Speakers

SECTION TWO // SPEAKERS

Speakers

The EcoDistricts Summit has earned a global reputation for attracting a diverse selection of speakers from around the world, representing a wide range of perspectives and expertise within the urban regeneration industry. Here is a sampling of the speakers we were privileged to draw at the 2016 Summit.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Keynotes

Ryan Gravel

AUTHOR, WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE

Opening Keynote: Where We Want to Live

Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch. His master’s thesis launched the Atlanta Beltline, which through fifteen years of progress, is now changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Alongside other projects at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, Ryan’s book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), investigates this cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

 

Rob Bennett

CEO, ECODISTRICTS

Morning Keynote: The Vibrant(Cities) Movement

Rob is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with 20 years of experience shaping sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development and environmental policy. Prior to launching EcoDistricts, Rob was the Executive Director of the Portland Sustainability Institute, a nonprofit founded to accelerate sustainability policy and project innovation in Portland and worked for the Clinton Foundation supporting climate action in North American. Rob has also worked for the cities of Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC developing g catalytic development projects such as Lloyd Crossing (now the Lloyd Ecodistrict in Portland), Brewery Blocks (Portland), South Waterfront (Portland), and the 2010 Olympic Village (Vancouver).

 

L. Hunter Lovins

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER, NATURAL CAPITAL SOLUTIONS

Closing Keynote

A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter Lovins has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security and climate policies for myriad governments, communities and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies. Hunter believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet. She has devoted herself to building teams that can create and implement practical and affordable solutions to the problems facing us in creating a sustainable future. Hunter has co-authored fifteen books, including Natural Capitalism, Climate Capitalism, and Creating a Lean and Green Business System.

 

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Plenary Speakers

Julian Agyeman, PhD

PROFESSOR, URBAN & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING, TUFTS UNIVERSITY

Session: The Interconnected Neighborhood

Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He was co-founder in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts in the same year. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. His publications, numbering over 160, include books such as Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005) and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press 2015).

 

Erin Barnes

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, IOBY

Session: The Civic Innovation Revolution

Erin Barnes is the co-founder and CEO of ioby, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform for neighborhood change. Using ioby, citizen leaders have raised more than $2.5 million to make neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. Prior to founding ioby, Erin covered environmental issues as a journalist, and was a community organizer in the Pacific Northwest. Erin earned a master's in environmental management from Yale, and a BA in English / American Studies from UVA. She serves on the boards of EcoDistricts and Resource Media. She was the recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation.

 

Keith Bowers

Keith Bowers

PRESIDENT, BIOHABITATS

Session: Mile High ZED

For nearly three decades, Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design. As the founder and president of Biohabitats. Keith has built a multidisciplinary organization focused on regenerative design – the blurring of boundaries between conservation planning, ecological restoration and sustainable design. His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland and coastal habitat restoration to regional watershed management and conservation planning, to the development of comprehensive sustain ability programs for communities and campuses throughout the country.

 

Bill Carson

VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY IMPACT STRATEGY, INFUSE™ GROUP, US BANCORP CDC

Session: Catalytic Placemaking that Changes Cities

Bill Carson leads USBCDC's infUSe™ CDFI Business Development, focused on partnerships with Community Development Financing Institutions, which provide capital to create jobs, finance real estate, and improve disinvested communities. Previously, he led sustainability for the McCormack Baron Salazar Companies and was President of MBS Sunwheel Energy, leading MBS to become a top developer of green, urban communities. Bill is a LEED-AP BD+C and Cornell Engineering grad and holds master’s degrees in Engineering from Washington University. Beyond EcoDistricts, he serves several other nonprofit boards and is passionate about using sustainability strategies to reduce environmental impact and improve community outcomes.

 

Nicole Dalmy

GENERAL MANAGER, DENVER REGION, ZIPCAR

Session: The Interconnected Neighborhood

Nicole Dalmy leads operations of the Denver metro area for Zipcar, including strategy, sales and marketing, customer service and operations and business development with government agencies, corporate clients and consumers. Prior to Zipcar, she was an account executive at multiple business and technology firms, including Stratera, one of the leading client-centric service providers of technology solutions, and AT&T.

 

David Driskell

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PLANNING, HOUSING AND SUSTAINABILITY, CITY OF BOULDER

Session: Mile High ZED

David Driskell is the Executive Director of Planning, Housing and Sustainability for the City of Boulder, where he integrates the city's long-range planning with historic preservation, ecological planning, economic vitality, regional sustainability, and local environmental action. Previously, he served as the UNESCO Chair for "Growing Up in Cities" at Cornell University and as principal in the firm of Baird+Driskell Community Planning. He has led and managed award-winning planning projects in dozens of cities in California, Oregon, New York, and New Jersey and in Qatar, India and Kenya. Driskell has a long-standing commitment to community participation in planning, with a particular interest in the participation of young people. He authored the book Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth: A Manual for Participation (Earthscan/UNESCO, 2002). 

 

Michelle Eichinger

PRESIDENT, PLANNING4HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Session: DNA of a Healthy Neighborhood

Michelle Eichinger is President of Planning4Health Solutions, a health and planning consulting firm aimed to integrate health in planning and policy and develop strategies to improve health though equitable solutions. With over 10 years of experience in addressing health impact in the built environment, Michelle has been a pioneer in assessing health outcomes in planning, design and policies while providing communities with strategic direction on how to employ a Culture of Health approach to decision-making. Michelle previously worked at the CDC and the Delaware Division of Public Health addressing chronic disease prevention through policy, systems and environmental changes.

 

Chris Frampton

MANAGING PARTNER, EAST WEST PARTNERS

Session: Catalytic Placemaking that Changes Cities

As Managing Partner of the Denver location, Chris leads the area’s development and sales activities. With East West spearheading the revitalization of two urban neighborhoods, Union Station and Riverfront Park, as well as the Landmark in south Denver, Chris helps to guide the the city toward the future. Chris is a founding member and the board President for the Civic Center Conservancy, the City of Denver’s private partner at Civic Center Park. He is also board Chair for the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and a member of the Board of Governors’ for the Denver Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ismael Guerrero

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DENVER HOUSING AUTHORITY

Session: DNA of a Healthy Neighborhood

Ismael Guerrero has served as Executive Director of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) since June 2007. DHA has transformed public housing in Denver, creating vibrant, sustainable, mixed-income communities of choice. Current initiatives include the Mariposa District and the Sun Valley Choice Neighborhood Initiatives, both TOD communities along the new West Line light rail corridor. Ismael earned an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Previous housing experience includes leadership positions with: U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation, Mercy Housing Southwest, Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing, and the Resurrection Project in Chicago.

