Next City Vanguards - Directory of Past & Present Attendees

Vanguards

The Vanguard conference is a gathering of rising 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. After more than a decade of Vanguard conferences, the Vanguards number more than 400. Learn more about Vanguards past and present on this page, where you can search for Vanguards and Vanguard alumni by discipline, geographic area and more. Find your next collaborator or just learn about these rising leaders.

  • Cristina Garmendia

    URBNRX
    St. Louis, MO
    2014

    Cristina is Principal at URBNRX, which advises organizations on the use of data to drive policy and provide accountability. She is the author of the City of St. Louis’ Equity Indicators and the St. Louis Affordable Housing Report Card. In addition, she also leads the PPE Coordination Campaign for the St. Louis Regional Response Team for a five-county region.

  • Marita Garrett

    Admintrinsic; Wilkinsburg Borough
    Pittsburgh, PA
    2017 (Australia)

    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

    Surdna Foundation, Moore College of Art & Design
    New York, NY
    2010

    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

    ATLAS Lab
    Sacramento, CA
    2015

    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

    Mission Economic Development Corporation
    Mission, TX
    2017

    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.

  • Christine Gaspar

    Center for Urban Pedagogy
    Brooklyn, NY
    2009

    Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit that partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues impacting their communities, from zoning law to immigrants’ rights. The projects are designed with and for community organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on social justice issues that are important to them.

    Before CUP, Christine was Assistant Director of the Gulf Cost Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi where she provided architectural design and community planning services to low-income communities of color recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

    Christine holds Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor in Environmental Studies from Brown University. She is a founding member of the Design Futures Student Leadership Forum Advisory Board.

  • Gary Gaston

    Nashville Civic Design Center
    Nashville, TN
    2010

    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

    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    2016

    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.

  • Nancy Gephart

    Shift Capital
    Philadelphia, PA
    2020

    Nancy is the Director of Development at Shift Capital, a social-impact real estate firm focused on making more inclusive and sustainable cities. She draws on her community development finance background and works across disciplines to activate blighted spaces and bring residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate projects to fruition.

  • Crystal German

    Self-Employed
    Rogers, AR
    2016

    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

    Department of Planning and Environment (NSW)
    Newcastle
    2017 (Australia)

    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.

  • Daniel Gilman

    City of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
    2009

    N/A

  • Paul Gleye

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND
    2022

    Paul Gleye is a city planner specializing in historic preservation and urban design, with a focus on bringing vitality to city centers. In addition to his commitment to civic affairs in North Dakota, he is a professor of architecture at North Dakota State University and lives in downtown Fargo.

  • Andrew Goddeeris

    Office of United States Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
    Detroit, MI
    2022

    Andy Goddeeris is an attorney, urbanist, and lifelong Detroiter currently serving as Senior Policy Counsel to Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. His work focuses on developing radical policy and supporting grassroots movements for social change and intersectional justice. He lives in Northwest Detroit with his partner and a whole bunch of cats.

  • Dara Goldberg

    NYC Department of City Planning
    Long Beach, NY
    2019 (Newark)

    Dara Goldberg is a Senior Planner with the NYC Department of City Planning’s Regional Planning Division, where she oversees the office’s research program. Dara is passionate about how data analytics and visualization might better inform policymaking. She holds a MSc in Urban Planning with Distinction from the University of Hong Kong.

  • Breyonne Golding

    Bolton & Menk
    Minneapolis, MN
    2022

    Breyonne Golding is a senior city planner with the City of Minneapolis, passionate in helping marginalized communities envision and shape their neighborhoods over the past 10 years. She holds a Masters in City & Regional Planning (The Ohio State University) and Masters in Ecological Design (Conway School of Landscape Design).

  • Juan Gomez

    The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
    Salinas, CA
    2014

    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.

  • Kristen Gordon

    Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson
    Los Angeles, CA
    2018

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kristen Gordon is an urban planner committed to equitable development. She serves as an Economic Development Deputy for LA City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. Ms. Gordon holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from UC Irvine and a Certificate in Real Estate from USC Ross.

  • Laura Grannemann

    Quicken Loans Community Fund
    Detroit, MI
    2019 (Sacramento)

    Laura Grannemann leads the Quicken Loans Community Fund, which drives national philanthropic strategy for Quicken Loans. She co-founded the organization in May of 2016. Throughout her time at the Community Fund, Laura has focused on solving complex challenges like tax foreclosure, employment barriers, and the mortgage market in Detroit.

