The Vanguard conference is a gathering of the top young urban innovators working to make change in cities. Designed to bring together professionals working across disciplines and sectors, each Vanguard class includes policymakers and politicians, architects and urban planners, artists and mediamakers, all selected through a competitive application process.
Katie Drennan started her career working for several years on shaping federal transportation and land use policy in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she returned to her home in Portland, OR to pursue a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Kate now works as a transportation planner, integrating policy and planning to help Agencies, Cities, and regions plan and build vibrant multimodal communities.
Andy Durling is a Principal Planner with Wood Rodgers, serving public and private sector clients across the Western US. With a career marked by a wide variety of design influences across multiple sectors, he draws from his experiences to engage communities in meaningful dialogues surrounding complex land use and transportation planning issues.
Amanda Eaken is Deputy Director of the Urban Solutions Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Her recent work has focused on implementing California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law (SB 375) to create stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities in California.
Ms. Ebo has harnessed her capabilities in design and research to contribute to international projects in human settlement development, urban master planning, public facilities design and urban systems analysis. She earned her B.Arch degree from Cornell University and MCP/UD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Committed to social justice and design she spent 5 years in South Africa creating strategies to reverse the impacts of apartheid on the built environment. Currently Ms. Ebo develops design policy for the design of a more equitable, sustainable, resilient and healthy built environment for the NYC Department of Design and Construction.
Zahra Ebrahim is a change-driven creative, deeply invested in using design and design process to explore community engagement, institutional innovation and participatory city building. As the Principal of the design think tank, archiTEXT, she has led innovation projects with some of Canada’s largest charities and governing bodies.
Jonathon Ende is founder and CEO of SeamlessDocs, where he’s helping governments go paperless. He is passionate about changing the way that governments interact with their citizens and is starting with their forms. He and his team work every day to make the world a more seamless place. But as Jonathon says, it isn’t really work if you love what you do.
Kia Ervin is a branding expert with nearly 15 years of experience. She specializes in developing unique opportunities for industry leaders in a myriad of professions. Her work expands their brand by developing strategic partnerships and increasing their philanthropic engagement. Currently she is the Executive Director of Accelerate Delaware where she is responsible for retaining millennials in the state through social and professional engagement strategies.
R. Denise Everson, Associate AIA, LEED® AP is currently a Consultant with the Connecticut Green Bank. Denise strives to intentionally execute key design principles to positively affect health outcome. Miss Everson is most excited about her team’s exploration of a net-positive clean energy generating solution at the historic Langston Terrace.
Lakweshia Ewing has resided in Chattanooga for five years. She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University, holds a Masters in Education from Tennessee Tech University and is currently a PhD student with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Lakweshia is employed as the District Family Engagement and Community Partnerships Coordinator for Hamilton County Department of Education.
As a specialist in urban revitalization and real estate development, Julie Favreau leverage real estate and urban planning to create shared value that benefits citizens, businesses, and cities alike. Her goal is to transform the way we live together through real estate. With her background as a lawyer and in strategic management, she currently works as a project manager at Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal, a non-profit para-municipal corporation devoted to social and economic revitalization.
Alex Feldman is a Vice President at U3 Advisors, a nationally recognized consulting practice that specializes in real estate and economic development strategies around anchor institutions. Since joining U3 in 2009, Alex has served as a project manager for the firm’s Midtown Detroit anchor strategy where he helped lead the design and implementation of the $5M Live Midtown employee housing incentive program, and the formation of the community development organization Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Robert Feldstein works for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as the Director of the Office of Policy and Innovation, where his team works on both policy development with department staff and helping lead major mayoral initiatives. Previously he worked for New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg as Chief of Staff in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning where he worked on local issues and the Mayor Bloomberg’s national priorities.
Steven Feldstein is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). He is responsible for DRL’s work in Africa, international labor affairs and international religious freedom. He received his J.D. from Berkeley School of Law and his A.B. from Princeton University. He was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana.
Mike Field is a community activist focused on improving the form and function of his city’s urban core and in-town urban neighborhoods through tactical urbanism and engaging both young professionals and would-be placemakers to become leaders in the community. Mike holds a Bachelors in Economics from Florida State University and is a Senior Analyst at JP Morgan Chase.