 

Glenn Harris

PRESIDENT, CENTER FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION

Session: The Civic Innovation Revolution

Glenn Harris has been working on issues of race and social justice for over twenty years. He has worked with community groups, foundations, and government agencies dedicated to building a more democratic, and racially equitable society. Glenn is the President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization that works to eliminate structural barriers to opportunity for communities of color. Previously, Glenn worked as the Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative. Glenn’s work in the City of Seattle also included the establishment of the Seattle Office of the Community Police Commission.

 

Tamara Jones

PRESIDENT, EVIDENT IMPACT, LLC

Session: DNA of a Healthy Neighborhood

Tamara Jones' skill at guiding diverse organizations through effective planning and implementation led to her being honored as a 2011 White House Champion of Change. Her work in the sustainable food and farm sector focuses on driving community transformation by leading related community-based organizations through robust and impactful planning, evaluation, and program management. She also brings experience in the government and nonprofit sectors where she served in the offices of Houston and Atlanta mayors overseeing a diverse range of programs and policy.

 

George Karayannis

VICE PRESIDENT, CITYNOW TEAM, PANASONIC USA

Session: Mile High ZED

George Karayannis has over 25 years of experience in emerging technology and sustainable solutions sales, business development, and marketing leadership. George currently leads Panasonic’s CityNOW team in North America. Previously, he served as VP of U.S. Smart City Solutions for Schneider Electric, led Smart Grid Business Development at Lockheed Martin and Trimble, managed New Service Strategy at AT&T, helped launch wireless startups, co-founded a grassroots nonprofit organization developing sustainable national energy policy, and served as a town councilman. George has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a BA from the University of Dayton, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

 

Gülgün Kayim

DIRECTOR, ARTS, CULTURE & CREATIVE ECONOMY

Session: The Civic Innovation Revolution

Gülgün Kayim, joined the City of Minneapolis August 2011 as the Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Previously she was the Assistant Director of the Bush Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program and the University of Minnesota’s Public Art on Campus Coordinator. She has consulted extensively on site-specific performance, public art and artist professional development. Gülgün is a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Minneapolis based site-specific performance collective, Skewed Visions. Her work has been recognized through a number of local, national and international awards grants and fellowships and seen in the US, London, Cyprus and Russia. She holds an MA in Intercultural Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and BA in Theatre and Film from the University of Middlesex, London. Kayim also teaches in the Dept. of the Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.

 

Dr. Chuck Kutscher

DIRECTOR, BUILDINGS & THERMAL SYSTEMS CENTER, NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY 

Session: Mile High ZED

Dr. Chuck Kutscher is Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served as the Society’s Chair in 2000 and 2001. He led the ASES study, "Tackling Climate Change in the U.S.," which details how energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce U.S carbon emissions. His Center is extending its expertise in zero energy buildings to zero energy districts, which involves assisting 4 new districts and developing a model called URBANopt to aid city planners.

 

Rohit Malhotra

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR CIVIC INNOVATION

Session: The Civic Innovation Revolution

Rohit Malhotra is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta. He served as an Ash Innovation Fellow in the White House Office of Management and Budget, focused on social impact bonds. He is the youngest serving member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in recent history. Rohit was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 30 Under 30 and awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship. Rohit earned his B.A. from Emory University and M.P.P. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 

Aylene McCallum

DIRECTOR, DOWNTOWN ENVIRONMENT, DOWNTOWN DENVER PARTNERSHIP

Session: The Interconnected Neighborhood

Aylene McCallum has worked at the Downtown Denver Partnership since 2006 and currently holds the role of Director, Downtown Environment. In that capacity, Aylene leads the Partnership's transportation outreach, transportation advocacy, downtown research and the Urban Exploration program – a best practices trip that takes more than 100 of Downtown Denver’s public and private sector leaders to other cities across the country. Aylene lives with her husband and two children in southeast Denver where she spends her weekends balancing never-ending errands with fun stuff like teaching her son how to ride a bike.

 

Michelle Moore

CEO, GROUNDSWELL

Session: Mile High ZED

Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power to connect low and moderate income communities with affordable clean energy through place-based programs in equitable community solar and energy efficiency. A social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in rural Georgia, Michelle is a relentless agent for change. Her accomplishments range from helping build the global green building movement to leading the sustainability team for the Obama Administration.

 

Tony Pickett

VP, MASTER SITE DEVELOPMENT, URBAN LAND CONSERVANCY

Session: The Interconnected Neighborhood

Tony Pickett is a LEED accredited professional with over 25 years of real estate experience in planning, financing and implementation of large scale urban redevelopment initiatives. As V.P. of Master Site Development for the Urban Land Conservancy, Tony leads planning, financing and construction of multiple equitable transit oriented development initiatives, complementing the $7.2B Denver FasTracks regional transit system. Tony is the co-creator of Denver’s 303 ArtWay vision; a new 9-mile urban bike/ped cultural arts trail, linking multiple ULC real estate investments and underserved communities across Northeast Denver to the new A-Line commuter rail "Corridor of Opportunity."

 

Susan Powers

PRESIDENT, URBAN VENTURES, LLC
 Session: Catalytic Placemaking that Changes Cities
 
Susan Powers is President of Urban Ventures, LLC, a Denver real estate development company that has built multiple mixed income and mixed use projects in and around downtown Denver over the past 17 years with a focus on creating healthy communities with sustaining value. She is involved in the redevelopment of a former convent property into a model mixed income, healthy neighborhood at Aria Denver. She is also leading the STEAM on the Platte development
of an adaptive reuse of a former industrial property. She serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Health and Hospital, and Downtown Denver Inc.

 

Jeff Risom

US MANAGING DIRECTOR, GEHL INSTITUTE
Session: The Interconnected Neighborhood 
 
As managing director of Gehl's US offices, Jeff is driven by a passion to make real change. He leads cross-disciplinary teams, finding the most fulfillment when he can act as curator, advocate, and student all in one. Jeff brings to projects the ability to simultaneously plan big strategic moves while keeping focus on the eye-level experience. In an effort to make real change in cities, he is leading Gehl to craft thriving, dynamic public spaces and facilitate new city-making processes via their evidence-based design methodology.

 

Nathan Stodola

VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE

Session: DNA of a Healthy Neighborhood

Nathan Stodola leads the product development team at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). This group develops the WELL Building Standard, certification and process guidebooks, WELLography educational materials, and WELL AP credentialing program. Prior to being named Vice President at IWBI, he worked as Executive Director at Delos Labs with a focus on how light intensity, spectrum, and concentration affect visual comfort and the body’s circadian rhythms. Nathan holds Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering (Columbia University) and transportation engineering (City College). He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Union College, and minored in music.