  • James Grant

    AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
    Sydney
    2017 (Australia)

    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.

  • Yonina Gray

    Reinvestment Fund
    Atlanta, GA
    2022

    Yonina is a Chicago native with over a decade of experience building strategies and institutional change management practices to mobilize underserved communities to improve their quality of life. Today, working in external relations, Yonina drives national business development objectives to establish new market presence and relationships that pave the way for corporate growth. Yonina’s principal goal is to drive strategic partnerships that honor local leadership and lived experiences for harmonious social and economic impact.

  • Brandon Greene

    New Venture Fund (Oakland Civic Design Lab)
    Benicia, CA
    2022

    Brandon Greene is director of the racial and economic justice program at the ACLU of Northern California. In this capacity, Brandon provides programmatic vision and leadership for advancing racial and economic justice in the state.

    Previously, Brandon managed the Civic Design Lab in Oakland and was an attorney and clinical supervisor at the East Bay Community Law Center, where he helped create and lead the decriminalization of poverty clinic.

    Brandon has also worked as public defender in Contra Costa County and as a fellow at Public Advocates in San Francisco.

    Brandon is a graduate of Boston University Law School, where he was a public interest scholar and Martin Luther King Social Justice Fellow.

  • Darnell Grisby

    American Public Transportation Association
    Washington, DC
    2017

    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.

  • Michael Grote

    Alembic Community Development
    New Orleans, LA
    2022

    Mike Grote is a real estate developer and registered architect in New Orleans, focusing on community development projects in the city and regionally. He is always striving to make the projects he works on equitable and anti-racist in their processes and outcomes. He also makes mean guacamole.

  • Joe Gudenrath

    El Paso Downtown Management District
    El Paso, TX
    2022

    Originally from Nebraska with a background in Public Policy and Urban Placemaking, Gudenrath relocated to El Paso, Texas to run the El Paso Downtown Management District (DMD) $1 million budget and over a dozen full and part time staff.

    He’s recognized as an Emerging Leader by the International Downtown Association.

  • Ori Gudes

    UNSW
    Sydney
    2017 (Australia)

    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.

  • Mejay Gula

    Tender House Project
    Chicago, IL
    2019 (Sacramento)

    Mejay Gula is the founder and executive director of Tender House Project, working to secure the Chicago River with sites of community agency, cultural exchange, and universal inclusion. This development strategy reimagines Chicago’s historic bridgehouses to be a civic and cultural network that breathes needed life into the Chicago River.

  • Lope Gutierrez Ruiz

    Stanford University, JSK Fellowships
    Palo Alto, CA
    2015

    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 Hacker *

    GRAEF
    Milwaukee, WI
    2012

    Stephanie R.A. Hacker, AICP, LEED AP, has invested more than 15 years 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.

  • Matthias Haeusler

    University of New South Wales
    Sydney
    2017 (Australia)

    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

    The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
    Brooklyn, NY
    2016

    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

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    San Francisco, CA
    2010

    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.

  • Adelyn Hall

    Community Learning Center Institute
    Cincinnati, OH
    2020

    As the Director of School-Centered Neighborhood Development for the Community Learning Center Institute, Adelyn works to stabilize neighborhoods based on the model of school-centered community revitalization. Before joining CLCI, Hall graduated from the University of Cincinnati with her Master’s in Planning, as well as served in the Peace Corps.

  • Nicholas Hamilton

    Independent Consultant
    Redwood City, CA
    2013

    Nicholas Hamilton is an urbanist experienced in launching and leading a diverse set of urban equity and sustainability initiatives, from a national network to revitalize America’s legacy cities to founding the NYC-Metro Urban Sustainability Meetup. He previously served as Director of Urban Policy at Columbia University’s bipartisan policy institute, as an architectural and urban designer at the firm Davis Brody Bond, and as an affordable housing provider in the Bay Area.

  • Gia Hamilton

    GIA, live your purpose, artfully
    New Orleans, LA
    2018

    Gia M. Hamilton is known for her visionary ability to identify and cultivate support systems. A cultural steward, design thinker, and applied anthropologist, Hamilton has spent the last two decades straddling the nonprofit world & corporate America, leveraging her expertise in resource-based economic strategy to move forward new models in capacity building and fundraising.

  • Ashley Z. Hand

    City of Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    2014

    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 *

    BNIM
    Kansas City, MO
    2015

    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.

  • Emma Haney

    Self-Help
    Greensboro, NC
    2020

    Emma is a community developer based in Greensboro, NC. In her current role she’s leading the redevelopment of a 45-acre historic textile mill community. Her interests lie in repurposing spaces and creating places — through preservation, development, DIY urbanism, and authentic community engagement.

  • Joe Hansbauer

    Findlay Market
    Newport, KY
    2013

    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

    University of Virginia
    Arlington, VA
    2012

    Andrea Hansen Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, and the principal of Datum Digital Studio LLC, a boutique interactive design studio focused on building websites, data visualizations, community engagement tools, and interactive maps for urban design projects. Previously, Andrea was a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and in 2014, she was a Code for America fellow, where she worked with the City of Atlanta to create web-based maps and engagement tools for a billion-dollar infrastructure bond.

  • Daniel Harris


    New York, NY
    2017 (Australia)

    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.

  • Darrell Hawks

    Parks at Kimbro Station
    Antioch, TN
    2018

    Darrell Hawks is executive director of Parks at Kimbro Station, an organization dedicated to enhancing and preserving outdoor space in Southeast Nashville for the health, recreation, and cultural enrichment of the community. He puts his business background to work developing and leading innovative programs and social enterprises that serve and empower others.

  • Gregory Heller *

    American Communities Trust
    Baltimore, MD
    2015

    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.

  • Benjamin Helphand

    NeighborSpace
    Chicago, IL
    2018

    Ben Helphand is the Executive Director of NeighborSpace, a nonprofit land trust in Chicago that holds space for community stewarded gardens. He is also one of the originators of the Bloomingdale Trail a former rail embankment transformed into an elevated park. Originally from Oregon, he holds a degree in the history of religion from the University of Chicago.

  • Bethany Henderson

    DC SCORES
    Falls Church, VA
    2010

    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

    Congress for the New Urbanism
    Washington, DC
    2010

    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 Hermanson

    Mid-Region Council of Governments
    Albuquerque, NM
    2015

    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

    Green Communities, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    New York, NY
    2015

    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

    University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    2015

    G. Emmanuel Hernandez has worked in the non-profit sector for the last 8 years providing technical assistance in crime prevention and violence studies to local governments. More recently his work has been focused on the adaptation and implementation of Procedural Justice training and Focused Deterrence of Violence strategies within Mexico City’s Police. Currently, he’s studying for a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

  • Natalia Hernandez

    Harbor District, Inc. (HDI)
    Milwaukee, WI
    2020

    Natalia Hernández is a native to the city of Milwaukee who works for Harbor District, Inc., an organization whose mission is to revitalize Milwaukee’s inner harbor. As Outreach Specialist, her role is to inform and engage nearby residents, community members, and other stakeholders in the development of the Harbor District.

  • Logan Herring

    Reach Riverside Development Corporation
    Wilmington, DE
    2019 (Sacramento)

    Logan is the CEO for REACH Riverside, Kingswood Community Center, and the Warehouse. REACH (Redevelopment, Education, And Community Health) is a holistic revitalization effort in Wilmington, DE, working with nationally acclaimed Purpose Built Communities, to include 600 mixed-income homes, a new Kingswood, and the Warehouse (a collaborative teen center).

  • Taylor Holloway

    Prospect New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA
    2022

    Taylor Holloway is a designer, architect, and educator who uses design-driven approaches to promote equity in the built environment. Her work is focused on developing new and radical uses of public space, advancing collective capacities for social impact, and championing the preservation of shared cultural legacies.

    Taylor is the inaugural Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement for Prospect New Orleans, a contemporary art triennial that invites artists from around the globe to engage with New Orleans and raises the voices of artists who represent the Global South. Taylor is also an Organizer with Design As Protest, a 2019 ACD Fellow, an AIA Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholar, and the Founder of Public Design Agency.

  • Nicole Hudson Hollway

    Because Really LLC
    Glen Carbon, IL
    2013

    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

    Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
    Peoria, IL
    2014

    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

    Skoll Foundation
    San Francisco, CA
    2014

    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.

