaps between planners and engineers, Jenna is engaged in researching and applying placemaking techniques as cheaply and creatively as possible.
 
Chad Emerson
CEO, Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
Chad D. Emerson is the Director of Development for the City of Montgomery where he leads the City’s Design Studio, Retail Development Studio, and other development issues for the City. Chad is a Professor of Law at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law. He joined the faculty in June 2003 after practicing for over five years with the Knoxville, Tennessee law firm of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC. Professor Emerson is a graduate of David Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Chad is a frequent national lecturer and author in the field of land planning law with a specific emphasis on Smart Growth and SmartCode legal issues. He is the administrator of the SmartCode Listserv and the author of smart growth articles including “Making Main Street Legal Again” and “Smart Growth and Schools: Legal Hurdles and Legal Solutions for Community-Scale Schools”. He is also the author of “The SmartCode Solution to Sprawl” from ELI Publishing.
Alex Engel
Program Manager, National Association of City Transportation Officials
Alex Engel leads NACTO’s external communications and manages Designing Cities, the organization's industry-leading conference focused on city transportation. Prior to NACTO, Alex worked at the Municipal Art Society (MASNYC) developing online tools to help demystify New York City’s planning process, and at the NYC Department of Transportation, where he oversaw the agency’s social media presence, managed outreach campaigns and public events such as Summer Streets, and introduced New York City’s first pothole mascot.
 
Francisco Enriquez
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Glasshouse Policy
Francisco Enriquez currently serves as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Glasshouse Policy, a first of its kind policy crowdsourcing think tank based in Austin, Texas. Through his work, Francisco has appeared in the pages of the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Huffington Post, Times-Picayune, and the Houston Chronicle. Francisco’s commitment to transparency and responsive government was developed through his early work on tax and budget policy for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, consumer lending issues at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, and on detainee policy at the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria in La Plata, Argentina.
 
Stacey Epperson
President and CEO, Next Step Network

Stacey Epperson is a native of rural Kentucky and has worked in affordable housing throughout her entire career. In 2010, she assumed leadership of Next Step, a social venture that mobilizes a national network of nonprofits to provide energy-efficient, affordable housing solutions tailored to the needs of their communities. Next Step’s partnership with Clayton Homes and KIT HomeBuilders West creates a new market dynamic that makes it easier for nonprofits to fulfill their mission, and for more low-income families to achieve homeownership.

Next Step evolved from Stacey’s nine years as President and CEO of Frontier Housing in northeastern Kentucky. While there, Stacey worked to triple Frontier's total production, loan fund and net worth. As one of the nation's most respected nonprofit providers of manufactured housing and one of the NeighborWorks® Network's largest homebuilders, Stacey testified before a Senate Committee in an effort to replace pre-HUD Code mobile homes across the United States with new, energy-efficient homes.

 
Edward Erfurt
Designer, Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency

Edward Erfurt is a passionate urban designer who has been working with communities to design and implement walkable communities for almost 10 years. Currently Edward is the Urban Designer for the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency in Stuart, Florida. Edward works for the public sector with stakeholders in seven community redevelopment areas integrating urban design and architecture strategies for redeveloping suburban and urban environments.

Gerald Erion
Professor of Philosophy, Medaille College
Jerry Erion teaches philosophy at Medaille College in Buffalo, where his scholarly interests include ethics, philosophy of mind, and critical thinking. He and his students are developing a new, experimental course on cities inspired by the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jane Jacobs, and Andrés Duany.
Corey Ershow
Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft
Corey is an attorney and policy wonk focusing on emerging technology transportation solutions. He joined Lyft in 2017 as a Transportation Policy Manager, working with government officials and other stakeholders to develop policies and promote Lyft's vision for the future of transportation. Prior to joining Lyft, Corey served as Senior Advisor to the EV Everywhere initiative at the United States Department of Energy, and before that, as Transportation Counsel to former Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida. Corey holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A from Rutgers University.