Diana Flora is a Kresge Mayor’s Fellow for the City of Detroit, working specifically with the Detroit Police Department to implement strategic initiatives that advance the department’s crime reduction, operational efficiency, and community service goals. In her role, she uses data-driven strategies to stimulate a discussion about the needs and challenges of public safety in Detroit.
Jules Flynn is Chief Recovery and Resiliency Officer in the Department of Subways at New York City Transit, helping lead extensive post-Superstorm Sandy repairs and system strengthening investments. Jules is also a board member of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
Seyron Foo leads public policy and government relations at Southern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California, bringing best practices learned from philanthropy’s investments to better inform policymaking that strengthens communities. Previously, he spent time in state and local government, successfully enacting banking reforms to protect vulnerable Californians, managing citywide infrastructure projects, and overseeing press and community relations.
Gina Ford is a landscape architect, principal, and chair of Sasaki’s Urban Studio. The Urban Studio is an energized and interdisciplinary group of practitioners solely dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in cities through rigorous planning, exceptional design and strong community partnerships.
Rodney Foxworth is a nonprofit adviser and philanthropy consultant focused on social entrepreneurship and economic inclusion. He is strategy adviser of Impact Hub Baltimore and Co-Chair of Thread, Inc. an innovative dropout prevention and youth development organization. Rodney is featured in “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.”
David France is an active performer and an innovative educator. He believes that the intersection of innovation, community and the arts can catalyze social change and propel economic growth in a city. This belief catalyzed the launch of Revolution of Hope, a nonprofit focused on social impact through the arts in the inner city of Boston.
Michael Freedman-Schnapp works for Forsyth Street Advisors, an advisory and asset management firm focused on affordable housing, real estate, and municipal/impact investment. He is an adjunct professor at both the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy.
Michael was previously Director of Policy & Innovation Division and Director of Policy of the Office of Council Member Brad Lander, both at the New York City Council. He received his B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Virginia and M.U.P from NYU Wagner.
Kari Fulton is an award winning environmental justice advocate and new media journalist. As the Youth Climate Justice Coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) Fulton leads EJCC’s partnership with the Energy Action Coalition helping to coordinate national campus campaigns and youth summits such as Power Shift 2009; the largest lobby day and youth summit on Climate Change in United States history.
Sylvie Gallier Howard is the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Prior to joining the City in 2012, Ms. Gallier Howard was the Principal and Founder of Clementine Consulting, providing guidance to non-profits and social enterprises working in areas such as education, social justice, economic development and immigration.
Edgar Garcia is Arts & Entertainment Deputy for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. With extensive experience in arts administration, cultural resource management, and historic preservation, he is committed to expanding and diversifying the cultural life of Los Angeles.
Cristina currently serves as the Equity Indicators Project Manager for the City of St. Louis. She has degrees in architecture from Washington University and public policy from Harvard, where she founded the Harvard Journal of Real Estate. She co-founded Tolemi (formerly OpportunitySpace), a government technology company.
During her first term as a Wilkinsburg Councilwoman, Marita Garrett founded “Community Conversations”, an initiative to connect and empower residents to work together for neighborhood improvement. In furtherance of that goal, Ms. Garrett co-founded the Free Store Wilkinsburg, where donations of material goods are thoughtfully paired with families and residents.
Jessica Garz is interested in the intersection and tension between the pragmatic and poetic aspects of cultural work, and has often worked directly with artists in contexts beyond the traditional cultural sector. Jess currently works as a Program Officer in the Thriving Cultures program at the Surdna Foundation, a New York City based family foundation with national grantmaking programs organized around the mission to support just and sustainable communities.
Kimberly Garza is a design professional providing services in art, landscape architecture and planning. Her research-based design approach, coupled with her ability to manipulate virtual models, helps to identify and illustrate complexities and opportunities hidden within a site. Her work aims to provide innovative platforms for cultural, educational and social engagement.
Cristina Garza, as Program Director of the Mission Economic Development Corporation, curates and leads all STEAM and entrepreneurship initiatives for the City of Mission, Texas, which is located along US/Mexico border. Cristina is committed to fostering community and economic development through technology and art.
Gary Gaston is the Executive Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center, and a Lecturer with the UTK College of Architecture and Design. Gary co-authored Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities, published in 2012. He is finalizing work on a new book, Shaping the Healthy Community: the Nashville Plan, to be published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2015.
Taz George is committed to developing public policies that support sustainable access to credit in underserved communities, especially for affordable housing. A native of Baltimore, he recently joined the Community Development and Policy Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as a research analyst.
