Speakers

Panel session descriptions can be found by clicking the link under bios. Additional speakers will be added.

Janette Sadik-Khan

Bloomberg Associates

Janette Sadik-Khan served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) from 2007-2013, where she implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability, and ensure a state of good repair on the city’s roads, bridges and ferries. At Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities with innovative projects that can be developed quickly and inexpensively. At NYC DOT, Janette oversaw a $2.8 billion budget, delivering transformative projects including the pedestrianization of Times Square and redesigning 2.3 miles of Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square; the planning and launch of seven Select Bus Service routes; and the nation’s largest bike share program. She added nearly 400 miles of bicycle lanes and installed 60 plazas across the city. She also developed and published New York City’s first-ever Street Design Manual and Street Works Manual, defining new standards for creating more resilient and attractive streets. Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, she was a Senior Vice President at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering firm. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. Sadik-Khan is the chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization of transportation commissioners in over 40 US cities, and is a member of the board of directors of both the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the Regional Plan Association (RPA). She also sits on the Board of Trustees of Occidental College, from which she holds a B.A. in Political Science, in addition to a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is the author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.

Keynote Speaker (April 3)

Veronica Davis

Nspiregreen LLC & Black Women Bike

Veronica O. Davis, PE is the Partner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC, which she co-owns with Chanceé Lundy. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia. At Nspiregreen, she is responsible for managing the Urban Planning business unit, which includes surface transportation planning, policy development, and long-range planning. Some of Nspiregreen’s Washington D.C. projects include moveDC – the District of Columbia's long-range transportation plan, North-South Corridor Planning Study under the D.C. Streetcar program, Vision Zero, and 16th Street Transit Priority Study. Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. In less than two years the organization has grown to over 1,500 African American women ranging in age from late 20’s to early 70’s. Veronica earned her dual Masters Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University. She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

Keynote Speaker (April 3)

Peter Svarzbein

Visual Artist

Peter Svarzbein is a photographer, curator and disruptive media specialist. During graduate school at the SVA, Svarzbein created the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, a self-created activist/artist project that resulted in a $97 million state grant for a Intra-city trolley route using the Original Streetcars that ran between Juarez, Mex, & El Paso, Tex. He is currently the proud City Representative for District 1 in El Paso, Texas and is working on legislation to reintroduce the Juarez-El Paso trolley line once again.

Keynote Speaker (April 4)

Jamie Bennett

ArtPlace America

Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, Jamie served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College. His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

Lunch Plenary (April 4)

Joseph Kunkel

Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

Joseph, a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. A passionate community designer, planner, and educator, Joseph’s work has encompassed several schematic and built community housing and development projects, the research, and publication of 22 case studies and best practices highlighting exemplary Native housing processes, and dozens of workshops and studios to build the design and technical capacity of students and practitioners in Indian Country. At SNCC, he is currently engaged in housing and development projects with Spokane, Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw, and Mohawk tribes. Joseph holds an undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Architecture. He is the recipient of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship and is currently the William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement at the George Washington University within the Corcoran School of Arts and Design.

Lunch Plenary (April)

Laura Zabel

Springboard for the Arts

Laura Zabel is the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, which operates Creative Exchange, a national platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects.

 

An economic and community development agency run by and for artists, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Based in Minnesota, Springboard's projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program; artist entrepreneurial development; and Irrigate artist-led creative placemaking, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges.

 

An expert on the relationship between the arts and community development, Zabel has spoken at leading conferences and events including the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Urban Land Institute, and Americans for the Arts.  A 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow, Zabel’s insights on industry trends have also been featured in outlets from The Guardian to The New York Times. Zabel is currently a creative placemaking policy fellow at Arizona State University and a Business Alliance for Local Lived Economies fellow. Zabel serves on the board of directors of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers.

Lunch Plenary (April 4)

zahra alabanza

Red Bike and Green - Atlanta

zahra is a mother, organizer, creative and adventure. A project starting, wandering, overlover and outdoor junkie. Currently, she utilizes outdoor adventure, biking, growing food, yoga(ing), and curating space to bring people together. These community organizing efforts are used to enhance physical and mental wellness, economic vitality and environmental stewardship among Black Folks. She sees biking as a tool for communal and individual transformation as well as a means of building and rebuilding whole communities that are abundantly safe, confident, well(thy) and self determining.

Bill Armbuster

AARP’s Livable Communities Department

Senior Advisor in AARP’s Livable Communities Department and has been with AARP since 2000. He currently manages the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and is responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of the Network. He also consults with communities and states around the country to assist them with becoming more Age-Friendly. Bill also manages numerous national partnerships and presents at state and national conferences on different aspects of Age-Friendly/Livable Communities.

