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Urban Sustainability Experts

The Urban Sustainability Accelerator has an ever-expanding panel of expert advisers to assist the cities we work with. Our experts come from every sector (public, private, nonprofit, academia). They have decades of practical experience in a wide range of urban sustainability-related fields.

USA experts support our program by leading trainings or tours during our annual Convening, participating in webinars or Skype consultations with partner cities, conducting site visits in partner cities, and pairing with partner cities on academic research. If interested in becoming a USA Expert Adviser contact Robert Liberty at

USA experts are listed below, by topic. Click on a topic below to jump to that section of this page:

Expert Adviser Interviews

Transit, Active Transportation, Transportation Systems Planning

  • Robert Liberty - Robert's expertise is described under "City, Regional and Statewide Planning."
  • Bob Stacey - Bob's expertise is described under "City, Regional and Statewide Planning."

Nicholas Abboud is a senior traffic engineer with the City of San Diego’s Development Services Department, Engineering Division. Nic has over 20 years of experience working in the transportation planning & traffic engineering field, both in the private & public sectors, including 5 years with the State of Maryland DOT and 5 years with the City of San Diego. On the private sector side, Nic has worked for a number of engineering consulting firms, the latest of which was Wilson & Company, Inc. as its San Diego office Transportation Engineering Manager for seven years. Nic is a registered Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer in the State of California and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). He has both a bachelor’s & master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering from Auburn University.

GB Arrington, Principal of GB Place Making, is one of the world’s most respected innovators in Transit Oriented Development (TOD). During his career, GB has directed the preparation of more than 125 TOD plans in 25+ states and 7 foreign countries. Time Magazine highlighted his plan for Tysons Corner, VA as one of “10 Ideas for Changing the World Right Now.” Previously GB established and led the global TOD practice for a major A&E firm. Before becoming a consultant, he charted a new, award-winning direction for TriMet - Portland, Oregon’s transit agency. GB created the Portland region’s widely acclaimed TOD program. GB received his Master of Science (MSc) in Town & Country Planning from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College.

Mathew Berkow is a Senior Associate with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.  Prior to that he was a senior planner and project manager with Alta Planning+Design, a transportation consulting firm that provides bicycle and pedestrian planning and design services throughout North America and beyond. He was one of Alta's leaders in bicycle and pedestrian data collection and analysis and served as project manager for the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Mr. Berkow has worked to develop bike share feasibility studies for numerous cities and helped develop a bike share technical assistance module for the US Environmental Protection Agency.  He also works on developing local transportation plans, pedestrian safety plans and the emerging field of bicycle sharing programs.


Mia Birk is known internationally for her leadership in transforming Portland, Oregon, and hundreds of communities beyond through her work as Bicycle Program Manager at the City of Portland (1993-99), and then as co-founder/President/CEO of Alta Planning + Design, a consulting firm focused on creating active communities.  She was also a co-founder/Vice-President of Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., which launched public bike sharing systems in 10 North American communities and Melbourne, Australia, including CitiBike in NYC. She is the author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, the story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca. She has been at the forefront of numerous groundbreaking studies and organizations, and was a co-founder of Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI).


Anthony Buczek has 15 years of experience in transportation engineering, including municipal, state, and private-sector work, and currently works on corridor projects and multimodal transportation planning and design issues for Metro in Portland, Oregon. He previously was the City Traffic Engineer for Asheville, North Carolina, working to implement a variety of complete streets projects, including road diets, roundabouts, one-way to two-way street conversion, safe pedestrian crossings, and traffic calming.  He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in transportation engineering from the University of Illinois, and is a registered professional engineer and professional traffic operations engineer.

Ian Carlton is an urban development researcher and consultant focused on real estate development and transportation planning. His advisory work considers the complex and context-specific relationships between real estate and transportation investments. Leveraging his background, Ian delivers economic and strategic insights to municipalities, transit agencies, regional planning organizations, federal agencies, non-profits, landowners, real estate developers, and policymakers at all levels of government. Ian is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Transit-Oriented Development Product Council, sits on the Transportation Research Board's Transportation and Land Development Committee, and is an Affiliated Research Associate at Portland State University. He holds a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning and two masters degrees - in City Planning and Transportation Engineering - from the University of California Berkeley, and an Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Kelly Clifton is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University specializing in transportation policy, the integration of land use and transportation planning, travel behavior, transportation surveys and transportation planning models. Her current research includes: development of pedestrian demand models, evaluating multimodal impacts of new development, and links between urban built environment, residential choices, and travel behavior. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Director of the Oregon [Transportation] Modeling Collaborative, and served as inaugural Chair of the World Society on Transport and Land Use Research. She has a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, an MS in Planning from the University of Arizona, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.

Andrew C. (“Andy”) Cotugno has 40 years of professional experience in the transportation and land use planning fields. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at Portland's Metro regional government and Senior Policy Advisor to the Metro Council. He has also served as Metro’s Planning Department Director (2000-2008) and Transportation Director (1980-2000). Prior to Metro, he worked as a transportation planner for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Cotugno received his bachelor's degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California in 1974, and has done graduate work in public administration at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Jennifer Dill researches and teaches about transportation decision-making processes and how those can inform policy and planning. Her projects focus on travel behavior, bicycling, transit-oriented developments, and active living policies. She is one of three Portland State University researchers who conceived of and obtained initial funding for the Urban Sustainability Accelerator program in the Center for Urban Studies. Dr. Dill values the community partnerships that she has forged through her research projects and believes that the Toulan School adds value to projects by providing objective, third-party evaluation of innovative. local planning initiatives. View her website:

Megan Gibb, AICP, has managed the Transit-Oriented Development Program at Metro (Portland's regional land use and transportation planning agency) for the last 8 years.  Her program partners with private developers on transit-oriented development projects throughout the region. Prior to her work at Metro, Ms. Gibb worked for the Portland Development Commission, the City's urban renewal agency, on public/private partnership development projects in the South Waterfront and Pearl Districts. Before moving to Oregon, Ms. Gibb worked as a planner in Michigan in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Gibb has also served as adjunct faculty in the graduate program for Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, her alma mater. She currently serves on the Railvolution National Steering Committee.

Jay Higgins is a planner in TriMet’s transit-oriented development (TOD) program. The TOD program seeks to bring increased ridership and density to light rail station areas. Mr. Higgins' recent projects include developing remnant property along the new Portland-Milwaukie light rail line, redevelopment of the Orenco Station Park & Ride lot, and a feasibility study for Gresham City Hall Park & Ride. Jay has a background in transit operations from his six years as a TriMet bus operator. He earned a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in 2012.

Denver Igarta is a senior transportation planner with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. He works on a broad range of transportation policy, street design initiatives and pedestrian, bicycle, transit and freight planning efforts. He served as one of the principal authors of the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030. His recent assignments include staffing a high-capacity transit study, a rails-with-trails project, and a neighborhood street system plan. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Dortmund, Germany and the University of the Philippines and holds a Master of Science in Regional Development Planning. In 2011, Denver was awarded an Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund to research lessons on creating “livable streets” from cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

John C. Kelly is with OBEC consulting engineers in Oregon, as part of its transportation planning and NEPA analysis practice. He was formerly a Principal Planner with AECOM (formerly URS Corporation). He has 30 years of experience with transportation project development, integrating land use and transportation planning, and assuring transportation project compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. For the Portland, OR, streetcar system he conducted the land use impact and policy compliance analyses for the Eastside Loop extension and the Lake Oswego extension. In 1993 he founded the Transportation and Growth Management program, a joint program of the Oregon Departments of Transportation and Land Conservation and Development that fosters sustainable development and transportation. John has a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Harvard University, a JD degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and a BS from Georgetown University.

Kimberly Knox has served as project manager on a number of transit-oriented development projects for Shiels Obletz Johnson. Prior to SOJ she worked at TriMet, the Portland region's transit agency, and was agency lead for transit oriented development throughout the Portland region, including construction of four park & ride facilities. She appreciates working with clients to promote transit-oriented, walkable communities including streetcar projects in Portland and Oklahoma City. Kim’s focus has been on advancing projects with demonstrated social and community benefits including the Oregon Rail Heritage Center and Oregon Food Bank. She promotes a collaborative team approach with her clients, implementing processes and communication strategies to effectively manage projects from conception to completion. Kim earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

Peter Koonce, P.E., is one of the nation's foremost authorities on traffic signal systems and bus and light rail transit signal priority, and has worked on projects across the country. He has national visibility and credentials as a leader in transportation planning and continues to develop the profession by providing training materials for educational programs. Peter is currently Manager of the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation's Signals, Street Lighting & ITS Division, responsible for all traffic signals and street lights in the city. He has served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University, teaching graduate-level courses in transportation engineering. Peter has also worked for the Texas Transport Institute and Kittelson & Associates, and has served as an editor for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide.  He received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University, and a masters in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M

Gerik Kransky is the Advocacy Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland, Oregon. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is a 22 year old nonprofit organization that exists to make bicycling safe, convenient, and accessible. In partnership with a supportive city government and favorable state policy environment, we are fairly successful, reaching ~7% of daily trips in the City of Portland by bike. He has spent the last 15 years advancing public policy through grassroots organizing, advocacy, and electoral campaigns. His nonprofit background includes environmental, youth, public health, land use, and transportation issues.

Neil McFarlane has been TriMet's general manager since 2010. Previously, he served as TriMet's executive director for capital projects, leading the development, design and construction of TriMet's capital facilities including the airport, I-205 and MAX extensions, and WES Commuter Rail. From 1991 to 1998, he was TriMet's project control director for the 18-mile Westside light rail project. TriMet is considered a national leader in transit innovation. Prior to TriMet, McFarlane worked for Metro, helping manage construction of the Oregon Convention Center.  He earned a master's degree in urban planning from UCLA in 1977 and a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly Pomona in 1975.

Lynn Peterson served as Secretary of Transportation for Washington State for three years, from 2013 to 2016. She led an agency with a biennial budget of $6 billion and responsibility for 20,000 lane-miles of roadway, nearly 3,000 vehicular bridges, a state ferry system, rail lines, transit and demand management programs and state airports. Previously she was Sustainable Communities and Transportation adviser to the Governor of Oregon, after being elected as the Chair of the Clackamas County Commission.   Her prior experience includes serving as a Lake Oswego City Councillor, Strategic Planning Manager for TriMet (Portland's metropolitan regional transit agency) and a regional travel forecaster. She worked as a transportation engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for five years.  She has a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison and Masters degree in civil engineering and urban planning from Portland State University.

Greg Raisman has been bicycling for transportation for more than a decade. He has an advocacy background in poverty, homelessness and environmental issues.  Tragedy led him to become a bike advocate. Greg currently works for the Community and School Traffic Partnership at the Portland Bureau of Transportation. He specializes in bicycle safety, school traffic safety, drunk driving prevention, red light cameras and crash data mapping and analysis. Greg also works on green streets, pedestrian safety and traffic calming.

Brian L. Ray, PE, is a senior principal engineer at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. in Portland. He has 30  years' experience in multimodal transportation planning, traffic engineering, and contextual roadway design, and specializes in applying a systems approach in developing transportation solutions. Brian's design experience includes developing and evaluating conceptual alternatives for freeway, highway, and arterial street systems. His arterial experience includes conventional and modern roundabout intersection design. He is co-author of a 2014 National Cooperative Highway Research Program report on performance-based highway and road design, and has performed location design and engineering evaluations for a variety of corridor studies and EIRs across the US. He also conducts training courses on "Applying the Highway Safety Manual," "Roadway Geometric Design," "Modern Roundabouts," and "Context Sensitive Solutions." His safety-related experience includes serving as a technical senior resource and providing quality assurance review for integrating safety into existing planning and design processes and projects.

Steph Routh has over 10 years' experience in community building and transportation advocacy. She has been building platforms and programs to connect people with their communities, as a key to better city and neighborhood planning. Steph is the "Mayor" of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Her recent book is "How to Move by Bike." Steph was executive director of the walking advocacy nonprofit Oregon Walks. While there, she piloted Walktober (a celebration of walking); improved the state's crosswalk safety law; and developed a Crosswalk Safety Education Action program in partnership with local transportation and police agencies. Steph has been involved in the founding and/or growth of Umbrella, Cycle Wild, Shift, and other groups in Portland.

Samuel N. Seskin has worked for over 40 years with state and local, national and international organizations on projects and plans that integrate transportation, smart growth and sustainable development. His projects have won awards from the American Planning Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency, as well as an Award for Excellence for his leadership of the development of Greenroads, a global rating system for sustainable roadway design and construction. He led the development of Mosaic, an innovative system- and project-planning method and tool for Oregon DOT. For the Federal Highway Administration he led the development of the first national guidance document focused on sustainable roadway planning, development, operations and maintenance.  Other work includes directing the development of a guidance document and demonstration projects on multimodal urban arterials for the St. Louis, MO region.  Sam received his Master of Public Affairs & Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1975, and his B.A. in American Studies from Yale College, 1972.

Eric Sundquist is managing director of the State Smart Transportation Initiative, where he has organized a community of practice that includes many of the nation’s most forward-thinking DOT CEOs and sustainability directors. He has led numerous technical assistance efforts, including an industry-leading project to assess trip-making in order to reduce SOV demand, and a two-year hands-on review of transportation practice and policy in California. Before SSTI, he was a senior associate and policy analyst focusing on transportation and clean energy at COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy). He has also worked as a transportation researcher at Georgia Tech, an instructor at Georgia State University, and an editor for JAPA, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and several other newspapers. Eric received his PhD in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech, an MS in public policy from Georgia Tech; an MH in humanities from the University of Richmond; and a BA in English from Miami University.

Ian Stude, director of transportation and parking services at Portland State University, commutes to campus by bicycle every day. Over the past ten years, he has worked to make bicycle commuting more accessible to PSU students and employees—launching an on campus bike co-op, an affordable bike rental program, and an annual bike commute challenge, as well as collaborating with the city of Portland to develop better bicycle infrastructure on and around campus. Ian is a graduate of Portland State University.

Jarrett Walker has been a transit planning consultant for 20 years, and is the author of Human Transit, a book designed to explain the core issues of transit design to the general reader. He brings expertise in transit network design and redesign, and in relating transit planning issues to community goals and aspirations. He also brings years of experience leading innovative public outreach processes that engage and empower the public. He holds a PhD in a literature field from Stanford University, and has worked with a broad range of city governments, transit agencies and private organizations across the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Robin Wilcox, formely with Alta Planning + Design, is a CLARB-certified landscape architect in the State of Oregon with many years of project management, active transportation, and sustainable design experience. She has led a broad range of planning and design projects, including urban streetscape design, stormwater gardens, cycle tracks, and regional trails throughout the United States. Robin possesses in-depth knowledge of urban bikeway design standards, sustainable design, project development, and effective graphic presentation, and is a frequent presenter on cycle tracks and protected bikeways. She is a member of ASLA's Urban Design Panel and is an Oregon ASLA Executive Committee member. Robin received her Bachelor in Landscape Architecture degree from Texas Tech University.

Rick Williams' background is in parking and transportation demand management (TDM). His company, Rick Williams Consulting, focuses on parking management and TDM programs for business districts.  He has created comprehensive parking and/or TDM plans for over 80 cities throughout North America. Rick also serves as contract Executive Director of Go Lloyd, which he helped establish in 1995 as Oregon's first transportation management association (TMA). Go Lloyd’s focus is on parking management, transit, bicycle and pedestrian programs as well as marketing and communications. It serves 90 businesses and 9,000 employees participating in programs for reducing commute trips. Single-occupant vehicle trips to the district decreased from 76% in 1999 to 43% in 2013 during which time the district’s transit mode split rose from 10% to 39% and bicycle commuting from 1% to 8%. In 1999 the TMA was recognized by the US EPA as having one of America’s most innovative business district transportation programs.


Rob Zako has been working on transportation, land use, climate change, and sustainability issues for 18 years. As a research associate with the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative, he explored using the triple bottom line to make transportation and other decisions; examined the efforts of four states to reduce GHG emissions from transportation; and is currently studying how effectively transportation investments are advancing livability goals nationally. He is also the Executive Director of Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST), which promotes better transit, safer streets, and walkable neighborhoods in Oregon’s second-largest metro area. Previously, Rob worked as a Land Use/Transportation Planner for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development on climate change issues. As an independent consultant, Rob helped form the Lane Area Commission on Transportation, a diverse group of stakeholders that advise the Oregon Transportation Commission on funding priorities. Rob has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Berkeley and a B.A. in math from Harvard.

Equitable Development

Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University. When urban studies and planning professor Lisa Bates looks at a neighborhood, she sees more than buildings. She sees how economic policy, institutional racism, and human perception contribute to housing inequities after catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina and in Portland’s urban revitalization. With data as her ally, Bates uses her work to pose a powerful question: Can we do better? Lisa serves on the City of Portland plan update advisory committee and has a research specialty in gentrification and the displacement of renters, homeowners, and business owners.  She is available to consult with team members about how to identify areas that are likely to, or have begun to, gentrify and to have strategies in place to avoid or mitigate these problems.

John Jackley is the Director of Business and Social Equity at the Portland Development Commission in Portland, Oregon, where he oversees outreach and communication to a wide variety of diverse audiences including citizens, contractors, businesses minority chambers of commerce, community leaders and organizations, and stakeholders. John graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and received the Certificate of Public Management from the Atkinson School of Business at Willamette University in Oregon.

Martha McLennan is Executive Director of Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA). Formed in 1982, NHA's portfolio serves over 2,600 residents in 1,874 units in 16 Oregon counties. NHA has developed affordable housing with support from HUD, Oregon Housing and Community Services, and numerous local governments. It has built expertise in funding projects using various innovative models, and won the 2010 Metlife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. NHA is the developer of both the 52-unit Charleston at Villebois (Wilsonville, OR) and the 45-unit Alma Gardens senior affordable housing project at Orenco Station (Hillsboro, OR)—both new urban neighborhoods working to include affordable housing. Previously, Ms. McLennan worked for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development as a housing and neighborhood revitalization program manager and as a project coordinator for special needs housing for the Portland Development Commission.

Moriah McSharry McGrath is Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Social Sciences at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.  She takes an urbanist approach to public health, viewing community design and social policy as drivers of population health. Moriah is a leader in the emerging field of health impact assessment (HIA) and provides technical assistance to planning agencies and social justice organizations seeking to maximize the health equity impacts of their work.  She holds a PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University, master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, and a BA in Feminist and Gender Studies from Haverford College.  She is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Madagascar)

Ed McNamara, a developer of innovative mixed-use and mixed-income projects through his company, Turtle Island Development, LLC, is also the former policy director on development for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. He has worked with the Portland Development Commission, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Bureau of Development Services.

Steve White is a project manager for Oregon Public Health Institute’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Healthy Community Planning Initiatives.  His work at OPHI focuses on assessing and improving the connection between the built environment and health, through the use of HIA for working with diverse stakeholders to include public health into decision-making processes. Steve has completed multiple HIAs on plans and projects in the housing, land use and transportation sectors, and has conducted research on active transportation, housing and food access issues. His works brings together a diverse group of partners representing land use and transportation planning, urban design, affordable housing, natural resources, government, academic researchers and community organizations. Steve received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Sustainability and Economic Development

  • Chet Orloff - Chet's expertise is described under City, Regional and Statewide Planning, Policy and Process.

Jennifer Allen is Associate Professor of Public Administration and former Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, where she fostered sustainability-related research and curricula across campus and promoted partnerships between PSU and other institutions in the region and internationally. Her areas of research include sustainable economic development, green buildings and rural-urban market connections. Allen previously worked at the World Bank, EcoTrust and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She holds degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and George Mason University.

Adam Beck is the Program Director for EcoDistricts.  Adam has over 17 years of experience in environmental and social planning, with a passion for developing and implementing sustainability tools for built environment projects. Prior to joining EcoDistricts in 2013, Adam spent over three years with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) developing the Green Star – Communities rating tool in collaboration with government and industry. This work is highly respected globally, being one of few rating tools that covers the full spectrum of sustainability issues across the built environment. Adam has also been involved with the efforts by the World Green Building Council and the C40 Cities Initiative to strengthen global partnerships in sustainable urban development.

Fletcher Beaudoin, assistant director of Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, develops interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships that provide faculty and students opportunities to connect with sustainability issues in the community. He assists with strategic planning for sustainability research and funding, manages a regional partnership of organizations focused on ecosystem services, and advises for a variety of campus-level sustainability initiatives. He holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy and Energy Policy from Columbia University. When he’s not collaborating on how to make the Northwest even greener, Fletcher can be found brewing beer, sprinting on the soccer field, or biking around Portland.

Rob Bennett is the founding executive director of EcoDistricts. He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with 14 years of direct experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development and environmental policy. Before EcoDistricts, Rob worked for two of North America’s most innovative cities, Vancouver, BC, and Portland, Ore., and the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, where he provided technical assistance to cities throughout North America in the areas of climate change reductions and building performance policy.

Brett Burmeister, a Portland, OR native, is the managing editor and co-owner of Food Carts Portland, a resource for street food enthusiasts. He ate at his first food cart in 1991 and has never looked back. Brett has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Saveur and The Guardian, among others. He advises street food vendors and helps them operate successfully within the often bewildering mobile vending laws. Brett and his business partners launched for the New Orleans street food scene, and they have consulted for other communities that want to emulate the Portland model. In 2013, Brett was a featured speaker at the World Street Food Congress in Singapore. You can find him at

John Carroll is the principal of Carroll Investments LLC, and develops and owns real estate. For the last 25 years he has developed exclusively in urban centers connecting to the regional transportation system. His focus has been on mixed use development in growing healthy, active urban environments. Carroll was a pioneer in the development of Portland’s Pearl District, whose Master Plan is an example of his work to help create livable, high density urban communities. Mr. Carroll has been involved in Portland’s Streetcar from its inception. He chaired the original Streetcar Advisory Committee, whose mission was to create a plan to reconnect Portland neighborhoods with rail transit, supporting a broad vision of high quality revitalized central city neighborhoods. He has also served on and chaired the Portland Streetcar Inc. Board.

Joe Cortright is President and principal economist with Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Joe is senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders, and has served as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has advised to state and local governments, private businesses, foundations and advocacy groups in more than a dozen states, Canada and Europe. Prior to starting Impresa, Joe served for 12 years as the Executive Officer of the Oregon Legislature’s Trade and Economic Development Committee. Joe is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Liz Dunn is the founder of Dunn and Hobbes, a Seattle-based developer of mixed-use projects in urban village neighborhoods. The company specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as the construction of new urban infill projects. She is also the founding director of the Preservation Green Lab, for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Preservation Green Lab advances research that explores the value that older buildings bring to their communities, and works with selected partner cities and environmental organizations around the nation on policy initiatives that incorporate reuse of existing buildings and neighborhood fabric into those cities’ larger sustainability objectives - ranging from environmental performance to economic resiliency and cultural diversity.

Shane Endicott is the Executive Director of Our United Villages. Shane co-founded Our United Villages and its first project, The ReBuilding Center, in 1997 with an all-volunteer effort. Shane was born and raised in Oregon and is a strong advocate for socially and environmentally responsible practices throughout the region and beyond.  Our United Villages has become regarded as one of the region's most visible examples of triple-bottom-line values in the sustainability movement. From diverting eight tons of reusable building materials from landfills each day, to providing free tool kits and resources for community building, The ReBuilding Center is a national and internationally recognized model for strengthening the environmental, economic, and social fabric of local communities.

Erin Flynn is Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University and a recognized leader in regional economic development. Erin leads a wide array of local and state initiatives involving sustainability and green technology, urban planning, industry clusters, and neighborhood businesses. Her work helps define how universities can use partnerships to enhance regional economic development while expanding their portfolios of federal and corporate funded research. In 2013, Erin was appointed Chair of the Oregon Business Commission, an oversight body that provides strategic advice to the Oregon Business Development Department. Prior to joining PSU, Erin served as Urban Development Director for the Portland Development Commission, where she spearheaded a 5-year economic development strategy for the city. She holds a Ph.D in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Janet Hammer has worked on sustainable development issues for over two decades, serving in public, private, and non-profit settings. Janet is a systems thinker who collaborates across disciplines and sectors to address complex community problems. She led a project for the US Economic Development Administration to create an on-line tool that helps practitioners and decision-makers in the public, private, and non-profit sector to ensure that development investment achieves strong economic, social, and environmental results – also known as Triple Bottom Line. She has earned degrees in city and regional planning, and energy management and policy (U. Pennsylvania), environmental policy analysis and planning (UC Davis), and education, and urban studies (Portland State University).

Roslyn Hill, sometimes called "The Queen of Alberta Street," was one of the original developers of what became the Alberta Arts District of Portland, Oregon, starting in the early 1990s. Working with business partners, she is credited with redeveloping several blocks along Alberta Street, and pioneering the use of urban touches such as public art and corrugated metal siding paired with existing vintage structures. An interior and landscape designer, Hill bought a building in tax foreclosure at Alberta and 14th Place in 1993, rehabbed it and opened Roslyn's Garden Coffee House. She went on to buy and fix up a dozen buildings. She insists on community-minded tenants who rely on foot traffic and help build the street's lively nature. Hill was honored by the national AARP in 2008 as an "urban-blight fighter."

Jason Jurjevich is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State, and the Assistant Director of PSU’s Population Research Center (PRC), a research institute in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. A broadly trained human geographer, his research interests focus on the spatial implications of demographic change. His past research has addressed age-articulated patterns of migration across space and compositional impacts of migration across political landscapes. Broadly, his current research interests explore the relative importance of economic opportunity, amenities, and other social factors on the longitudinal migration patterns for young, college-educated workers to U.S. metro areas.   Jason has a BBA from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an MA from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Thomas (Tom) J. Kemper, managing member of KemperCo, LLC, has 25 years of experience in real estate investment, finance and development, including thousands of apartment units and commercial properties - from residential subdivisions to mixed use communities to the master planning of a downtown waterfront community. Kemper was the guiding force behind the development of Center Commons, an award-winning, mixed-use, transit oriented community along the MAX corridor in Portland, as well as Esther Short Commons, another award-winning development in downtown Vancouver. Other projects in the Portland region include The Hawthorne, North Main Village (Milwaukie), Putnam Pointe (Bend), and The Pointe at Bridgeport, a retail/office complex (Tualatin). Kemper has developed a strong track record in the financing and development of over $2 billion in real estate transactions.

Jay Kenton is former interim president at Eastern Oregon University and former Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the Oregon University System. In this capacity, Dr. Kenton oversaw the development and administration of the state university system’s budget, including funding needs for operations and capital, and developed policy recommendations to the State Board of Higher Education. He worked closely with the Chancellor and leaders of OUS's seven campuses to help achieve the vision and initiatives of the State Board. In addition, Dr. Kenton held the rank of Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU, where he taught public finance and budgeting topics.

Jim Kumon is the Executive Director of the Minnesota based non-profit, Strong Towns, which is focused on helping American cities and towns achieve financial strength and resiliency through responsible land use, transportation, and economic development strategies. With his unique perspective as an urban designer, citizen-advocate, small-scale developer, transit wonk and business owner, Jim is a nationally sought after practitioner on how to nurture both neighborhoods and main streets. His common-sense based passion for sustainability has taken him from building solar houses in college to certifying LEED buildings in Los Angeles in his early professional career, to tinkering with his extensive urban lot rainwater system for his vegetable garden each summer. Jim is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

David Lackman is the founder of the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA, which won the area's Sustainable Quality Award in 2003. Library Alehouse illustrates the role that a pub - a combination tavern and restaurant - can play in revitalizing a district or neighborhood, and how it can build a sense of community while modeling sustainable business practices. Community building and sustainability are hallmarks of David's business approach. He helped Santa Monica develop and initiate a food scrap compost diversion program, and was a pilot participant in Santa Monica's Business Greening Program and an active member of the Farmers Market community. He holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and completed the Brewpubs and Microbreweries Program at UC Davis.

Nolan Lienhart is the Director of Planning & Urban Design at ZGF Architects LLP in Portland, Oregon. Nolan has worked on a variety of master planning and strategic development projects which have demanded solutions to complex urban financial, political and environmental conditions. His projects include waterfront development plans, mixed-use neighborhood plans, and campus master plans, including the Eliot Bay Seawall Project, the Zidell Yards Master Plan, and the OHSU Schnitzer Campus Framework Plan. He is currently working on the OMSI District Plan. Civic leadership is an important part of Nolan’s work; he currently serves on several non-profit boards and on committees for Portland’s Central City Plan and the Community Investment Initiative. Nolan holds a Master of City Planning degree and a Certificate of Real Estate Design and Development from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Renee Loveland has over 15 years of experience in real estate development focused on all aspects of green building. She manages the LEED certification efforts across Gerding Edlen’s portfolio. Much of her time is spent working early on with design and construction teams to integrate meaningful energy and water efficiency strategies into buildings. Renee manages the energy analysis effort, identifies and secures financial incentives related to energy efficiency and green building, works to ensure sustainable practices and policies are carried through from construction to operations, and manage Gerding Edlen's sustainability reporting. In addition to her work on the development side, she is a project manager within Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions, where she works with public and private real estate portfolio owners to provide tailored retrofit development services as well as master planning consulting services around district-scale infrastructure. Renee served a three-year term on the City of Portland’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) and is on the Board of the Center for Innovative School Facilities. Renee graduated from the American University in Paris in 1991 with a BA in International Relations and minors in both International Economics and French, and she is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional.

Will Macht owns the development firm, Macht & Company, which focuses on types of mixed-use, urban waterfront development, public-private partnerships, housing and retail marketplaces pioneered by the Rouse Company, where he served as a Development Director. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in both PSU’s School of Urban Studies & Planning and at UO’s Architecture School/Portland, where he teaches courses on development planning, public/private partnerships and mixed-use development. Macht is an editor and regular contributor to ULI’s Urban Land journal, books, and a variety of other urban development publications. Formerly, he was an aide to Sen. R.F. Kennedy, International Counsel of Gates Rubber, a gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Investment Board and a founder of the Hood River Urban Renewal Agency. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from UVA Law School and has lectured and consulted in multiple venues nationally.

Brad Malsin is co-founder of Beam Development in Portland with his wife Elizabeth. The company's focus is on community-based projects, historic preservation, and industrial re-adaptive reuse. In 2002, Beam began work in Portland's Central Eastside Industrial Sanctuary, and has sustainably revitalized the Eastbank Commerce Center, Water Avenue Commerce Center, and 8-story Olympic Mills Commerce Center. These projects, all placed on the National Historic Registry, have helped redefine the Central Eastside as a creative office district. They showcase flexible menu-driven space for growing and emerging businesses. Other Beam projects include the Globe Hotel (for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine) and the Eastside Exchange building at the Burnside Bridgehead.  Both buildings were placed on the National Historic Registry, used cutting-edge techniques in restoration, and are LEED Gold certified.

Elizabeth Malsin co-founded Beam Development with her husband Brad in 1992. Prior to relocating to Portland, Elizabeth was a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York County. Her role at Beam currently involves lease and personnel management and the care-taking of Beam's resident pack of canines.

Charles ("Chuck") Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns, a nonprofit that advocates for models of development that allow America's cities and towns to become financially strong and resilient. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Vol 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the primary author of the Strong Towns blog and host of the Strong Towns podcast. Chuck is a PE (licensed in Minnesota) and a member of the AICP. He grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. Besides being passionate about Strong Towns, he loves playing music and is an obsessive reader. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

Chris McGowan is a planner, economic developer and community builder whose passion is working to transform cities. His firm, CMC Strategic uses a multidisciplinary approach to successfully and sustainably grow communities into great places. Chris brings diverse interests together with creative solutions to achieve big plans. He led the revitalization of downtown Waco, TX, and prior to that he worked on land use, transportation coordination, and economic development in Houston. Chris believes that great places define great cities, and these great places are important catalysts if leveraged effectively. With 20+ years on the ground, he applies practical experience and expertise to identify, conceptualize, activate and realize great places. Chris has degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Chris Neamtzu is the Planning Director for the City of Wilsonville, where he is responsible for the long-range and current planning programs. With over 19 years at the City, Chris is intimately involved in all aspects of land use planning, policy and development in the community, including the planning and implementation of Villebois, an award winning 500-acre new-urbanist community. Chris earned his degree in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University and is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Keeping his academic ties to the natural environment, Chris served for 13 years on the Board of Directors and is a past President of Oregon Community Trees, the state's non-profit urban forestry advisory board.

Michele Reeves is an urban strategist with extensive experience in revitalizing mixed-use districts, placemaking, retail leasing, development consulting, and project management. In her consulting practice at Civilis, she helps cities renew their urban places by teaching the building blocks for successful revitalization through effective and non-traditional community outreach that includes interactive workshops, hands-on district tours, and presentations. Together with city stakeholders, she develops detailed and achievable plans for revival, with a focus on improving what already exists.

John Russell is the founder and owner of Russell Development Company in Portland, Oregon. He has been involved in shaping and preserving Portland's urban landscape for over 30 years, as past chair of the Portland Development Commission, the Mayor’s Business Roundtable and the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Economic Development, and as a member of the Oregon Transportation Commission, the Portland Planning Commission, and the Portland Historic Landmark Commission. Russell Development has garnered national attention for its achievements, including the first legacy office building in the U.S. to receive a LEED gold rating. John's passion for historical preservation of landmark buildings led to his owning and restoring an entire block of buildings in downtown Portland. John received his B.S. from the Webb Institute and an MBA from Harvard.