 

Katie Swenson

VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL DESIGN INITIATIVES, ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Session: DNA of a Healthy Neighborhood

Katie Swenson is a national leader in sustainable design for low-income communities. Katie oversees National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., directing the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship. After completing her own Enterprise Rose Fellowship, Katie founded the Charlottesville Community Design Center and led it to establish an acclaimed international design competition. Katie also co-authored the book “Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model.” Named an emerging leader by the Design Futures Council, Katie is also listed among Steelcase’s prestigious Green Giants. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California-Berkeley and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.

 

Dace West

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MILE HIGH CONNECTS

Session: The Interconnected Neighborhood

 Dace West is the Executive Director of Mile High Connects, providing leadership and partner support around the organization’s research, policy advocacy, organizing, grantmaking and integration efforts. Prior to her work at Mile High Connects, Dace served as the Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, an office created by Denver’s Mayor in 2004 to serve as a liaison between the City and its nonprofit sector. With a background as a community organizer, a ten year history in the nonprofit sector and five years of work in the public sector, Dace’s professional career has been devoted to pulling together diverse partners across a variety of issues to work toward common, comprehensive goals and create real change for stronger communities.

 

Kyle Zeppelin

PRINCIPAL, ZEPPELIN DEVELOPMENT

Session: Catalytic Placemaking that Changes Cities

Kyle Zeppelin is recognized as an innovative developer of communities in the urban core of
Denver. Over the past decade, Kyle's focus has been on transforming the underused, former industrial area of RiNo into a mixed-use neighborhood. Kyle led the leasing, design and construction of The Source, a new kind of urban market set in an 1880s iron foundry building. On a community level, Kyle’s broader social efforts are directed toward improving pedestrian and bike infrastructure and connectivity, advocating for the reclamation of the Platte River in RiNo, and meaningful design in Denver’s built environment.

 

STUDIO SPEAKERS

Studio Session Speakers

Nwamaka Agbo

NEXT ECONOMY INNOVATION FELLOW, MOVEMENT STRATEGY CENTER

Session: Right to Root Recipe: Overcoming the Push/Pull Factors of Displacement through Equitable Development

Nwamaka brings over 10 years of experience in working on social and economic justice issues and campaigns that support the sustainable and equitable development of thriving communities as the Next Economy Innovation Fellow for the Movement Strategy Center. She is currently the Project Coordinator for Restore Oakland - the effort to create a restorative economics and restorative justice Center in East Oakland. Nwamaka is also the lead consultant
on Democratizing Capital East Bay - an initiative to create a community-governed Patient Capital Fund to serve impacted communities in their struggle to catalyze a just transition to the next economy.

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Antwi Akom

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, I-SEEED

Session: Right to Root Recipe: Overcoming the Push/Pull Factors of Displacement through Equitable Development

Antwi Akom, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health and STEM Education at San Francisco State University and is the Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), which focuses on building sustainable cities and schools. Professor Akom has collaborated with schools, community groups, policy makers and researchers to improve living conditions of poor people of color in the Bay area and around the world. He is internationally recognized for his work on culturally and community responsive STEM pedagogy. His forthcoming books are "Building Sustainable Cities and Schools" and "Ameritocracy: The Environmental Determinants of Educational Success."

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Adam Beck

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SMART CITIES COUNCIL AUSTRALIAN NEW ZEALAND

Session: Smart Districts Powering Sustainable Cities

Adam has spent more than 20 years influencing infrastructure and urban regeneration projects across the world. Most recently, as Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, Adam was central to the design of new model of sustainable urban regeneration that was built using a collective impact framework. During this time, he worked in more than 35 cities, advancing collaborative governance outcomes, integrated performance assessment processes and investment roadmaps. Previously, Adam was Executive Director of the Green Building Council of Australia, where he was chief architect of the Green Star – Communities rating tool. He was also an Associate at global consulting firm Arup. Adam was also lecturer and studio lead for the University of Queensland’s social impact assessment program. Adam co-founded of the Queensland Division of the International Association for Public Participation Australasia. 

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Scott Bernstein

PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER, CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY (CNT)

Session: Beyond TIF: A Finance Model for the Phoenix Gateway and Beyond

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. Prior to founding CNT, 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. He also helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation and a Board Member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Congress for the New Urbanism. He studied at Northwestern University and served on the research staff of the Center for Urban Affairs. He has taught at UCLA and was a founding Board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center.

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Scott Bevan

PRINCIPAL, PAE ENGINEERS

Session: Water Infrastructure: Triumphs and Tears

An innovative engineer and skillful project manager, Scott has provided expertise for over a dozen LEED projects and two that have achieved Net Zero Energy. This experience gives him unique insight into holistic design, and exceptional knowledge of systems integration. From master planning and campus infrastructure systems like geothermal and rainwater reclamation for the Oregon Zoo, to the Bullitt Center, the largest commercial Living Building in the world, Scott understands how all aspects of design contribute to projects' long-term environmental impact. Scott is a Registered Professional Engineer in 7 states, and a member of the national Electrical Engineering Honor Society.

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Laureen Boles

FOUNDER, E4PROGRESS PLANNING AND ENGINEER, LLC

Session: A Just Transition to Clean Energy and Climate Resilience

Laureen Boles, founder of E4Progress Planning and Engineering, has co-authored public-private partnerships on green infrastructure and green jobs, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and environmental justice and climate change. She presented comments on the President's Climate Plan, specifically with regard to the intersection of clean energy and environmental justice. Her academic experience includes teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and Cheyney Universities. With the Philadelphia Planning Commission as a client, her students developed several Philadelphia neighborhood plans. She has also consulted with the American Institute of Architects on neighborhood plans for New Orleans, Louisiana and Augusta, Georgia.

Hazel Borys

PRINCIPAL, PLACEMAKERS, LLC

Session: Beyond TIF: a Finance Model for the Phoenix Gateway and Beyond

Hazel Borys is Principal of Placemakers, LLC. She is an electrical engineer with an MBA, ran a road-building company in Ohio, and was Mergers and Acquisitions Manager for American Electric Power. As PlaceMakers’ President, Hazel guides governments through zoning reforms — encouraging walkable, mixed-use, resilient places — and helps developers build under the increasingly prevalent form-based codes of the new economy. She’s the principal author of the Codes Study, which tracks the annual implementation of form based codes. These codes now are in force in US places with a combined population of 12 million, ranging down to villages and hamlets.

Matthijs Bouw

FOUNDER, ONE ARCHITECTURE

Session: Stories from across the Pond: Successful Urban Regeneration in Europe

Matthijs Bouw is a Dutch architect and urbanist and founder of One Architecture (est. 1995), an award-winning Amsterdam and New York-based design and planning firm. He is the Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. In New York City, the office co-leads the BIG Team that won the Rebuild by Design competition for the flood protection of Manhattan, and is currently part of multi-disciplinary teams executing the resulting projects. In the Netherlands, One are part of the "Hackable City" team for Buiksloterham, a large scale brownfield redevelopment in Amsterdam-Noord based on the principles of the circular economy.