Eric Asboe

Chattanooga Department of Transportation

Prior to joining the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, Eric Asboe was the Director of Development and Evaluation for Public Art Saint Paul, where he worked closely on the development and implementation of multidisciplinary, innovative public artworks. An avid active transportation user and advocate, Asboe works to expand access to and participation in the planning, design, and use of all modes of transportation and activation of public space.

Daniel Ashworth

Alta Planning + Design

Daniel Ashworth is a landscape architect and planner at Alta Planning + Design and he leads the Memphis office of Alta. Daniel's work involves the full spectrum of project types from comprehensive planning, site planning & design, construction documentation, and construction administration of transportation & mobility systems, parks & public spaces, streetscapes, and trails & greenways.

Blythe Bailey

Chattanooga Department of Transportation

Blythe Bailey is the Administrator of the Chattanooga Department of Transportation (CDOT) and an Architect registered in the State of Tennessee. Under Blythe’s leadership CDOT was established in 2013 with a mission to make efficient transportation and access viable for everyone – cyclists, pedestrians, transit users and motorists, while enhancing multi-use public spaces for all people. Blythe is a life-long Chattanoogan with professional experience that includes mathematics, education (teaching and coaching), historic preservation, landscaping, urban design, project management, architecture, and transportation.

Claire Bedat

AECOM

Claire’s professional work focuses on the integration of emerging urban landscapes within their cultural and environmental fabrics. She brings an extensive body of experience -- a combination of local knowledge and international expertise -- and a passion for designing landmarks and world-class destinations. She infuses artfulness and ecology into her designs, and encourages a balanced and integrated approach to design via a dependable, purposeful and measurable process. In collaboration with others, she seeks to provide design solutions that encourage urban revitalization while preserving the historic character of the place.

 

Claire leads the AECOM Metro DC Landscape Architecture studio and actively participates in the growing of its global practice. Her portfolio of works is quite diversified with a strong foothold in the federal, hospitality, culture and leisure markets. She is a registered Landscape Architect, a LEED AP ND certified and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). She served her community as President of the Potomac Chapter ASLA and on the Board of Directors of The Casey Trees Foundation whose mission and goal is to restore the nation’s capital urban tree canopy by 40% by 2023. She is currently serving as a member of the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (Virginia Tech) Firm Advisory Board and the Urban Parks Advisory Group for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She is currently working on two major cultural landscape projects located on the national mall and was with her team finalists for the Gallaudet International Design and the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge Competitions. The Gallaudet project features "DeafSpace" design principles and an original campus, designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in 1866, identified as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently, she was with a multidisciplinary team contracted to develop a Vision Zero public realm and Net Zero infrastructure for an 18 acre land assembly in South-East Washington, DC.

Denise Bottcher

AARP Louisiana

Denise Bottcher is the State Director of AARP Louisiana and is responsible for advancing the organization’s social mission on behalf of Louisianans 50-plus and their families. With nearly 500,000 members and 22 volunteer leaders across the state, Denise leads the six-member team in Baton Rouge and New Orleans to help all generations live their best lives in their own homes and communities through advocacy, education and service. Through her strategic guidance and leadership, Denise and her team have driven social change at the state and local level by working with policy makers, collaborative organizations, and dynamic volunteers. Family caregiving, health care, financial resilience, and livable communities are her top priorities. Denise joined AARP in 2010 as Associate State Director of Communications, overseeing the media and communications strategy for advocacy, community outreach and member communications. Her career spans over 25 years in the private sector, government and non-profit arena. She has an extensive background in crisis communications, targeted communication and advocacy strategies for businesses, politicians and government agencies. Among her varied experience, she served as the press secretary and official spokesperson for Governor Kathleen Blanco during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Ernie Bradley

Florida Department of Health

Mr. Bradley focuses on complete streets, walkable and bikeable communities and other policies related to active transportation and health. Previously, he was the Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative’s Evaluation and Performance Tracking Consultant. Working to ensure Healthiest Weight Florida activities were in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding requirements. Including reporting on program process measures and assisting on statewide activities to promote the importance of being at a healthy weight to the citizens of Florida.

Mike Bulger

Common Ground Health

Mike Bulger is Healthy Communities Coordinator for Healthi Kids at Common Ground Health in Rochester, NY. Healthi Kids is a community-based coalition advocating for public-policy and practice changes that support healthier schools and neighborhoods for kids. Mike works closely with community members to improve access to healthy foods and promote walkable, bikable, and playable, public spaces. Prior to working with Healthi Kids, he coordinated food access programs and dietary interventions at New York Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. Mike earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a M.A. in Food Studies from New York University