Greg Schrock is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His work examines the connections between regional economies and local labor markets, and between economic and workforce development planning at the local level. His current areas of research include local and first source hiring policies, connections between local sustainability planning and economic development, manufacturing and industrial revitalization efforts, and regional migration dynamics of young college-educated workers. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a doctorate in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bing Sheldon is the founder and former chair of SERA architecture (retired in 2012). He has extensive experience in master planning, mixed-use facilities and adaptive reuse of historic structures. As chair of the Portland City Planning Commission, he led the state’s largest citizen-driven planning effort to produce the Portland Downtown Plan, which encouraged density and reduced sprawl. He is a recognized authority in dealing with preservation and renovation challenges. In 2014 he received one of Portland’s highest honors: Portland First Citizen. From the 1980s to early 2000s, he served as vice-chair of Central City Concern, an agency that offers a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery and employment. CCC’s work in renovating urban SRO housing became a standard for other non-profit housing organizations and attracted national attention. Bing received a Bachelor of Economics from Tufts University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

John Southgate has a private consulting firm, assisting cities, private institutions, and developers on public-private partnerships that advance a place-making mission. John spent most of his career in the public sector, initially as part of the Urban Design staff for the Portland Bureau of Planning, followed by serving as a Senior Project Manager for the Portland Development Commission, where he managed the Yards at Union Station, the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal effort, and other major projects. He also served as Economic Development Director for the City of Hillsboro, where his accomplishments included the formation of a Downtown Urban Renewal Area, major revisions to the Development Code in support of Transit Oriented Development, the Venetian Theater, 4th Main (Hillsboro’s first mixed use TOD), and the Health Professions Campus (a joint partnership among the City, Pacific University, Tuality Community Hospital, and Portland Community College). John received his BA from the University of Oregon in Italian & French, with coursework in the Honors College. He has also taken extensive coursework at Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies & Planning.

Eli Spevak has been crafting affordable, community-oriented housing developments in Portland since he arrived in 1994 as a volunteer construction supervisor with Habitat for Humanity. During his first decade in Portland, he managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing. His development and general contractor company, Orange Splot, LLC, pioneers new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments.  Orange Splot projects have been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, and NBC’s Today Show. Eli is also involved in the small home movement. Spevak earned a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Portland State University. For more information about recent projects visit:

Peter Stark is a registered architect, planner and owner of his own firm. He is a past president and served on the board for the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC). Under his leadership and his drafting of the "Evolution of an Urban Industrial District" in 2000, he helped start the perception (and transition) of the district from traditional industrial to a mixed “urban” industrial district. In 2008, he was responsible for directing the Central Eastside’s Strategic Plan. He is Executive Director of the Central Eastside Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (a TMA) and serves on the Portland Streetcar Board and other regional committees including those for transportation, urbanization and growth. Currently Mr. Stark is looking at zoning adjustments and development opportunities for large parcels around TriMet's Tacoma Station (opening fall 2015), including a 91.5 acre industrial area representing multiple owners/parcels in the City of Milwaukie, Oregon.

Alex Steinberger is an urban planner with a strong foundation in economics and spatial analysis. His experience in real estate economics, transit-oriented development, and land use planning allows him to approach projects with an eye for creative, effective solutions. As a project manager with Fregonese Associates, he focuses on corridor redevelopment analysis, fiscal impact analysis, and GIS. Before joining Fregonese Associates, he coordinated and provided detailed analysis for large infrastructure projects with the Oregon Department of Transportation. Alex holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sara Vonde Veld works in the Department of Campus Planning, Development and Real Estate at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She focuses on day-to-day issues related to space planning and program growth. She is also involved in the University's long-range planning initiatives, including expansion of OHSU's campus to Portland's South Waterfront district. Sara worked on the recently completed, multi-institutional Collaborative Life Sciences Building located in the South Waterfront district, and is now planning OHSU's next research and clinical buildings. She enjoys being involved with challenges around new development, transportation, sustainability, and science and academic programs. Sara received her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Stephen M. Wheeler, Ph.D., AICP is a Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program, Department of Human Ecology, at the University of California at Davis. He previously taught at the University of New Mexico and U.C. Berkeley. He is particularly interested in developing long-term sustainability strategy and vision at local, regional, or state levels. His areas of research interest include sustainable development, climate change planning, urban design, and urban morphology. He is the author of Planning for Sustainability: Creating Livable, Equitable, and Ecological Communities (2nd Ed. 2013) and Climate Change and Social Ecology (2012), and co-editor of The Sustainable Urban Development Reader (3rd Ed. 2014). He is the recipient of several awards in urban planning, including the William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning and a Switzer Fellowship for environmental leadership.

Dennis Wilde has more than twenty years of experience in urban planning and design, and has been active in construction and real estate development since 1967. He has been involved in green development and redevelopment projects for many years, including the five city block project known as The Brewery Blocks in Portland which has become a model for sustainable urban redevelopment. Wilde is an active board member of The Natural Step Network, the Cascadia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST). He earned a degree in architectural engineering from Washington State University, and an M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

B.D. Wortham-Galvin teaches design and humanities for the PSU School of Architecture. She has a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from MIT. Wortham-Galvin also has Master’s degrees in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and in Architecture from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on how theories of cultural sustainability and the everyday can be applied to the design and stewardship of an adaptable built environment. She brings to PSU her non-profit organization, Urban Dialogues, Inc., which won the 2009 Outstanding Project of the Year Award from the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Program for its community design work on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Green Buildings, Green Design, and Green Infrastructure

Includes eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs)

  • Terry Moore - Terry's expertise is described under "City, Regional and Statewide Planning, Policy and Process" 
  • Dennis Wilde - Dennis's expertise is described above under "Sustainability and Economic Development"

Nancy Buley is Director of Communications for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., wholesale tree growers of Boring, Oregon. Elected a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, she is a member of numerous horticultural organizations including the American Nursery & Landscape Association, Oregon Association of Nurseries, Garden Writers Association and the Society of Municipal Arborists. Nancy serves on the board of directors of Friends of Trees and on the Policy Committee of the Alliance for Community Trees. Trees have a way of following her home. There, she enjoys gardening beneath an ever-widening canopy of shade, and co-owns Treephoria LLC, a boutique nursery that specializes in growing rare and unusual trees.


Matt Burlin is an Environmental Program Coordinator for the Willamette Watershed Team at the Bureau of Environmental Services. The agency is responsible for operating and maintaining the sewer and stormwater systems to protect Portland watersheds, rivers, and streams. Matt develops and implements communication, outreach, and education strategies for watershed and green infrastructure programs. Additionally, he coordinates collaboration between city planning, design, and permitting staff and private sector professionals to address barriers to emerging green roof technologies. Matt is a founding member of the Green Roof Information Think-tank and a LEED Green Associate. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management (1995) from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University (2004)



Patrick Condon is the Chair of the Masters in Urban Design Program and Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of experience in sustainable urban design, first as a professional city planner and then as a teacher and researcher. He started his academic career in 1985 at the University of Minnesota, then went on to UBC to serve as the Director of the Landscape Architecture program and the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments. He has worked to advance sustainable urban design in the U.S., Canada and Australia, pioneering public engagement methods and strategies for designing sustainable communities. He and his research partners have recently collaborated with the City of North Vancouver to produce the “100 Year Sustainability Vision,” a plan to make the city a zero-carbon community.


Amber Clayton has been involved with stormwater and urban restoration projects in Portland since 1999.  She has managed stormwater retrofit projects at churches, schools and private property sites, worked with community groups to implement watershed restoration and enhancement projects, and worked on city-wide stormwater regulatory policy. She currently manages two programs for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services: the Stormwater Retrofits Program, which implements targeted stormwater retrofits on private property; and the Stormwater Management Manual, which contains the City's policy requirements and design guidelines for stormwater management. Her work in Portland has included community grant coordination, outreach and education, and restoration work, all of which draw on her passion for improving urban water resources one raindrop at a time.  Amber received her M.A. in geography from Portland State University and B.A. in biology from Wellesley College.


Kris Day, Neighborhood Trees & Green Space Initiative Senior Specialist, is an ISA Certified Arborist with Friends of Trees. Friends of Trees’ mission is to bring people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield metro areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces. Since Friends of Trees was founded by Richard Seidman in 1989, they have planted nearly half a million trees and native plants.





Linda Dobson retired as manager of Portland's Sustainable Stormwater Division in the Bureau of Environmental Services. Her team was devoted to the design, implementation, and monitoring of green infrastructure approaches in the urban environment, including green streets, tree planting, ecoroofs, bioswales and raingardens. Their work was coordinated with other City work to realize multiple objectives such as enhanced pedestrian and bicycle networks, cooling and cleaning the air, community enhancement, and climate resiliency. Linda received her Masters and undergraduate degrees from Portland State University in Urban Planning. She worked for the City of Portland for 31 years in a variety of roles including City Planner and Senior Policy Advisor.

