The Urban Sustainability Accelerator program ran from 2012 to 2019.


Robert Liberty - Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator

Mr. Liberty became director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) in October 2012, and in 2016 he was appointed the director of PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, where USA moved. He has worked in many roles and at all levels of government for more than 30 years to promote livable and sustainable cities and regions. He was Staff Attorney and then Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the implementation, defense and improvement of Oregon's comprehensive land use planning program.

Tara Sulzen - Program Administrator, 2012-2013

Judy Walton - Program Administrator, 2014-2019.

Molly Baer Kramer - Project Manager, 2018-2019.

Program Founders

Connie Ozawa
Professor in the Nohad A. 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, she has led negotiation training workshops with practitioners, the Portland Development Commission and the Housing Authority of Portland.



Ethan Seltzer
Recognized as an authority on regional planning and development, and the Cascadia eco-region. He co-edited Regional Planning in America: Practice and Prospect, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2011) and Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State (2011). He 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.