Ignacio Bunster-Ossa

AECOM, Landscape Architecture Practice Leader of the Americas 

Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa is an internationally recognized landscape architect with long-standing experience in the design of urban places. A recipient of numerous awards, Ignacio’s work is noted for the design integration of green infrastructure, community engagement and public art. Among his noted work is the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, DC; the Steel Stacks Arts and Cultural Campus and Hoover-Mason Trestle in Bethlehem, PA, and the Washington Avenue Streetscape in St Louis, named one of the ten best streets in the United States. Ignacio is the author of Green Infrastructure: a Landscape Approach (with David Rouse); and Reconsidering Ian McHarg: the Future of Urban Ecology, published by Planners Press in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He  is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a board member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Steering Committee member of the National Complete Streets Coalition. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami (FL), a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Loeb Fellowship in Environmental Studies from Harvard University. Prior to joining AECOM in 2015 Ignacio was a Principal at Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC.

Rachel Burke

CicLAvia

Rachel Burke has spent over a decade activating public space with cultural programming and events throughout Los Angeles County. In her previous job with Community Arts Resources, she produced multiple festivals and pop-ups including GLOW for the City of Santa Monica, Little Tokyo Design Week, Chinatown Summer Nights, Friday Night Concerts at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Family Weekends for the Broad Museum. As CicLAvia's Director of Production, Rachel leads all event logistics from start to finish. She works closely with the city and the local community to ensure a safe, fun and successful CicLAvia. A graduate of UC Berkeley, and a native Angeleno, Rachel is always happy to share her tips for the best spots to dine and drink around the city.

Rochelle Carpenter

Greater Nashville Regional Council

Rochelle Carpenter is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Greater Nashville Regional Council where she leads the agency’s Healthy and Active Transportation Programs and Creative Community Engagement and Placemaking Programs. Prior to GNRC, Rochelle worked at Transportation for America where she worked to build a coalition to develop and advocate for national transportation policies that would improve health and advance equity, including funding for public transportation, funding for bicycling and walking projects, health equity performance measures and more. In the past, Rochelle also helped advance local programs and policies to prevent childhood obesity among communities of color and low-income populations in Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College with a concentration in cultural and medical anthropology.

Dr. Celeste Chavis

Morgan State University

Dr. Celeste Chavis is an assistant professor in the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University (2007) and obtained her Master of Science (2008) and Doctor of Philosophy (2012) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus in Transportation Systems. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland and serves on Baltimore City’s Technical Advisory Board for Bikeshare. Her research explores the intersection of transportation operations and planning, and equity in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Jamie F. Chriqui

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Jamie F. Chriqui is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration in the UIC School of Public Health, senior research scientist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, and an IHRP Fellow. She has over 25 years' experience conducting public health policy research, evaluation, and analysis, with an emphasis on obesity, substance abuse, tobacco control, and other chronic disease-related policy issues. Dr. Chriqui's research interests focus on examining the impact of law and policy on practices, community environments, and individual behaviors/attitudes. She holds an appointment on the Community Preventive Services Task Force for 2016-2021. She served on the National Academy of Medicine consensus committee charged with Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts, the IOM committee that wrote Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, and the IOM committee that developed a plan for measuring progress in that prevention effort.

Jennifer Church

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Utah. For over a decade, she has worked exclusively in the field of public health at both the state and local levels. Jennifer has worked with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in multiple capacities focusing on nutrition, physical activity and tobacco prevention within multiple sectors including schools, worksites and the community-at-large. Jennifer has made complete streets efforts a priority when funding communities and was instrumental in starting the Kansas Built Environment and Outdoors Summit in 2006 effectively starting the conversation around active transportation in Kansas that has since led to major investments by the Kansas Health Foundation and Sunflower Foundation. Jennifer commutes daily by bicycle and serves on the local Topeka Complete Streets Committee.

Jesse Cohn

Fehr & Peers DC

Jesse Cohn is a transportation consultant at Fehr & Peers DC, where she works on a range of multimodal transportation planning and engineering projects, including parking studies, Vision Zero action plans, and travel behavior forecasting. She leads the company’s Equity Initiative, working with staff and clients to ensure planning processes and capital investment decisions account for and effectively serve traditionally underserved populations. Before Fehr & Peers, Jesse worked at the City of Charlotte, NC, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the Highway Safety Research Center. She loves exploring new cities and neighborhoods by bike.

