Important Thank Yous

We would like to extend a special thank you to the many individuals for their valuable input and support throughout the planning and production of this event.

Collectively, they helped us develop a dynamic conference program, organized special events, coordinated the tours of local model projects, and helped design and create the indoor parklets. Without all of their efforts, this event could not have happened.

Planning Committee Members

Local Planning Commitee
National Planning Committee
Local Planning Commitee

Bill Bacon, Policy and Financial Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Corwin Bell, Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Dena Belzer, President, Strategic Economics
Allison Brooks, Executive Director, Bay Area Climate Collaborative
Tom Butt, Mayor, City of Richmond
Cory Bytoff, Sustainability Coordinator, City of San Rafael
Laura Cohen, Director, Western Region, Western Region Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Naomi Cytron, Senior Reserch Associate, Community Development Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Will Dominie, Policy Manager, Public Health Institute
Trudy Garber, Project Manager, Trust for Public Land
John Gibbs, Principal, WRT Design
Miya Kitahara, Program Manager, StopWaste
Carey Knecht, Director, ClimatePlan
Heather Larson, Program Manager, StopWaste
Adam Lenz, Environmental Manager, City of Richmond
Jeremy Madsen, Chief Executive Officer, Greenbelt Alliance
Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission
Rafi Nazarians, Associate State Director, Community AARP
Daniel Parolek, Principal, Opticos Design, Inc
Karen Parolek, Principal, Opticos Design, Inc
Stefan Pellegrini, Principal, Opticos Design, Inc
Henry Pontarelli, Vice President, Lisa Wise Consulting
Timothy Rood, Principal Planner/City Design, City of San Jose
Rachel Russell, Senior Planner-Strategic Planning, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Elizabeth Seifel, Owner, Seifel Consulting, Inc.
Susan Shaheen, Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
Adam Stocker, Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Scott Stollman, U.S. EPA, Region 9
Liz Tracy, Senior Principal, Lesar Development Consultants
Ana Validzic, Community Health Equity & Promotion Branch, Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Matt Vander Sluis, Chief Operating Officer, Greenbelt Alliance
Maggie Witt, Climate Action and Research Planning, Air Resources Board
Heather Wooten, Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions
Erik Zickler, Principal, LotusWater

National Planning Committee
California

Larry Greene, Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission
Sarah Sieloff
, Executive Director, Center for Land Recycling
Sarita Turner, Sustainable Communities Fellow, PolicyLink
Sarah van der Schalie, Coastal Management Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Michele Warren, Associate Director, Local Government Commission

Colorado

Michael Spotts, Policy Analyst, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Florida

David Taylor, President, Taylor | Future Solutions Tampa FL

Virginia

Lisa Nisenson, Lead, New Mobility Group Alta Planning + Design
Julie Seward, Consultant, Julia Seward Consulting

Washington DC

Bill Armbruster, Advisor AARP,
Shawn Balon, Career Discovery + Diversity Manager, American Society of Landscape Architects
Debbie Bassert, Assistant Vice President, Land Use & Design Departmentn National Association of Home Builders
Fred Bowers, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration
Alice Ewen, National Program Manager, USDA Forest Service
Justin John, Program Analyst, Federal Transit Administration
Richard Lukas, Director of Federal Grants and Program Development, The Trust for Public Land
Melissa McCullough, Sustainability Advisor U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
Hugh Morris, Smart Growth Program Representative National Association of REALTORS®
Anna Read, Senior Program Development & Research Associate, American Planning Association
Katherine Robb, Senior Program Analyst, American Public Health Association
Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation
Kathy Sykes, Program Analyst, US EPA, Office of Aging
Brett Van Akkerren, Senior Policy Analyst, US EPA
Sandra Whitehead, Director of Healthy Community Design, National Environmental Health Association

Subcommittee Members

“One Water” for Resilient Communities
Adapting to a Changing Climate
Building Capacity in Small Towns and Rural Communities
Creating Housing for Everyone
Designing Healthy Communities
Improving Transportation Accessibility and Connectivity
Inclusive Prosperity of People and Place
Planning and Designing Smart Growth Communities
“One Water” for Resilient Communities

Celeste Cantu, General Manager, Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL)
Martha Davis, Retired Anuitant (formerly Inland Empire Utilities Agency)
Amanda Ford, Coalition Coordinator, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Debbie Franco, Community and Rural Affairs Advisor, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research
Sarge Green, Water Management Specialist, California Water Institute
Kamyar Guivetchi, Chief Department of Water Resources
Susan Haydon, Project Specialist, Sonoma County Water Agency
Cynthia Koehler, Program Associate, WaterNow Alliance (Lindsay Rogers only subbing for call1)
Michelle Madeley, Environmental Protection Specialist, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Joan Matthews, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ellory Monks, Co-founder, Atlas Marketplace
Katie Riddle, Professional Practice Manager, American Society of Landscape Architects
Sarah van der Schalie, Coastal Management Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Adapting to a Changing Climate

Garrett Fitzgerald, Strategic Partnerships Advisor, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Beth Gibbons, Managing Director, American Society of Adaptation PRofessionals
Jessica Grannis, Adaptation Program Manager, Georgetown Climate Center
Yoon Kim, Director of Advisory Services, 427 Climate Solutions
Carey Knecht, Director, ClimatePlan
Alexandra Leumer, Climate Change Policy Associate, Nature Conservancy
Kim Lundgren, CEO, Kim Lundgren Associates
Suzanne Marr, Watersheds Office, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Carlos Martin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, The Urban Institute
Jonathan Parfey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve
Manisha Patel, Associate Director of Environmental Policy, WSP
Jamesine Rogers, Western States Senior Climate Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Emily Wasley, Senior Climate Risk and Resilience Specialist, Cadmus