Crystal German works with communities to develop innovative solutions to support women and people of color as assets for healthy sustainable communities. Her career spans finance, economic development, and inclusion positions within private and public sectors. In 2014, her work building a national minority business development program earned her the distinction as a BALLE fellow.
Monica Gibson is the Department of Planning and Environment’s Director for the Hunter Region. Monica has been town planning since 2000, and has been leading the preparation and delivery of the Hunter Regional Plan since early 2016. The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 received the Secretary’s award for Innovation and Collaboration.
Juan Gomez of the National Compadres Network is a Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor. Prior to this he was a Fellow at The California Endowment working on Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) strategies. In 2013 Mr. Gomez Co-Founded and became Program Manager of MILPA (Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement). Mr. Gomez was born is in Watsonville, CA and where he was raised by his grandparents Amelia and Ampelio.
James is Practice Leader for AECOM’s Design + Planning Team in NSW/ACT and and experienced industry leader with demonstrated ability to lead complex projects with multiple stakeholders to agreed outcomes. James is passionate about delivering projects that focus on people first, enhance liveablity and derive public benefit.
Darnell Grisby is an expert on the emerging urban mobility landscape and its impact on economic development. He is a sought-after speaker whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and numerous other media outlets. He is an experienced practitioner of the complete set of tools to influence policy: thought leadership, independent expenditure campaigns, philanthropic giving, political action committee strategy, diversity initiatives, direct lobbying, and grassroots and grasstops organizing. He was named among the “Top 40 Under 40” by Mass Transit magazine, and has degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a native of Riverside, California and currently resides in the walkable core of Washington, DC.
Dr Gudes is an enthusiastic advocate for location intelligence and utilizing GIS and spatial modeling approaches especially with the intersection of public health. He has a diverse experience in developing GIS applications and using its tools under various disciplines including: Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Health and Well-Being, Geography and Transportation.
Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz is a publisher, art director and cultural manager, and is passionate about the future of our cities and its relationship to media, design, data and culture. He is currently a Senior Fellow at TED Conferences, and a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. There, his research has centered on data visualization, database management, open government, mapping techniques, design thinking, product design and business enterprise growth.
Stephanie R.A. Hacker, AICP, LEED AP, is 15 years in as a planning practitioner and revitalization specialist for both the private and public sector. At the core of Stephanie’s interests is utilizing planning principles to a) build a central vision and b) establish supporting systems that kick-start physical change.
A/Professor M. Hank Haeusler, PhD is Discipline Director of Computational Design at Australian School of Architecture + Design at the University of New South Wales; board member of the Media Architecture Institute and known as researcher, educator, entrepreneur and designer in media architecture and responsive transport through over 60 publications.
Ingrid Haftel manages Community Education programs at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that uses design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, particularly among historically underrepresented communities. Before joining CUP, Ingrid was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, where she developed creative public projects on urban planning and design.
Abby Hall works for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. Abby works on programs that provide land use planning and urban design assistance to communities. Abby also manages a partnership with FEMA on disaster recovery and resilience planning. Abby earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.
Nicholas Hamilton is the Director of Urban Policy at The American Assembly where he leads the Legacy Cities Partnership, a national coalition to revitalize America’s legacy cities. He is a co-founder of the international urban collaborative Cairo from Below and organizer of the NYC Urban Sustainability Meetup.
Ashley Z. Hand is a transportation technology strategist fellow at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). She was the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and is a professional architect. She has dedicated her career to community and civic engagement across North America and currently runs a nonprofit, Friends of Hale Cook, dedicated to public education which she co-founded in 2009.
Gunnar Hand is a city and regional planner by profession, an urban school district Board Member by passion, and an all-around community organizer by habit. From starting his own property reinvestment business and launching rail-based transit advocacy nonprofits, to promoting energy alternatives and neighborhood beautification on various Boards or finding ways to spend more time with his growing family, Gunnar is a problem solver.
Joe Hansbauer graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an Electrical Engineering degree and worked for nine years as an Strategy Consultant at Accenture. A serial social entrepreneur, Joe has helped grow or launch several initiates, such as Fall Feast, Paint the Town, Fuel, Lily Pad, and UGIVE.ORG. He is now the President and CEO for Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operating public market.
