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Makeover Montgomery 3 will include 27 sessions over a three-day period. More than 90 presenters, speakers and panelists will bring their expertise and vast knowledge to bear on topics vitally important to creating sustainable suburban communities. Learn more about these industry leaders – policy, implementation and subject matter experts from across the region and country – and their diverse backgrounds below.

For more information, visit the MM3 webpage or contact Jason Sartori.

Speakers List


Adil, Ali


Ali Adil is a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington. Originally from India, Ali has worked with local governments across the country as well as international organizations like ICLEI. His primary research interests are related to investigating the impacts of energy decentralization and democratization across urban communities on local energy self-sufficiency. As with the framework employed in the Palm Tree Apartments project, Ali's research relies heavily on explicating the practical implications of socio-ecological perspectives on issues relating to energy and environment.

Al-Kodmany, Kheir


Professor Al-Kodmany specializes in sustainable urban design and spatial planning. He employs in his research and teaching state-of-the-art visualization techniques and methods including Geographic Information Systems, 3D modeling, Virtual Reality, and Web-based Mapping. Recently, he has helped the City of Chicago in crowd management, emergency evacuation and planning for the “Taste of Chicago” event. Internationally, he helped the Saudi Government in facilitating the performance of safe Hajj by applying visualization and crowd management techniques to reconfigure and expand the existing infrastructure to accommodate about three million pilgrims who travel to Mecca for the event annually. Al-Kodmany published three books and over 100 papers, many in top-tier planning and architectural journals. He also conducted over 200 presentations and supervised over 200 graduate students.


Bahan, Melodie


Melodie Bahan joined Artspace as Vice President of Communications in January 2012. She has since led the creation of a new website, developed consistent branding, managed press relations and increased social media presence for the organization and its projects in development. Prior to joining Artspace, she served as the Director of Communications at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, overseeing all media relations, publications and the Guthrie website. During her 10 years at the Guthrie, she supervised press relations for all aspects of the Theater, including the work on the stage and the opening of the new Jean Nouvel-designed theater complex on the banks of the Mississippi River. Before moving to Minnesota, Melodie spent 10 years in New York, serving as the president of the NY chapter of the National Organization for Women. She worked in community relations for the New York City Comptroller as well as on several political campaigns. Melodie has worked as a freelance journalist and a columnist in the Twin Cities. She has served on the Minnesota News Council and the advisory board of Pillsbury House Theatre, and is currently on the board of the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Bakhru, Anjuli


Anjuli has four years of experience in regional and local planning, as well as transportation engineering. Anjuli is a native of Silver Spring, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland’s Civil Engineering program.

Batta, Christy


Christy Batta is an Advisory Board member for Creative Colony, a coworking space for creative people in downtown Silver Spring, as well as a senior designer at SW Creatives where she helps nonprofit build trust that drives action through branding and design. Christy is highly involved in the local Silver Spring community as co-founder of the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring and serving on the Outreach Team for the Silver Spring Timebank.

Bell, Matthew


Matthew Bell, FAIA specializes in large-scale architecture and urban design and is a Professor of architecture at the University of Maryland and a Principal with Perkins Eastman in Washington, DC. He has been active throughout the region with professional projects ranging in scale from waterfronts, new towns and neighborhoods to civic and mixed-use buildings and schools. His work has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the USGBC and the Committee for 100 on the Federal City. Bell has degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.

Bilek, Deborah Kerson


Deborah Kerson Bilek is the Director of Community Outreach at ULI Washington, a district council of the Urban Land Institute, where she manages a host of programs in service if ULI’s mission, which is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating sustaining, thriving communities worldwide. As part of her responsibilities, she directs ULI Washington’s Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program. TAPs provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to public agencies facing complex land use and real estate issues in the Metropolitan Washington Region. Prior to joining ULI, Ms. Bilek worked as a planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Ms. Bilek began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Federal Transit Administration, where she also had the opportunity to serve a professional rotation with the US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University, and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Bilek resides in Silver Spring with her husband and two young kids.

Blanchard, Janice


Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is passionate about creating livable communities for all ages and abilities. She is President of the collaboratory, Aging Better, Together, and editor of the recently published book, Aging in Community (2013). For 20+ years Blanchard has worked in academic, government & non-profit organizations to promote a positive culture of aging. She is the chief social architect for numerous projects, such as the Age Matters Initiative for City and County of Denver and Silverprint Colorado for the State of Colorado. Her scholarship and leadership in the grassroots aging in community movement has been noted, quoted and published in such publications as the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Today’s Geriatric Medicine, and Generations. When not burning the midnight oil to research, write and connect the dots in trends in aging, Janice can often be found curled up in her steampunk library with a glass of merlot, her little dog Coco, and a Rick Steve’s guidebook, plotting her next travel adventure.

Brewer, Flora


Flora Brewer is a PhD student in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs specializing in Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests include affordable housing, homelessness and the impact of homelessness on neighborhoods and cities. More specifically, her work examines the ways in which cities effectively address the problems of homeless through action research. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Ms. Brewer has been recognized for her work as a real estate developer and community activist in Fort Worth, Texas' Near East Side, an area where most of the city's homeless shelters and services are located. Ms. Brewer was recognized by the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods, the East Fort Worth Business Association and the City of Fort Worth Commission on Women for her work establishing an effective neighborhood association in the NES, rehabilitating vacant and historic buildings, starting new businesses and mentoring nonprofits. Ms. Brewer led a sub-committee of the Fort Worth Mayors Committee on Homelessness developing plans to address Neighborhood Impact and Public Safety.

Brown, Kayrine


Kayrine V. Brown, Chief Investment and Real Estate Officer, has been employed with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) since 1998. She served as Director of Mortgage Finance for six years during which she managed HOC’s Multifamily and Single Family Bond programs. In addition to her management of the Mortgage Finance functions, Ms. Brown is also responsible for the acquisition and development activities of the Real Estate Division at HOC, which currently has nearly $1 billion of active real estate development transactions in the pipeline. Prior to joining HOC, Ms. Brown worked as a Financial Analyst in the Real Estate Asset Management Division of Archon Group, LP, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs, and as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Affordable Housing Finance Division of Ocwen Financial. Ms. Brown has over 20 years experience in the area of real estate finance that includes the structuring of complex transactions with multiple funding sources. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Master of Business Administration, with concentration in Finance, from the University of Florida.

Byala, Lora


Lora Byala is the Founder, President, and CEO of Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. She has worked in both the public and private sectors over her 20 year career, primarily on public transit planning of all types. As the president of Foursquare ITP Lora is involved in some capacity in most of the projects conducted by the firm, which include transit development plans, bus operations plans, transportation demand management plans, and regional transit and vision plans. She focuses on providing strategic direction related to analysis, innovative planning techniques, and coordination with public sector clients and their stakeholders.