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Brian Falk
Director of Publications, Center for Applied Transect Studies
Brian Falk worked as a writer and editor for ten years in Charlotte, NC, occasionally writing articles about New Urbanism and Smart Growth. From 1999-2002 he was Editorial Director of Business Properties, a magazine dedicated to the commercial development industry. He was one of the first inhabitants of First Ward Place, an early Hope VI project, where he became a committed urbanist. After completing Duke University's Nonprofit Management program, he now lives in the South Beach neighborhood, where the rural-to-urban transect was discovered.
Doug Farr, CNU-A
President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
DOUGLAS FARR (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. Doug heads Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. A native Detroiter, Doug Co-Chaired the development of LEED-ND and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. His influential books Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature (2007) and Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future (2018) highlight how to create healthy, sustainable neighborhoods. He is an architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of “the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.
 
Sara Farr-Newman
Preservation Planner, Chatham County-Savannah MPC
Sara obtained her BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College. She also has a Master of Historic Preservation and a Master of Environmental Planning & Design, both from the University of Georgia. She has given presentations at professional conferences, including the APA National Planning Conference, with a focus on the intersection of preservation and planning. She currently works as a Preservation Planner for the Chatham County-Savannah MPC.
Nick Ferenchak
PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Denver
Nick Ferenchak will be an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico starting in August 2018. His research interests include traffic safety, active transport and health, spatial analysis, and emerging technologies. He most recently earned his Ph.D. through the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Denver and has professional experience in both transportation engineering and planning. He has been awarded two Eisenhower Fellowships from FHWA and was a 2017 Eno Future Leaders Fellow. His work has won paper awards from ITE and FHWA, and he currently holds leadership positions on two TRB subcommittees.
 
Erik Ferguson
Project Engineer, Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Erik Ferguson is a professional engineer with over 16 years of engineering experience. His work experience ranges from designing major highway and bridge projects for both the New York and North Carolina Department of Transportation, to administration of the Dutchess County Public Works Department in Poughkeepsie, NY. For the past six years Erik has worked as a project engineer with Martin County focusing on traffic signal, traffic calming and intersection improvements. Erik brings an interest in cost effectively creating a sustainable transportation system. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo.

Geoffrey Ferrell
Principal, Ferrell Madden Associates LLC
Geoffrey Ferrell is one of the originators of the modern practice of Form-based codes. His code work ranges from site-specific urban designs to zoning-toolkits to replace Euclidean zones – codes that emphasize clarity for end-users. Before establishing his firm in 1992, Geoffrey was an urban designer/code writer for Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects in Miami. He also served as the Director of Urban Design for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in Florida. He is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Charter Board Member of the Form-Based Codes Institute, of which he is currently vice chairman. He lectures extensively on Form-Based Codes at state and national planning conferences, planning schools, and for the Form-Based Codes Institute. His work is featured in the recently published Form-Based Codes by Daniel and Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford and in The New Urbanism by Peter Katz. His code for the Riviera Beach Downtown Renewal Plan received special mention in that projects Progressive Architecture Magazines 1992 Award. His firm’s Form-Based Code for the Farmers Branch Texas, Station Area received the Richard Driehaus Form-Based Code Award in 2007 and again for the Heart of Peoria Form-Districts in Peoria Illinois in 2010.
Luke Forrest
Director, Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League
Luke Forrest leads a variety of hands-on community assistance programs for the Michigan Municipal League, focusing on civic engagement, redevelopment strategies, walkability and environmental sustainability. Luke joined the League in 2010 as a program manager. Previously, he worked for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the U.S. House of Representatives. He has degrees in urban planning, real estate development, communications and anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Christine Franck
Director, Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture
Christine Franck is a designer, educator, and author. She currently serves as the first Director of the new Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. Her design work ranges from award-winning residential design to preservation, landscape and decorative projects. In addition, she teaches, lectures, and writes on the topics of architectural design, contemporary and historic Classical architecture and historic American domestic architecture. Before establishing her own practice to focus on design and architectural education, she interned with the offices of Allan Greenberg, Architect and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. in Washington, DC and served as the first Executive Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. All aspects of her work are ethically focused on improving the built environment and quality of life of all individuals.
Derek Freithem
Director of Business Development, moovel
Derek Fretheim is the Director of Business Development at moovel North America. He is responsible for building and strengthening partnerships with third party service providers, transportation network companies and various mobility providers. Additionally, Derek serves as the lead on moovel’s MaaS strategy, Smart Cities initiatives and is instrumental in developing programs to expand reach of moovel’s products and services. Prior to joining moovel, Derek served as a consultant and worked with cities and transit agencies to develop customer technology plans and implementations within the transportation space. A champion of self-service solutions, Derek has pioneered mobility hub development strategies for the City of Los Angeles, developed multimodal trip planners and digital wayfinding, managed real-time traffic initiatives and more. In addition, Derek has launched bike share, EV car share programs and secured over $250M in grant funding. He started his career as a Transportation Programs Manager at the Orange County Transportation Authority in 1990.
Patrice Frey
President & CEO, Main Street America
Patrice Frey is President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, where she oversees the Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,100 communities. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history. Before joining the National Main Street Center in May 2013, Patrice serviced as the Director of Sustainability at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she oversaw the National Trust’s efforts to promote the reuse and greening of older and historic buildings, including research and policy development work through the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab. Before joining the National Trust, Patrice worked for several years in the field of community development and urban research. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's program in historic preservation, where she received a master's degree in preservation planning and a certificate in real estate design and development through the Penn School of Design and Wharton Business School. Patrice completed her master's thesis on the application of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards to historic buildings. Patrice also worked for the City of Goleta, California, where she coordinated the acquisition and preservation of coastal open space, as well as a number of community development related programs. Prior to her time in Goleta, Patrice worked for the Brookings Institution’s Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy in Washington, D.C., where she served as the executive assistant to the center director. She received her bachelor's degree in politics and international relations from Scripps College in Claremont, California.
 
