Speakers

SECTION TWO // SPEAKERS

Leaders, innovators, change makers

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 are the speakers we were privileged to draw at the 2017 Summit.

SECTION TWO // SPEAKERS

Keynotes

Nathaniel Smith

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER (CEqO/CEO),
PARTNERSHIP FOR SOUTHERN EQUITY
Nathaniel Smith serves as Founder and Chief Equity Officer (CEqO)/CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity. Empowered by the unified vision and voices realized through its regional engagement efforts, PSE pushes for policies and actions that promote balanced growth and inclusive prosperity in metropolitan Atlanta and beyond. Before taking on the founding role of PSE’s Chief Equity Officer/CEO Mr. Smith served as Director of Partnerships and Research for Equitable Development at Emory University’s Center for Community Partnerships (CFCP). In this capacity Nathaniel facilitated engaged scholarship opportunities with external and community organizations to achieve balanced, sustainable and inclusive growth throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. Nathaniel has also worked for the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, and was recently highlighted in the Huffington Post as one of the eight up and coming Black leaders in the Climate Movement and Grist Magazine as one of eight Black leaders reshaping the Climate Movement.

Doug Farr

PRESIDENT + FOUNDING PRINCIPAL,
FARR ASSOCIATES

Doug Farr (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is a visionary architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. Doug heads Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm of optimistic architects and urban designers who plan and design lovable, aspirational buildings and places. With his first book Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, as well as through his role as Co-Chair of LEED-Neighborhood Development, Doug helped to refocus the sustainability movement from the stand-alone building to the robust neighborhood. His second book, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, again shifts the conversation on sustainability to increasingly focus on people and democracy. Sustainable Nation will be available later this year. A native Detroiter and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Doug has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. 

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TED-Style Speakers

Tim Keane

COMMISSIONER OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT,
CITY OF ATLANTA
Tim Keane was appointed Commissioner of Planning and Community Development by Mayor Kasim Reed on July 1, 2015. Tim is responsible for design, permitting, zoning, preservation, housing, community development and transportation planning in this role. Prior to this appointment Tim was Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston, South Carolina for 11 years. Tim worked for Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. on all matters related to planning, urban design, preservation and economic development. Tim was also the first Planning Director for the Town of Davidson, North Carolina, and was a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Duriya Farooqui

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
ATLANTA COMMITTEE FOR PROGRESS

Duriya Farooqui is Executive Director of Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a coalition of 40 corporate CEOs, Atlanta leaders and the Mayor, working on the most critical investments for Atlanta’s future. She is also a Board Director of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and Advisor to Engage Ventures. Before joining ACP in 2016, Duriya was a principal at Bain & Company and has served as COO for City of Atlanta. She was responsible for all city operations with a $2 billion budget and over 7,000 employees. Duriya holds an M.P.A. in International Development from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hampshire College. She is a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center and Agnes Scott College.

Braden Crooks

CO-FOUNDER + PARTNER,
DESIGNING THE WE

Braden Crooks is a founding partner at Designing the We, a social impact design studio operating in community-driven social and economic development. The dtW team design programs, policies and enterprises that grow local communities and global networks dealing with deep crises, from the history of Redlining to the future of work. In addition, Braden serves as the Board President of Sure We Can, a non-profit collective for canners, who are those who make their living by redeeming cans and bottles for five cents, and sits on the board of The New York State Sustainable Business Council. He graduated from the innovative program MS Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons the New School for Design with departmental honors in May 2014.

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Session Speakers

Antwi Akom

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
STREETWYZE

Chris Appleton

CO-FOUNDER + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
WONDERROOT

Elaine Aye

ASSOCIATE/REGIONAL MANAGER,
GREEN BUILDING SERVICES

Kevin Bacon

ATLANTA CITY STUDIO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR,
CITY OF ATLANTA

Damon Bailey

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR,
PURPOSE BUILT COMMUNITIES

Abigail Baum

SENIOR ASSOCIATE - HEALTH IMPACT PROJECT,
PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

Keith Bowers

PRESIDENT,
BIOHABITATS

Kevin Burke

PRINCIPAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT,
ATLANTA BELTLINE, INC.