Mike Faha is a founding principal of GreenWorks. His primary professional interest is in creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological, and social needs. Mike leads planning and design project teams which integrate urban ecology, green infrastructure, and urban design on a variety of project types. Mike is adept at working with clients, regulators, and stakeholders in creating projects with broad support. His prior employment with engineering, ecological and landscape architectural firms helped propel him into a leadership role that integrates various professional disciplines, helping them in meeting broad-based community design objectives. 


David Goodyke is a landscape architect at Nevue Ngan Architecture (NNA), where he brings creative thinking grounded in practical experience. Through his experiences at NNA and previous years of work in Vancouver, B.C., David has developed an extensive background in green infrastructure, transportation, and natural resources. From green street master plans to detailing stormwater inlets, he has completed a wide variety of project types while finding creative solutions to unique constraints and specifications.  While working on the Montgomery Green Street Plan, David balanced freight and motorized vehicle needs with the requirements for pedestrians, bikes, and stormwater facilities.  His understanding of place-making was also essential as he was involved in the design of the projects assembled in a national ASLA award-winning plan. David received his MLA from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in fine arts from the University of Oregon.

Nick Hartrich has 12 years of creative direction and program management experience in sustainable design, policy innovation, green building and water management solutions. He is the Sustainability Specialist for Waterplay Solutions, working to overhaul how humans interact with water in the urban environment. Previously, Nick spearheaded community engagement with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the Cascadia Green Building Council. Prior to ILFI, he collaborated with the leading BALLE affiliate business network, Sustainable Connections, where he developed one of the Pacific Northwest's most successful green building & smart growth programs. Nick has reshaped public policy in both city and county governments to strengthen public/private partnerships that champion urban revitalization. 


Emily Hauth is a member of the Sustainable Stormwater Management division for the City of Portland, Environmental Services.  Emily manages the Green Street Steward program, a partnership between the city and volunteer citizens in the care and maintenance of public green street facilities.  Since 1999, she has worked to promote green infrastructure implementation throughout the city; providing education and outreach, project management, and technical assistance to industry professionals, partner organizations, and visiting delegations. Emily has stayed true to her native Portland roots: she holds a Environmental Science and Resources with a minor in Biology from Portland State University (2001).  



Elaine Kearney has over a decade of experience in the field of landscape architecture, during which she has worked on award-winning projects featuring green roofs and living walls. She is currently a Senior Associate with TBG Partners landscape architecture firm. Prior to that she was the technical director at Columbia Green Technologies, which specializes in comprehensive vegetative roof solutions. Elaine is well-versed on specialized green roof topics such as public policy initiatives, stormwater regulations, wind uplift, construction best practices, green roof plants, and maintenance. She received a BA in economics from Trinity University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is a registered Landscape Architect and a certified Green Roof Professional.



Matt Krueger oversees outreach efforts, partnership development, and contractor management for the Environmental Services Tree Program with the City of Portland.  The program focuses on tree planting as an essential component of the city’s green infrastructure.  Outreach efforts and plantings target low canopy and low income areas, industrial and commercial zones, and priority areas with particular stormwater issues. The program has reached over 180,000 properties and planted over 30,000 urban trees. A partnership with the nonprofit Friends of Trees has been a key strategy in its success. Matt has previous experience working on environmental impact studies at a consulting firm. Prior to his current position, he worked for a landscape architecture firm with a focus on commercial and residential landscape design. Matt also volunteers as a crew leader with Friends of Trees and manages a community garden.

Tom Liptan is a landscape architect who is recognized as one of the earliest champions of green roofs ("ecoroofs") in the United States.  During his service as an environmental specialist with Portland Oregon's Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland's green roofs grew from Liptan's original experiment atop his garage in 1996 to 351 green roofs and rooftop gardens covering more than 26 acres by 2010, with city leaders committed to creating an additional 43 acres by 2016.  he has presented papers on his work in the US. Canada, England, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden.  He is co-author of "Stormwater Gardens" in the Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design, 2002, and a wrote a section of Green Roofs, Ecological Design and Construction, 2005.


Dean Marriott is the former director of the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), serving from 1994 to 2015. BES is responsible for sewer and stormwater treatment, pollution prevention, watershed management, environment engineering services and the Portland Harbor Superfund program.  In 2011 the Bureau completed a $1.4 billion combined sewer overflow abatement program.  The Bureau plays a leadership role in the development of green streets and eco-roofs. Prior to his work at BES, Dean was Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the State of Maine for seven years.  He holds a degree from the University of Delaware and a law degree from Florida State University.



David Sailor received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California at Berkeley where he conducted research with the Energy and Environment Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His early research focused on mesoscale atmospheric modeling of urban areas with an emphasis on heat island mitigation strategies. After 10 years on the Engineering faculty at Tulane University he moved to Portland State University where he became founding director of the Green Building Research Laboratory (GBRL.) The GBRL works closely with industry to test and develop new technologies and strategies for high performance buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency and urban climate interactions.



Jeff Schnabel is a PSU Professor currently exploring the potential of projected media to transform the built environment. In addition to collaborating on light installations in the Recess Gallery (Project) and the Autzen Gallery (Alteracion), he engaged his students in projected light experiments in the city. Jeff is working in Oregon City with the Clackamas County Arts Commission to use projected light to illuminate the historic pedestrian elevator as part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He is also currently serving as part of the Willamette Light Brigade, charged with illuminating Portland’s bridges.



Wesley Sydnor is Program Manager for the Louisville/Jefferson County (KY) Municipal Sewer District’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, responsible for stormwater environmental programs, including green Infrastructure.  He spent three years with Greeley and Hansen in Sarasota, Florida performing design and planning of water, sewer, force mains, and reclaimed water systems.  For five years after that he worked for O’Brien and Gere Engineers on their Combined Sewer Overflow programs, Green Infrastructure program, regulatory document development, and EPA Consent Decree efforts.  He continued those efforts with the Louisville/ Jefferson County MSD in 2008.  Wes is past-president of the KY/TN Water Environment Association (WEF).  A native of Shively, KY, he received his B.A. in civil engineering at the University of Louisville and his M.E. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Louisville.


Paddy Tillett is an architect, urban designer, and city planner with over 40 years of experience.  He practiced in Osaka, London, Cologne, and Abuja, Nigeria before coming to live in Portland, Oregon in 1982.  He is a Principal in Planning and Urban Design for Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF).  Paddy has been responsible for many of ZGF's major planning and urban design projects, including downtown revitalization strategies and urban waterfronts, large-scale corporate campuses, transportation systems, and more than 25 college and university campus master plans.  His projects include the Denver 16th Street Mall Urban Design Plan and the Embarcadero Parkway Master Plan. Paddy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is known nationally as a speaker on urban design issues.  Paddy holds an Architectural Diploma from the Oxford School of Architecture as well as a Master of Civic Design from the University of Liverpool.

Jerry Yudelson is one of the leading green building experts in the U.S. He chaired the Steering Committee for USGBC's Greenbuild (2004-2009), the largest green building conference in the country, and has trained nearly 4,000 people in the LEED rating system. He served on the board of USGBC and was a founding board member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Jerry is the author of 13 books, including The World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs Performance in Sustainable Design (2013).  His recent book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis, features practical water saving approaches for architects, engineers, developers, public officials and others faced with charting a course in a more arid future, along with case studies of 7 US cities and research on international approaches to water security. Jerry has worked as a consultant for federal agencies, state and local governments, and utilities, and was co-founder and director of the Green Building Services consulting unit of Portland General Electric in 2000.  He has worked in project development for wind power, co-generation, and photovoltaic systems, and been a management and marketing consultant to 200 firms ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small product manufacturers.  Jerry holds an engineering degree from Caltech, a masters in water resources engineering from Harvard, and an MBA from the University of Oregon. 

Urban Parks, Trails and Natural Areas

  • Kris DayKris's expertise is described under "Green Buildings, Green Design, and Green Infrastructure"

Mike Houck is the founder and Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute.  He has played a leading role in the development of policies to protect urban wildlife habitat and the creation of a regional system of natural areas in the Portland Oregon-Washington metropolitan region.  He serves on the City of Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission and is a board member of The Intertwine Alliance Mike co-founded the national blog, The Nature of Cities, to foster communication among metropolitan regions in the U.S. and internationally regarding nature in the city.  He has received many honors for his work, locally and nationally. Mr. Houck has a B. S. in Zoology from Iowa State University and a M.S.T. in Biology at Portland State University and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. (Banner photo this page courtesy of Mike Houck.)