Melissa Frisbie
Research Scientist, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health

Melissa Frisbie joined the New York State Department of Health's Center for Environmental Health in 2010 where she is a research scientist and the New York State Communications Coordinator for the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. She specializes in community health and behaviors. 

She is currently working to make environmental health data and education to the public through New York's State's Environmental Public Health Tracker.  She is also experienced in conducting in health related community outreach related to Environmental Public Health Tracking and other health related issues.

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Eric Ganther
Principal, Nelson \ Nygaard
Eric Ganther, a Principal with Nelson\Nygaard, helps cities, universities, hospitals, and developers think through the challenges of effectively managing the automobile. As is the case for most shortages, demand-based pricing is the answer but often, “parking is an emotion.” Eric worked with the City of San Francisco on the SFpark pilot project, which in 2017 was implemented citywide. He also managed parking as transportation manager for The Coca-Cola Company at its headquarters campus in Atlanta where, to combat shortages, he recommended a heavy diet of subsidies for transit, biking, walking, carpooling, and (most successfully) Uber and Lyft. The Uber/Lyft program proved that even Atlantans don’t really want to drive. Recent data from San Francisco foretells the future of parking; revenues are down even as travel demand is up. Like music, travel is becoming a service and parking is the CD you no longer need.
Anthony T. Garcia
Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. He is a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and is currently Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida. He co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. Prior to launching the firm’s Miami office, Tony was Project Director for six years at the Dover Kohl & Partners affiliated architecture firm Chael Cooper & Associates, and from 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation blog TransitMiami.com, an award winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.
Kenneth Garcia
Town Planner, Dover, Kohl & Partners
Kenneth has been with Dover, Kohl & Partners since 2007 and has participated in over 50 design charrettes. He produces many of the firm’s illustrations and renderings, using a combination of computer graphics and traditional watercolor techniques. Kenneth received both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture from Andrews University, a leading center for the study of New Urbanism. He is CNU-Accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a Certified Charrette Planner through the National Charrette Institute. Kenneth grew up in Costa Rica and Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.
Jan Gehl
Founding Partner, Gehl Architects
Jan Gehl is an Architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and Professor emeritus The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, he has published several books, including, “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Spaces”, “Public Spaces – Public Life”, “New City Life” and most recently “How to Study Public Life”. As part of Gehl Architects, Jan Gehl has collaborated on projects for the cities of Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Sydney, New York and Moscow, among others. He is an honorary fellow of RIBA, AIA, RAIC, and PIA . He has been awarded the ”Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for exemplary contributions to Town Planning” by The International Union of Architects as well as honorary doctor degrees from Universities in Edinburgh, Halifax and Toronto.
Andrew Georgiadis
President, Georgiadis Urban Design
Since 2015, Andrew Georgiadis has been president of Georgiadis Urban Design, a firm that designs walkable cities, towns, corridors, and neighborhoods. From 2001-2012, he worked for Dover, Kohl & Partners, Town Planning and was a project director for several codes and master plans including the Driehaus Award-winning form-based code for Bradenton and wrote or edited portions of the El Paso Comprehensive Plan, such as the Health and Sustainability Elements. In 2012, he taught as faculty at the University of Miami School of Architecture, where he led a highways-to-boulevards upper level studio that examined the reconfiguration of the freeways that had eviscerated Downtown Miami. In 2013, he moved to Sarasota to form the City’s Urban Design Studio and was co-author of the form-based code, which updates and expands the code written by Duany Plater Zyberk. Currently, that draft code is being studied by the City Commission. While working at the UDS, he designed the City’s two most recent civic buildings, which are built or under construction: Lift Station 87 and State Street Garage & Mixed-Use Block. During 2017 and 2018, he has worked on a form-based code with Dover, Kohl and Ferrell, Madden for municipalities in the Greater Lansing Area of Michigan. Recent international work includes an architectural project in Toronto and new urbanist course content for ADIT Brasil. Earlier this year and last, he has worked on a freight study for the City of Miami Gardens and has worked with Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council designing TODs around several stations for Tri-Rail Coast Link, a commuter rail service planned for Southeast Florida.
