Urban Revitalization Council (URC)

Mission

The mission of the Urban Revitalization Council (URC) is to explore the best practices for redevelopment and revitalization of city centers, older neighborhoods and districts, and other core urban areas.This includes a focus on urban planning, infrastructure development, architecture, street and civic space design, real estate development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, economic development, social equity and community engagement.

The objective is to provide members with skills, knowledge, case studies and ideas to help them actively demonstrate leadership in the revitalization of the communities in which they are living and practicing. Towards this end, the URC actively uses the venue for each Council meeting as a case study relating to our areas of focus, meeting with local professionals, visiting local projects and engaging with local community members whenever possible.

The Council also explores Federal urban policy, local and state regulations affecting urban revitalization, community development and not-for-profit corporations’ roles in urban revitalization, and the impacts of school systems, social services and other urban institutions in order to provide its members with a broad-based understanding of influences on the urban environment.  Finally, the Council provides it members with an engaging forum to discuss current trends and key issues impacting urban revitalization and encourages members to contribute to the national and global discussion and literature on the topic.

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Interest Areas

 

  • Downtown Development, Infill, Urban Redevelopment and Revitalization
  • Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse
  • Walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly communities
  • Urban planning, policy, and Place-Making
  • Mixed-use and mixed-income communities and buildings
  • Community engagement
  • Economic development, jobs creation, workforce development

Members

Urban Revitalization Council (Blue Flight)

David Zehnder

Chair
Managing Principal
Economic & Planning Systems, Inc.
Sacramento
CA
United States

Andre Brumfield

Assistant Chair
Global Director, Planning + Urban Design
Gensler
Chicago
IL
United States

Laurie Payne, RPP

Vice Chair - Membership
Vice President Development
Diamond Corp.
Toronto
ON
Canada

Andrew Bruce

Vice Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Lionstone Investments
Houston
TX
United States

Elizabeth M. Seifel

Vice Chair
Instructor
UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
San Francisco
CA
United States

Marty Jones

Ex Officio
Principal
MLJ Insights
Winchester
MA
United States

Robert Acuña-Pilgrim

Member
Office Strategic Leader
TBG Partners
Dallas
TX
United States

Jesse Bank

Member
Predevelopment Manager
Urban Villages
Denver
CO
United States

Michael Banner

Member
President/Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles LDC, Inc
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Joel Bartis

Member
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Charlotte
NC
United States

Jonathan Bartlett

Member
Senior Consultant
Jacobs
Atlanta
GA
United States

Ryan B. Bash

Member
Federal Railroad Administration - USDOT
Washington
DC
United States

Jonah Belkin

Member
AECOM Capital
New York
NY
United States

Kelly Boyer

Member
Managing Director
Jonathan Rose Companies
Manhattan Beach
CA
United States

Robert M. Buente

Member
President/CEO
1010 Development Corporation
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Paul D. Charles

Member
Executive Director
Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation
Houston
TX
United States

Craig C. Ciekot

Member
Vice President
JBG SMITH Properties
Chevy Chase
MD
United States

Carol Coletta

Member
Senior Fellow, American Cities Practice
The Kresge Foundation
Memphis
TN
United States

Sergio C. Coscia

Member
Principal
Coscia Moos Architecture
Philadelphia
PA
United States

Daniel Cunningham

Member
Takoma Park
MD
United States

John Dangberg

Member
Assistant City Manager
City of Sacramento Community Development Department
Sacramento
CA
United States

Ryan B. Dietz

Member
Managing Director
Florida State University Real Estate Center
Tallahassee
FL
United States

Todd Enoki

Member
Vice President
CallisonRTKL-US
Seattle
WA
United States

Karen Gulley

Member
Principal
PlaceWorks
Santa Ana
CA
United States

Timothy H. Haahs

Member
President/CEO
Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Blue Bell
PA
United States

Robert Iopa

Member
President
WCIT Architecture
Honolulu
HI
United States

Jane Jenkins

Member
President and CEO
Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership
Oklahoma City
OK
United States

Andrew Knudtsen

Member
Managing Principal
Economic & Planning Systems, Inc.
Denver
CO
United States

Sandra Kulli

Member
President
Kulli Marketing
Malibu
CA
United States

Philip H. Lamere

Member
Lendlease
Boston
MA
United States

Tiffany Lau

Member
Founder and Principal
A P A R T Companies
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Brenda Levin, FAIA

Member
President
Levin and Associates
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Miguel Marshall

Member
CEO
Centro Ventures
Tijuana
Mexico

Paul Matelic

Member
Director
Cooper Carry, Inc.
Atlanta
GA
United States

Gretchen Milliken

Member
Director Advanced Planning
Louisville Metro Government
Louisville
KY
United States

James A. Moore

Member
Jacobs
Tampa
FL
United States

Salvatore J. Musarra, RLA

Member
Vice President
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Richmond
VA
United States

Robert B. Nail

Member
Executive Vice President, Manging Director, Multi-Family
Madison Marquette
Dallas
TX
United States

Judson Pankey

Member
Chief Executive Officer
Prescott Group
DALLAS
TX
United States

Stacy Patton

Member
Director of Real Estate and Asset Management
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Atlanta
GA
United States

Robert Pell

Member
Managing Director, Urban Solutions
HATCH Corporation
New York
NY
United States

Richard J. Petersheim

Member
Partner
LandDesign
Charlotte
NC
United States

Ellen Rogers

Member
SVP - Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Charlotte
NC
United States

Yolanda A. Sepulveda

Member
Principal
Urban Land Institute
Pasadena
CA
United States

Jill Sharif

Member
VP - National Business Development
First American Title Insurance Company - National Commercial Services
Boston
MA
United States

Benjamin Skidmore

Member
Land Development Engineer
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Atlanta
GA
United States

Andrew Skipper

Member
CEO
Evergreen Devco, Inc.
Phoenix
AZ
United States

Daun Paul St. Amand

Member
Senior Vice President
CallisonRTKL-US
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Alexandra Stein

Member
Project Manager
BRIDGE Housing Corporation
San Francisco
CA
United States

Adrienne Teleki

Member
Principal Consultant
Willdan
Brooklyn
NY
United States

Christophe P. Terlizzi

Member
Senior Vice President
KeyBank
Plymouth Meeting
PA
United States

Timothy A. Tosta

Member
Partner
Arent Fox LLP
San Francisco
CA
United States

Dana Trujillo

Member
Lakewood
CA
United States

Ranne P. Warner

Member
BLACKSTONE EXCHANGE LLC
New York
NY
United States

Jean-Michel Mitch Wasterlain

Member
New York
NY
United States

Urban Revitalization Council (Gold Flight)

Claudia Sieb

Chair
Principal
The Sieb Organization
Phoenix
AZ
United States

David A. Stebbins, AICP

Assistant Chair
Executive Vice President
Buffalo Urban Development Corporation
Buffalo
NY
United States

Aron Gooblar

Vice Chair - Membership
Vice President, Development
Washington Square Partners
New York
NY
United States

Michael S. Rodgers

Vice Chair - Membership
Of Counsel
DLA Piper LLP US
Atlanta
GA
United States

Mark Taylor

Vice Chair
Associate Principal
MG2
Seattle
WA
United States

Clare De Briere

Ex Officio
Executive Vice President, Regional Managing Partner
Skanska USA Commercial Development
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Savlan Oriana Hauser, GSF

Graduate Student Fellow
Executive Director
Jack London Improvement District
Berkeley
CA
United States

Karen Abrams

Member
Program Officer, Equitable Development
The Heinz Endowments
Pittsburgh
PA
United States

Allan Abshez

Member
Partner
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Laura E. Aldrete

Member
Senior Vice President of DEN Real Estate
Denver International Airport
Denver
CO
United States

William Anderson

Member
Principal/Vice President
AECOM
San Diego
CA
United States

Alan N. Araki

Member
Managing Director
Primestor Development, Inc.
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Charmaine Atherton

Member
Senior Vice President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Ian Colgan

Member
Assistant Executive Director
Oklahoma City Housing Authority
Oklahoma City
OK
United States

Elizabeth Costello

Member
Principal
Klingbeil Capital Management
San Francisco
CA
United States

Laolu Davies-Yemitan

Member
Principal
Five Woods Realty
Houston
TX
United States

Maria Day-Marshall

Member
Director
University of Maryland
College Park
MD
United States

Gonzalo Cyril Echeverria

Member
Director of Design and Planning
McCord Development
Houston
TX
United States

Leigh M. Ferguson

Member
Director of Economic Development
Downtown Development District of New Orleans
New Orleans
LA
United States

Leigh Kellett Fletcher

Member
Attorney/Partner
Fletcher & Fischer P.L.
St. Petersburg
FL
United States

Frank L. Fuller, FAIA

Member
Urban Field Studio
San Francisco
CA
United States

Miles Bentley Garber

Member
Vice President of Research
Polaris Pacific
San Francisco
CA
United States

Norman M. Garden, FAIA

Member
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Rodney Gonzales

Member
Director, Development Services Department
City of Austin
Austin
TX
United States

Shmel Graham

Member
Real Estate and Land Use Attorney
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Tony Green

Member
Managing Partner
Pinehills LLC
Plymouth
MA
United States

David Greensfelder

Member
Board of Directors
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
Albany
CA
United States

G. Todd Hardy

Member
Arizona State University Innovation Zones
Tempe
AZ
United States

David Hart

Member
STEINBERG HART
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Karl Heitman

Member
President
Heitman Architects Incorporated
Chicago
IL
United States

Gary Helminski

Member
Director of Development, Project & Development Services
Cushman & Wakefield-US
Washington
DC
United States

Steven T. Kenat

Member
Principal
GBBN Architects
Cincinnati
OH
United States

Ellen Klasson

Member
Managing Director
Terra Search Partners
Washington
DC
United States

Mark A. Lindenbaum

Member
SVP, Land & Development
JLL-Capital Markets
Atlanta
GA
United States

Margaret M. McCauley

Member
Director
Downtown Works
Seattle
WA
United States

Paul Moyer

Member
Jacobs
Arlington
VA
United States

Ashley O'Connor

Member
Managing Director
MGAC
Washington
DC
United States

Sherry Okun-Rudnak

Member
Principal
BAE Urban Economics
Sacramento
CA
United States

Dennis Penman

Member
Owner
Penman Development Partners
Williamsville
NY
United States

Theola Petteway

Member
Executive Director
OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority
Houston
TX
United States

William Pierquet

Member
Sr. V.P. of School Development
Primrose Schools
Atlanta
GA
United States

Alan Pullman, AIA

Member
Senior Principal
Studio One Eleven
Long Beach
CA
United States

Sherman L. Ragland, II

Member
Managing Director
Tradewinds Realty Partners, LLC
Upper Marlboro
MD
United States

Lyneir Richardson

Member
CEO
Rutgers University
Chicago
IL
United States

Christopher Stienon, AIA,AICP

Member
Principal, Urban Design and Planning
AECOM
New York
NY
United States

Jon L. Trementozzi

Member
Principal
Landwise Advisors
Watertown
MA
United States

Thomas J. Wackerman

Member
President
ASTI Environmental
Brighton
MI
United States

Evan J. Weisman

Member
Senior Vice President
Donohoe Development Company
Bethesda
MD
United States

Charles R. Werhane

Member
President & CEO
Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
Columbia
MD
United States

Emma West, MCIP

Member
Bousfields Inc.
Toronto
ON
Canada

F. Karl Zavitkovsky

Member
Principal
Enterprise Bridge USA
Dallas
TX
United States

Becky Zegar

Member
Associate
Arup
San Francisco
CA
United States