  • Gabrielle Horton

    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI
    2016

    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.

  • Alex Horton

    International District Economic Development
    Albuquerque, NM
    2022

    Alex Horton born in Albuquerque; NM spent his time working to serve underserved communities. Supporting local initiatives to break down the barriers for entrepreneurs of color.

  • Adele Houghton

    Biositu, LLC
    Houston, TX
    2016

    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.

  • Michael Howard

    Anchorage Park Foundation
    Anchorage, AK
    2009

    N/A

  • Landon Hoyt

    Binners’ Project/Tides Canada
    Vancouver
    2019 (Sacramento)

    An urbanist at heart, Landon is originally from Florida but resides in Vancouver, BC, where he is the Director of the Binners’ Project, an organization that fosters social and economic inclusion by empowering binners (those who bin or dumpster-dive). Landon is the former Executive Director of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, Canada’s first ‘social innovation BIA,’ and has worked in sustainability and public engagement at Simon Fraser University.

  • Lou Huang

    Streetmix
    Brooklyn, NY
    2017 (Australia), 2013

    Lou Huang is an urban designer, open source software developer, user interface engineer, recovering architect and professional internet trickster. He is the founder and CEO of Streetmix, a collaborative platform where urban planners and community members design streets and public space together.

  • Crystal Hudson

    New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo
    Brooklyn, NY
    2019 (Newark)

    Crystal Hudson is a native Brooklynite with over a decade of experience in operations, strategic planning, and marketing and advertising working across the public and private sectors. Currently, she is Chief of Operations to the New York City Council Majority Leader, and oversees land use and development projects.

  • Lakisha Hull

    City of Charlotte
    Charlotte, NC
    2015

    Lakisha Hull serves as the Development Services Division Manager at the Charlotte Department of Transportation. 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 under AICP and LEED AP BD+C.

  • Jasmine Humphries

    Community Police Partnering Center
    Cincinnati, OH
    2018

    Jasmine C. Humphries is a holistic community development specialist helping build communities from the inside-out and outside-in. Her work ranges from teaching yoga, youth leadership development, to urban planning advocacy and education. She is the founder of Voices In the Built Environment(ViBE), Heal ‘n Build, and the Cincinnati chapter of Red Bike & Green.

  • Theresa Hwang

    Skid Row Housing Trust
    Los Angeles, CA
    2015

    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 Javier Ibarra Sacramento

    Instituto Municipal de Planeacion de Matamoros (IMPLAN Matamoros)
    Matamoros
    2017

    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.

  • Nina Idemudia

    City of Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    2016

    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

    SPACE Architects
    St. Louis, MO
    2012

    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

    St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
    St. Louis, MO
    2014

    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.

  • Edurne Irizarry-Alvarez

    Philadelphia Foundation
    Philadelphia, PA
    2019 (Sacramento)

    Edurne Irizarry is a Program Officer with the Philadelphia Foundation and has 20 years of experience working in the Philadelphia nonprofit sector. As a PO, Edurne manages all aspects of the Fund for Children, and is assigned the coordination and management of special projects and capacity building initiatives.

  • Steven Jackson

    David Raines Community Health Centers & Caddo Parish Commission
    Shreveport, LA
    2018

    Steven is a local elected official in Caddo Parish, Louisiana and Community Healthcare Coordinator for a private community clinic. He is most passionate about creating sustainable policies that improve the socioeconomic plight of working and low-income individuals. Steven is a community health coordinator at David Raines Community Health Centers where he focuses on connecting uninsured and underserved populations to affordable primary care services. Most recently, Steven announced his bid to be mayor of his hometown Shreveport, La (www.electstevenjackson.com).

  • Ronda Jackson

    KaBOOM!
    Washington, DC
    2019 (Sacramento)

    Ronda Jackson is the Vice President of City Partnerships at KaBOOM! where she builds partnerships with city governments to increase access to play for kids living in poverty. Prior to KaBOOM!, Ronda was at Living Cities where she worked with city leaders to improve the economic well-being of low-income people.

  • Jerrianne Jackson

    Interise
    Boston, MA
    2020

    Jerrianne works to cultivate and build relationships within Interise’s vast network of small businesses, instructors, program managers, alumni and anchor institutions to increase mission impact. She believes in the spirit of entrepreneurship and is a strong supporter of creating vibrant and energized small business ecosystems.