Mario Cambardella

URBAN AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR, MAYOR'S OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY,
CITY OF ATLANTA

Tessa Cruz

PROGRAM MANAGER,
STREETWYZE

McCaela Daffern

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER,
CAPITOL HILL HOUSING

Derek Dauphin

SENIOR PLANNER,
CITY OF PITTSBURGH

Jo Danko

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CITY SOLUTIONS
CH2M

Elke Davidson

URBAN PLANNER,
DAVIDSON CONSULTING

Christina Davis

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER,
COLUMBIA RESIDENTIAL

April De Simone

FOUNDER + MANAGING PARTNER,
DESIGNING THE WE

Jimmy Dills

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE,
GEORGIA HEALTH POLICY CENTER

Jennifer Dowdell

PROJECT MANAGER,
BIOHABITATS

Rhonda Fischer

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER,
EAST LAKE FOUNDATION

Art Frazier

ARCHITECT / DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES,
SPELMAN SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

Cicely Garrett

DEPUTY CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER,
CITY OF ATLANTA

Erika Gee

SENIOR PLANNER,
CHINATOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Derek Goring

VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT,
FIRST GULF

Ryan Gravel

FOUNDER,
SIXPITCH

Jacky Grimshaw

VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS,
CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY

Ismael Guerrero

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
DENVER HOUSING AUTHORITY

Peter Habib

EMORY UNIVERSITY

Darryl Haddock

EDUCATION DIRECTOR,
WEST ATLANTA WATERSHED ALLIANCE

Josh Harvey

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH + DEVELOPMENT,
CARE INNOVATION TEAM

Sarah Heinicke

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
LLOYD ECODISTRICT

Edward Hill

DIRECTOR OF ADVISORY SERVICES,
ECODISTRICTS

Jennifer Hirsch

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SERVE-LEARN-SUSTAIN,
GEORGIA TECH UNIVERSITY

Ciannat Howett

DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES,
EMORY UNIVERSITY

David Jackson

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
ATLANTA BELTLINE PARTNERSHIP

Brandon Jones

HEAD OF CREATIVE PLACEMAKING,
WONDERROOT

Kyle Kessler

COMMUNITY PROGRAM MANAGER,
CENTER FOR CIVIC INNOVATION

Kathryn Kolb

DIRECTOR, ECO-A,
ECOADDENDUM

Liz Kramer

PUBLIC SERVICES ASSOCIATE,
UGA EXTENSION

Jamie Licko

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
RINO ARTS DISTRICT

Linda Ly

CHINATOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Christine Mondor

PRINCIPAL,
EVOLVEEA

Mother Mamie Moore

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST,
ATLANTA

Warren Neilson

LEAD STRATEGIST + PARTNER,
STOK

Kwabena Nkromo

FOUNDER + LEAD PARTNER,
ATLANTA FOOD + FARM

Yomi Noibi

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
ECO-ACTION NETWORK

Rashid Nuri

PRESIDENT + CEO,
TRULY LIVING WELL CENTER FOR NATURAL URBAN AGRICULTURE

Melanie Nutter

PRINCIPAL,
NUTTER CONSULTING

Peter Olson

DIRECTOR, CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST,
IDEO

Na'Taki Osborne Jelks

CHAIR + CO-FOUNDER,
WEST ATLANTA WATERSHED ALLIANCE

Julie Owens

WATERSHED MANAGER,
CITY OF ATLANTA

Cynthia Peurifoy

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT,
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Dave Ramslie

PRINCIPAL, INTEGRAL GROUP

Christopher Rhie

SENIOR CONSULTANT,
BUROHAPPOLD ENGINEERING

Bob Salvatelli

DIRECTOR OF SALES,
SUSTAINABLE WATER CONSULTANTS

Aekta Shah

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY + COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT,
STREETWYZE

Lauren Shapiro

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER,
IDEO

Doug Shipman

PRESIDENT + CEO,
THE WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER

Douglass Sims

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY + FINANCE, CENTER FOR MARKET INNOVATION,
NATIONAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL

Dan Slone

PARTNER,
MCGUIREWOODS

Tim Taylor

PROJECT MANAGER COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES + POLICY,
SOUTHFACE

Tony Torrence

FOUNDER,
ATLANTA COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

Alex Trachtenberg

PROJECT MANAGER COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES + POLICY,
SOUTHFACE

Molly Urbina

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
COLORADO RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY OFFICE

Ivy Vainio

CLIMATE AND CULTURAL RESILIENCY OFFICER,
AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNITY HOUSING ORGANIZATION

Meghan Venable-Thomas

DESIGN FOR THE JUST CITY RESEARCHER,
HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Moira Villiard

CLIMATE + CULTURAL RESILIENCY COORDINATOR,
AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNITY HOUSING ORGANIZATION

Doug Webber

VICE PRESIDENT SUSTAINABILITY + ENERGY,
WSP

Andrew White

DIRECTOR OF PARK VISIONING,
PARK PRIDE

Alexandra Wiggins

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE,
PURPOSE BUILT COMMUNITIES

Mallory Womble

PRESIDENT,
MILLVALE LIBRARY

Jay Wozniack

GEORGIA URBAN PARKS DIRECTOR,
TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND

Marilyn Wrenn

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Cindy Wu

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS,
CHINATOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Mtamanika Youngblood

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HISTORIC DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION