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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.  If interested in becoming a USA expert adviser contact Robert Liberty at rliberty@pdx.edu

Listed below, by topic, are the individuals who have made their expertise available to our inaugural cohort (2013-14).

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 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.

 

 

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.  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 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: http://web.pdx.edu/~jdill/.

 

 

 

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 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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 NOLAFoodTrucks.com 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 FoodCartsPortland.com.

 

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.

 

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 is interim president at Eastern Oregon University. He served as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the Oregon University System from 2005 to 2014. 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. 


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 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.


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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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: www.orangesplot.net.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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)


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 is a former manager of of the Sustainable Stormwater Division of the City of Portland’s 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. 


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. 

 

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" 

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.

 

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 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.