Jeb Brugmann

MANAGING PARTNER, THE NEXT PRACTICE

Session: Resilience Planning at the District Scale

Jeb Brugmann is a social enterprise and sustainability consultant and innovation process expert for business, government, and the non-profit sector. He has been internationally recognized for his contributions to the establishment of the fields of urban sustainability planning, local climate action planning and ‘base of the pyramid’ business development. Jeb designed the Resilience Zone planning approach with Ceres, ClimateWise and ICLEI USA. Jeb is the founder & former Secretary General of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, where he established the organization’s major climate action planning & urban sustainability planning programs. Jeb is a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge (UK) Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

 

Katharine Burgess

DIRECTOR, URBAN RESILIENCE, URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

Session: Finding a Common Language: Performance Metrics for Key Stakeholders

As Director of Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, Katharine leads ULI’s Urban Resilience Program. An urban planner with twelve years of experience, she has practiced in the US, UK and Germany, with global project work. She began her career at Duany Plater-Zyberk, where she managed post-Katrina charrettes. Her work since has included urban masterplans, campus plans and a new town for 10,000 people, all designed to encourage pedestrian activity and use of the public realm. Her research has focused on landscape performance for the Landscape Architecture Foundation and international policy for the Robert Bosch Foundation.

 

Claudia Carol

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN, GENSLER

Session: Healthy Neighborhoods, Designed

Claudia Carol, AIA LEED AP ND, is a firm-wide planning and urban practice area leader at Gensler, the global design firm. She has received significant recognition for her work including awards from AIA and APA. She uses planning and design strategies for social good, particularly as it relates to wellness as exemplified in the Willowbrook Wellness Community Vision Plan. Currently, her projects include a new port town in the Amazon of Ecuador, exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and a regional infrastructure development plan in Haiti to be exhibited at Habitat III in Quito, both new models of sustainability.
 

Anna Cawrse

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER, DESIGN WORKSHOP

Session: Finding a Common Language: Performance Metrics for Key Stakeholders

With a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s GSD and a BLA from Colorado State University, Anna practices a passion for sustainability through the incorporation of metrics into designs, ranging from urban planning to small parks. Anna has been involved with and managed a number of design projects that tackle the complexity of urban design, while weighing the project’s impact on local communities, the environment, and regional economics. These projects include: Denver's Sun Valley EcoDistrict; Dominion Bridge, a public realm project in Calgary; and Connecting Auraria, a planning effort to better connect Auraria's Campus to Downtown Denver.

Margaret Cederoth

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, WSP PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF 

Session: Leveraging an Ecodistrict: Assets, Financing, Energy & Tools

Margaret Cederoth is an urban planner with almost two decades of experience working in the areas of transportation and sustainability planning, land use, and international planning. Her expertise includes sustainability strategies for transportation infrastructure projects, new starts transit planning and funding submittals, master planning infrastructure programs, evaluation of infrastructure projects against sustainability metrics, including Envision and GRESB, environmental planning and NEPA documentation, as well as international urban development throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Margaret currently manages the Sustainability Program for California High Speed Rail and leads corporate sustainability for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in the US.

Lisa Chen

URBAN PLANNER, SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Session: Ecodistrict Live and Learn / Try and Tell

Lisa Chen is a long-range planner at the San Francisco Planning Department, working on issues such as: sustainable neighborhood planning, community development, active transportation, and fiscal analysis. Some of her projects include: the Transportation Sustainability Program, the Healthcare Services Master Plan, and the Green Connections Plan. Previously, Lisa worked at ChangeLab Solutions, where she provided technical assistance to government and community stakeholders nationally on policy strategies to support public health. She has also worked at organizations focused on youth development and sustainable food systems. Lisa holds a dual Master's degree from UC Berkeley in city planning and public health.

Catherine Cox Blair

SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR, URBAN SOLUTIONS, NRDC

Session: Taking the High Road: Integrating Social Values with Infrastructure Projects

Catherine Cox Blair provides communities with technical assistance and expertise regarding city-led innovation and the forging of private-public partnerships. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked at Reconnecting America, where she managed sustainable-development projects in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, and Atlanta and helped plan and implement communities anchored by mass transit. She has also worked as a planner for the city of Denver. Blair is a commissioner of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s from the University of Virginia. She is based in Denver.

 

Paul Byron Crane

PRINCIPAL, ATELIER CRANE

Session: Stories from across the Pond: Successful Urban Regeneration in Europe

Paul Byron Crane is a Landscape Architect with over 30 years' experience nested in Whole Systems Design, community engagement and urban regeneration in the context of sustainable urban design. He specializes providing comprehensive environmental analysis and design solutions to complex, multi-disciplined teams in the preparation of ecological, terrestrial and cultural restoration plans. Paul led charettes developing designs for Seattle's central waterfront, open space planning through Open Space 2100, and Seattle Center's Century 21 masterplan. He brings sustainable design ideas from fact-finding trips as far afield as Tokyo, Malmö and Copenhagen.

 

Barbara Deutsch

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION

Session: Finding a Common Language: Performance Metrics for Key Stakeholders

Barbara Deutsch is the Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Bringing ten years of award-winning IBM marketing experience, she was influential in the development of LAF's award-winning Landscape Performance Series. Prior to LAF she served as Associate Director for BioRegional’s OnePlanet Communities program in Washington, DC. As Senior Director of Casey Trees, Barbara was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant “The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC.” Barbara earned an MLA from University of Washington and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Judy Dorsey

PRESIDENT & PRINCIPLE ENGINEER, BRINDLE GROUP

Session: Taking the High Road

Judy offers 22 years of leadership in sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She has led the completion of more than 300 sustainability projects across 30 states, including more than a dozen energy plans for some of the nation’s most progressive communities and major cities. Over the past 19 years, Judy has grown Brendle Group’s six practice areas and four sectors into an award-winning consulting group. She also co-founded the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and helped spearhead two of its primary initiatives − the International Cleantech Network and FortZED, an initiative to create one of the world’s largest active net zero energy districts. Judy is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 U.S. Senate Certificate of Special Recognition as a Leader in Engineering Sustainable Change, the 2012 M.I.T Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Award and is currently featured at the Smithsonian Institution’s Places of Invention exhibit.