Lora previously worked for WMATA in the long range planning office where she managed the regional planning section. Lora is an active member of the TRB committee on bus transit systems and is a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, where she was named Woman of the Year in 2011 and Foursquare ITP was named company of the year in 2015. She received bachelors’ degrees in transportation engineering and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Transportation from MIT.


Carr, Jonathan


Jonathan E. Carr is Senior Vice President of Development and focuses on new acquisition and development opportunities in the Washington metropolitan region as well as ongoing development projects in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood and Silver Spring, MD.

Jonathan returned to Grosvenor in 2014 after working with the company’s Washington, DC and San Francisco development teams from 2007 through early 2013. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, Jon holds a B.A. degree from Middlebury College and an MBA in Real Estate Finance and Development from the University of North Carolina.

Carrier, Francoise


Ms. Carrier is a zoning and land use attorney in private practice with Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday in Bethesda, MD. Her practice focuses on entitlements and approvals; rezonings, conditional uses, variances, and master plans; zoning code amendments; and land use disputes and appeals. Ms. Carrier has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, administrative law judge and public official in the fields of land use, zoning and planning. As Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board from 2010 to 2014, she led a successful effort to re-write the entire Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance and secure its adoption by the County Council, as well as the preparation of a groundbreaking bus rapid transit master plan and the approval of millions of square feet of development. As a Hearing Examiner for Montgomery County from 2001 to 2010, Ms. Carrier conducted trial-type hearings on scores of land use matters and prepared recommendations for the final decision-makers. Ms. Carrier began her career in private practice and is glad to be back, using the expertise gained in government to advise property owners and developers on a variety of land use matters.

Chapple, Karen


Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in housing, community and economic development, as well as regional planning. Her recent book (Routledge, September 2014) is entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development. In Fall 2015, she launched the Urban Displacement Project, a research portal examining patterns of residential, commercial, and industrial displacement, as well as policy and planning solutions. In 2015, Chapple's work on climate change and tax policy won the UC-wide competition for the Bacon Public Lectureship, which promotes evidence-based public policy and creative thinking for the public good. Chapple is currently engaged in three research projects (totaling $1.3 million) related to sustainability planning. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Prior to academia, Chapple spent ten years as a practicing planner in economic development, land use, and transportation in New York and San Francisco.

At STV, he has worked with agencies including Virginia Railway Express, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), DDOT, the City of Alexandria and others to advance major transportation investment projects and initiatives in the region including the City of Alexandria’s MetroWay BRT project, which includes a 0.9-mile dedicated BRT guideway, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Growth & Investment Plan Update for MTA and the Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery County.

Christensen, Cody


Cody T. Christensen, AICP is a Senior Transportation Planner with STV Incorporated. He has over 15 years of transportation planning experience with expertise conducting transit, corridor, traffic impact, and bicycle and pedestrian circulation studies. Cody is adept at ridership forecasting, route and service planning, and transit feasibility assessments for light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, bus rapid transit (BRT), and bus operation for both urban and rural areas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Utah State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

At STV, he has worked with agencies including Virginia Railway Express, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), DDOT, the City of Alexandria and others to advance major transportation investment projects and initiatives in the region including the City of Alexandria’s MetroWay BRT project, which includes a 0.9-mile dedicated BRT guideway, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Growth & Investment Plan Update for MTA and the Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery County.

Cook, Stacy M.


Stacy M. Cook, AICP is a Senior Associate for Cambridge Systematics with expertise in multimodal transportation and land use planning. Ms. Cook currently is supporting the development of a Performance Management Guidebook for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). For VIA Metropolitan Transit of San Antonio, she completed work on a number of projects, including supporting the development of transit supportive land use (TSLU) policy toolkit, supporting a BRT corridor, and leading the development of a Strategic Housing Toolkit for High Capacity Transit Corridors that documents best practices for preserving and producing affordable housing in transit communities. Currently, Ms. Cook is leading a team that is developing a vision plan for the area surrounding VIA’s new Central Plaza, known as VIA Villa. She is also supporting the development of the Virginia Multimodal Transportation Plan and is working with jurisdictions of Virginia to establish Urban Development Areas which focus local growth and enable multimodal transportation solutions. Ms. Cook lives with her husband in Montgomery County, MD, where they enjoy spending time riding bicycles, kayaking and hiking.

Coppula, Stephanie


Stephanie is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. She has served as the lead staff person for downtown Bethesda’s Arts and Entertainment District since 2002. In this capacity, Stephanie has overseen and managed the successful implementation of the Bethesda Art Walk (2002); The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards (2003); Bethesda Fine Arts Festival (2004); Play in a Day (2004); Dance Bethesda (2005) Bethesda Painting Awards (2005); Gallery B (2011), Studio B (2014) “Tunnel Vision” (2012); Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards (2015) and “Paint the Town” (2015).

Stephanie also manages BUP’s in-house marketing department and budget as well as supervises the organization’s marketing and communications staff of three full-time employees. BUP’s marketing plan includes large-scale festivals such as the Taste of Bethesda, public and media relations, digital marketing, social media and more. Additionally, Stephanie has orchestrated three Strategic Plans for the Bethesda Urban Partnership which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.

Crispell, Bruce


Bruce is director of the Division of Long-Range Planning for Montgomery County Public Schools. He has been with the schools system since 1984, during a period of rapid enrollment growth and changing demographics. Bruce’s responsibilities include demographic analyses and enrollment forecasting, facility planning, capital programming, and community involvement. As part of these activities Bruce represents school system interests in county land use planning and growth management.


Davis, Sandy

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Sandy Davis is a Senior Transportation Planner at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning (Foursquare ITP) with four years of experience in in regional transportation operations, research and policy development with a specific focus on geographic information systems (GIS), community outreach, and qualitative and quantitative research design. Her previous work has focused on local and commuter fixed-route bus service, transportation demand management, and local and federal policy compliance. Sandy holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Davis, Veronica

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Veronica O. Davis, PE is transportation nerd who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change in the community. Currently, She is a co-owner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia. Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. She holds a dual Masters Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University and a B.S in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

Ditto, Martin


Martin Ditto is president and CEO of Ditto Residential, a leading-edge urban design and development company founded in 2008. Martin is passionate about conceptualizing and creating world-class residences. To achieve this goal, he has assembled a team of fellow visionaries and skilled professionals committed to continuously perfecting their vocations at Ditto Residential. As president and CEO, Martin sets the direction and vision at the company and oversees acquisition, design, and capitalization.

Under Martin’s leadership, Ditto Residential has built over 60 projects, raising the design standard in the nation’s capital. Ditto is committed to advancing modern transformative design while preserving DC’s rich architectural heritage. Currently, the company’s portfolio has a value of $130 million, which includes 250,000 square feet and 187 units of for-sale condo and rental apartment projects.

Prior to founding Ditto Residential, Martin worked at Bozzuto, Monument Realty, and ZOM, where he produced mixed-use residential and commercial projects. He earned a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MS in Real Estate from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.

Donaldson, Laurel


Laurel Donaldson is a Senior Urban Planner and Project Manager at WXY architecture + urban design with specialties in strategic planning, fiscal impact analysis, real estate development strategy and social infrastructure planning. Her work focuses on generating creative urban policy and development strategies for public sector and non-profit clients. Key projects include the North Brooklyn Brownfield Opportunity Area Study, an industrial Food Innovation District plan for Detroit Eastern Market, and a novel public school capacity impact study for the City of New Rochelle.

Prior to WXY, Laurel served as a Policy Innovation Fellow in the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, where she managed the Mayor’s initiative to engage young public school women in STEM and led product development for civic-sector mobile applications. Prior to this, Laurel worked in research management for the Eurasia Group, an international political risk consulting firm that advises U.S. companies on geopolitical risks to business operations abroad.

Laurel holds a M.A. in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University.

Ducker, Adam


Adam Ducker joined RCLCO in the mid-1990s as an associate directly after graduate school, and learned the trade with the firm. He is a recognized expert in economic development, market and financial analysis; positioning, repositioning, and marketing of real estate assets; consumer research; and corporate strategy development.

He has particular depth of expertise in high-density housing, retail/entertainment, and hotel development. He also focused on the interrelation of transit and land use, and transit-oriented development opportunities. Adam currently heads RCLCO’s Urban Real Estate Advisory Group.

The Urban Real Estate Advisory Group is distinguished by sophistication in forecasting housing, retail/commercial, and hospitality demand in revitalizing cities, suburbs and development corridors. The Group’s unique value add is an understanding of the unique set of circumstances that create vibrant mixed-use environments including transit-oriented development, and in the financing mechanisms and public-private partnerships that are relied upon to achieve them.

Dunn, Pamela


Pamela Dunn is currently the Chief of Functional Planning & Policy for the Montgomery Planning Department. She has worked at the Planning Department since 2006. She began her tenure as a Planning Researcher in the Research and Technology Division where she worked extensively on the Transferable Development Rights, and Building Lot Termination programs. She has coordinated and drafted several editions of the Subdivision Staging Policy, while also maintaining current information on school adequacy and infrastructure. For the past few years Ms. Dunn led the rewrite of the County’s zoning ordinance. Prior to joining the Planning Department, Ms. Dunn worked on land use and agricultural policy for the Economic Research Service, the University of Maryland, and Mathematica Policy Research. Ms. Dunn received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Edgecombe, Lee


Mr. Edgecombe is the President and CEO of The Edgecombe Group Inc., a practicing multi-disciplinary Design Firm located in Hyattsville and Silver Spring, MD. He is a Registered Architect, a Registered Landscape Architect and a Certified Planner. He studied Architecture as a major and Fine Arts as a minor, including coursework under the Jazz Studies program at Howard University. He obtained Joint Graduate Degrees in Urban Planning and Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his musical studies under the Berklee School of Music’s Master Guitar curriculum. Lee Edgecombe is an Adjunct Professor of Music and teaches at the Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park / Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College where his focus is on Jazz Studies and Performing Arts. He also teaches urban design, architectural programming and site planning for the Arts in the Creative Placemaking Certificate Program at The Ohio State University's School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning. Mr. Edgecombe had received the 2015 Smithsonian Institute's Faculty Fellowship Award for his research in Cultural Arts and Museum Studies.

Elrich, Mark


Marc Elrich is an at-large Montgomery County Councilmember. Prior to joining the Council in 2006, he taught for seventeen years at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, in Takoma Park, Maryland. He also served ten terms on the Takoma Park City Council until his election to the County Council.

Councilmember Elrich is chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee and serves on the Education Committee. He is the Council’s representative to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.

Councilmember Elrich attended Montgomery County Public Schools, graduating from Einstein High School. He earned a BA in History from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.


Fenner, Liesel


For over 20 years, Liesel Fenner, has worked in the art and design fields nationally and is a licensed landscape architect. She is the Public Art Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council implementing percent-for-art projects in capital projects statewide. Formerly she managed the Public Art Network at Americans for the Arts in Washington DC, developing partnerships, programs, and services to advance public art, civic design and cultural planning for programs across the nation. She formerly served as President of the Potomac Chapter ASLA.

Fielder, Grace


Ms. Fielder is the founder and President of G. E. Fielder & Associates, Chartered established in 1991. Ms. Fielder has 46 years of experience is a qualified expert witness in planning, landscape architecture and parks and recreation. Ms. Fielder is responsible for the development of written and oral testimony for special exceptions, zoning map amendments, comprehensive design plans, master plans and urban renewal plans and feasibility studies. Ms. Fielder's projects have included town centers, industrial centers, office complexes, residential including lsingle-family, town homes, multi-plexes, apartments, back-to-back units. Experience also includes stream valley parks and trail, regional parks, ADA compliance and citywide tree plans.

Finio, Nicholas


Nick is currently a PhD student in the Urban and Regional Planning and Design program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He completed his Masters in Community Planning degree at UMD in 2015. He is interested in equity issues in planning, especially as related to gentrification and neighborhood change. He previously worked as a research assistant at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, where he focused on economic equity issues. He lives in Takoma Park with his wife and young son.


Gallauresi, Elizabeth


Elizabeth Gallauresi has twenty years of experience in arts administration, event planning and cultural programming. Elizabeth is the owner of The Modern Muse, an arts management firm that specializes in coordinating projects for governments and non-profits. Elizabeth has been the art coordinator for the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District for fifteen years, and managed the Maryland Public Art Commission for the Maryland State Arts Council intermittently since 2012. Elizabeth’s education was in management and strategic planning with a concentration in Art History; she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University.

Genn, Jonathan


Jonathan Genn is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Percontee, Inc., a privately-held real estate company based in the Washington metropolitan region, wholly-owned by the descendants of Homer and Martha Gudelsky. Mr. Genn’s primary responsibilities include designing and constructing mixed-use lifestyle communities in the Washington metropolitan area.

Mr. Genn, 59, was born and raised in Montgomery County, and is a proud product of Montgomery County public school system (B-CC High School Class in 1975)! Mr. Genn graduated with an A.B. degree from Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1979, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1982.

Philanthropically, Mr. Genn serves as a director of the following §501(c)(3) charitable organizations: The Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., The Hippodrome Foundation, Inc., The IV2 Alliance, Inc., and Communities for Transit. Civically, Mr. Genn serves on the Board of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Business Advisory Council, the Washington Airports Task Force, The 2030 Group, and as a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

Gilles, Andrea


Andrea Gilles is a Planner Coordinator with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). She is currently leading the Rock Spring Master Plan process in North Bethesda, MD. Ms. Gilles has been a planner for 10 years, working in both the non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining M-NCPPC in 2013, Ms. Gilles was a neighborhood planner engaging communities along the South Texas-Mexico border and with the City of San Antonio, Texas.

Gladney, Calvin


Calvin Gladney, LEED AP, is Managing Partner of Mosaic Urban, and is a trusted advisor to cities and non-profits seeking to sustainably regenerate urban communities. He is the author of the blog. Mr. Gladney has served as a strategic advisor on projects with estimated development costs of over $1B and totaling more than 5M square feet of planned development. He has worked on urban revitalization projects throughout the United States including projects in Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Denver, Detroit, the District of Columbia, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Memphis, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Gladney graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, received his B.S. from Cornell University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is an international Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Gladney also serves as an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Masters in Real Estate Program where he teaches Real Estate Entrepreneurship. In his spare time Mr. Gladney…Mr. Gladney doesn’t have any spare time. You can follow his Mosaic Urban Partners endeavors on Twitter (@mosaicurban) and on Facebook.

Gournay, Isabelle


Native of France and a resident of Historic Greenbelt (where she is a member of the Advisory Planning Board), Isabelle Gournay, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Maryland received a professional degree in architecture from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and doctorate in art history from Yale University. Many of her publications explore connections between urbanism, architecture and housing in France and the U.S., such as the impact of the home builder Levitt around Paris. She authored the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta (University of Georgia Press, 1992), co-curated Affordable Housing: Designing an American Asset (National Building Museum) and co-edited Paris on the Potomac: The French Influence on the Architecture and Art of Washington, D.C. (Ohio University Press, 2007). Gournay has been the lead researcher (with Mary Corbin Sies, UMd) for a study of Modern Movement resources sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust: with the help of graduate students in Historic Preservation, they have authored many National Register nominations and helped save the Lustine automobile showroom in Hyattsville and landmark several subdivisions. The Afterlife of Iconic Planned Communities: Heritage, Preservation and Challenges of Change, which she edited with Dr. Sies and Robert Freestone, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017.

Graye, Eric


Eric Graye is a certified professional transportation planner at the Planning Department of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission with more than 30 years of experience in land use/transportation planning with a focus on long-range travel demand forecasting and transportation policy.

Guckert, Wes


Wes Guckert founded The Traffic Group in 1985. He is an expert in traffic engineering and transportation planning – a technical adviser in traffic analysis, traffic signal design, traffic circulation, access studies, automated and robotic parking systems, and transit planning. Since founding TTG, Wes has played a major role in more than 7,000 projects; directing the design and implementation of traffic access systems throughout the United States and internationally, from Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas, to Indonesia, Dubai, South Africa, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and China. He often serves as an expert witness, testifying before County and Municipal Boards, Local and Federal District Courts, and Planning Commissions on traffic engineering and transportation planning issues. Wes currently serves as Chairman for Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Public Development Infrastructure Council (PDIC). He is also frequently asked to speak, judge, or provide commentary at top industry conferences, award programs, talk radio, and in trade journals.


Hadley, Peter


Peter Hadley is a Transportation Planner with Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. His diverse set of past experience helps to inform his current work in transportation planning. This includes experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as project management, urban redevelopment, and real estate consulting. His current work at Foursquare includes assisting with projects such as transit development plans, fleet management plans, transit data analysis, and map-making.

Peter previously worked for Jones Lang LaSalle, providing real estate consulting services to the firm’s public sector clients. Prior to attending graduate school, Peter worked for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, helping the City to strategically sell blighted and abandoned properties. He also has internship experience with the Maryland Transit Administration and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Peter received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland.

Hisel-McCoy, Elza


An urban designer and architect by training, Elza is the regulatory supervisor for review of development applications in Montgomery County inside the beltway. He likes cool stuff.

Hostovsky, Charles


Dr. Charles Hostovsky is a professor of City & Regional Planning at the Catholic University of America and a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. His areas of research include Sustainable Infrastructure, Environmental Planning, New Urbanism/Smart Growth, Transit-Oriented Development, Travel Demand Management, Sprawl and the Obesity Epidemic, Public Engagement, and planning for Aboriginal communities. His most recent research grants involve environmental planning in India and sustainable water resource management in Cambodia. Previously he was on faculty at the University of Toronto for 15 years.

Hucker, Tom


Councilmember Tom Hucker was elected to the Montgomery County Council in November of 2014 representing the Council’s 5th District. Tom now serves on the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment Committee, as well as on the Public Safety Committee. He also serves as the Council’s Lead Member on the Environment. Tom’s entire career has focused on helping people make government more responsive and effective — first as a community organizer and environmental advocate, as founder of Progressive Maryland, for two terms representing District 20 in the Maryland General Assembly from 2006 to 2014. He serves as a board member of the Progressive States Network, and a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Since 2006, Tom has authored and passed over 40 major bills, including historic living wage laws, employee discrimination protections, environmental reforms, and more. Tom lives in Silver Spring with his wife Amy, a clinical social worker who works on behalf of at-risk children and families, and their two children Sam and Will.


Jackson, Molline


A Senior Planner for the Maryland -National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC); Mrs. Jackson leads regulatory projects, manages the Art Review Panel, represents the Montgomery County Planning Department on the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee (PATSC), serves as an active member of American Planners Association (APA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Mrs. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, a Masters of Real Estate Development (2016), and will graduate from the Leadership Montgomery Emerging Leaders program (2016). In 2014, she was accompanied by Arts on the Block (i.e. a non-profit community organization) to give a presentation on “Connecting the Communities with Public Art” at the Makeover Montgomery II Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2015, she was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “Making Space for Public Art” for the National APA Conference in Seattle, Washington. In the same year, she was also invited to participate in a panel discussion regarding the “Demystification of Public Art” the local APA Conference at Catholic University.

Janes, George


George Janes is a planner with 22 years of experience developing and implementing demographic, land use and socioeconomic forecasting models for the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. A frequent collaborator with WXY, Mr. Janes has been in private practice for the past eight years and has developed projection models for dozens of municipalities including Boston, Houston, New York City, Detroit, New Rochelle, as well as many suburban and rural communities. For school enrollment planning, Mr. Janes applies techniques that merge traditional school enrollment methods with data that are more commonly used in transportation planning and socio-economic forecasting to produce small area school enrollment projections that inform both facility planning and the students’ journey to school.

Mr. Janes obtained his BA from the University of Michigan and his MUP from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Jenkins, Susan


For over 20 years Suzan Jenkins has been a leader in the non-profit arts and culture sector serving in executive positions at Rhythm and Blues Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Recognized as one of the Top CEO’s You Need to Know in 2009 by the Gazette of Politics and Business and in Women Business Leaders of Maryland in 2010, she co-founded the Nonprofit Energy Alliance, now comprised of 64 leading-edge nonprofits that have collectively saved an estimated $536,000 compared to standard energy service and is the winner of the 2012 Washingtonian Green Giant Award.

Jenkins serves on the Board of Culture Capital and the Committee for Montgomery; is a member of the Silver Spring, MD Arts and Entertainment Advisory Committee; is Co-Chair or the Women of Color in the Arts Mentoring Committee; serves on the Community Advisory Council of WETA and on the American University Arts Management Advisory Council. Jenkins has an MBA from the University of Maryland.