Andrea Hansen is the principal of Fluxscape, which focuses on data visualization, mapping, and data-driven web applications for community and urban projects. She is also the editor of Visualizing Systems (visualizingsystems.com), an online catalog that investigates how we map data to understand complex networks. In 2014, Andrea was a Code for America Fellow for the City of Atlanta.
Danny Harris is Program Director for San Jose with the Knight Foundation. In his role, he supports the foundation’s strategy and grantmaking in Silicon Valley’s most populous city. Previously, he worked as a refugee aid worker, terrorist financing analyst, DJ, photographer, storyteller, creative director and co-founder of food start-up Feastly.
Gregory Heller is a practitioner and author with over a decade’s experience in social-impact real estate and community development. He is CEO of American Communities Trust (ACT). Greg is also author of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Bethany Henderson is a lawyer by training, social entrepreneur by trade, and family woman by choice. Ventures she has launched or helped build include: City Hall Fellows, Grow With Me Tee, GMU Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and The J.M.K. Innovation Prize. She currently leads youth development nonprofit DC SCORES. Bethany and her husband blog together about the ups and downs of their dual-career-with-kids life at Finding Our Best Selves.
William Herbig is Program Director at the Congress for the New Urbanism. Previously, he worked as Deputy Director of the Markle Foundation in Manhattan. Other experience includes his tenure at the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, DC and serving as Director of Urban Design at Atlanta’s Midtown Alliance. He received his master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Valerie is a transportation planner at the Mid-Region Council of Governments where she provides technical and transportation planning assistance to local governments. She planned and implemented Albuquerque’s pilot bike share, BICI, in partnership with a local nonprofit and is currently planning its expansion. She also plans ABQ’s open streets event, ABQ CiQlovía. She serves on the boards for DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, ABQ 2030 District, and the NM Complete Streets Leadership Team.
Yianice Hernandez is Senior Director of Knowledge Impact and Strategy, and directs the execution of strategic priorities to rigorously document the impact of affordable housing on families and communities across the U.S. Yianice also leads Enterprise’s comprehensive multi-year academic research study, “Healthy Home, Happy Kids,” to evaluate the effect of green housing improvements on children’s asthma and the health and well-being of their caregivers.
G. Emmanuel Hernandez is part of the team “Planeación y Desarrollo,” an organization specializing in social prevention of violence against schools and commuters. His work focuses on developing violence studies and strategies to improve the security and mobility of peripheral areas in Mexico City. He has also collaborated in the Architecture department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Nicole Hudson Hollway is an independent consultant at Because Really LLC, and has spent her career applying digital strategy in industries ranging from Broadway to finance. She is a co-founder of St. Louis for the Love, a group that organizes the love focused on this dynamic and innovative city.
Brandon Holmes has served as the Executive Director of Greater Peoria LISC since the office launched in late 2012. Before arriving in Peoria Brandon served as a Program Officer for Greater Peoria LISC where he served as the lead underwriter and led an array of other community development projects and initiatives.
Lisa Hook works with national and local government officials, as well as civil society and business organizations in Asia to improve environmental governance, urban sustainability, low carbon development and climate change adaptation across 18 countries in Asia, while connecting best practices from her home base in San Francisco.
A third generation Angeleno and proud Spelman College alumna, Gabrielle “Gabie” Horton is an outspoken advocate for urban communities of color. As a Rackham Merit Fellow, she is currently pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP.) at the University Michigan – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Gabrielle is passionate about the intersection of public policy, storytelling and urban communities of color, with her most recent research focused on the juvenile/criminal justice systems and Detroit’s restaurant industry. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the nexus of community organizing and politics, most notably on President Obama’s re-election campaign and inauguration, Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign, and in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Adele leverages her interdisciplinary background as architect, green building consultant, and public health professional to bring a health-based approach to green building design and climate change policy. Her consulting company, Biositu, LLC, uses spatial analysis of community health data to develop actionable recommendations tailored to their social and physical context.
Lou Huang is an open source developer and designer working on software for urban planning and civic engagement. He has previously worked as an architect and an urban designer before joining Code for America in 2013, where he created Streetmix.
Lakisha Hull is a City Planning Associate at the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, in the Westside Unit. Lakisha has a dual Master’s degree in Architecture and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She is a certified planner (AICP) and LEED AP BD+C under the USGBC.
Theresa Hwang is the Director of Community Design and Planning at the Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit permanent supportive housing organization where she was the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow from 2009-2012. Theresa is on the Board of Directors for the Association for Community Design.