Melissa Dumond

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & INTEGRATION, CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY

Session: Leveraging an Ecodistrict: Assets, Financing, Energy & Tools

As the Director of Planning and Integration at the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Melissa DuMond is responsible for coordinating high-speed rail station area development and overseeing the Authority's integration and planning programs with other rail providers. Prior to joining the Authority, Melissa worked in the private sector as a planning professional and environmental practitioner and as Southwest Regional Manager for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration. Melissa obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Master’s degrees in natural resources policy and public administration.

 

Lisa Fisher

URBAN PLANNER, SUSTAINABLE CITY TEAM, SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING

Session: Ecodistrict Live and Learn / Try and Tell

Lisa brings over 12 years of experience in international and local planning, focused on sustainable urban regeneration. As part of the San Francisco Planning Department's Sustainable City Team she is helping develop a citywide framework and several district-scale projects in major growth areas, and is part of the City's Sea Level Rise Action Plan team. Prior, as an Associate Principal with AECOM (legacy EDAW) for ten years, she served as project manager and urban / sustainability planner for numerous significant master planning projects in Latin and North America. In general, her work centers on inter-disciplinary/departmental, systems-based approaches to complex urban issues.

 

Bobby Godsey

EV PROGRAM SPECIALIST, AUSTIN ENERGY

Session: Smart Districts Powering Sustainable Cities

Bobby Godsey is the project lead for the Austin Seaholm EcoDistrict’s Electric Drive project to showcase sustainable transportation. He also leads the utility’s EV multi-family program, its award-winning EV marketing campaign, and is a featured community and industry speaker.

Cat Goughnour

FOUNDER & LEAD EQUITY CONSULTANT, RADIX CONSULTING GROUP, LLC

Session: Right to Root Recipe: Overcoming the Push/Pull Factors of Displacement through Equitable Development

Cat Goughnour is a rural-born Oregon human rights advocate with a specialization in equity policy. She holds an MSc Sociology: Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2009); and a BA Liberal Arts: Social and Political Philosophy from Portland State University (2008). She is founder and lead equity consultant for radix consulting group, llc., a human rights and social justice consulting organization innovating multi-systemic, sustainable and equitable Public Health interventions to foster community cohesion and empowerment. She works to help Oregon communities understand the ways issues of diversity, inclusion and equity affect all of us. 

Deb Guenther

PARTNER, MITHUN

Session: Finding a Common Language: Performance Metrics for Key Stakeholders

As a partner and landscape architect at Mithun, Deb is interested in the role of the public realm in our cities - how it connects people with their surroundings and each other. Deb's  range of work allows her to make strategic connections and create new partnerships that strengthen projects. Clients benefit from her dedication to integrating policy, practice and design through her understanding of national trends and relationships with other national leaders. Deb is a regular speaker at conferences such as Greenbuild, Living Futures, and the Urban Land Institute. Nationally recognized for her leadership on green infrastructure and ecosystem service issues, she was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Presidents Medal in 2010.

Scott Hergenrader

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, I3 INTEGRATION LLC

Session: Taking the High Road

Scott Hergenrader is an engineering and construction executive with more than 30 years of experience leading the planning and execution of major capital programs in more than 20 countries worldwide. He has held leadership roles in business and program development, operations and portfolio management, program and project management, construction management, contract administration and project controls. A certified project management professional, Scott has been responsible for the implementation of more than $20 billion in capital infrastructure programs in the last 15 years.  He is currently managing the $575 Million Better Denver Bond Program, including over 380 capital projects touching and improving neighborhoods and communities spanning the entire city of Denver.

Jocelyn Hittle

DIRECTOR, DENVER PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Session: Leading Energy System Transformations in the Mile High City and Beyond

Jocelyn is CSU's Director of Denver Program Development and is focused on the University's role in the National Western Center redevelopment. The redevelopment will activate this site for food systems and sustainability research, public-private collaboration, education, and cultural events. Jocelyn ensures CSU’s Denver projects are sustainability showcases, and she sits on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council. Prior to joining CSU, Jocelyn worked for PlaceMatters, the Orton Family Foundation, and the Sightline Institute. She has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Zaheen Hussain

SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR, BOROUGH OF MILLVALE

Session: Bottom Up Community Activation for District-Scale Success

A native of Bangladesh and a Pittsburgh transplant by way of Connecticut, Zaheen serves as Millvale's Sustainability Coordinator. Supported by the Millvale Community Library, Zaheen is a shared community resource that helps advance Millvale's EcoDistrict goals in the areas of food, water, energy, mobility, air quality, and equity. Prior to his work in Millvale, Zaheen worked on various sustainability initiatives as a Project Manager at GTECH Strategies. Focusing primarily on Energy Efficiency, Zaheen helped lead the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition, where he worked to increase demand for energy efficiency services through bridging organizational partnerships and increasing community level advocacy and programming.

Evelyn Kasongo

WARD 8 NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING COORDINATOR, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OFFICE OF PLANNING

Session: Healthy Communities, Designed

Evelyn Kasongo serves as the Ward 8 Neighborhood Planning Coordinator for the District of Columbia Office of Planning. Evelyn's recent accomplishments include completion of the St. Elizabeths East Master Plan and Design Guidelines. Evelyn also leads the Sustainable Congress Heights Initiative, part of the national Target Cities Initiative, a 2-year effort to develop models for sustainable community revitalization in the form of EcoDistricts. Evelyn holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Architecture and a Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati in Community Planning. Evelyn is a member of the American Planning Association.

Charles Kelley

ASSOCIATE PARTNER, ZGF ARCHITECTS, LLP

Session: Smart Districts Powering Sustainable Cities

Charles Kelley is a senior architect and urban designer with more than 30 years of experience. As ZGF Architect’s ecodistrict and urban design initiative lead in the US and international markets, he applies the firm’s research and experience through his design leadership. Charles brings the value of integrated design to leverage multiple objectives across mobility, watershed, energy, water, land use, and open space systems that create vital and enduring community oriented projects. He is currently leading the Kashiwanoha Smart City Innovation Campus Plan in Chiba Prefecture Japan, The Beaverton Ecodistrict in Beaverton Oregon, and the SW Ecodistrict in Washington DC.

Brett KenCairn

SENIOR ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE PLANNER, CITY OF BOULDER

Session: Leading Energy System Transformations in the Mile High City and Beyond

Brett is the City of Boulder’s Senior Environment and Climate Planner. He has worked throughout the western US in community-based natural resource management and sustainable development. He is the founder or co-founder of four non-profit organizations including the Rogue Institute for Ecology and Economy, the Forest Stewardship Council, Indigenous Community Enterprises, and Veterans Green Jobs. He was also a principal in several private sector green construction and clean energy development firms. He is currently responsible for the community climate action plan and the city climate change preparation team and is a part of the city’s clean energy team.