Donna Collins-Lewis

Councilwoman District 6

Donna Collins-Lewis currently serves as a member of the EBRP Metro City council and is the Director of Housing for Community Development, Inc. an affordable housing developer. In both her roles her primary goal is to assist in creating communities that are safe, that provide housing for low income families and are walkable. “As a child growing up I can remember living in a community where it was safe to play, where we walked to shopping, places to eat and public transportation was readily available.” Donna’s passion for that kind of community led her to become more intimately involved in the work of the Sustainable Transportation Action Committee (STAC) from the council level where she supported and pushed for the adoption of the ordinance that established STAC. She currently severs as the Co-Chair. As a member of the council, Donna brings twenty-years of experience in public service to the Metro Council. She has worked as Housing Administrator for Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, managed a Lease/Purchase Homeownership Program for New Hope Community Development Corporation and served as a Resident Initiative Coordinator for the Baton Rouge Housing Authority. As the Housing Program Manager for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps, Donna has traveled the state of Louisiana connecting families and communities with the resources necessary to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Liz Cornish

Bikemore

Liz Cornish serves as Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore City's Livable Streets Advocacy Organization. She received her bachelors in Adventure Education from Prescott College where she study the intersection of gender and outdoor leadership, and her Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas where she created a full administrative review of Washington State's No Child Left Inside grant program which became the premier study used by advocates to make the case for state funded outdoor and environmental education. A long-time bike commuter, Cornish came to bike advocacy after serving as Co-Chair of the Benson-Ames Alliance, a grassroots organization focused on spurring economic development through environmental design in the Benson neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska. Since then she has assisted multiple cities improve their strategies for increasing bike ridership and improving political will for the infrastructure that makes walking and biking safe, comfortable and accessible.

David Cristeal

Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development

David Cristeal has served as Arlington County’s Housing Director since 2013. His main role is leveraging financial and planning resources to expand housing affordability. Since coming to the County in 2004, he and his staff’s efforts have added almost 2,600 net new affordable housing units. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago during the 1980’s and in several roles, including Housing Director for Wake County, North Carolina in the 1990’s through early 2000’s. David received a master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Nedra Deadwyler

Civil Bikes

Nedra Deadwyler is the Founder and Principal Tour Curator of Civil Bikes, offering walking and biking tours retelling Civil Rights stories, highlighting voices of marginalized groups including African American, immigrant, and LGBTQ and hosting events related to bicycle advocacy, community and capacity building, and creating dialogue for racial justice. She is currently a Fellow at the Center for Civic Innovation. She published a book chapter, “Civil Bikes: embracing Atlanta’s racialized history through bicycle tours.” (Routledge, 2016, Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for All? Edited by A. Golub, M.L. Hoffmann, A. E. Lugo, and G. F. Sandoval). She has presented about the impact of cultural tours at two conferences; Active Living Research and the League of American Bicyclists. Currently, she sits on the advisory committee to Awakening Motion, a community-building, art, transportation project based in Charleston, SC. Upcoming projects includes planning for a series of events to reactive Fort McPherson as it finalize its Master Plan and launching Civil Bikes in the Summer, a bicycle camp for teens. Nedra holds a Master of Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia.

Jennifer DeMelo

KaBOOM!

Jen De Melo is the Director of Programs and Operations at KaBOOM! and has been committed to prioritizing play and serving the kids who need it most since 2005. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Jen has worked on over 150 playground projects across North America and Mexico and oversees the Play Everywhere Program, Build it Yourself Grant Program, and other Special Programs at KaBOOM!. In her current role, Jen works with innovative and inclusive playspace designs and leads efforts to integrate these into cities and communities around the country. Additionally, Jen and her team work directly with communities and designers on developing innovative play ideas such as Play Everywhere, which brings play to everyday, unexpected places, including bus stops, sidewalks, grocery stores, and laundromats. Jen has a laser focus on equity, infrastructure and community and is focused on using play as a driving catalyst. Prior to joining KaBOOM!, Jen worked at the Boys and Girls Club in her hometown of Redwood City, CA after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she obtained a degree in Cultural Anthropology.

Rachel DiResto

Center for Planning Excellence

Rachel has been with CPEX for seventeen years and she has played an integral role in building the organization into what it is today. Rachel is dedicated to cultivating progressive planning practices for the future livability and economic vitality of Louisiana communities. Specializing in transportation issues, Rachel has developed policy platforms and proactive strategies for advancing solutions to complex community and regional planning issues. She currently spearheads the CONNECT Coalition, which is a regional transportation coalition advocating for improved connectivity between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the DOTD Statewide Complete Streets Advisory Committee and serves on the Baton Rouge Complete Streets Advisory Committee, which are both working to implement complete streets policies at the state and local levels. She also served on the Community Advisory Committee for the DOTD Statewide Plan update and the Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition. In these roles, she has contributed research, policy expertise and practical solutions while advocating for more multi-modal investments at every scale.

Ryan Dorsey

Baltimore City Council

Ryan Dorsey is a progressive democrat and the Baltimore City Councilman for Council District 3. As City Councilman, Ryan focuses on policy that addresses the root causes of inequity in Baltimore City, including transportation, housing, and education. He is also a passionate advocate for the arts and has been a part of Baltimore’s artistic community for many years. Ryan Dorsey was elected and sworn in to the Baltimore City Council in 2016 with no previous political, governmental, or activist experience. In July of 2017, on the same day he introduced a Complete Streets ordinance for Baltimore, he passed his first ordinance, an increased fine for parking in bus stops and bus lanes, raising that fine to the same steep rate that already existed for parking in regular travel lanes, creating parity between consequences for obstructing single-occupancy vehicles and transit.

City of Shoreline, WA

As the City of Shoreline, Washington's Economic Development Manager, Dan Eernissee is charged with ensuring cohesive and business-friendly codes and policies within City Hall. He is responsible for embodying the city’s positive message to the business and development community and serves as advocate for businesses and developers to city staff and agencies. He does this through initiatives that increase housing, jobs, and retail sales within the city. Dan joined Shoreline in 2010 after ten years serving in the private sector as project lead on over $300 million of residential, retail, and mixed-use development. During that time, his team earned a prestigious 2020 Vision Award for collaboration with city leadership on a mixed-use suburban lifestyle center, Mill Creek Town Center. In 2009 Dan launched Lavoro Development, Inc., to provide real estate services and development to partners, investors and clients. Dan holds degrees in both business and theology, and he teaches real estate investing and business ethics at two Seattle-area universities.

Marshall Elizer

Washington State Department of Transportation

Marshall serves as Assistant Secretary for WSDOT, leading a team of 800 professionals that work daily to create a foundation for sustainable transportation solutions across Washington using practical solutions and innovative approaches while integrating smart growth policy.

 

Marshall joined WSDOT in November 2017 after serving as Senior Vice President for Transportation for Gresham, Smith, and Partners (GS&P), an engineering, planning and architecture firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Marshall joined GS&P following 20 years of transportation and engineering service to local governments in Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and California. Throughout his career, Marshall’s diverse experience has encompassed transportation policy and planning, systems management and operations, community planning, transit planning and operations, integrated design for roadway, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, access management and traffic safety analysis. Marshall’s is passionate about innovative multimodal designs that transform urban streets and transportation networks.

Jonathan Flynt

Looney Ricks Kiss

Since joining LRK in 2011, Jonathan has been involved in a variety of projects including conceptual master planning, urban infill site development, transit-oriented development, bike and pedestrian planning, mixed-use planning, as well as Choice Neighborhood redevelopment. Jonathan’s experience includes participation in a variety of public workshops, charrettes, and design presentations. He has worked on projects across the United States and Canada and his recent local experience includes the South City Choice Neighborhood Master Plan, the Medical Center Streetscape design, Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing Hope VI Master Plan, the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan, the Overton Square Master Plan, Main to Main Multi Modal Connector, the Uptown West Master Plan and the Overton Broad Connector to the Shelby County Greenline. He is currently serving on the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan Land Use Committee. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Dane Forlines

Memphis Medical District Collaborative

Dane Forlines has been involved in community development for 15 years, both domestically and internationally as a consultant and in the non-profit sector. He first utilized Tactical Urbanism principles in 2013, where Dane led a grassroots effort in his home town of Nashville to push for the restoration and redevelopment of a 1910s-era neighborhood movie theater and surrounding mixed-use district. The Roxy Revival, as the project was called, re-imagined a long defunct and obsolete commercial center in the McFerrin Park neighborhood. The Roxy Revival was followed by over $4 million in investment in the District, and the opening of several new businesses. Dane has a degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of Memphis. He is currently a Realtor with Crye-Leike and works for the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. He lives in the Highland Heights neighborhood in Memphis with his wife, Michelle, and their 3 children.

Dan French

New York State Department of Health

Dan French, MS, serves as the Program Manager for Creating Healthy Schools and Communities in the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention at the New York State Department of Health. He provides fiscal, programmatic, and evaluation coordination in collaboration with DOH colleagues, the New York Obesity Prevention Center for Excellence, and 25 statewide grantees to implement environmental approaches for nutrition and physical activity strategies in 85 high-need school districts and 240 surrounding communities.

Jeanne George

AARP Louisiana

Dr. George is a retired clinical psychologist and volunteer community activist. She is AARP’s key volunteer on Transportation and Mobility issues, and as Co-chair of the Baton Rouge Sustainable Action Committee (STAC) led STAC’s efforts to get a Complete Streets Policy adopted by the City of Baton Rouge. Following its adoption, she has served on the Baton Rouge Citizens Complete Streets Advisory Committee and led STAC initiatives to support implementation of the policy, particularly as it relates to improvements to existing infrastructure in order to enable users of all ability levels to safely walk, bicycle and use public transit.

Zan Gibbs

University of Illinois at Chicago

Zan Gibbs is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and managing Portland Bureau of Transportation’s equity and inclusion initiatives and polices. This includes working with the Office of Equity and Human Rights on a Bureau wide racial equity assessment and five year action plan, managing our Title VI language translation and interpretation needs, advising program staff on the usage of equity lens tools and supporting the Bureau’s overall advancement of cultural responsiveness. Zan has spent the last 20 years working on various social justice initiatives in the non-profit sector in Portland. Zan has co-founded and managed two local organizations that focus on community change and anti-racist practice, one with a focus on high risk young people and the other focused on mobilizing allies in the racial justice movement. Zan has a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on multi-cultural program development, and is a huge fan of Ted Talks.

 

Calvin Gladney

Urban Land Institute & Smart Growth America (incoming)

Calvin Gladney has spent the past 15 years working around the country to ensure that the revitalization of neighborhoods and corridors is done equitably and that people in those areas have an equal shot at participating in the prosperity that can result from change. Immediately prior to becoming Smart Growth America's incoming President & CEO, Calvin spent more than 10 years at the helm of Mosaic Urban Partners, a firm he founded that delivered redevelopment strategies, addressed persistent blight, and catalyzed inclusive development in dozens of cities of all sizes around the country. During that time he also served as a Senior Visiting Fellow for Equity at the Urban Land Institute and an adjunct professor in the Real Estate Program at Georgetown University. He is also currently serving as the Urban Land Institute’s social equity fellow, helping the organization reflect on how it thinks about equity and advising on opportunities to integrate social, economic, and health equity considerations into ULI’s convenings, communications, and content. Calvin is also a trustee of ULI and a member of its national Public Private Partnership Council.

Josiah Golson

Glass House Collective

Josiah Golson is an artist, lawyer, and writer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the founder of 800 Collective, a diverse group of artists using art as a means of civic engagement and public discourse. Josiah's work comprises of creative workshops, public art projects, and community development.

Benjamin Groff

Tidemore Group

Ben Groff is a public affairs consultant with the Tidemore Group based in Baltimore, Maryland, working for progressive causes . Ben is an attorney trained at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He is an editor/podcaster for Ideal City.

Tafadzwa Gwitira

Opportunity Coalition

Tafadzwa Gwitira has worked in various health and human service sectors for twenty years. These include child care, family literacy, teaching ESOL, healthcare, and public policy. Born in Tanzania, and raised in Zimbabwe, she speaks five languages. She is passionate about communities being involved and supported to reach their highest potential. She is committed to social change that is intersectional, inclusive, innovative and just. She is certified in community building strategies, community organizing, Results Based Accountability and is a Certified Public Manager in Nonprofit, Federal and State Management. Tafadzwa was an Opportunity Collaborative Fellow, and a member of Cohort IX of Associated Black Charities. She was selected to attend the White House Opportunity Project in March 2016 as a community advocate, and also the inaugural Every Place Counts Leadership Academy, hosted by the US Department of Transportation, as one of a cohort of national community transportation leaders, to review and give input on the first ever National Transportation Toolkit. She also participated in the United Nation’s Maryland Consultation on the Post 2015 Millennium Development goals.

Sara Hammerschmidt

Urban Land Institute

Sara Hammerschmidt is Senior Director, Content at the Urban Land Institute, where she develops content and programs focused on the impact of the built environment on public health through the Building Healthy Places Initiative. Throughout her career, Sara has done extensive work on issues that lie at the intersection of health and the built environment. Previously, she worked at PolicyLink in Oakland, California, researching the inclusion of social and economic equity into projects, plans, and policies that are being implemented at the intersection of health and the built environment. Sara has spoken on the topics of Health Impact Assessment, the role of urban planning in creating healthier cities, and recommendations for incorporating health into all built environment decision making at several national conferences.

 

Sara holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on developing recommendations for how planning departments across the country can incorporate public health considerations into their work. She also holds a B.S. in Industrial Operations and Engineering from the University of Michigan and worked for eight years in the technology industry prior to graduate school.

Urban Land Institute

Juanita Hardy is the Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking at the Urban Land Institute. Her work supports the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by deepening and broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking through content, the ULI District Council network, and the Healthy Corridors grant program. Juanita has over 41 years of business experience, including 31 years with IBM, and over 35 years in the arts as a nonprofit leader, trustee, collector, and patron of the arts. She is the former Executive Director of CulturalDC, a nonprofit committed to making space for artists and art organizations and fostering cultural and economic vibrancy in communities through its creative placemaking services.

City of Orlando

Billy Hattaway, P.E. is the Transportation Director for the City of Orlando. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a MBA from Florida State University. He is the former champion for both the Florida Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused and Complete Streets Implementation Initiatives to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and comfort in the state of Florida. His professional experience includes transportation planning, street design, bridge design, safety and traffic analysis for a wide variety of transportation projects including redevelopment, transit oriented development and master plan charrette projects to create walkable, bike and transit friendly communities. He has held a number of leadership roles in the private and public sector including FDOT District One Secretary, FDOT Director, Office of Design and State Roadway Design Engineer. Hattaway was recognized by Governing Magazine as a 2014 Public Official of the Year, and by the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism with the John Nolen award for his leadership on the Department’s bicycle/pedestrian safety and Complete Streets initiatives.