Ric Geyer
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Professionally, Ric had substantial experience with Deloitte Consulting, and he is also an urban revivalist who received a Cool Cities award from Michigan’s Governor for developing “4731”, an innovative arts project that anchored a revitalization on Detroit’s near west side. He was named “Arts Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Detroit Free Press, and served as an Executive on Loan to the Governor of Michigan, where he co-authored Michigan’s Cultural Economic Development Strategy, which demonstrates how leveraging cultural assets can create lasting change in local communities. He is now renovating “787 WINDSOR”, 2.6 acres and 46,000 sqft of buildings located in the historic Mechanicsville neighborhood of Atlanta. The project has already been recognized by the EPA for its work in turning a brownfield into a productive asset and incorporating the local community, working to employ economically disadvantaged residents and returning citizens. As an example, Ric’s “Westside Beautification Team” employed 12 unskilled residents and ex-prisoners who in 3 months removed over 31 tons of trash and debris from four transitional Atlanta neighborhoods located in the West End, near the new stadium.
Robert Gibbs
President, Gibbs Planning Group
Profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land, Gibbs has, writes The Atlantic Monthly, “a commercial sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown-renewal efforts.” He is also a recognized leader in the New Urbanism, having pioneered the implementation of its environmentally sustainable principles of Traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth. For the past 25 years, Gibbs has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 400 town centers and historic cities here and abroad. He also planned Michigan’s first ten New Urban communities and Form Based Codes. A speaker at the First Congress of the New Urbanism in 1992 and eight subsequent CNUs, Gibbs lectures frequently throughout the country. He is the author of "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" and the SmartCode "Retail Module," and has contributed articles to numerous books and publications. For the past 20 years, he has taught “Urban Retail Planning” in the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2012, Gibbs was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions to urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand for his planning innovations. Before Gibbs founded GPG in 1988, he gained invaluable expertise in retail planning by advising shopping center developers on the psychology of commerce—the practical science of analyzing and adjusting all elements known to affect a shopper's mood in the marketplace. From this experience, Gibbs distilled the fundamental retail and merchandising principles for reviving retail in moribund downtowns and for instilling successful commerce in new ones. Gibbs serves as GPG’s president, supervising all operations, planning, and research.
Stephanie Gidigbi
Senior Advisor, National Resources Defense Council
Stephanie Gidigbi champions public policy solutions that promote economic, social, and environmental benefits for communities. She directs the policy, capacity, and systems change function for the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), a $90 million initiative advancing equitable infrastructure investment. Gidigbi previously served as a political appointee for President Obama and advanced the administration’s economic opportunity agenda at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She worked on Capitol Hill for several years. Gidigbi brings more than a decade of international, federal, state, and local government experience to NRDC's Urban Solutions team. She has a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and based in Washington, D.C.
Dr. John I. Gilderbloom
Professor, Department of Urban & Public Affairs , University of Louisville