Zari Santner worked in the Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation for 30 years,  culminating in eight years as Director.  She played a leadership role in integrating parks design and development with the realization of both urban renewal and environmental sustainability objectives.  Important projects that she guided during her tenure include the Eastbank Esplanade along the Willamette River, a pedestrian and bicycle path heavily used for both recreation and commuting, and the 26-mile Springwater Corridor.  She played a leadership role in the creation of new community centers and new parks in the downtown core (Director Park) and the Pearl District (Jamison Square and Tanner Springs Park.)  Santner has a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


City, Regional and Statewide Planning, Policy and Process

  • Kelly Clifton - Kelly's expertise is described under "Transit, Active Transportation, and Transportation System Planning"
  • John C Kelly  - John's expertise is described under "Transit, Active Transportation, and Transportation System Planning" 


Cherry Amabisca is the president of Save Helvetia and the Helvetia Community Association.   Cherry is an active advocate for community causes in the Helvetia area, focusing on efforts to protect the cultural heritage and historic farmland of the area.  She currently serves on the Intel Community Advisory Panel.  Cherry was a substitute teacher for the Hillsboro School District, teaching bilingual and special education youth.  Prior to that, Cherry worked for 20 years as a program manager for various high-tech firms.  In 2012, Cherry was awarded the Washington County Harold Haynes Award for outstanding citizen service and leadership.  She has lived in Helvetia for over 25 years with her husband, daughters, and cows. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Education/Spanish and an M.B.A.



Richard Benner served in the Office of Metro Attorney where he advised Metro Regional Government on urban growth management and transportation.  Between 1991 and 2001 he served as Director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, the state agency that oversees the Oregon statewide land use planning program.  Before that, he was the Executive Director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission during the time (1987-1991) that the commission developed a management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.   Prior to that, he spent 12 years as Senior Staff Attorney with 1000 Friends of Oregon.   He holds a BA from Princeton and a JD from the University of Oregon Law School. He continues to speak and write about growth management and sustainability.



Carlotta Collette has served on the Portland region's Metro Council since 2007 and brings more than 30 years’ experience addressing complex infrastructure, livability and natural resource issues. Besides working on land use, open space and transportation planning, she is the Council’s lead on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, on strategies for meeting state greenhouse gas reduction targets and on the Parks and National Areas System Plan.  She also serves on steering committee of the Metro’s Transit Oriented Development Program.  Prior to the Metro Council, Collette served on the Milwaukie City Council where she helped guide revitalization efforts including light rail planning and downtown redevelopment.  She has also been a public involvement strategist with the four-state Northwest Power Planning Council and operated her own consulting firm developing public involvement and marketing strategies for both government and non-profits. Collette has a BA in Humanities from Marylhurst College.


Tom Daniels directs the concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and is well-known as one of the leading thinkers and practitioners of farmland preservation.  Tom frequently serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts. Since 2005, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Orton Family Foundation, which seeks to promote better planning and decision making in small cities and towns. From 1989 to 1998, Tom managed the nationally-famous farmland preservation program in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he lives. For many years, Tom was a Senior Contributing Editor for Farmland Preservation Report, a national newsletter and co-authored Holding Our Ground: Protecting America’s Farms and Farmland (Island Press, 1997).  He holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of Newcastle (UK) and a PhD in Economics from Oregon State University.



Adam Davis is a founder/principal at DHM research. For the last 30 years, he has been advising local, regional and state governments on public attitudes toward land use planning, transportation, and economic development.  In addition to issues directly related to growth management, he has completed a number of projects for organizations addressing related issues such as water quality, natural resource management, and sustainability.  He has also assisted developers and builders with market research. Adam has managed numerous projects for Metro, TriMet, and the City of Portland, including Metro 2040 and VisionPDX.  He also has traveled the country assisting other regions in their planning efforts.  Adam graduated from of the U. of Oregon School of Law and holds a B.S. in Political Science from Portland State U.


Eric Engstrom is Principal Planner with the City of Portland's Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He managed the development of the Portland Plan, a strategic plan for the City of Portland and partner agencies, adopted in 2012.  He is currently charged with overseeing Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update, a 20-year vision for directing land use and growth in the city. He has worked in planning with the City of Portland for nearly two decades, working on a variety of land use and strategic planning topics, including infill development strategies, urban natural area protection, and zoning code reform. He has a Master's of Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University.




Steve Erickson is a Principal GIS Specialist at Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. He recently received his 25-year service award from the agency. At Metro he cut his chops digitizing many of the original Regional Land Information System (RLIS) data layers. He spent a stint with Metro’s web team; programming and managing the quality assurance process for application development.  He has also worked on many GIS related projects for internal and external clients. Currently Steve is the lead in coordinating the publishing of the RLIS Live data. He has a BA in geography from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.




Gil Kelley is Practitioner in Residence at the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and a consultant advising governments in the US and other countries on strategies for addressing climate change and sustainable urban development. He served as Director of Planning for Portland, Oregon for nine years and as Director of Planning and Development for Berkeley, California for ten years. During his tenure in Portland the city carried out the ambitious South Waterfront project, transforming a river-front industrial brownfield into a new high-rise urban neighborhood with many green features. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, an instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Lincoln Loeb Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville City Councilor, has been a resident of Wilsonville Oregon for nearly her entire life. She has served over time in numerous capacities in elected positions in local governments and as a volunteer for regional and state organizations.  In 2014 she won election to the City Council.   Previously she served on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, including two years as chair. Prior to that, Charlotte served on the Wilsonville City Council for 17 years, first as City Councilor, and then as Mayor. During her 12-year tenure as mayor, the City successfully undertook major infrastructure projects, including advancing the 500-acre Villebois urban-village development, building the $45 million Willamette River Water Treatment Plant, rebuilding the I-5/Wilsonville Road interchange, and commencing the $44 million major expansion of the Wastewater Treatment facility



Robert Liberty has more than thirty years of experience with Portland and Oregon’s urban redevelopment, urban containment and compact growth planning laws and programs, including the protection of farm and forest lands and natural areas through urban growth boundaries and farm and forest zoning.  He has also been involved in several highway and transit planning issues and projects. His experience includes service as an elected member of the Portland regional Metro Council, as staff attorney and Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon and as Senior Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer.  Liberty has degrees from the University of Oregon Honors College, Oxford University and Harvard Law School and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In March 2015 he was appointed to the Columbia Gorge Commission, which helps administer the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act.


Greg Malinowski is a Washington County (Oregon) Commissioner.  Commissioner Malinowski and his family manage 60 acres of farmland growing organic hay and beef between Washington County's Bethany area and Portland's Forest Park. In addition, he has worked for over 30 years in high technology manufacturing, quality, and inventory control with Merix and Tektronix, and has served as a commissioner since January 2011.  Commissioner Malinowski's community involvement has included service as a past chair of Washington County's Citizen Participation Organization (CPO) 7 in the Bethany area and as a past president of the Forest Park Neighborhood Association representing the Tualatin Mountains area of northwest Portland.  He also serves on the Association of Oregon Counties Legislative Committee, the Board of Clean Water Services (CWS) and Community Action.


Don Mazziotti is the former executive director of the Portland Development Commission (2001-2005) and former head of the City of Beaverton’s community development department, overseeing planning, economic development and downtown redevelopment. 







Jim Middaugh is the Communications Director for Metro, the Portland area’s regional government. Prior to coming to Metro in 2008, he had more than 20 years of experience in policy, public affairs, strategic planning, communications, media relations and stakeholder relations. He has also held various for at the City of Portland and environmental nonprofits.  Jim received a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.






Jason Miner has served as the executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon since 2010. Before then he was the Geoffrey Hughes Director of the Western Massachusetts Program for the Nature Conservancy.  Prior to this, from 2000 to 2005 he served as Conservation Director for Oregon Trout and was on the Steens Mountain Advisory Council from 2001 to 2005.  He was instrumental in creating the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act. He holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Amherst College and a law degree and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University.






Terry Moore, one of the founders of ECONorthwest, leads its Planning and Development practice area. His project work focuses on transportation and land-use planning, economic development, growth management, policy analysis, and market analysis. In 1994, the American Planning Association published his book, The Transportation/Land Use Connection. He received an American Planning Association 1996 Current Topic Award for Transportation Planning and in 2001 was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Terry has written articles for the Journal of the American Planning Association, Land Use Policy, Urban Land, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, and Journal of the American Institute of Planners. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at U. Oregon.


Margaret Neal - much of Dr. Neal’s research has focused on managing paid work while caring informally for older adults. She and colleague Dr. Leslie Hammer recently completed a book on working, sandwiched-generation couples, that is, couples caring both for children and aging parents. Another thread of research she has conducted concerns planning for aging populations in the U.S. and in developing countries. Her interests include Global aging issues, particularly planning for aging in developing countries; the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals who are engaged in paid employment while providing informal care to aging family members; designing age-friendly communities and neighborhoods for healthy  aging; transportation needs and alternatives for older adults; and older workers.