Kannan, Shyam


Mr. Kannan brings extensive planning and transit-oriented development experience in the public and private sectors to WMATA (Metro). At Metro he directs the Authority’s strategic planning efforts, called Momentum, as well as supervises long-range planning, sustainability, and smart growth. He has a particular interest in the economic benefits of transit as well as coordinating closely with the business community in the region.

Active in the region’s planning community; Mr. Kannan is a committee member of the Urban Land Institute, the Region Forward Coalition of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and is an adjunct Faculty Member of Georgetown University.

Mr. Kannan has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University, and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Khan, Sakina


Sakina Khan is a senior economic planner with the DC Office of Planning. She specializes in economic development analysis and strategy, with a focus on emerging sectors. Ms. Khan manages cultural and creative economy efforts, including a placemaking initiative designed to promote community-building in neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change. She also led the Creative DC Action Agenda, a strategy to strengthen the District’s creative economy through business, employment and neighborhood-based approaches. As follow-up, she undertook a Third Place initiative, which successfully activated underutilized office lobby space through design, arts and events programming. Recently, Ms. Khan worked on an industrial land use study, a strategy for modernization and adaptive reuse of industrial land that seeks to diversify the District’s economy, grow emerging industries and ‘maker’ businesses as well as promote inclusive job growth. Prior to joining the Office of Planning, she was a senior associate at a consulting firm, specializing in socioeconomic impact assessment. Ms. Khan is a graduate of MIT, where she earned her master's degree in city planning.

Knaap, Eli


Eli Knaap is a PhD candidate in urban studies at the University of Maryland, and coordinator of the Spatial Research Lab at the National Center for Smart Growth. His research examines the link between housing policy and social inequality.

Kollin, Cheryl


Cheryl is the founding principal of Full Plate Ventures LLC, based in Montgomery County, Maryland. She consults with entrepreneurs, new businesses, and non-profits to address the interconnected issues of local food systems, environmental sustainability, and economic development.

She currently consults with Manna Food Center, serving as Program Director for Community Food Rescue, developing Montgomery County’s new, coordinated food recovery system. In 2013 Cheryl launched Farm to Freezer, a local food business that addresses surplus fresh produce, hunger, and food waste. Farm to Freezer won Bethesda Magazine’s Green Business Award and gained national attention through her presentation at TEDxManhattan. Cheryl served as a founding member and co-chair of the Montgomery County Food Council.


Levy, David


Mr. Levy serves as Chief of Long Range Planning and Redevelopment with the City of Rockville, Maryland. Mr. Levy’s division manages comprehensive, neighborhood and topic-specific master planning, among other responsibilities. Previously, Mr. Levy was a key facilitator for the development and launching of Rockville Town Square, a mixed-use public-private transit-oriented project in downtown Rockville. In prior positions, Mr. Levy has been an Assistant Commissioner in Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development; Brownfields Project Coordinator for the City of Baltimore; and Special Assistant to the Mayor of Quito, Ecuador. He has also been a consultant to government agencies on strategies for community and economic development, including interactions with transportation and environmental policy, in a wide range of domestic and international settings. For the past year, Mr. Levy has served as Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Planning Directors Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Levy has a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Liu, Chao


Dr. Liu is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education (NCSG) at the University of Maryland. Her research is concentrated in transportation planning, sustainable land use and transportation policy, transportation energy and emission modeling, as well as the application of GIS and statistical models in these fields. Dr. Liu is playing a key role in multiple projects at NCSG: Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development (SEED) Initiative of Maryland; Sustainable Community Initiative (Baltimore Opportunity Collaborative) for BMC; Transit Direct Ridership Model and Transportation Place Types for MDOT, MTA, and WMATA. Dr. Liu’s dissertation focused on the influence of land use on travel behavior and energy consumption using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) for both trip-based and tour-based analysis. In these project efforts, Dr. Liu has been the main person in charge of integrating data from variety of sources, improving the modeling practice, and managing the projects.

Dr. Liu holds a bachelors degree in urban studies and planning from the Beijing Union University, a masters degree in Geography from the Beijing Normal University.

Lubinsky, Adam


Adam is a Principal at WXY, with more than 12 years of experience working with a range of clients, including all levels of local, county, and national governments in the US and the UK, community development corporations, cultural institutions, and private developers. Adam’s particular strengths are in developing urban design frameworks, social infrastructure assessments, and leading community engagement and participatory design processes. Key projects include the East River Blueway, a master plan for Manhattan’s waterfront, a novel development impact assessment for New Rochelle, the creation of a new school assignment policy for the Boston Public School system, and the implementation of an engagement platform that integrates visual simulation with immediate quantitative feedback. Adam also led planning efforts for the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront, in collaboration with the NYC Mayor’s Office and Economic Development Corporation during the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency after Hurricane Sandy. Adam is currently on a faculty member at Cornell University and The New School and a Board member of New Partners for Community Revitalization.

Lung-Amam, Willow


Willow Lung-Amam, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scholarship and teaching focus on the link between social inequality and the built environment, with a particular focus on issues related to race, immigration, suburbanization, community development, and urban redevelopment. She is completing a book on Asian immigration in Silicon Valley suburbia, which investigates how recent trends in high tech immigration are reshaping the region’s built form, geographies of race, and the politics of development in the region and has written numerous articles on the topic of Asian immigrant suburbanization. Other recent projects have focused on battles over equitable development, gentrification, and the suburbanization of poverty in the Washington, DC region and the geography of opportunity. Her work has appeared in numerous book chapters and journal articles.


Maher, Kathleen


Has worked for the City of Hagerstown since 1995 - first as Senior Planner, then Planning Director, and now as Director of Planning and Code Administration. Has a Master of Planning from the University of Virginia, with a Certificate in Preservation.

Mahony, Jennifer


As the Director of Facilities for the Mission Support Division at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Ms. Mahony leads a diverse group of program, facility, resource and strategic planning professionals that manage close to two million SF of real property across the WMA and provide executive oversight to almost half a billion dollar’s worth of facility property and programs. She manages a core group of officers that are responsible for all facets of facility and property management, as well as guides the execution of strategic plans for capital construction and maintenance and repair requirements for ODNI facilities. Ms. Mahony reviews projects from conception through construction, ensuring they align with congressional appropriations and environmental initiatives and formulates strategies to resolve technical deviations, execution methods and other trade-off decisions to ensure cost and schedules are maintained. She leads the development and effective communication of ODNI facilities requirements in interactions with external agencies, host military installations, design firms and private industry contractors regarding large-scope, multi-million dollar projects.

Marks, Zachary


Zachary Marks, is the Director of New Development at the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC). Mr. Marks is directly responsible for the execution of the acquisition and development activities of the Real Estate Division at HOC, which currently has nearly $1 billion of active real estate development transactions in the pipeline. He has over ten years experience in real estate acquisition and ground-up development preserving and delivering a combination of market rate, mixed-income, and affordable housing in more than a dozen major markets throughout the United States. Mr. Marks has seasoned expertise with multiple financial instruments and structures including tax-exempt bonds (both publically sold and privately placed), 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Payment in Lieu of Taxes, Tax Increment Financing, HOME funds, Total Return Swaps, hedges, conventional private equity and debt, mezzanine financing, and many other sources of soft funding. Mr. Marks received his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill with a concentration in Real Estate. He also holds a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Richmond.

Matthews, Catherine


Catherine Matthews has served as the Regional Director for the northern area of Montgomery County, Maryland, representing the Office of the County Executive since 2001. She has the responsibility of managing community issues and developing strategies to ensure effective and efficient county government service and community relations (i.e. citizens advisory board development, neighborhood issue management, nonprofit and business partnerships, and service delivery strategies). Prior to this position, she served as: Assistant Director of the Up-county Region; Assistant Director of the Silver Spring Region; co-founder of the Foundation for African-American History; co-founder of the Network of Community Resources, Inc.; Vice-President of Customer Relations for Mascom Cable, Inc.; and founder of C&C Associates, a small local public relations firm. She is a member of the Church of Redeemer in Gaithersburg, MD, a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (2003) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the BlackRock Center for the Arts. In past years, she also served on the Board of Governors for Asbury Methodist Village, and the Boards of Directors for the Montgomery Philharmonic.

Mitchell, Kristen


Kristen Mitchell is the manager of the Infrastructure & Design unit at the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP). She has also worked for the Baltimore Development Corporation and nonprofit organizations dedication to community revitalization and land conservation. Ms. Mitchell has a B.S. in Geography/Urban Planning from Penn State University and M.C.P. from University of Maryland.

Mohan, Radhika


Radhika Mohan is a Principal Planner in the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Division of the City of Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning. She was the project manager for the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan, a planning effort to re-envision 640 acres of the City’s West End including the Van Dorn Metro station and is currently working on the City's Strategic Plan, a cross-departmental effort to identify the city's vision for the next six years. Prior to working for the City of Alexandria, Radhika was Senior Program Manager for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design (MICD), a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the US Conference of Mayors. At MICD, Radhika worked with over 100 mayors and design professionals around the country on urban planning challenges and opportunities. Radhika holds Master’s Degrees in City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

Morrison, Anita


With 38 years in development consulting, including the last seven years as Founding Principal of Partners for Economic Solutions, Anita Morrison has specialized in public/private partnerships, real estate advisory services, market analysis and redevelopment strategies. She applies her understanding of real estate economic fundamentals to questions of development, redevelopment and smart growth. Anita has worked extensively throughout the Washington and Baltimore regions, testing potentials for transit-oriented development, preparing strategies for affordable housing development, and providing market and financial inputs to small area plans. She recently prepared an in-depth analysis of the office market in Montgomery County and the metro area. She earned a Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan.

Mortensen, Paul


Paul Mortensen is the chief and senior urban designer in the Director’s Office of the Montgomery County Planning Department where he focuses on programs promoting design excellence within the county. Prior to joining the Planning Department, Mortensen was an adjunct professor teaching architectural design at the University of Maryland and served as an urban design consultant to the town of Riverdale Park. He has worked for several leading architecture firms, most recently as an associate principal with Torti Gallas and Partners in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he helped lead the planning and urban design studio, and developed several award-winning projects. Paul is a registered architect, LEED-accredited professional and specialist in sustainable architectural designs for urban settings.


Newmark, Georgory L.


Gregory L. Newmark is an assistant professor of Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University. His research focuses on transportation policy and finance, particularly for transit and other shared-use modes.


O'Malley, Brian


Brian O’Malley began his career in urban planning in Chicago with a non-profit, industrial economic development organization called NORBIC. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, a watchdog organization focused on winning capital infrastructure improvements for Chicago neighborhoods. In 2003 Brian relocated to Maryland and joined the Planning Department of Carroll County. He served for two years as a Comprehensive Planner working on local comprehensive plan updates, a hazard mitigation plan for the County, and acting as a liaison planner to the towns of Hampstead and Manchester. In 2006 Brian was promoted to Concurrency Manager, overseeing Carroll County’s adequate public facilities program. He currently serves as the President and CEO with the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. Brian is a member of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from Duke University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brian was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and raised in Bellevue, Washington.


Peterson, Sarah Jo


Sarah Jo Peterson has over twenty years experience specializing in transportation and land use, including with state and local governments, academia, and the real estate community. She is the founding principal of 23 Urban Strategies, based in Montgomery County, MD, which works at the intersection of transportation, land use, and sustainability and provides research, consulting, advising, and community outreach services. She has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a PhD in History from Yale University. Her book, Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run (University of Chicago Press, 2013) won an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Lewis Mumford Prize for best book in American planning history from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.

Polyzoides, Stefanos


Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece, later earning b.a. and m.a. degrees in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career includes a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education and design. He is cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides. From 1973 until 1997, he was Associate Professor of Architecture at USC. Professional experience includes design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts throughout the world.


Quereshi, Ajmel


Ajmel Quereshi is Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he litigates a wide variety of civil rights cases. His writings have appeared in several legal journals and newspapers and his cases have been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian newspaper. In 2010, the Maryland Daily Record named him one of the top legal and business leaders in Maryland under the age of 40. He is a past recipient of the Skadden Fellowship and has clerked for federal judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.


Recchia, Adam


Adam Recchia is a Senior Transportation Planner with experience in transportation planning, transit service planning, land use planning, travel demand modeling and geographic information systems (GIS). He has worked at the state and regional levels on transit, bicycle and pedestrian, land use and corridor planning projects. Adam started his career working in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has been a lead on several multi-modal corridor studies in Massachusetts, as well as several transit development plans and transit service studies in the greater Washington, DC area, West Virginia, and Charlotte, NC.

Reed, Dan


Dan Reed is an urban designer at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a transportation planning firm. For ten years, he's written about planning and design issues in Montgomery County for his own blog, Just Up The Pike (, and Greater Greater Washington ( His writing has also appeared in publications including the New York Times, Washingtonian Magazine, and the Atlantic CityLab. He lives in downtown Silver Spring.

Ricks, Karina


Karina likes to put things together. Her professional career has spanned issues of international democracy and women's economic empowerment to national environmental policy to municipal land use and transportation planning. Karina works to plan and implement infrastructure investments and transportation system approaches that advance local values around strong, sustainable and inclusive communities. After nearly two decades in public service, Karina applies her experience working with governments, campuses, corporations and innovators throughout the nation and internationally. She is a graduate of Michigan State and Cornell Universities and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two young children.

