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Urban Sustainability Experts

The Urban Sustainability Accelerator has an expanding panel of expert advisers. Our experts come from the public, private and nonprofit sectors and from the world of academe. They have decades of practical experience in a wide range of sustainability fields.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator experts support our program by leading trainings or tours during our cohort convening, participating in webinars or Skype consultations with partner cities, conducting site visits in partner cities or pairing with partner cities on academic research. Below is a list of those experts who have made their expertise available to our inaugural cohort.

Transit, Active Transportation, Transportation Systems Planning

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

Matt Berkow is a Senior Planner and project manager with Alta Planning + Design, a transportation consulting firm that provides bicycle and pedestrian planning and design services to agencies throughout North America and beyond.  He is one of Alta's leaders in bicycle and pedestrian data collection and analysis and he serves 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 is currently working on 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.


Anthony Buczek has 14 years of experience in transportation engineering, including municipal, state, and private-sector work, and currently works on 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.



Kelly Clifton is an Associate 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.  She is working on a project to link consumer spending to transportation choices and developing a model to predict pedestrian demand. She is the Chair of the World Society on Transport and Land Use Research, a Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and Director of the Oregon [Transportation] Modeling Collaborative.  Dr. Clifton has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, a MS in Planning from the University of Arizona, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.

Jennifer Dill researches and teaches about transportation decision-making processes and how those can inform policy and planning. Her recent projects focus on travel behavior, bicycling, transit-oriented developments, and active living policies. 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 analysis while evaluating innovative local planning initiatives. View her website here:




Denver Igarta is a 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 recently 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 performed 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 a Principal Planner with 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 degrees in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, a JD degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and a BS from Georgetown University. 


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.



Greg Raisman has been bicycling for transportation for more than a decade. He has an advocacy background in poverty, homelessness and environmental issues when tragedy led him to become a bike advocate. Greg curently 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 steets, pedestrian safety and traffic calming.





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.

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.



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 Bates 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.



Ed McNamara, a developer of innovative mixed use and mixed income projects, now serves as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales's policy director on development. He primarily works with the Portland Development Commission, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Bureau of Development Services.






Sustainability and Economic Development

  • Chet Orloff -  see expertise described below. 

Jennifer Allen is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, where she fosters sustainability-related research and curricula across campus and promotes 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.



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


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.


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 U.).

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 has served as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the Oregon University System since April, 2005. In this capacity, Dr. Kenton oversees the development and administration of the state university system’s budget, including funding needs for operations and capital, and develops policy recommendations to the State Board of Higher Education. He advocates for and helps to achieve the System’s short and long term objectives, and works closely with the Chancellor and leaders of the seven campuses to help achieve the vision and initiatives of the State Board. In addition to serving as a full-time administrator at OUS, Dr. Kenton holds 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 teaches public finance and budgeting topics. 

Katherine Krajnak is a Senior Project Manager at the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and manages a diverse portfolio of projects in Portland’s Central City.  Some of her more notable projects include the development and implementation of multi-organizational efforts such as the Portland Downtown Retail Strategy, the Central Eastside Entrepreneurial District (also known as Produce Row), and the Startup PDX:Challenge.  In addition, Katherine has managed the negotiation and disposition process for a number of PDC owned properties to be sold for redevelopment.  For the past year, Katherine has been the primary PDC contact for companies, property owners, and developers looking to do business in the Central Eastside - an area that has fascinated her since she started graduate school in Portland in 2004.

David Lackman
is the founder of Three Widows Brewing Company and the Library Alehouse, which won the Santa Monica Area 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. Brad relocated to Portland in 1992 and established Beam Development with his wife Elizabeth. While the Company's original focus was the historic restoration of 1-4 unit plex projects, the 1999 acquisition of the Historic Fairmount Hotel transitioned Beam's focus to larger yet also historical projects. In 2002, Beam's focus shifted to an 'industrial adaptation' project in Portland's Central Eastside Industrial sanctuary. This group of buildings, now known as the Eastbank Commerce Center and Water Avenue Commerce Center, were completely and sustainably revitalized, and today house a plethora of retail, design and light production facilities, showrooms and office-flex space. Since 2005 Brad has spearheaded additional projects including his largest project to date; the 172,000 square foot B&O Warehouse located in the Central Eastside Industrial Sanctuary. Renamed the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, this 8 story high-rise was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Elizbeth 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.






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.



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.




John Southgate is the director of business development for Hillsboro’s Chamber of Commerce.  He was the City of Hillsboro’s economic development director for six years prior to his position with the Chamber of Commerce.  Southgate’s previous work included working at the Portland Development Commission, where he was an architect of the thriving Interstate Urban Renewal Area, which was formed in the late 1990s.






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:


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 and Green Infrastructure

Includes eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs)

  • Terry Moore - see expertise described below
  • Dennis Wilde - see expertise described above under Sustainable 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.

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 manages the Sustainable Stormwater Division in the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. This multi-disciplinary team is devoted to the design, implementation, and monitoring of green infrastructure approaches in the urban environment, including green streets, tree planting, ecoroofs, bioswales and raingardens. This work is coordinated with other work of the City 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 has 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. 

Nick Hartrich is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the International Living Future Institute and the Cacasdia Green Building Council, in Portland, Oregon.  He helps develop and implement green building programming and outreach for architects, engineers, planners, builders, lenders, property managers, real estate brokers and developers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska.  Previously Hartrich designed and managed one of the Pacific Northwest's most successful green bulding programs.  He was intimately invovled with the creation and implementation of the Toward Zero Waste Initiative and helped to transfrom construction waste recycling across Washington State. Hartrich has reshaped public policy in local governments to strengthen public/private partnerships to support new models of urbanism and sustainable building solutions.


Matt Krueger is Grey to Green Canopy Outreach Coordinator for the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. About ten years ago, Matt and his wife Phoebe, both University of Wisconsin graduates, loaded up a van and headed from Madison, Wisconsin, to Portland, Oregon. They had no jobs or home in mind. They just liked the city, which Matt had learned about at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. It didn’t take long for them to find work. Matt quickly joined a local landscape design company, where he worked for five years before joining Grey to Green. In addition, Matt is a Friends of Trees crew leader and was a neighborhood coordinator. He keeps his eyes on the neighborhood trees and does “guerrilla watering” when needed.

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 manages the City of Portland, Oregon’s Bureau of Environmental Services, where he has been Director since 1994. 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, he was Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the State of Maine for seven years.  Mr. Marriott 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.


Urban Parks, Trails and Natural Areas

  • Kris Day, Neighborhood Trees & Green Space Initiative Senior Specialist, Friends of Trees.

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 - see expertise described under "Transit, Active Transportation, and Transportation System Planning"
  • John C Kelly  - see expertise described under "Transit, Active Transportation, and Transportation System Planning"

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.


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.


Don Mazziotti, former executive director of the Portland Development Commission, leads the the City of Beaverton’s community development department, which oversees planning, economic development and downtown redevelopment. Mazziotti headed Portland’s development agency from 2001 to 2005.






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 Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. 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 B.A. from  the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from the University of Hawai'i and her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts of Institute of Technology.


Ethan Seltzer is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His career in planning spans government and academia. Dr. Seltzer is recognized as an authority on regional planning and development and the Cascadia eco-region.  Dr. Seltzer served as President of the City of Portland Planning Commission and as a Land Use Supervisor for the Metro regional government during the adoption of the Regional Urban Growth Goals and Objectives.  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 a 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.


Urban Conservation of Water and Energy; Waste Reduction

  • Nick Hartrich - see expertise described under "Green Buildings and Green Infrastructure"

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 recylcing 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.