Mauricio, a Mexican architect, works at the Municipal Planning Institute (IMPLAN). Through interinstitucional planning and sustainable interventions, he works to accomplish a better city for all while preserving regional heritage and traditions for future generations. As co-director in binational urban labs between Matamoros and Brownsville, he pursues tearing down barriers and promoting a vibrant and competitive region.
Ms. Idemudia, a native from Detroit, holds a Masters of Planning from the USC and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She has multiple planning honors, including two APA Los Angeles Awards for her public outreach work with youth. Currently she works as a Planning Assistant with the City of Los Angeles.
Alex Ihnen was born and raised in North Manchester, Indiana. Alex attended Indiana University and earned both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in public affairs. He has also studied at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.
Christine Ingrassia serves as Alderwoman of the 6th Ward in St. Louis, Missouri. She focuses her efforts on issues that are important to her constituents such as government transparency, crime, quality of life, education and development. This year, Christine is implementing the city’s first pilot participatory budgeting project.
Garrett is the Executive Director of the Open Architecture Collaborative. He previously worked with Code for America coordinating the Peer Network and Fellowship programs. Trained as an architect in post Katrina New Orleans, Garrett strives to understand the holistic implications of design decisions and how our built environment comes together.
Kiran Jain is in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, focused on innovation and civic design through her real estate, technology and municipal law practice. She served on the League of California Cities’ Municipal Law Institute and designed the first Kiva Zip/City Trustee partnership to crowdfund local economic development.
Laura is an urban planner with ten years of experience in development and activation of urban open space. She is currently the Executive Director of the Charles River Conservancy and previously held the positions of Associate Director of the Boston Waterfront Initiative for The Trustees of Reservations and the Director of Programs and Planning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.
Mojan is an urban planner and public engagement specialist driven to find opportunities where planning can support cultural development. She designs and facilitates participatory workshops, and is passionate about the intersection between psychology and built form. Prior to the City of Mississauga, Mojan directed large-scale public art installations in Toronto.
Allison S. Joe, AICP has professional experience in public infrastructure finance, real estate market and financial feasibility analysis, economic development, housing policy, and industry sector analysis. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute, and is also a Commissioner on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.
Milicent Johnson is Director of Partnerships and Community at Peers. She comes to Peers after co-founding Bayshare, an advocacy group dedicated to building a thriving environment for the sharing economy in San Francisco, and several years as community manager for Shareable Magazine.
Maeghan Jones has held various management and leadership positions, including director of a statewide program for homeless and runaway youth, executive director of a private family foundation and a nonprofit management consultant. Maeghan has also worked as a public interest attorney assisting low-income clients to secure basic rights and services.
David Jurca is the Associate Director at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), where his work integrates professional practice, applied research, and teaching. In 2013, David launched COLDSCAPES.org, a multileveled initiative to spur creative engagement and livability in winter cities. He also co-founded Design Diversity, an initiative to promote people of color in architecture and design professions in Northeast Ohio.
Earl Kaing is a transportation planner with the San Francisco MTA, where he works to improve the walking, waiting, and riding experience for transit customers. In a past life, he was a management consultant with Accenture. Earl holds degrees from UCLA (graduate), and the University of California, Berkeley (undergraduate).
Allie serves as a Community Engagement Program Coordinator at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful where she works with neighborhoods and communities across the city to help people and nature thrive. She works to ensure that community needs are being heard and met, while creating a greener and more sustainable city. Her work experience is in local and state government, policy analysis, non-profit and strategic planning.
Sarah M. Kaufman is Digital Manager at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She focuses on open data and intelligent planning in urban transportation systems. Ms. Kaufman joined NYU Wagner after nearly five years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she created the open data program.
Molly Rose Kaufman is the cofounder of the University of Orange, a free people’s urbanism school. Her writing has appeared in YES! Magazine, Kinfolk and the New York Times. She has an MS in journalism from Columbia University and was a 2016 Civic Liberal Arts Fellow at the New School.
Michael Kaufmann splits his time between cultural economic development work for Indy Chamber, and Health & Hospital Corporation in his role as director of special projects and civic investment. He has spent the last four years supporting art and design, and livability initiatives for Eskenazi Health. He also currently manages Son Lux.