Rixey, Alex


Alex Rixey, AICP has diverse, multimodal transportation and land use planning experience ranging from single development sites to regional plans. He has managed or led technical efforts including travel demand modeling; transportation and parking studies; master plan, transit neighborhood plan, and mobility element development; and data analysis and visualization, emphasizing analysis of the effects of built environment and demographic characteristics on demand for all modes of travel. Alex has led several local- and regional-scale bikesharing studies and developed a model to forecast station-level bikesharing ridership; his research is published by the Transportation Research Board. Alex has also helped clients develop and adopt multimodal transportation performance measures that incorporate land use, transportation, and accessibility factors for auto, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian modes as alternatives to the conventional, auto-oriented Level of Service metric. Alex recently led Fehr & Peers’ evaluation of Montgomery County, MD’s transportation analysis tools and is managing the firm’s development of a bicycle parking demand model for San Diego County, CA.

Rodriguez, Reemberto


Reemberto is the Silver Spring Regional Area Director for Montgomery County government. In this role he is the 'eyes and ears' of the community for the County - and vice versa. He oversees the work of the Urban District Operations; and the work of three Advisory Groups. The role also requires Reemberto to interact extensively with developers and the community, as well as coordinate community engagement form major and minor infrastructure projects. Before coming to the County 6 years ago, Reemberto worked with NeighborWorks America throughout the country in the Training Department, Field Operations, and Risk Management. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture; and another in Community Development from Georgia Tech and Georgia State, respectively. Reemberto lives with his family in Silver Spring.

Roper, Karen


Ms. Roper serves as the liaison for the community to developers and the Planning Staff. This work has led to the pioneering of the Micro to Macro© process of community outreach. Her proposal to the Executive Branch on behalf of the community focused attention on the need for artist housing and workspace and led to the Artspace project on Sligo Ave.

Ms. Roper is a founder and current President of Fenton Village, Inc. (FVI), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the 200+ independent businesses in Fenton Village. FVI evolved from a community effort to brand Fenton Village through events such as the Taste the World in Fenton Village and Best of Fenton Village.

Ms. Roper received a Community Hero Award from the Montgomery County Civic Federation for “….for her defense of the right of residents and small business owners to participate in government decision making which impacts the quality of life in the East Silver Spring /Fenton Village Community.”


Shapiro-Kline, Justine


Justine is a Senior Planner & Urban Designer at WXY, an architecture and planning firm based in New York City. Her projects range from community-oriented architecture and urban design, to planning and design for resilient communities, to developing engagement software that combines 3D visualization with continuous, data-based feedback. Justine came to WXY with a diverse background in both the public and private sectors, including work at Rogers Marvel Architects, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and the New York City Department of City Planning. Justine received both an M.Arch. and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and her A.B. from Harvard College.

Sharma, Atul


Atul is an urban planner and designer at with extensive experience in community planning, neighborhood design, large scale sustainable master planning, mixed-use communities, transit oriented development, design guidelines and contextual architecture. He currently works as a Senior Associate with Torti Gallas and Partners in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

St. Leger-Demian, Merrill

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Merrill St. Leger is a Principal in SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office where she leads the Urban Design and Planning studio. In over 20 years of practice, Merrill has led community planning projects, mixed-use development and TOD master plans, and federal campus planning projects in the mid-Atlantic region from visioning and conceptual design through municipal approvals. Merrill’s leadership, collaborative consensus-building style, and focus on placemaking and integrated design have resulted in award-winning projects including the Scotts Run Master Plan, in Tysons, Virginia; the Mid City East Small Area Plan in Washington, DC; and the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan in Alexandria, Virginia. Merrill holds a BS in Architecture from Catholic University and a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech.

Strasmore, Sharada


Sharada Strasmore is currently working towards her Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from The Catholic University of America. Her interest in intracity transportation has led to her research in how new technologies are transforming transportation.

While pursuing her Masters at Catholic University, she has been working at Goldman Sachs. Previously, Sharada worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a think-tank located in Washington, DC.

Sharada graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from Wheaton College in Norton, Ma.


Tattelman, Ira


Ira Tattelman is an artist and licensed architect. He has worked at some of DC’s best known architecture (Eric Colbert & Associates) and interior architecture (Adamstein & Demetriou) firms. He received a Masters from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. His design work has been featured on TV (Small Space, Big Style-HGTV and Garage Takeover-Discovery) and in publications. He also initiated and teaches day long seminars on Creative Placemaking as well as the dialogue between Art and Architecture.

As an artist, Ira has created public projects for DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ ‘ArtWalks’ and contributed to ‘This Place Has A Voice’ (2014) at Canal Park in Southeast DC. In 2016, Ira will begin a 3-month residency with Alexandria Office of the Arts developing a storefront installation through the smART Space Program.

Over the years, he has created temporary public art for (e)merge Art Fair, ‘Art in a Box’ at Fairgrounds, ‘Habitat for Artists’-a residency at Corcoran Gallery of Art and THEARC, and North Capitol Main Streets. His interior installations have been exhibited widely in the DMV. He recently won 2nd prize at The 25th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition.

Tan, Pete


A marketing monkey with a penchant for exaggeration and the absurd, Pete Tan emerged from the Potomac in 1980 when a drop of Titan blood hit the Washington's river's waters.

Taming a flock of morning pigeons, Pete led a migration to Silver Spring in 2008, enthused by the diversity, strong sense of community, and wonderful non-Bethesdaness. The continuing wave of development, while helping grow the area, threatened characteristic, small businesses that called Silver Spring home. Upon seeing a vision of David Caradine in the sweet, cream-filled center of a Twinky left over from 1987, Pete was called to create Silver Spring Inc, a branding and marketing agency specializing in small and medium sized businesses with a focus on Silver Spring.

Since founding Silver Spring Inc in 2014, Pete has drawn upon over a decade of digital marketing experience, the goodwill of the indomitable neighbors of Silver Spring, and the Silver Sword of Pericles, a sacred, enchanted sword which he pulled from a stone at Acorn Park. Imbued with expertise, resources, and a Don Quixote-like self-delusion, Pete has hailed himself a champion of Silver Spring businesses.

Taveras, Deni


Deni Taveras has represented District 2 on the Prince George’s County Council since December 2014. This year, Deni serves on the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED) Committee and is the vice chair of the Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS) and Transportation, Housing and the Environment (THE) Committees.

Council Member Taveras has over 15 years of experience as a policy analyst within local, state and federal government, as well as international financial institutions and the World Bank. She previously served as Chief of Staff for Maryland State Senator Victor R. Ramirez and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Deni holds a dual Master of Public Affairs/Master of Urban Regional Planning Degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. She also holds a MS and BS in chemistry from, respectively, the University of Utah and Barnard College.

Council Member Taveras lives in Hyattsville with her beloved Shih Tzu named Lucky. She is very active in her homeowners association, where she led a financial and service delivery turn-around in recent years, and attends Grace DC Church.