Dr. John I. "Hans" Gilderbloom is a Professor in the Graduate Planning, Public Administration, Public Health, and Urban Affairs program at the University of Louisville, where he also directs the highly lauded Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods (http://sun.louisville.edu). The author of numerous books, including Chromatic Homes: The Joy of Color in Historic Places (University of Kentucky Press, 2018), Dr.Gilderbloom is considered one of the most influential figures in urban affairs with an emphasis on sustainability, housing, health, and transportation. Since 1976 he has been credited as a major player in getting passed and defending the enactment of tenant protections against unfair evictions and unreasonable rents in over 125 cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and over 100 New Jersey cities. His research on the housing and transportation needs of the disabled and elderly was instrumental provided a justification for Congress passing Americans Disability Act according to Planning Magazine. Dr. Gilderbloom has also showed how to partner up with non-profits, government, developers and banks in creating and renovating attractive, affordable, and sustainable homes in cities. He has also linked this success to traffic calming by converting fast multi-lane one way streets into calmer two-way for greater walkability, biking, and transit use. Dr. Gilderbloom also argues the need to empower poor citizens to demand and act to create livable neighborhoods by cleaning up graffiti, litter, and painting homes to encourage neighborhood regeneration. Dr. Gilderbloom was also an effective advocate for ending the U.S. Embargo of Cuba testifying in the US Senate and writing about the harsh situation. Finally, Dr. Gilderbloom's research has encouraged cities to take a more active role in reducing air, water and ground pollution that will improve life span, prosperity, housing, and health.
Mark Gillem
Professor Architecture, University of Oregon
Professor Mark L. Gillem teaches architecture and urban design through a joint appointment in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is the director of the PhD Program, the University of Oregon’s Urban Design Lab, and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. His teaching and research focus is on sustainable urbanism, which is an ecological approach to building that integrates architectural and landscape design with socio-cultural and environmental needs. In addition, he conducts post-occupancy evaluations of buildings and urban spaces using qualitative and quantitative methods. In the studio, he challenges students to balance theory and practice through the use of participatory methods in order to foster collaboration in the shaping of sustainable urban form.
Dan Gilmartin
Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League
Dan Gilmartin is the executive director & CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. Through his work with communities, Dan is recognized as a national leader in the fields of urban revitalization, placemaking, local government reform, and transportation policy. Under his leadership, the League was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as a “Cool Place to Work” in 2011. Model D Media recently referred to him as “an urban thinker with an eye for the small, oft-unnoticed changes that can make ‘places’ out of streets and buildings.” Dan serves on the Placemaking Leadership Council and previously served on the Michigan Future, Inc. Leadership Council and the board of directors of the National League of Cities. Prior to his current position, Dan served for four years as the lead advocate for Michigan’s communities in Lansing and in Washington, where he concentrated on a number of key issues including transportation, land use, and urban redevelopment. In 2010, Dan added radio talk show host to his resume as host of The Prosperity Agenda on News/Talk 760 WJR, which is Michigan’s highest-rated talk station and can be heard throughout the Midwest and Canada. He is a frequent blogger and a contributing author to the books The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People and the recent followup Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities. Dan is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to cities and villages. In 2012, he was selected as the Strategic Association Leader of the Year by the Michigan Society of Association Executives. Dan is a Michigan kid, a Detroit native (and booster) and currently resides in the historic downtown of Northville, Michigan with his wife Lori and two young sons.
David Gobel
Professor of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design
David Gobel is a Professor of Architectural History at the Savannah College of art and Design, teaching classes for over twenty years in the history of cities and gardens, Modern and Renaissance architecture and the classical tradition. He has spent much of that time thinking about, studying, lecturing and writing about Savannah. Dr. Gobel is one of five co-authors of the Buildings of Savannah guidebook published by University of Virginia Press in 2016 and is currently preparing a manuscript called “Learning from Savannah,” together with colleague Robin Williams.
 