Erin Kelly is the Blue and Green Infrastructure Program Manager at Detroit Future City’s (DFC) Implementation Office. Prior to joining DFC, Erin was a Detroit Revitalization Fellow at NextEnergy, where she managed a range of projects occurring between the public, private and nonprofit sectors in southeast Michigan, each aimed at creating value from vacant buildings and structure-free land.
Matthew’s is the co-owner of Studio North, an emerging design + build practice (www.studionorth.ca). His ambitious nature as a designer, artist, and maker has driven him to realize projects of a variety of scales across Canada. His process of designing and making facilitate a logical process of composing ideas into built works.
Phil Kidd is the associate director of Youngstown CityScape, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of the greater downtown Youngstown, Ohio area. He is also the owner of Youngstown Nation, a gift shop and information center also located in downtown, and author of Defend Youngstown, a blog summarizing community development news in the city.
Aaron Kimberlin holds a B.S. in Design from ASU and an M.A. in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Currently, as Assistant Director of Community Engagement with ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, he is committed to redeveloping the Phoenix Metro Area and to promoting continued education through workshops and outreach events.
Dan Kinkead is an architect and urban designer. He serves as the Director of Projects for the Detroit Future City Implementation Office. Dan is also a writer, contributing to a forthcoming urban research book by Carnegie-Mellon University regarding the transformation of post-industrial cities. Currently Dan is collaborating with the World Bank to graphically convey ongoing research regarding rapid urbanization in East Asia, South Asia, and Africa.
Derek Kitchen is a Council Member in Salt Lake City. He is using collaboration and collective impact to help direct sustained solutions to the complicated urban problems of homelessness & affordable housing, transportation & connectivity, and urban development. He operates two small businesses, and views economic development as a tool to help drive social justice.
Chris Ko serves as the Director of Systems and Innovations for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. In this role he executes the collective impact work of Home For Good and works across its leadership network to eliminate systematic barriers and innovate long-term solutions to homelessness. Previously, Chris oversaw the development and operation of the Coordinated Entry System, which works to scale more broadly in his present position.
Melissa Konur is the Planning Director at Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Ali is an architect with over 15 years of experience in architecture, urban design, and community engagement projects. She focuses on housing and mixed use developments with a specialization in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. Ali uses place making at all scales as catalytic opportunities for underutilized urban infrastructure.
Micah Kotch serves as the Managing Director for Urban-X: an accelerator by MINI and SOSV that makes equity investments in early-stage startups shaping the future of cities through technology, passion and design. Headquartered within A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Urban-X is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs turn compelling ideas into viable solutions for urban life. Micah previously served as the Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), where was responsible for the design and execution of the nation’s first community microgrid competition and worked to transform the electric utility business model and help commercialize new clean energy technology.
Kindy Kruller is committed to the development of great spaces and protection of natural lands through community engagement and policy development. She is the Senior Planner for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, whose 70,000 acres of diverse ecosystems provide more than 5 million residents with outdoor recreation and experiential learning opportunities.
Natalia is a practicing architect in Sydney with a keen interest in designing community oriented spaces. She has been involved in advocating for child-friendly cities since graduating from Monash University in Melbourne, engaging in a range of place-making initiatives around the world with a focus on play.
Karen Kubey is a New York-based architectural designer, educator, and writer, specializing in housing. A Board Member at the Institute for Public Architecture, Kubey began her career in affordable housing design. She co-founded both the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter and New Housing New York, the city’s first design competition for sustainable and affordable housing.
Laura Kushnick returned to Cleveland in September of 2007, and is devoted to its resurgence as a vibrant, dynamic urban center. She is passionate about the visual arts and hopes to see them continue to flourish in Cleveland.
Aaron Lande is currently with STAR Communities, a non-profit organization advancing a national framework to evaluate and certify sustainable communities in North America. Aaron works with communities, introducing them to the STAR Rating System and assisting them through the certification process. He also manages the STAR Affiliates program.
Stephen Larrick, an urbanist and city planner turned open government advocate, is Open Data Project Lead for the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, DC where he works with mid-sized American cities to encourage the adoption open data policies as part of the Bloomberg-funded “What Works Cities” initiative.
Guillaume Lavoie is a City Councillor in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Elected in 2013, he is the official opposition’s spokesperson for finance, government relations and international relations. He is also Vice President of the Finance and Administration Committee at City Hall. Before entering politics, Guillaume Lavoie worked in public diplomacy, public policies and international relations.