Teitelbaum, Joel


Born 1940 in St. Louis, MO. My Father's Airforce career meant many family moves. Montgomery County resident since 1956; Montgomery Blair HS graduate. B.A. High Honors/SCL Brown University Fulbright Fellow England/Woodrow Wilson Fellow- M.A. (Econ); NIH post-graduate Fellow - Ph.D. in Social Anthroplogy & Sociology U. of Manchester; Rockefeller Foundation Environmental Science Fellow- M.Sc. Public Heath at U. of N. Carolina; Taught behavioral/Public Health/environmental sciences at U.S. Universities; Sr. Fullbright Fellow North Africa; Regional Planner Morocco/Senegal; Research Planner in Sudan for World Bank/USAID project; Food/Nutrition Health Planner, USDA; Sr. Famiy/Community Researcher- Walter Reed Army Institute of Research - Civilian Meritorious Award; U.S. Census Bureau- 2010 Census in Montgomery County MD. Memberships: Fulbright Association Board Member; member Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills Community Coalition, Silver Spring Village. Family Resident of Rosemary Hills since 1979; my wife was a local small business owner/operator; we raised 2 children here; our married son is now Sr. Film Editor Discovery Channel living nearby w/his wife & child in Silver Spring, MD, 20910.


Umbriac, Jenna


Jenna is a registered dietitian dedicated to educating about and contributing to the creation of a healthful, sustainable, and equitable food system. As Director of Nutrition Programs at Manna, Jenna directs the weekend food assistance program and oversees nutrition education programming. Jenna also works to fill Manna’s warehouse with regionally produced and nutritious food through donor education and partnerships with local farms and farm markets. Jenna currently serves as co-chair of the Montgomery County Food Council’s Food Access Working Group. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Maryland, an M.S. in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Washington and completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech.


VanderGoot, Jana


Jana VanderGoot is interested in the intersection of architecture and landscape. Her work focuses on food systems, forestry practice, and the ways in which buildings act as extensions of larger urban ecological networks. VanderGoot was the recipient of the 2010 Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Rieger Graham Prize and is an Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where she conducted research on ancient and modern food systems and their role in the formation of public space, culture, and architecture in the urban context of Rome. VanderGoot is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. She has taught architecture at the University of Virginia and in 2012 was the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Summer Design Institute. VanderGoot holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she received a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, is a registered architect, and is a founding partner at VanderGoot Ezban Studio.


Wall, Stan


Stan Wall is senior real estate executive with over 20 years of experience across the entire real estate project lifecycle including strategy, planning, finance, development, and construction. Mr. Wall is a Partner with HR&A Advisors, Inc. – an economic development strategy, real estate development advisory, and program design and implementation firm. At HR&A, Stan leads the firm’s DC office working with public and private sector clients in metro area and beyond. Stan’s career experiences have focused on improving the built environment – including his role as Director of Real Estate and Station Planning at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he focused on implementing transit-oriented development projects across the Washington region. Other previous experiences include Arup, Jones Lang LaSalle, Deloitte Consulting, and Lend Lease. He received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (Construction Management emphasis) from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA in finance and real estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of ULI and he previously served as a commissioner for the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission.

Watson, Piper


A recovering wedding photographer, Piper Watson has become a full fledged social entrepreneur. Having co-founded a tool lending library, a public workshop, and a job-training program, Piper is now Executive Director of Radical Arts and Action Directive, which houses all three of those programs.

Weiss, Piera


Piera M. Weiss, RLA-MD, ASLA, is a land use planner and landscape architect with 30 years experience. Her public sector portfolio includes comprehensive plans, area master plans, functional plans, regulatory review, land use legislation, project development and management, and public outreach. Her non-profit sector experience includes analysis of historic, cultural, and environmentally sensitive-landscapes, and advocacy and education to encourage communities to value these landscapes. She is currently consulting for the National Association for Olmsted Parks.

Welch, Timothy


Dr. Timothy F. Welch is an Assistant Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning and Assistant Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on the field of transportation planning at the nexus of sustainability and climate change. He is an expert in the development of open source travel demand and emissions forecasting models that utilize emerging technologies and crowd sourced data. He is the author of over 50 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. Dr. Welch holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Business Administration from Washington State University, a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy, an LL.B from the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland College Park.

Welsh, John


Mr. Welsh was Director of the Multifamily Division for thirteen years before being promoted to Vice President in 2011. He is responsible for all project development and acquisitions of multifamily housing. During his tenure, AHC has acquired or built more than 5,000 multifamily units in Arlington, Baltimore, and southern Virginia. Mr. Welsh was formerly a project manager at Hope Housing in Washington, D.C. (1995-1998) where he identified properties for development, secured financing, coordinated the work of development team members and managed construction. He is a former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in the District of Columbia, and past secretary of the D.C. Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development. Mr. Welsh holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning with a concentration in housing policy from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Villanova University.

Wiesner, Wendy Willbanks


After a career as a technology executive, Wendy pursued a graduate degree in Economics and discovered the beauty of employee-owned firms and cooperatives. Wendy was also heavily involved in the community, and it was clear to her that housing was not well-positioned to weather the economic, social and environmental challenges ahead. Wendy thought that just as employee-owned firms and cooperatives had proven themselves to be more profitable and resilient than bureaucratically managed firms, cooperatively-managed and owned housing could more effectively and affordably meet ever-evolving human needs. This kind of housing is not new; cohousing came from Scandinavia to the U. S. over 30 years ago, and this import built upon the near 100 year-old legacy of the housing cooperative. Yet, the costs and benefits must be more well understood for cohousing to become available to those who need it the most. Thus Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC), a national non-profit organization, where Wendy is the ED. Bringing together the cohousing sector, affordable housing industry, non-profits, foundations, developers, financial intermediaries and policy makers to support and create cohousing--the work.

Wright, Mina


Mina Wright is the founding Director of the Office of Planning & Design Quality at the National Capital Region of the General Services Administration. A new office created in 2010 to improve the design of GSA's Washington real estate holdings, OPDQ is staffed by architects, engineers, urban and regional planners, interior designers, historic preservationists, fine arts specialists and environmental compliance experts whose work touches nearly all of NCR’s 100-million sf portfolio.

Prior to joining GSA in 2009, Ms. Wright was Director of Programs at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Director of the Design Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, Curator of Exhibitions & Design at the National Building Museum, and Director of the Preservation Office at the White House. She currently serves as the GSA representative on the National Capital Planning Commission.


Young, Andrew


Andrew Young, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a third year student at Kansas State University majoring in Regional and Community Planning. He will complete his master’s degree with a focus in transportation in 2018 and looks forward to the opportunity to talk with potential employers.


Zabaldo, Ann


Ann is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She is the past president of The Cohousing Association of the United States; co-founded and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mid Atlantic Cohousing; served on the development team for both Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, DC, where she lives with 65 adult neighbors, 20 children, 9 dogs and too many cats. Her for-profit development company, Cohousing Collaborative, in Falls Church, Virginia, develops cohousing in the DC area. Because of the extraordinarily deep social capital found in cohousing communities Ann believes cohousing is a key player in providing long term living arrangements for aging in community. Sometimes called "The Modern Village" the people who come together to create these cohousing communities are strangers to each other when they begin the process and deeply connected before they turn the key in the door. Cohousing: communities as if people mattered.


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Last updated: December 7, 2016