Greg Heath

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Gregory W. Heath is Guerry Professor of Health and Human Performance and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He also serves as Director of Research at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga. Dr. Heath was formally with the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he spent over 20 years initially starting as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. He has a background in physiology, nutrition, and epidemiology and holds both his masters and doctoral degrees from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California. Dr. Heath has spent most of his professional career devoted to the understanding and promotion of physical activity and exercise for the enhancement of health as well as the prevention and management of chronic diseases. 

LaKeisha Henderson

Bike & Brunch Tours

LaKeisha is an architect, planner, creative problem solver, and founder of Bike & Brunch Tours. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and Masters Degree from Morgan State University’s City and Regional Planning program. During her 15 plus years of experience in the architecture and planning profession she sought to simultaneously translate these skills into ways to support her community. Bike and Brunch Tours was borne out of her love for her community in West Baltimore, desire to see its history and legacy preserved and uplifted, and to counter negative stigmas with positive references and experiences, and connect with others doing the same. Over the course of her nearly 20 years living in the community, LaKeisha has noticed the disparity of perceptions between those outside the community and the story of the community told by its residents. This was made even more apparent in her personal experiences as a member of the community, in the death of men like Freddie Grey, and the disconnect between resources and solutions provided in contrast to the resources needed. As mass demolition, with no clear post demolition plans, leveled block by block of the community while speculation grew from outsiders she wanted to do something. This something became Bike & Brunch tours. Bike & Brunch Tours offers group tours and private tours to everyone from the solo visitor to reunion, conferences, or corporate groups. The tour gives riders the opportunity to get to know and engage with Baltimore City and its African American community on a more intimate level. Beyond tours the company builds bridges to connect the cycling community, local organizations, businesses in the community featured in the tour, build relationships with other cycling groups. It also aims to increase the number of people biking in underrepresented communities and make cycling a normalized and accessible mode of transportation for everyone. The company’s event, Maintenance & Mingle, where Happy Hour meets bicycle maintenance brings together people from the bicycle community, adjacent community organizations, and aspiring bike riders. Through cycling she hopes to help build greater respect for and preserve the legacy of forgotten places, promote engagement with the community as partners not saviors, gets people moving and active...preferably on bikes, encourage supportive cycling infrastructure in under resourced communities, offer a fun time, and ...of course have brunch.

Brandon Hill

No Kings Collective

Brandon Hill is an installation artist, sculptor, designer, and muralist based out of Washington, DC. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Hill creates large-scale works across multiple forms of media to construct ideas that touch on culture, class and identity. Hill is also the co-founder of No Kings Collective (NKC) an agency based out of Washington D.C. that specializes in experiential design, installations, and murals. Founded as an artist collective, their practice has grown to include commercial, design/ build and large scale artwork.

Andrew Howard

Team Better Block

One of the leading voices on community revitalization, Andrew Howard is internationally respected for his people focused design approach and rapid-implementation strategies that are being replicated around the world Andrew co-founded the Better Block project in 2010 with friend Jason Roberts. One year later the pair formed Team Better Block, LLC, which has aided in bringing this grassroots revitalization project to over 150 communities in four nations. The project demonstrates how temporary sustainability improvements to a single city block can build momentum for long-term financial, social and environmental advancements. The American Society of Landscape Architects called it “a 21st century version of what the Chicago World’s Fair did in 1893.”

Philippa Hughes

Pink Line Project

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a social and creative placemaker who designs inventive and collaborative projects that strengthen communities, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful dialogue, and opens portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. She constructs human-centered activations that facilitate connections between neighbors, reinforce community bonds, and strengthen relationships. She is experienced in public and private collaborations having produced placemaking projects in collaboration with numerous Business Improvement Districts across D.C. and in partnership with the District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP). She imagined and executed two creative placemaking projects for "Crossing the Street," a grant awarded to OP by the Kresge Foundation. Philippa is also the chair of the board of the DuPont Underground, a former trolley stop turned into art space. She has spoken about her creative placemaking projects at TEDxAmericanUniversity, VisionDC, and IdeasFest.

Kristen Jeffers

The Black Urbanist

Kristen Jeffers has always been interested in how cities work. She’s also always loved writing things. She went off to a major state university, got a communication degree and then started a more professional Blogger site. Then, in her graduate seminar on urban politics, along with browsing the urbanist blogosphere, she realized that her ideas should have a stronger, clearer voice, one that reflects her identity as a Black southern woman. And with that The Black Urbanist blog was born. Seven years, one Twitter account, one self-published book, two podcasts and a litany of speeches and urban planning projects later, here we are. 

Marisa Jones

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Marisa Jones serves as the Healthy Communities Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In this role, she supports communities to improve opportunities for active transportation and healthy food access. Marisa leads the National Partnership's work on Safe Routes to Healthy Food, bringing the active transportation and healthy food access sectors together to identify strategies to overcome the transportation barriers to healthy food access. Working at the intersection of planning, public policy, and public health, Marisa is passionate about using place-based strategies to optimize community health. Prior to joining the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Marisa worked at the Institute for Public Health Innovation, where she led the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities and Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, supporting local governments to adopt policies that improve healthy food access and opportunities for physical activity. Prior to IPHI, Marisa worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine conducting research on racial disparities in breast cancer prediction models and interned at The White House, where she specialized in a portfolio of casework related to immigration, housing, personal finance, and education. Marisa completed a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health and Political Science at Tufts University and a Master of Science in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the relationship between geography and health. At Penn, Marisa co- founded the Hispanic/Latino Alliance for Change and Equity (HACE) and was awarded the Wilson-Spigner Award for Social Policy Excellence. Marisa is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Timberley Jones

Spokes Digital Media

Timberley Jones is a marketing and community outreach specialist who helps bike brands grow their businesses through digital media and grassroots campaigns. She shares her unique voice both online, through her strong social media presence, and as a sought-after speaker at events like the recent 2017 North American Bikeshare Association, where she discussed the intersection between bike share and social equity. Since stepping into her role as the Marketing and Community Outreach Manager for the Atlanta-based bike share program Relay Bikes, she’s helped grow the program by 400% in just 10 months. Timberley is also on the team that just opened Clutch Bicycle Shop, a full service bike shop on the westside of Atlanta, GA.

Carol Kachadoorian

Toole Design Group

Carol Kachadoorian is a Senior Planner with nearly three decades of experience in local government, policy development, government relations, multimodal transportation planning, and project management. An instructor with the Complete Streets Coalition, Carol’s work with Toole Design Group includes various pedestrian and bicycle assessment for schools, mixed use neighborhoods, and as part of master planning. She has also designed and led public engagement activities aimed at overcoming language and other barriers to participation. Carol is currently focusing her work on active transportation for seniors, including the needs of seniors who cycle. During her 11 years with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Carol worked on numerous pedestrian and bicycle initiatives.

Andrew Kohr

Stantec Consulting Services

Andrew is a landscape architect, transportation planner, and urban designer with over 13 years of experience working on a variety of public, private, and non-profit projects focused on reshaping the urban experience. A self-described “infrastructure nerd,” he is a member of Stantec’s Complete Streets initiative and oversees the growth of the Atlanta community development studio. Specifically Andrew works on a variety of projects from concept through implementation. These projects range from small urban spaces to multi-jurisdictional corridor plans. Andrew has worked on or managed a number Complete Streets and placemaking projects such as the “Live Rotten” Trail Vision Plan for the City of Marietta, Georgia; the Country Club Road Complete Streets Plan (Spartanburg, SC); HUD resiliency studies for the State of Kentucky; and the Lenox Road Corridor Plan (Atlanta, GA). In addition to his position at Stantec, Andrew holds various roles in other organizations including: Past- Chair and current member of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Board Member for the Cherokee Garden Library, past-president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Advisory Board member of Hill and Dales Estate (LaGrange, Georgia). Andrew, his wife Jenny, and their Weimaraner Briggs, live in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, two blocks from the Atlanta BeltLine.

Diane Kushlan

Kushlan | Associates

Diane Kushlan, AICP, has a passion for community planning that she has embraced for over forty years in California, Washington State, and Idaho. After working for local governments, most notably as Community Development Director for Carmel, California and Development Services Director for Mercer Island, Washington, Diane started her own consulting practice in 2002. Focused on Idaho local governments and non-profits, she has provided professional services to over fifty diverse planning projects. She served as the ULI Idaho district council coordinator during the Vista Healthy Corridor initiative and continues to volunteer her time on implementation of the project. Diane Kushlan received a Master’s Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, (AICP); serves on the board of the American Planning Association (APA) Idaho Chapter as the professional development officer; is an adjunct professor for the University of Idaho Bioregional and Community Planning Program; and is the program chair and sits on the Management Committee for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Idaho. She has been recognized with a national leadership award from APA, and as an Idaho Business Review Women of the Year.

Bert Kuyrkendall

Gresham Smith and Partners

Bert Kuyrkendall, P.E., is a senior transportation engineer at Gresham, Smith and Partners. He has more than 20 years of project management and design experience in the transportation field. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University in civil engineering, is a LEED AP ND, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.