Edward Krafcik

DIRECTOR, PARTNERSHIPS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SOOFA

Session: Smart Districts Powering Sustainable Cities

Edward Krafcik is the Director of Partnerships and Business Development at Soofa, a two year old startup spun out of MIT’s Media Lab. Soofa makes solar powered, technology enabled outdoor furniture for the mobile generation. A former landscape architect and urban planner with Design Workshop, Ed builds strategic partnerships with cities and real estate developers to use data to inform planning, design, and management decisions. He also leads product development for data applications in outdoor public spaces like parks and plazas. Ed is a long time city dweller and an advocate for technology in urban environments.

Saharnaz Mirzazad

CITY RESILIENCY SPECIALIST, ICLEI USA

Session: Resilience Planning at the District Scale

Saharnaz has over ten years of experience in Urban Planning and Design, where she explored creative solutions to help communities build resilient cities. Since 2013, Saharnaz has served as the lead staff for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, assisting 300 ICLEI member cities on the topic of climate resiliency. In addition to this role, she is managing an implementing three projects: The San Diego Sea Level Rise Regional Coastal Resilience StrategyProject, the Unite2Green Climate Equity Project, and the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative Program (CCUCC).

Christine Mondor

STRATEGIC PRINCIPAL, EVOLVEEA / PROFESSOR, CARNEGIE MELLON UNVERSITY

Session: Bottom Up Community Activation for District-Scale Success

Christine Mondor is an eternal optimist who believes that design is essential to shape a sustainable environment. She has been active internationally in shaping places, processes and organizations through her work as an architect, educator, and activist. As Strategic Principal of evolveEA, she brings creative solutions to diverse and award winning projects, including the design of buildings and landscapes, educational efforts and sustainability planning. Christine teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, serves as Board Chair for western Pennsylvania's USGBC chapter, Green Building Alliance, Chair of the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission, and serves on Penn State University's Stuckeman School Advisory Board.

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Claire Maxfield

DIRECTOR, ATELIER TEN

Session: Ecodistrict Live and Learn / Try and Tell

Claire Maxfield is a LEED Fellow and recognized leader in the environmental design and delivery of large, complex, environmentally ambitious masterplans, landscapes and buildings. She has worked intensively on campus energy target setting, water conservation planning, and carbon management. Claire holds a BA in Architectural Theory & Environmental Studies from Cornell University, and an M.Arch from Princeton University’s School of Architecture. She has taught at the Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute in New York City and is a visiting lecturer at Rural Studio, UC Berkeley and at the California College of Art.

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Pete Muñoz

SENIOR ENGINEER, BIOHABITATS

Session: Water Infrastructure: Triumphs and Tears

Pete Munoz is a licensed engineer. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
 

Melanie Nutter

PRINCIPAL, NUTTER CONSULTING, LLC

Session: Smart Districts Powering Sustainable Cities

Melanie Nutter is a consultant who provides urban sustainability and smart cities strategy for cities, foundations and companies. During her tenure as Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment from 2010-2014, San Francisco achieved an 80% waste diversion rate, reduced its carbon emissions to 14.5% below 1990 levels and was named the Greenest City in North America. From 2005-2010, Nutter served as the Deputy District Director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She also worked as a grassroots environmental organizer for Greenbelt Alliance, the Sierra Club and the PIRGs. Nutter founded and is Chair Emeritus for the Energy and Environment Circle for Full Circle Fund. She currently serves as a Board Member for EcoDistricts and the Urban Age Institute. Nutter holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northwestern University in Communications and Environmental Studies.

 

Josh Radoff

CO-FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, YR&G

Session: Water Infrastructure: Triumphs and Tears

Josh is co-founder and Principal of YR&G, a sustainability consulting company that works on a range of green building and corporate sustainability projects across the country and internationally. Josh is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, teaching classes on Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Systems. He is co-chair of the ULI Colorado Healthy Places Committee and a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee. Josh's background is in sustainable energy engineering; he holds masters degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Columbia University in New York.

 

Matt Raimi

PRINCIPAL, RAIMI+ASSOCIATES

Session: Healthy Communities, Designed

Matt Raimi has spoken and written extensively on comprehensive planning, public health, and sustainable neighborhoods. He has directed numerous general plans, specific plans, corridor and TOD plans, and healthy community plan. Recent projects include a Health Element for the City of Los Angeles’s General Plan, a toolkit for healthy communities for tAIA, General Plans for the cities of East Palo Alto, West Hollywood and Coachella and an amendment to the Washington, DC Comp Plan. Matt is a lecturer at UC Davis Extension and Planetizen. Raimi + Associates won the 2015 Emerging Planning and Design Firm of the Year from APA.

Kalima Rose

SENIOR DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE EQUITY, POLICYLINK

Session: Right to Root Recipe: Overcoming the Push/Pull Factors of Displacement through Equitable Development

Kalima Rose, Senior Director of the PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity, works with leadership to steer resources for transportation, housing, and cultural amenities to communities of opportunity. Kalima helps groups win and implement federal, state, and local resources for greater workforce participation, accessibility, and new investments that serve low-income communities and communities of color. She leads the organization’s sustainable communities work, helping implement regional equity, fair housing, and new infrastructure investments that strengthen economic resilience. With decades of economic, housing, and land-use policy expertise, she created the PolicyLink Equitable Development Toolkit, a resource that highlights best social equity practices.

Anna Rosenblum

PROJECT MANAGER, EVOLVEEA

Session: Bottom Up Community Activation for District-Scale Success

Anna thrives in the space where creativity in design, stakeholder engagement, and technical precision converge. Anna’s design work, while grounded in the practical application of sustainability principles and best practices, employs a creative approach to imagining a variety of possible futures for built environments. Anna brings a holistic perspective to evolveEA’s LEED and LBC consulting, as well as technical knowledge of sustainable operating systems. Her work specializes in sustainability consulting for existing buildings, stakeholder engagement design and urban design, including high-performing communities such as Ecodistricts.

Dr. Nicky Sheats

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR URBAN ENVIRONMENT, THOMAS EDISON STATE UNIVERSITY

Session: A Just Transition to Clean Energy and Climate Resilience

Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq., is Director of the Center for the Urban Environment at Thomas Edison State University. A leader in the environmental justice community, he is a founding member of the NJ EJ Alliance and a steering committee member of EJ Leadership Forum on Climate Change and the Coalition for Healthy Ports. Dr. Sheats is a member of US EPA’s National EJ Advisory Council and Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and NJ Clean Air Council. He is also co-organizer of the Environmental Justice and Science Initiative and the Northeast EJ Attorneys Group. Dr. Sheats received a BA in Economics from Princeton University and a J.D., MPP and Ph.D (Earth and Planetary Sciences) from Harvard University.