E. Stephen Goldie
City Planning Advisor, Al Ain City, Abu Dhabi Dept of Municipal Affairs
Stephen Goldie has over thirty-five years’ experience in urban planning and design, more than twenty years of this at executive level. His urban planning and design experience ranges from regional and metropolitan strategy to complex inner-city design, from high-level policy and legislation to seemingly intractable local disputes, and from detailed urban design to complex management issues. Many of these projects have been distinguished by awards, but more importantly, more than fifty of the projects that he has led, or for which he was the senior planner, are either built or being implemented. As well as being a leading Australian New Urbanist, Stephen is also a published researcher and thinker on the impacts of artificial intelligence and robotics on cities and the application of those technologies to the planning and design of cities. Currently, Stephen is employed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities as City Planning Advisor to Al Ain, the garden city of the Emirates, in order to continue the development of Al Ain as a liveable and sustainable city.
 
Jenna Goldman
Partner & Director of Development,
Jenna Goldman manages internal development projects from inception through completion. She oversees and coordinates architecture, engineering and construction consultants and participates in equity raising and new acquisition. Jenna was previously an associate at the Continuum Company in New York. Jenna was raised in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. She received a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University 2007.
Steven Goldner Mills
Sales Executive, Coast Tropical
Steven is a marketing professional and entrepreneur with special focus in the U.S. Produce Industry, Central American farming operations, and Honduran real estate development business. He has a B.A. in International Management with emphasis in Finance from Franklin College Switzerland. He practiced as a FINRA & Florida licensed financial advisor for several years. In the U.S. Produce Business his focus has been Key Retail Management and Business Development, initiating and developing partnerships with leading US Retailers including Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, ALDI Inc. and Wal-Mart. On the farming side he built a 200 acre farming operation in Honduras for the cultivation of Sweet Potatoes, squashes, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables, which are then exported to Europe & The United States. He is currently Vice President & Partner of Alder Farms S.A., which operates the farming business. In the real estate business, Steven is member of the board of the family-owned real estate company which has developed multiple projects in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. The most recent of these include a 100-acre, 115 lot high end residential community as well as two 18 story, 52-unit residential apartment towers.
Vaughnette Goode Walker
Director, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
Vaughnette Goode-Walker established Footprints of Savannah Walking Tour Company, in 2009, to educate visitors and local residents about the rich and diverse history of Savannah. She is currently the Director at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. In 2014, she conducted the research necessary to re-interpret the King-Tisdell Cottage, a Black History House Museum, in Savannah. Goode-Walker is the former director of Cultural Diversity of the Telfair Museums. She also worked as Assistant Curator of Education at the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House to introduce the social history of its former inhabitants — white and black; men, women and children; free and enslaved. Goode-Walker’s research skills are extensive. She is co-author of the book series Civil War Savannah, which includes Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane, a history of urban slavery in Savannah. The book received the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, 2012 Archives Award for Excellence in Research. In addition to her experiences with public history, Goode-Walker worked as a broadcast journalist for ABC Radio/TV, CNN, and CNN International. She is a renowned poet whose first poetry collection, Going Home, was published in Spring 2010. Goode – Walker also taught History at St. Vincent’s Academy, in Savannah, her alma mater.
 
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Elka Gotfryd
Senior Associate, Project for Public Spaces
At Project for Public Spaces, Elka Gotfryd is a project manager on the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community team, manager of the pioneering Sound Places program in partnership with Chamber Music America. Elka brings integrated, trans-disciplinary strategies to urban and rural challenges, bridging her diverse professional experiences that have included community development, design and management of public space, transportation systems, economic development, and