Chet Orloff is one of Oregon’s preeminent historians, and a specialist in historic building redevelopment. A proponent of vibrant cities. He is an adjunct professor in the urban planning school at Portland State University, Director Emeritus at the Oregon Historical Society and Director of the Museum of the City, a virtual museum for cities around the globe.



Connie Ozawa is the Director of the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. She is one of three Portland State University researchers who conceived of and obtained initial funding for the Urban Sustainability Accelerator program.  Dr. Ozawa's interests include how to integrate different sources of information into planning decisions in ways that build strong working relationships.  Integrating theory and practice, Dr. Ozawa  has led negotiation training workshops with practitioners, the Portland Development Commission and the Housing Authority of Portland.  Dr. Ozawa edited The Portland Edge: Challenge and Successes in Growing Communities (2004) and authored Recasting Science: Consensus-Based Procedures in Public Policy Making (1991). Dr. Ozawa has a B.A. from  the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Hawai'i and her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts of Institute of Technology.


Ted Reid is a Principal Regional Planner at Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Ted's primary role at Metro is managing the technical, legal, and political work that leads to the elected Metro Council's urban growth management decisions. He has also served as Metro's project manager for a diverse portfolio of projects conducted in partnership with public and private-sector organizations, including: The Regional Equity Atlas 2.0, which provides an online mapping tool to assess how well different populations across the Portland metropolitan area can access key resources necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being and The Regional Industrial Site Readiness inventory, which identifies the actions and investments needed make the region's inventory of large industrial.  He has a BA from Carleton College and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.


Ethan Seltzer is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His career in planning spans government and academia.  He is one of three PSU researchers who conceived of and obtained initial funding for the Urban Sustainability Accelerator program.   Dr. Seltzer is recognized as an authority on regional planning and development and the Cascadia eco-region.  He served as president of Portland's Planning Commission and as a land use supervisor for Metro regional government during the adoption of regional urban growth goals.  At the City of Portland, he assisted City Commissioner Mike Lindberg with park system planning, land use planning and budget matters. He serves on the Portland 2035 Central City Plan advisory committee.  He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.


Bob Stacey has been active in the field of state and regional land use and transportation planning since 1979. He began his career as a Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon where he played an important role in the legislative and legal development of the Oregon planning program.  He later returned to 1000 Friends as Executive Director.  Stacey served as Planning Director for the City of Portland, Chief of Staff for Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and as senior policy adviser to the General Manager of TriMet, the Portland regional transit agency.  He has also worked as a land use attorney in private practice. In 2012 he was elected to the Portland Metro Council.  Stacey has a BA from Reed College and a JD from the University of Oregon Law School and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Bob Wagner is Senior Policy and Program Advisor at American Farmland Trust where he creates and promotes state and local farmland protection strategies nationwide and oversees AFT's land project and easement stewardship activities. He also develops materials to advance farmland protection issues and techniques. Wagner contributed to the national guidebook, Saving American Farmland, writes frequently for American Farmland Trust's blog, "The Farmland Report," and speaks at local, state, regional and national events on the importance of local agriculture and the techniques communities can use to protect agricultural resources.   Before joining American Farmland Trust, he was a legislative assistant to then-Congressman James Jeffords of Vermont and a land use consultant for the Vermont Department of Agriculture. He has a BS in biology from Bucknell University and an MS in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont.

Dennis Yee is the chief economist for Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.  He oversees Metro's economic forecasting and land use research department and has been in the business of forecasting regional economic, business and demographic trends for over 30 years. The forecasting and research department is responsible for various economic studies, which are used to inform Metro's UGB management decisions; land use planning and transportation studies. Before joining Metro, Dennis was a staff economist for the Bonneville Power Administration and worked in BPA's economic research section. Dennis received his graduate degree in economics from the University of Oregon and also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.



Joe Zehnder is a planner and community development professional with over 25 years experience in large and small communities and in the public and private sectors. Currently he is Chief Planner for the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability where he manages all planning programs – comprehensive planning, central city, urban design, environmental and river planning and neighborhood development.  In 2012, the Bureau completed the Portland Plan - a strategic plan for the city that focused on equity, economic prosperity, education and healthy community design.  Prior to moving to Portland, Mr. Zehnder was a principal with SmithGroup JJR in Chicago and a senior policy director at the Urban Land Institute. For seven years, Mr. Zehnder was a planner and deputy commissioner with the Chicago Department of Planning & Development.  Prior to this role, he was planning director for Montpelier, Vermont and a community development planner in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mr. Zehnder has degrees in urban planning and economics.


Urban Conservation of Water and Energy; Waste Reduction

  • Nick Hartrich - Nick's expertise is described under "Green Buildings and Green Infrastructure"

Gary Killacky is Chief Engineer for False Creek Energy at the City of Vancouver, where he manages  and operates the award-winning Neighbourhood Energy Utility.  A 40-year professional in the energy industry, he has headed the technical teams of Pandora Consult and Legend Power Systems, leading energy efficiency companies, and overseen project management of major energy plant upgrades.  Gary acted as commissioning agent for the sewer heat recovery district heating systems in the City of Vancouver's Olympic Village.  In 2005 he received an award for Innovation and Product Development from the Canadian Energy Efficiency Grand Prix.  He received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Greenwich, England with post-grad studies in electrical generation, operations, transmission, OHS and lighting design. Gary's twin passions are renewable energy and sustainability.


Anthony Levenda is a PhD candidate in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. He has experience in energy consulting and auditing in the public realm through the University of Illinois Department of Architecture and Urban Planning Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) where he worked as an energy engineer.  He has continued to work on energy policy and advocacy while completing his dissertation, which investigates the politics of knowledge in energy demonstration projects, living laboratories, and climate change experiments in US cities with a focus on energy networks and climate governance.  His research asks critical questions about urban infrastructures in a changing climate.  Anthony's earlier education focused on the ways in which engineering practices and knowledge can improve environmental sustainability in the built environment.  He has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.


Loren Lutzenhiser teaches graduate courses in energy and society for Portland State University, and is a research associate with PSU’s Center for Urban Studies.  He asks “What motivates people to conserve energy or not? And how do patterns of consumption impact the environment?”  He completed a project with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Energy Trust of Oregon that studied the biggest “winners” and “losers” of home retrofits.  As Principal Investigator of the Advanced Residential Energy and Behavior Analysis (AREBA) project, funded by the California Energy Commission, Dr. Lutzenhiser has examined the State of California’s efforts to forecast household energy use and understand how consumer behavior influences energy demand.  He contributed to the National Academy of Sciences panel report, America’s Climate Choices (2010), and has authored or co-authored a number of articles in scientific journals.  He has BA and MA degrees from the University of Montana and a PhD from the University of California-Davis, all in sociology.  


Kieran McConnell is the Systems Engineer for the City of Vancouver's Neighborhood Energy Utility (NEU), which is North America’s first district heating system to use waste heat recovered from untreated sewage.  He provides management and technical oversight for the entire project. With extensive expertise in both sustainability and renewable energy, Kieran’s current focus is the implementation of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Energy Strategy in the downtown core; leveraging private-sector capacity and integrated resource recovery opportunities to deliver low-carbon systems with minimal financial exposure for city taxpayers.  Kieran received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University.



Terry McDonald has been Director of St. Vincent DePaul of Lane County since 1984. In 2011 St. Vincent DePaul served over 80,000 people.  The agency has 450 employees, 1000 units of affordable housing, a social service ofice, two day shelters for homeless families and individuals, twelve retail thrift stores, a car lot, a vocational services department, a glass foundry, an appliance repair shop, a mattress recycling program and seven other distinct recycling and re-use programs.  McDonald has built much of this operation through revenues earned from materials recovered or re-purposed from solid waste.  McDonald has degrees in Political Science and History and a Masters of Education from the University of Oregon.


Dick Wanderscheid is Vice President of the Renewable Energy Group at Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). He has a long history with energy programs and utilities, including starting and managing Ashland Oregon's Resource Conservation and Renewable Resource programs from the early 1980′s through 2009. He has been active in many regional and state utility organizations and served as Secretary/Treasurer of Northwest Requirements Utilities and on Governor Kulongoski’s Renewable Energy Work Group.  From 1979 to 2000 he was employed by the City of Ashland in various capacities including heading Ashland's Municipal Electric Utility. Dick has degrees in Business Administration from Oregon State University and in Geography from Southern Oregon University. He began work at BEF in January 2010.