 

Douglass Sims

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY + FINANCE, CENTER FOR MARKET INNOVATION, NRDC

Session: A Just Transition to Clean Energy and Climate Resilience

Doug is Director of Strategy and Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council's Center for Market Innovation (CMI). In 2012 and 2013, he was instrumental in the launch of the  New York GreenBank and currently is working green banks in California and other states. Douglass also sits on the standards committee of theClimate Bonds Initiative, is a leader of the Green City Bonds coalition and is advisor on energy poverty to the Clinton GlobalInitiative. Over the past 15 years, Douglass has worked in international and national emerging markets first as a senior project finance attorney at a leading international law firm and, since 2010,at the Center for Market Innovation where he co-leads CMI and focuses on next generation energy, food, water, shelter and infrastructure investments.Douglass holds a JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Stanford University.

 

Neil Sullivan

SENIOR PLANNER, GENSLER

Session: Healthy Communities, Designed

Neil Sullivan, a senior planner with Gensler in Washington, DC, has more than 15 years of experience in urban design and landscape architecture. Working both locally and around the globe, Neil has partnered with municipalities and private clients to revitalize downtowns, commercial corridors, industrial areas and urban waterfronts. He is dedicated to striking a balance between the development and ecological systems and has become increasingly involved in the sustainable planning field. Neil received his Bachelor's in landscape architecture from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master's in landscape architecture and regional planning from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

 

Maxwell Sykes

PLANNER, INTEGRAL GROUP

Session: Leading Energy System Transformations in the Mile High City and Beyond

Maxwell combines planning, policymaking, and organizational development to help communities and organizations make progress toward their sustain ability targets. His experience includes sustainable community planning, sustainability strategizing, GHG reduction policy and program analysis, and organization and community-scale energy management strategies. He has a broad understanding of sustainability, energy, and climate issues and how to address them in the public and private sector. With degrees in business and resource management and a background in community and organizational sustainability, Maxwell’s approaches are grounded in science and economics. Focusing on collaboratively designing implementable and cost-effective solutions that make meaningful progress while being adaptable.

 

Curt Upton

CITY PLANNER, CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER

Session: Beyond TIF: a Finance Model for the Phoenix Gateway and Beyond

Curt Upton is a city planner with the City and County of Denver where his focus is on TOD implementation, citywide planning, and complete streets projects. He has over a decade of experience in urban planning within the public and private sectors. Prior to moving to Denver, Curt worked for the City of Phoenix where he managed their award-winning Transit Oriented Development program, Reinvent PHX.

 

RESEARCH FORUM SPEAKERS

Research Forum Speakers

Tatiana Bogdanova

COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH FELLOW, NATIONAL HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY, US EPA

Session: Tool Time: Translating Research into Usable Tools for Community Health

Tatiana is a communications and outreach fellow at the US EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. Her work focuses on developing translational outreach materials for EnviroAtlas tool, a collection of interactive tools for exploring the benefits families, communities, and people receive from nature or ecosystem goods and services. She is particularly interested learning about and communicating ways in which nature can provide benefits in our urban environments. Tatiana received a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master’s in Ecology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

 

Allen Brookes

RESEARCH COMPUTER SCIENTIST, US EPA NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

Session: Tool Time: Translating Research into Usable Tools for Community Health

Allen Brookes is a computer scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon. He specializes in the development of ecological simulation models and their integration within decision-support frameworks. He is a co-developer of several simulation models (HexSim, SMURF, and VELMA) that EPA is using to assess how alternative land management scenarios affect fish and wildlife populations and land-water interactions.

Tatiana Bogdanova

COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH FELLOW, NATIONAL HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY, US EPA

Session: Tool Time: Translating Research into Usable Tools for Community Health

Tatiana is a communications and outreach fellow at the US EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. Her work focuses on developing translational outreach materials for EnviroAtlas tool, a collection of interactive tools for exploring the benefits families, communities, and people receive from nature or ecosystem goods and services. She is particularly interested learning about and communicating ways in which nature can provide benefits in our urban environments. Tatiana received a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master’s in Ecology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

 

Jeni Cross

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, INSTITUTE FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT; ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Session: City as Lab: Cross-sector Research and Urban Regeneration in Denver

Jeni Cross, PhD, is the Director of Research for the Institute for the Built Environment, Co-Director of the Center for Energy and Behavior, and Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. Dr. Cross is a community sociologist and has worked with public schools, businesses, local government, and non-profit agencies on projects centered on energy conservation, community development, health promotion, and urban sustainability. Her areas of expertise include behavior change, community development, conservation, inter-agency collaboration, professional social networks, and urban sustainability. Current research projects include applied projects on urban regeneration, improving effectiveness of trans-disciplinary research, and social sustainability.

 

Brian Dunbar

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Session: Unusual Partners – Who’s Driving Collaborative Research and What’s Their Model for Success? 

Brian Dunbar is Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) and Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University. He holds two degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Brian has taught Interior Design, Construction Management, and Sustainability courses at Colorado State and created the graduate emphasis in sustainable building, professional certification courses in green building, and sustainable design and construction courses in Costa Rica and on the island of St. John, USVI.  Through IBE, Brian has guided project work and design charrettes for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, American Institute of Architects, cities, school districts, and the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office. Since 2004, He is LEED faculty member for the U.S. Green Building Council. Brian is co-author of “147 Tips on Teaching Sustainability”.

 

Dr. Andrew Geller

ACTING NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE & HEALTH COMMUNITIES, US EPA

Session: Tool Time: Translating Research into Usable Tools for Community Health

Dr. Andrew Geller is the Acting National Program Director for EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research program and lead author on EPA’s Environmental Justice Research Roadmap. Dr. Geller earned his BA at University of Pennsylvania and PhD at the University of Michigan in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology, followed by post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with EPA through an National Research Service Award from NIEHS.

 

Shannon Griffin

BIOLOGIST, NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY, US EPA

Session: Tool Time: Translating Research into Usable Tools for Community Health

Shannon has been involved in the development and application of innovative methods which utilize the highly specific human immune system antibody response as indicators of infection from waterborne pathogens. Her work has also included developing and validating molecular-based methods to measure occurrence of microbial contaminants in various water matrices. She will continue research on developing methods to evaluate community public health and well-being in addition to promoting community outreach and engagement.

Laurel Hunt

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, CENTER FOR URBAN RESILIENCE, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Session: Unusual Partners, Who’s Driving Collaborative Research and What’s Their Model for Success? 

Laurel serves the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Urban Resilience at Loyola Marymount University.  She also represents the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability to the state-level Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation and is the Chair of the Process Working Group for the Los Angeles Resilience Initiative with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter. Laurel is a guest lecturer in the Civil Engineering & Environmental Science graduate program at LMU. 

