advisory_board

Digital City Testbed Center

Advisory Board

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Cat Allman


Program Manager
Developer Ecosystem Team, Google, San Francisco, CA

Cat has been with Google for 14 years working with open source and "maker" community development. Her startup experience includes Mt Xinu, Pilot Network Services and Sendmail Inc. She has spoken at events and institutions including http://makerstown.eu/, LinuxConfAU, GoOpen Arctic Forum, CMU, OSCON, ACM-SIGCSE, NUS Singapore, and UCSC, and has organized conferences including the 1st Open Source Track at Grace Hopper, Sustain!, Science Foo Camp, and Education & Lifelong Learning Foo. She is a 4 term USENIX.org Board member, IEEE Standards Association Open Source Committee (OSCom) member, 2x Jury member Falling-Walls.com, and judge for the 2018 UNESCO Hackathon.

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Richard Beckwith

Research Psychologist
Anticipatory Computing Lab at Intel, Hillsboro, OR

Richard’s expertise is in AI and Society, Autonomous Driving, and Natural Language Processing (NLP). He received his PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1986. From 1986 to 1991 he was a research scientist at Princeton University’s Cognitive Science Lab, working on WordNet. From 1991 until going to Intel in 1996, he was a Research Faculty member at Northwestern University in the Institute for the Learning Sciences.

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Kathy Berg

Architect
Partner at ZGF Architects, Portland, OR

Kathy is an architect, conservationist and avid cycling enthusiast. For almost 25 years she has led design teams as they develop solutions for a broad range of building types from large scale mixed-use districts, to corporate offices, research buildings, as well as art and branding projects. Kathy’s work with clients leading in the fields of technology, human performance, resource efficiency, workplace, and research offers the opportunity to investigate the critical intersection of high-performance design and the future of transportation and urban places.

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David DeVos

Global Head of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance
LaSalle Investment Management, Chicago, IL

David oversees LaSalle’s global ESG strategy and objectives, while driving program execution in partnership with the firm’s regional Sustainability Officers, senior leadership and portfolio stakeholders. Prior to joining LaSalle, David worked for PGIM Real Estate as the firm's Chief Sustainability Officer where he led efforts to secure numerous sustainability achievements and designations across a wide-ranging, diversified portfolio. Previously, he was a Co-Founder at Ecoxera, Director of Corporate Sustainability at Kohl's, and a VP of Store Design and Construction at Follett Higher Education Group. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Montclair State University’s Institute for Sustainable Studies, the Urban Land Institute’s Responsible Property Investment Council, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark’s Benchmark Committee and the American Institute of Architects. He has an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and degrees in architecture and environmental design from the University of Minnesota.

 

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Damien Francaviglia

VP of Technology & Business Transformation
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Portland, OR

Damien is passionate about technology and leading change with projects ranging from technology infrastructure evolution to guest-facing digital experience. Before OMSI, Damien worked in Paris, France for an international association, as well as Lattice Semiconductor in Hillsboro, Oregon. He has worked in Estonia, England, Russia and Africa and values cross-cultural perspectives. Damien has a B.A. in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from University of Oregon.

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Jason Franklin

Director of Campus Planning and Design
Portland State University, Portland, OR

Jason Franklin, AICP, is the Director of Campus Planning and Design at PSU and manages the Campus Planning Office. He also is an adjunct faculty in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning where he teaches Project Management for Planners. Prior to joining PSU, Jason worked as a planning consultant in Portland. He has managed campus master plans, comprehensive plan updates, transportation system plans, parking plans and natural resources plans. Jason received a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from PSU and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Minnesota.

 

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Antonie Jetter

Associate Professor of Engineering & Technology Management and Director of the Innovation Program
Portland State University, Portland, OR

Antonie was on the founding team of a venture-backed start-up company in equipment manufacturing, an experience that ultimately led her to pursue a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management from RWTH Technical University, Germany. Antonie teaches courses on new product development, entrepreneurship, and technology marketing. Her research interests are new product development, managerial cognition, and decision making. Antonie’s research involves users, community members, and other stakeholders through participatory modeling with Fuzzy Cognitive Maps.

 

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Margaret Kirkpatrick

Of Counsel
Pearl Legal Group, Portland, OR

Margaret advises clients on public policy and strategy with an emphasis on energy and the environment. Previously, Margaret served as Senior VP and General Counsel at NW Natural as well as Senior VP of Environmental Affairs. She was also a partner with Stoel Rives, LLP. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Portland State University, and on the boards of the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, The Classroom Law Project and The Children’s Institute. Margaret has a bachelor’s from the College of Wooster, a JD from Lewis & Clark College, and an LLM from the University of Edinburgh.

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Ben Levine

Executive Director
MetroLab Network, Washington, D.C.

Ben has been with MetroLab Network, a collaborative of U.S. cities and universities, since its launch in 2015. Prior to MetroLab, he served as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for policy development on state and local government finance. Ben worked closely with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on the organization and launch of MetroLab Network. He has also worked at Morgan Stanley, providing investment banking to state and local government clients. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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Kevin Martin

Smart City Manager
City of Portland, Portland, OR

Kevin leads the City of Portland’s Smart City PDX team. He has in-depth experience developing, implementing and managing systems and applications to improve delivery of services, increase community involvement in City projects, and to support Portland’s long-range planning. Kevin manages a diverse team of Smart Cities and Open Data coordinators, web developers, web designers, graphic designers, database administrators, GIS analysts, and an air quality scientist. He has a master’s in geography from Portland State University.