Building Capacity in Small Towns and Rural Communities

Clark Anderson, Executive Director, Community Builders
Meg Arnold, Managing Director, Valley Vision
Julia Freedgood, Assistant Vice President of Programs, American Farmland Trust
Chip Gurkin, Environmental Protection Specialist, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Virginia Jameson, Deputy State Director, California American Farmland Trust
Trish Kelly, Managing Director, Valley Vision
Jane LaFleur, Planning and Community Development Consultant, JBLafleur Consultants
Adam Livingston, Director of Planning and Policy, Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Jeff Loux, Director UC Davis, Land Use and Natural Resources Program
Diana Madson, Sierra CAMP Director, Sierra Business Council
Kelly Overstreet, Brownfields United States Environmental Protection Agency
Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, National Association of Development Organizations
Phoebe Seaton, Co-Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Alicia Sebastian, Director of Housing and Community Development Programs, California Coalition for Rural Housing
Wendy Thomi, Brownfields Program Manager, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Kerri Timmer, Government Affairs Director, Sierra Business Council
Robert Tse, Chief Strategy Officer, for Agriculture Technology and Innovation United States Department of Agriculture

Creating Housing for Everyone

Debra Bassert, Assistant Vice President of Land Use and Design, National Association of Home Builders
Meea Kang, Senior Vice President, Related California
Mike Kingsella, Development Manager, Holland Partner Group
Hugh Morris, Manager, Smart Growth Programs, National Association of Realtors
Libby Seifel, President, Seifel Consulting
Julie Seward, Consultant, Julia Seward Consulting

Designing Healthy Communities

Elizabeth Baca, Senior Health Advisor, Office of Planning & Research
Regina Gray, Social Science Analyst, Affordable Housing Technology, US Housing & Urban Development Department
Elizabeth Hartig, Project Coordinator, American Planning Association
Chris Kochtitzky, Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Katherine Robb, Senior Program Analyst, American Public Health Association
Judy Robinson, Sustainability Manager, Sacramento County
Viccy Salazar, Senior Sustainability Advisor, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor for Aging and Public Health, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
Miguel Vasquez, Healthy Communities Urban Regional Planner, Riverside County
Heather Wooten, Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions

Improving Transportation Accessibility and Connectivity

Emiko Atherton, Director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America
Bill Bacon, Policy and Financial Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Kirin Kumar, Executive Director, WALKSac
Wendy Miller, Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects
Lisa Nisenson, Lead, New Mobility Group, Alta Planning
Gary Toth, Director Transportation Services, Project for Public Spaces

Inclusive Prosperity of People and Place

Bernadette Austin, Associate Director, UC Davis Center for Regional Change
Dion Cartwright, Director of Equitable Initiatives and Leadership Development, The Funders Network
Veronica Eady, Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice, California Air Resources Board
Solange Gould, Policy Unit Chief, Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health
Michael Hancox, President & CEO, Skeo
Dwayne Marsh, Vice President for Strategic Capacity Building, Center for Social Inclusion
Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice & Equitable Development, Skeo
Stephanie Ross, US EPA, Region 5
Deidre Saunders, Industry Environmental Justice & Policy Expert, Pacific Gas & Electric
Julie Seward, Consultant, Julia Seward Consulting
James VanderKloot, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U. S EPA Region 5
Miriam Zuk, Director and Senior Researcher, Center for Community Innovation, UCB

Planning and Designing Smart Growth Communities

Howard Blackson, Urban Design Director, AVRP Skyport
Regina Gray, Social Science Analyst, Affordable Housing Technology, US Housing & Urban Development Department
Allison Joe, Chief of Staff, City of Sacramento
Richard Lukas, Director of Federal Grants and Program Development, Trust for Public Land
Jeremy Madsen, Chief Executive Officer, Greenbelt Alliance
Monica Palmeira, Outreach Coordinator, Strategic Growth Council
Anna Read, Senior Program Development & Research Associate, American Planning Association
Sarah Sieloff, Executive Director, Center for Land Recycling
Ken Snyder, CEO, PlaceMatters

Tour Organizers

Tour Organizers
Tour Organizers

John Gibbs, Principal, WRT
Tim Rood, Principal Planner, City of San Jose
Sarah Sieloff, Executive Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling
Maggie Witt, Air Pollution Specialist, Research Division, California Air Resources Board
Serda Ozbenian, Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Libby Seifel, Owner Seifel Consulting, Inc.
Jessie Stewart, Richmond Promise
Laura Cohen, Rails to Trails Conservancy
Ignacio Dayrit, Director of Programs, Center for Creative Land Recycling
Peter Winch, Associate Planner, WRT
Lars Carlson, Marketing Specialist, Opticos Design
Rachel Russell, Senior Planner-Strategic Planning, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Dan Burden, Director of Innovation & Inspiration, Blue Zones
Spencer Johnson, Associate Planner/Designer, Lisa Wise Consulting
Matt Vander Sluis, Deputy Director, Greenbelt Alliance
Stefan Pellegrini, Principal and VP, Opticos Design

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