Meg Holden

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, URBAN STUDIES & GEOGRAPHY, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

Session: Unusual Partners, Who’s Driving Collaborative Research and What’s Their Model for Success? 

Session: Opening Up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnership 

Meg Holden (PhD, New School for Social Research) is a social scientist whose research investigates sustainability and resilience planning in cities around the world. She is employed as an Associate Professor of urban studies and geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her current research project, Ecourbanism Worldwide, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and engaging with those who design and craft ecodistricts as well as those who govern and occupy them, examines the difference that model sustainable neighborhoods make to the lives of urbanites. This is Meg’s third EcoDistricts Summit.

 

Rebecca Holt

CO-DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES LAB, PERKINS+WILL

Session: Opening Up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnerships

Rebecca is a sustainability leader and Co-director of the Sustainable Communities Lab in the Perkins+Will San Francisco studio. As an urbanist and specialist in sustainable development, she helps designers quantify and qualify the impacts of design decisions for buildings and neighborhoods. Rebecca is committed to systems thinking, working with design leaders to enhance the built environment and social condition while respecting our natural systems.

 

Dr. Barbara Jackson

DIRECTOR, FRANKLIN L. BURNS SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Session: City as Lab: Long-term, Cross-sector Research + Urban Regeneration in Denver

Dr. Barbara Jackson is the Director of the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver. She joined DU from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she was a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Construction Management Department and director of the California Center for Construction Education. Jackson’s professional and academic experience spans real estate development, homebuilding, commercial construction, project management, and facilities management and operations. She has received numerous awards, including the Service Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations and the Certificate of Appreciation for the South Pacific Division, Regional Business Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

John L. Knott, Jr.

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, CITYCRAFT® VENTURES

Session: City as Lab: Cross-sector Research and Urban Regeneration in Denver

John Knott is committed to the principles of Master Building, focusing on integrated, multi-disciplinary design to contribute to the long-term health of a community. John’s career has included creating new residential developments and green office complexes as well as advising the White House and Department of Homeland Security on energy security and sustainability. Under John’s leadership, his team oversaw the creation of the 1,400-acre sustainable development of Dewees Island in South Carolina (which won the Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence) and the revitalization and master planning of the once blighted historic core of the City of North Charleston (which won the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Award of Excellence).

 

Melissa McCullough

SENIOR SUSTAINABILITY ADVISOR, US EPA SUSTAINABLE & HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESEARCH PROGRAM

Session: Tool Time: Translating Research into Usable Tools for Community Health

Melissa McCullough was a Psych major who discovered Ecology and her direction. Earning a Master's of Environmental Management in Applied Ecology and Environmental Toxicology at Duke University. Her career in environmental problem-solving has included all levels of governance, addressing diverse topics like land use and stormwater, long range transport and deposition of air pollutants to aquatic ecosystems, and, finally, looking to problem-solving and prevention through sustainability approaches. Now Senior Sustainability Advisor in the US EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program, she works to focus the program’s science in community realities and maximizing co-benefits for human and environmental wellbeing.

 

Akito Murayama

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, URBAN PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO

Session: Opening Up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnerships

Akito Murayama is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at The University of Tokyo. He received City Planning Institute of Japan Paper Encouragement Award in 2004 (City Planning Institute of Japan) and Landscape Installation Award in 2013 (Nihon Mokuzai Seisounen Dantai Rengokai 16th Wood Utilization Contest). Co-authored English publications include "Living Cities in Japan: Citizens' Movements, Machizukuri and Local Environments" (Routledge, 2007) and "Innovations in Collaborative Urban Regeneration" (Springer, 2009). He also participates in planning and community development practices, and he takes a lead in community-driven initiatives in Nishiki 2 District, a Low Carbon Model District in Nagoya City.

 

Chris Parr

DIRECTOR, SUN VALLEY ECODISTRICT

Session: Using Urban Sustainability Indicators For Data-Driven Planning And Management

Chris is the Director of Development for the Denver Housing Authority. In 2004 Chris was engaged by DHA to create a development department that would allow DHA to redevelop many of its sites into mixed-income communities. Since that time, Chris has been responsible for the delivery of over 1,500 housing units through multiple projects in Denver including the Curtis Park and Park Avenue HOPE VI Redevelopments as well as planning for the redevelopment sites, South Lincoln and Sun Valley. Prior to the Housing Authority Chris worked for the Integral Group, a private development company working in several national markets. With Integral Chris served as the Denver Development Program Manger. Previous to that, Chris worked for an investment bank in Chicago managing asset holdings including real estate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wheaton College.
 

 

Daniel Sturgeon

RESEARCH ASSISTANT, ECOURBANISM WORLDWIDE, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

Session: Opening Up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnerships

Daniel Sturgeon (Bachelor of Planning, UNBC) is a Master’s Student in the Urban Studies program at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada and a Research Assistant to the Ecourbanism Worldwide Project conducted out of the same program. Daniel’s research interests are in sustainability planning frameworks in local government, neighborhood scale sustainability planning, collaborative governance, sustainability governance, and planning practice. Prior to returning to academic studies, Daniel’s professional background was as a planner for a local municipality in the Metro Vancouver region.

 

Peter Syrett

PARTNER, REPLACE URBAN STUDIO

Session: Unusual Partners, Who’s Driving Collaborative Research and What’s Their Model for Success?

Peter is dedicated to creating better cities by examining the links between natural and man-made systems, public health and regenerative design. He has 20 years of experience in sustainability and built environments. Peter has written extensively on place and material health, including a paper for the National Institutes of Health on asthma and building materials. He was the founding Chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, which created the Health Product Declaration Standard. Recently, Peter has been developing several programs including Healthy Home Hunter, which gives the health profile of every residential property in New York City based on over a 100 different data sets.

 

Austin Troy

PROFESSOR & CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF URBAN & REGIONAL PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER

Session: City as Lab: Cross-sector Research and Urban Regeneration in Denver

Austin Troy addresses issues at the intersection of urban planning and environmental sustainability. In addition to being Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, he is Principal and Co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. He previously worked as a faculty member at University of Vermont, where he also directed the Transportation Research Center. He served for four years as a planning commissioner for the city of Burlington VT and is author of the book The Very Hungry City (Yale Press 2012).

 

Susan Daggett

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ROCKY MOUNTAIN LAND USE INSTITUTE

Session: Urban Sustainability Indicators

Susan D. Daggett is a natural resources and environmental attorney and is currently the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. She has served as the managing attorney in the Rocky Mountain office of Earthjustice, a national non-profit public interest law firm (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) and also has experience working as an independent consultant to non-profit organizations engaged in energy-related advocacy. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Colorado and the Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation. She previously served as a Commission of Denver Water and was on the founding Board of Greenprint Denver. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her law degree from Yale University.