 

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Michael Mattmiller

Director of Government Affairs
Microsoft, Redmond, WA

Michael served as the City of Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer, leading the creation of the consolidated information technology department, the modernization of data centers, and migration to Office 365. Michael expanded the digital skills education program, started Seattle’s Smart Cities initiative, and led a broadband program that increased availability of gigabit broadband service throughout the city. Previously, Michael was a Senior Strategist at Microsoft focused on data privacy and protection and a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he helped federal agencies secure and manage their technology investments. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.

 

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Rob Melnick

Director of International Programs
Presidential Professor of Practice
School of Sustainability, Arizona State University  Tempe, AZ

Rob served as executive director/executive dean of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and of the School of Sustainability. Rob also holds academic appointments as research scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and as affiliated faculty in ASU’s School of Public Affairs. Prior to ASU, Rob was a senior fellow and VP of the Hudson Institute. He has worked with numerous mayors and city council on public policy issues and program evaluations. Rob has a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College and master's and PhD degrees from ASU.

 

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John Metras

Associate Vice-President of Facilities
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

John and his team are responsible for the planning, development and operation of institutional facilities and utilities infrastructure at UBC, collaborating with campus stakeholders to provide great spaces for learning, research and campus life. He has played an integral role in helping UBC evolve into a global leader in sustainability, working on a wide range of initiatives including the Campus as a Living Lab program, the 20-Year Sustainability Strategy, and LEED-certified building projects.  John has a BS in Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from UBC.

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Skip Newberry

President and CEO
Technology Association of Oregon, Portland, OR

Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, Skip’s projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, an award-winning regional open data initiative and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship. Previously, Skip was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and serves on the community advisory board for Wells Fargo and several community-based organizations in the Portland area. Skip holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

 

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Murat Omay

Senior Transportation Program Manager
U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
 
Murat is a senior transportation professional with an extensive network in the transportation technology innovation and research, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), public transportation, and mobility integration domains. He has a vision of a well-balanced mobility system that is not over-integrated, accessible by all, supportive of spontaneous travel decisions, and user-centric rather than user-focused. Currently, Murat serves as a Senior Program Manager at the Mobility Innovation Office of USDOT-FTA, leading the efforts for development of strategies to integrate innovative, technology-based, and partnership-based solutions into mobility and transit. Prior to joining the FTA, Murat served as a Principal Transportation Research Scientist at the Battelle Memorial Institute. Murat holds graduate degrees in Sustainable Transportation from University of Washington, and Transport Engineering and Planning from Edinburgh Napier University.

 

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Amy Parker

Assistant Professor in Special Education and Coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program
Portland State University, Portland, OR

Amy holds a doctorate in special education with an emphasis in deafblindness. She also holds a certification in orientation and mobility through a leadership and enrichment fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education. She has worked to design accessible multimedia learning modules for national technical assistance and personnel preparation. Her research interests include orientation and mobility for individuals with complex disabilities, communication interventions, participatory action research with people with disabilities and their families, and community-based partnerships to create social change.

 

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Neelima Shah

Program Officer
Bullitt Foundation, Seattle, WA

Neelima Shah is passionate about protecting the natural environment and reducing human impact on it. Prior to joining the Bullitt Foundation in 2010, Neelima managed the environment and civic charitable investments for The Boeing Company in the Northwest Region. Prior to Boeing, Neelima was the Program Officer at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation where she worked with US organizations on international affairs, education, environment and public service and with Russian human rights NGOs. Neelima earned a master’s in Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.

Faculty Members

Ehsan Aryafar
Computer Science
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Bob Bass
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Nirupama Bulusu
Computer Science
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Anat Caspi, Director
Taskar Center for Accessible Technology
University of Washington

Kelly Clifton
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Dean for Research, Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Jennifer Dill
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Director, Transportation Research and Education Center
Portland State University

Sahan Dissanayake
Economics
College of Urban & Public Affairs
Portland State University

Peter Dusicka
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Elliott Gall
Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Linda George
Environmental Science & Management
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Portland State University

Andrés Holz
Geography
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Portland State University

Bill Howe
Information School
University of Washington

Antonie Jetter
Engineering & Technology Management
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Stephen Lee
Art & Design
College of the Arts
Portland State University

John MacArthur
Transportation Research & Education Center
Research & Graduate Studies
Portland State University

David Maier
Computer Science
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

David Michelsen
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, AURORA Connected Vehicle Testbed
University of British Columbia

 

Sandra Morris
Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
School of Business Administration
Portland State University

Hal Nelson
Public Administration
College of Urban & Public Affairs
Portland State University

Raymond Ng
Computer Science
Director, Data Science Institute
University of British Columbia

Amy Parker
Special Education
College of Education
Portland State University

Wilf Pinfold
Computer Science and Engineering
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Todd Rosenstiel
Biology
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Portland State University

Thomas Schumacher
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Vivek Shandas
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
College of Urban & Public Affairs
Portland State University

Stephen Sheppard
School of Forestry
Director, Center for Advanced Landscape Planning
University of British Columbia

Hugh Spitzer
School of Law
University of Washington

Brianne Suldovsky
Dept of Communication
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Portland State University

Martin Swobodzinski
Geography
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Portland State University

Mrlnalini Tankha
Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Portland State University

Martino Tran
School of Community & Regional Planning
University of British Columbia

Kristin Tufte
Computer Science & Engineering
Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
Portland State University

Margot Young
Allard School of Law
University of British Columbia

Kim Zebehazy
Educational & Counseling Psychology
University of British Columbia