  • Garrett Jacobs

    Open Architecture Collaborative
    Oakland, CA
    2016

    Garrett is the Executive Director of the Open Architecture Collaborative and the Development and Operations Manager for Designing Justice Designing Spaces. 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

    City of Oakland
    Oakland, CA
    2014

    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 Janka

    local / Insper
    São Paulo
    2022

    Laura Janka, architect and urban designer, has focused her professional and personal interests on civic space and creative planning processes, especially in Mexico City and São Paulo, with interscalar experiences involving public policies and social local initiatives.

  • Laura Jasinski

    Charles River Conservancy
    Cambridge, MA
    2016

    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 Jianfar

    City of Mississauga
    Toronto
    2017

    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 Joe

    City of Sacramento
    Sacramento, CA
    2013

    Allison is the chief of staff and policy director for Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, and has professional experience in real estate development, public finance, economic development and housing. Previously, Allison worked as an appointee to Governor Jerry Brown as a deputy director for the California Strategic Growth Council, where she spearheaded the state’s climate investment programs around local affordable housing, transportation and community-focused technical assistance priorities. A lifelong Sacramentan, she is a fan of community arts, bikes and tacos.

  • Milicent Johnson

    Peers
    San Francisco, CA
    2014

    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

    Chattanooga Area Food Bank
    Chattanooga, TN
    2014

    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.

  • Chané Jones

    New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
    Newark, NJ
    2019 (Newark)

    Chané Jones is an Associate Counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice where she advances the organization’s Civic Engagement pillar through advocacy for its rights restoration initiative, and through holistic research & policy prescription geared towards revitalizing the South Ward of Newark. Chané is a lifelong resident of the City of Newark and holds a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University.

  • Blaze Lightfoot Jones-Yellin

    Openbox
    Brooklyn, NY
    2019 (Newark)

    Blaze designs at the intersection of cities, people and nature. At Openbox he uses design to reimagine community engagement in urban development. He’s a Cornell graduate, senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and was named one of “100 most influential urbanists you don’t know about, but should” by IOBY.

  • David Jurca

    Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC)
    Cleveland, OH
    2013

    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

    San Francisco MTA
    San Francisco, CA
    2015

    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).

  • Alexandra Kast

    Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
    Indianapolis, IN
    2017

    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 Kaufman

    NYU
    New York, NY
    2012

    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 Kaufman

    University of Orange
    Jersey City, NJ
    2017 (Australia)

    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 *

    Health and Hospital Corporation
    Indianapolis, IN
    2014

    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

    Detroit Future City
    Detroit, MI
    2015

    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 Kennedy

    Studio North
    Calgary
    2017

    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.

  • Naria Kiani

    Kounkuey Design Initiative
    Los Angeles, CA
    2019 (Sacramento)

    Naria is Senior Planning Coordinator at KDI. She partners with policymakers and residents in underserved communities to establish resident-led land use through planning and design strategies. Naria holds a BS in Public Policy and Planning from the University of Oregon and an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA.

  • Phil Kidd

    Youngstown CityScape
    Youngstown, OH
    2010

    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

    MidFirst Bank
    Scottsdale, AZ
    2013

    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.

  • Cecily King

    Kipling Development
    Bloomfield, NJ
    2019 (Newark)

    Cecily is a real estate developer and consultant returning to her native NJ after several years in Detroit. She is passionate about real estate because it is something that touches everyone’s lives. Cecily earned her MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and holds degrees from Lehigh and Princeton.

  • Daniel Kinkead

    Detroit Future City Implementation Office
    Detroit, MI
    2013

    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

    Salt Lake City Corporation
    Salt Lake City, UT
    2017

    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

    United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    2009

    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.

  • Cailean Kok

    Project for Public Spaces
    Newark, NJ
    2019 (Newark)

    Cailean Kok works on the Healthy Places Program and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Project for Public Spaces applying her passion for transforming the built environment to improve physical and mental health outcomes. Cailean is active locally in Newark, NJ with bicycle advocacy, mentoring, and supporting local arts.

  • Melissa Konur

    Downtown Fort Worth, Inc
    Dallas, TX
    2012

    Melissa Konur is the Planning Director at Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

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